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Wind pressure 101

By Roger Shelton 1 October 2009, Build 114

You could be forgiven for getting the wind up about wind speeds, pressures and zones, but don’t worry. Here, we go back to basics to explain how they relate to one another.

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BRANZ Maps goes mobile

By Greg Overton 1 April 2015, Build 147

BRANZ Maps, a free online geographic information system (GIS) with information on New Zealand addresses, is now even more useful. You can access it from any mobile device to check wind zones and much more.

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Damaging Northland storm

By Asif Iqbal 1 June 2015, Build 148, Feature article

BRANZ was on the ground in Northland last year, examining the effects of a storm on buildings. Roofs bore the brunt of the weather, with structures on exposed terrain the most vulnerable.

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Don’t blow my house down

By Roger Shelton 1 August 2006, Build 95

In April, a tornado removed the roof of a Paraparaumu house. This is not a typical wind occurrence for the area, but it raises the question of whether new houses should be more able to cope with extreme events.

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