The Fraunhöfer Institute for Building Physics is a German equivalent to BRANZ. An ongoing relationship between the two organisations continues to enhance understanding of local weathertightness issues.
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It’s an exciting time for building science as new technologies, old materials and a revised approach to the human-materials interface emerge.
We take a look at what’s happening internationally, from high-rise timber buildings to design and materials innovations.
Both industry and academia are being served by the work at a sustainable buildings research centre, boosting the energy performance of new and existing buildings.
3D printing is exciting plenty of interest. In the construction world, work is under way on a complete building and steel structural elements.
When international construction and building industry researchers met in Brisbane recently, some key themes that emerged were the innovative use of BIM, resilience in buildings and urban acceleration.
In April, Beacon led a study tour to North America looking at successful examples of medium-density development. Some of the approaches they saw have potential here.
Poorer countries bear the brunt of natural disasters. Now, a World Bank report has laid the groundwork for using the intellectual knowledge of developed countries to develop building regulations in places that need them.
BRANZ Structural Engineer David Carradine reports on the 14th World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) held in Vienna, Austria, in August.
As evidence about the impact of climate change on the global built environment grows, countries are investing in ways to cope with the destructive effects of extreme weather.