Both standards cover the evaluation of modern, indoor, thermal environments including residential and industrial. They both provide definitions, requirements, and parameters that need to be met within a certain range

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Don’t use materials that burn. I considered ending the article right there. It’s not that hard. Does it burn? Yes? Then you can’t use it. “What about…” “Does it burn?”

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Building with Science #011: Reclaimed Incandescent Heat

I’m republishing this article from a couple of years ago as BWS #11/28 because I still think it’s clever and no one has argued with me about it yet. Come

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I’m stealing and building on a metaphor from Karl Jones at a seminar in 2019. You can tell I’m ready to get out of COVID19 lockdown and back to the

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Building with Science #009: Passive Solar Design Explained (The Potatoe Analogy)

Heat gains and losses is complex discussion. You literally need complex software and skills to even begin to predict the energy use of a building and if then you’re probably

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Building with Science #008: Testing of Building Facades

You should test the weather tightness of a curtain wall, windows, and designs under cyclonic winds, rain, and earthquakes but you shouldn’t think that is a guarantee of performance in-situ:

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Building with Science #007: Building Enclosure Control Layers

When talking about building enclosure performance, we commonly refer to control of the following elements: water, heat, and air. Controlling the free flow of these elements across and into the

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Building with Science #006: Pliable building membranes and underlays (NZS 4201)

Remember procedure BW from BWS005? The one that looks like a roof? Well let’s use that same idea for a wall underlay that is pliable and see if water drips through.

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Building with Science #005: NZS 4858 Wet Area Membranes

A test for the waterproof-yness of a waterproof membrane. Is the waterproof membrane actually waterproof? Seems like a completely fair question to me. Well funny enough, in NZS 4858, our

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Building with Science #004: Standards vs Understanding

Standards are not a replacement for mastery, they are not a best practice guide, they aren’t even applicable in many cases. They are just a benchmark of some sort of

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