Building Basics: Building Code compliance
Making sure that buildings comply with the New Zealand Building Code is a key part of design and construction, yet the process of demonstrating this can be an area of frustration. Building consent applications that don't have enough information that is relevant to the proposed work can cause delays and additional cost to a project.
This book has a focus on residential buildings and covers the steps a designer needs to follow to gather the documentation required and the different options to prove compliance with the performance requirements of the Code.
Webinar: Fire 101: Overview of fire safety compliance in simple buildings
Webinar: The Carbon Challenge - Compliance and calculating building carbon footprints
We look at the inter-related topics of compliance and how to calculate carbon footprints.
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SR132 Environmental inventory of three common NZ composite sheet materials
<p>A truncated life-cycle inventory study of the three common types of New Zealand-produced wood-fibre-based composite boards (fibre-cement board, medium-density fibre-board and plywood sheeting) was conducted and an examination of the three composite boards from raw material acquisition through to the finished product on the factory floor was made.</p><p>The environmental aspects investigated were: energy and material inputs and discharges to air, land and water. An environmental profile was derived, listing all the major inputs and outputs in the production of 1 kg or 1 tonne of respective composite board.</p>
CodeMark complaints and appeals
<p>If you have a complaint about a product with a BRANZ CodeMark certificate, you can lodge it through this page. You can also make a complaint about any of BRANZ's CodeMark processes related to your own product or appeal certification decisions.</p>
DurAbond™ Roof Pointing Compound
<p>DurAbond™ Roof Pointing Compound is a pre-mixed, pre-coloured, acrylic, resin-based roof pointing compound which has better flexibility, adhesion, and faster curing than standard sand-cement mortar.</p><p>The product is available in a range of colours to match roof tile manufacturers’ colour range.</p>
Comfortech Kooltherm Insulated Plasterboard
<p data-block-key="wisyr">40 mm thick thermoset phenolic insulation with a 10 mm plasterboard face. Thickness: 50 mm, module width: 1,200 mm, weight: 6.96 kg/m², density: 139.2 kg/m³.</p>
<p data-block-key="x5h4w">Many opportunities are available for most new spec homes to improve their year-round comfort and reduce additional heating and cooling needs.</p>
Biform Solid Composite Decking
<p>Biform Solid Composite Decking is a wood/plastic composite (WPC) decking for timber-framed decks. The decking is available in three options – FORM 130, FORM 140 and Forest Board.</p>
BU513 Timber composite overlay flooring
<p data-block-key="vgr24">Timber composite overlay flooring systems can provide a floor finish of natural timber veneer or a graphic reproduction of a timber finish that gives the appearance of a solid timber floor. Timber composite overlay flooring may be laid over most floor substrates but correct preparation and dryness of the substrate is essential.</p><p data-block-key="9dbvi">This bulletin covers:</p><ul><li data-block-key="9oata">types of timber composite overlay</li><li data-block-key="dqccp">flooring</li><li data-block-key="8lbpf">installation, including loose-laid or floating, glue-fixed, indirect, moisture content, expansion gaps and finish</li><li data-block-key="bjitl">flooring types, including timber veneer flooring, laminated flooring, bamboo flooring and reconstituted wood-fibre flooring</li><li data-block-key="3vsuk">concrete substrate preparation</li><li data-block-key="84uui">maintenance.</li></ul>
SR192 Bio-derived polymers and composites
<p>Presented in this report are a review of materials and an initial study to examine the performance and potential of bio-derived polymers (plastics) and composite materials for the building industry.</p><p>Interest in and utilisation of bio-derived polymer materials in consumer products has steadily grown over the last 5 years. Their potential for a reduced environmental footprint, biocompatability and biodegradability are advantages for an increasing number of diverse applications from packaging through to medical devices and electronics.</p><p>However, this is a complex subject area, and this study report presents only a brief overview of the materials that are currently available.</p>
Non-structural elements #1: Compliance and standards
<p>New Zealand Building Code clause B1 <i>Structure</i> requires all building elements to have a low probability of failure when exposed to loads likely to be experienced within the building’s usable life. Several Building Code supporting documents help to meet this requirement. Which one to use depends on the restraint requirements of the building element in question.</p>