Building with Science #003: Measuring Energy Use

We’ve totally fucked this one up. Energy use in buildings is complex and difficult to predict even for the smartest of people (performance gap explained here) and even with the

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Building with Science #002: Hygrothermal Modelling (WUFI)

Nope, not doing a dog impersonation here. Before I explain what WUFI is, I think I first need to explain why it exists. For decades, we (building scientists) have been

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Building with Science #001: Many (almost all) Acceptable Solutions Don’t Meet the Building Code

The building code in NZ is a 100% performance based code. And for people like me, it is awesome. Yes, I said it, it’s an awesome building code. You can

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Response to MBIE Consultation Document

The MBIE Consultation document for amending acceptable solutions and verification methods June 2020 update contains some significant but confused updates for how cladding assemblies demonstrate compliance for fire spread. In

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“Build Tight, Ventilate Right”​ Works Everywhere

In the face of literally decades of research and millions of homes built and studied, the builders and developers here in NZ are somehow still convincing financiers, designers, and regulators

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ACENZ Auckland Members Breakfast with Phil Goff

Its always valuable to get information direct from the horse’s mouth rather than through the distorted media view. (Apparently according to the Herald and Newstalk its not 2018 it’s already

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MBIE Fire Performance guidance

Its always challenging to stay abreast of developments in technology and legislation. No doubt its also difficult to change legislation to adapt to lessons learnt from disasters where multiple lives

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Housing & Health in NZ

Shawn & I had a chat with Hiria Te Rangi regarding https://www.wharehauora.nz/  this week which highlighted the impact of the buildings we live in on our health. As per the pic above NZ has some

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Warm Roof vs Cool Roofs

For those of you unfamiliar with the concepts of warm and cool roofs, it has to do with the placement of the insulation layer. In a cool roof assembly (traditional

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Net Zero Building Code

New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) is familiar to all in New Zealand, but what about another NZBC, a Net Zero Building Code; one world city is already on that path.

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