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Investing in Better Buildings for New Zealand
Building Research Levy in Action - Investment 2014/15

The new projects funded in 2014/15 are summarised in this booklet under the 9 themes from Building a Better New Zealand.

The Building Research Levy funds a wide range of projects, eveloping innovative solutions and supporting the education and development of the building profession.

BRANZ research provides a valuable contribution to the industry and community through projects that develop knowledge and tools to improve the performance and sustainability of today's and tomorrow's buildings - the foundation of our economy. These developments start from a better understanding of the performance of current buildings and user requirements.

BRANZ research also provides a knowledge platform for the on-going development of building controls, such as New Zealand standards and the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC).

BRANZ invests Building Research Levy to meet the priorities set out in Building a Better New Zealand, the Industry Research Strategy.

Key information about this Strategy, the 2014 Industry Needs Survey and related research roadmaps can be found at

Information about the 2014/15 investment round is set out in the publication Investing in Better Buildings for New Zealand - Building Research Levy in Action. This contains details of all the new projects funded by the Building Research Levy and their alignment to the Industry Research Strategy.

If you have any questions about this publication or would like to know more about how BRANZ invests the Building Research Levy please contact 

Establishing research priorities

Some key research projects

Industry-funded research

BRANZ receives about 40 percent of its total income from the construction industry's Building Research Levy.

Visit these areas of our website to explore outputs from our industry-funded research programme:

Commercial research

BRANZ can design and carry out a specific research programme (as opposed to simple testing and consulting) for a client, using the skill base from our industry and government-funded research programmes and linking with other consultants if necessary.

The research programme can also be designed to anticipate future regulatory changes, using BRANZ's knowledge of government strategies and policies and likely forthcoming changes to the New Zealand or Australian Building Codes and Standards.

More information

For further information about any aspect of BRANZ research (including participation in and contribution to projects), please contact