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Investing the Building Research Levy


BRANZ invests the Building Research Levy in industry good research and knowledge transfer. Guiding our investment is a commitment to lifting the performance of New Zealand's building system so it can deliver better outcomes for all.

Identifying research priorities for investment

Working closely with industry groups, councils and central government, we identify and refine research priorities for investing the Building Research Levy.

Read about how we identify information needs in the building sector.

BRANZ portfolio

Our portfolio consists of research activities conducted by BRANZ science teams and external research agencies. The outputs from these activities are turned into accessible and actionable knowledge for the building industry.

Levy investment portfolio statement

Information gathered from industry groups informs our investment signals, which are published annually in the Building Research Levy investment portfolio statement. 

This document signals BRANZ's priorities for research in 2019/20.

Levy in Action

Read about how Levy in Action outlines our approach to investing in research programmes for each year.

Funding for external research providers

The annual Building Research Levy investment is also allocated to research programmes and stand-alone work undertaken by universities, Crown research institutes (CRIs) and independent research providers. These include:

  • external providers who submit proposals that address priorities published in our research prospectus
  • scholars and early-stage researchers pursuing innovative research
  • out-of-cycle research that addresses urgent research needs and timely opportunities.