Celebrating 30 years

By - , Build 180


IT SEEMS  like an age since we celebrated BRANZ’s 50th anniversary in February before COVID-19, Alert Levels and lockdowns. As we adapt to the new normal, celebrations may be smaller, but we have one more I couldn’t let pass unnoticed.

Build, BRANZ’s flagship magazine, celebrates 30 years this October. That is 180 issues published by BRANZ for the building industry packed with practical guides, technical insights, scientific research and news. Information to keep readers up to date with changes in the sector and evidence-based findings to support designers, builders and building officials to deliver better buildings.

From a print run of 5,000 copies in October 1990 to over 34,000 in October 2020, Build’s hard copy readership is now around 70,000 people. Supporting this is Build online, a free digital resource of over 2,300 articles and ebooks. In August 2020, over 28,000 users visited Build online, and 23% of these were returning visitors. Add to this the monthly Build enewsletter and updates on social media, and Build is widely available through a range of channels to suit a diverse audience.

I’ve had the privilege of being involved with Build for 15 of those 30 years. It has grown and evolved with wonderful support from our expert contributors both within BRANZ and the wider industry, our advertisers and readers. Thank you all for your part in Build’s success. Just as Build encourages the sector to think differently and do better, Build also continues to evolve, so watch this space.

This issue provides insights into two significant areas of work at BRANZ – fire and ventilation.

As our building systems change, timber buildings get taller and housing densifies, BRANZ continues to improve our understanding of fire safety and the fire performance of materials through research and fire testing.

The drive for warmer, drier, healthier homes has improved our understanding of changes in the airtightness of our homes, and with this has come a change in advice on ventilation.

Take a minute, sit back and enjoy the 180th issue of Build.

Annemarie Crampton
Build Editor

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