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Plastics weathering

By Nick Marston 1 October 2007, Build 102, Feature article

Sunlight causes plastic to degrade, but not all types are affected to the same extent. Research at BRANZ is investigating the lifetimes of a range of materials in different parts of the country.

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Turning solar for water heating

By Andrew Pollard 1 August 2008, Build 107, Feature article

As electricity shortages and increasing energy costs hit home, interest is growing in renewable energy sources, like the sun. A recent 3-year study identified some issues around solar water heating and found the key is getting the installation right.

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