Connections

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BRANZ scientists have firm connections with their international peers, collaborating on joint building science projects and ensuring New Zealand has access to the latest and best information.

BRANZ’S PARTICIPATION in international organisations such as the Air, Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) are crucial to delivering top-quality science for the New Zealand building industry.

Involvement in these groups provides unfettered access to some of the world’s leading building science researchers and has been the catalyst for many international collaborations. Through these organisations, BRANZ gains access to data, models and technical methods developed by other countries that can then be applied to a New Zealand setting.

Collaborating on research themes

Connection to organisations such as AIVC and IEA are increasingly important as New Zealand moves towards more airtight homes where energy efficiency and ventilation must be designed at the beginning of the building process.

Maintaining international linkages involves attending and contributing to international conferences and workshops throughout the year. BRANZ also participates in several internationally collaborative research themes, held under the umbrella of the IEA, relating to issues faced by the New Zealand building industry.

Engaging internationally

BRANZ sits on the board of the AIVC, ensuring we stay up to date with the latest ventilation science and help shape its direction. Besides learning from other scientists, many of the solutions and techniques designed by BRANZ to suit New Zealand buildings and environmental conditions are also of value to researchers elsewhere.

Great benefits come from engaging with other researchers to discuss ideas, learn from successes and mistakes and avoid the repetition of work that has not been published yet or is in its early stages.

By fostering international connections, collaborative projects can be set up to approach problems too large to be attempted individually. This contributes to worldwide research and to free information exchange. It also provides a great forum for testing the validity of BRANZ’s science.

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