Features

Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.

Fire4

Feature section: Fire

Build 180

The fire performance of building façades is a hot topic. Recent work has improved our understanding of how to test their fire performance, particularly in taller timber buildings, and is investigating other fire risks in buildings and fire safety in densified housing.

Vent2

Feature section: Ventilation

Build 180

Our buildings are changing and so is the ventilation required to keep them healthy. Factors like airtightness, location, climate and occupant use all play an important part.

BuildingBetter

Feature section: Building better

Build 179

New Zealanders suffer from our poor-quality residential building stock. BRANZ is among those looking at ways to eliminate this problem by taking a whole-of system approach to understand why this is the case.

Mid Rise

Feature section: Mid-rise housing

Build 179

Mid-rise housing continues to grow in popularity, accounting for over 40% of new residential consents in 2019.

Resilience4

Feature section: Resilience

Build 178

The building industry has always been subject to the forces of the market and the environment, but now add a global pandemic that has brought everything to a halt. Being resilient will help businesses get through this crisis, recover and prepare for the future.

ScienceMatters

Feature section: Why science matters

Build 178

We’re turning to science currently to control the pandemic facing the world. Science has always been at the heart of BRANZ, and this continues as we grow building knowledge and find solutions to ensure New Zealanders can live in healthier, more resilient buildings and communities.

Affordable

Feature section: Making housing affordable

Build 177

Governments everywhere are working on providing affordable housing, but it remains a gnarly problem with no easy solutions.

ManagingRisk

Feature section: Managing risk

Build 177

The building and construction industry is risky and can be litigious. Better risk allocation and good communication between parties to solve problems before they get out of hand will help minimise risk.

50

Feature section: BRANZ 50th anniversary

Build 176

For half a century, BRANZ has been helping industry and government tackle building issues through quality science and a range of testing services. The result is warmer, drier, healthier and safer buildings for New Zealanders.

Materials

Feature section: Building materials

Build 176

Building materials are evolving. Innovative new products are on the horizon, alongside some re-engineered traditional materials. A major driver of change is to reduce their impact on the environment.