With the help of BRANZ data, the Riskscape joint project between NIWA and GNS aims to better predict the costs of damaging wind events on buildings.
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BRANZ is expanding on previous weathertightness research with a new multi-disciplinary programme looking at how buildings manage contaminants, including moisture.
Concrete paths and driveways are often laid around buildings but it is worth considering more sustainable methods using permeable surfaces.
Quick to go up and slow to come down, timber framing enabled New Zealand to house its rapidly growing population in the early 1900s and has proved to be an enduring building system.