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BRANZ publications provide practical building and design advice on many topics. You can buy these in hard copy or electronic formats (ePubs). You can also purchase online learning modules and past BRANZ seminars.

Please note: The link to your electronic formats (ePubs) will expire after 28 days and require an eReader to view.

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LCAQuickV3.5

This is the full working version of LCAQuick, which calculates environmental impacts based on the data you enter. If you wish, you can use LCAQuickV3.5 Data Entry initially to sort and enter your data.

This version of LCAQuick is a 40 MB file, so it is best to use it on a reasonably powerful computer. Due to the size of the file and the numbers of calculations that are performed, it can be slower. Please ensure that you are using Microsoft Excel from 2016 or later.

LCAQuick is a free tool developed by BRANZ that helps architects, designers and structural engineers make sustainable design decisions. It evaluates the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a building design. It can be used by anyone with an interest to understand the environmental impacts of buildings across the life cycle. 

CO₂NSTRUCT

CONSTRUCT provides embodied carbon and energy values for building materials, including concrete, glass, timber and metals, as well as products such as bathroom and kitchen fittings and lifts.

Embodied carbon is the amount of greenhouse gases, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents, required to produce a material. Embodied energy is the amount of energy consumed to extract, refine, process, transport and fabricate a material or product (including buildings). This is provided as a total and divided into energy from non-renewable and renewable sources.

CO2MPARE

Provides mean carbon footprint calues for New Zealand case study residential and office buildings.  Includes additional information, such as energy use intensity and top contributing materials from a greenhouse gas perspective.

CO2RE

Provides calculated carbon footprints per square metre for residential roof, wall and floor constructions, obtained from the BRANZ House Insulation Guide (5th edition). 

LCAQuickV3.5 Data Entry

This is a lighter version of LCAQuick that allows you to sort and format your data correctly but does not contain the functionality to calculate environmental impacts. Once your data is in the correct format, you can copy and paste it into the full version of LCAQuickV3.5, which will then calculate the environmental impacts.

Please ensure that you are using Microsoft Excel from 2016 or later.

LCAQuick is a free tool developed by BRANZ that helps architects, designers and structural engineers make sustainable design decisions. It evaluates the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a building design. It can be used by anyone with an interest to understand the environmental impacts of buildings across the life cycle.

BU667 Earth buildings

Earth buildings typically use locally sourced materials that have low toxicity, are minimally processed and have very low embodied energy. 

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BU666 Restoring a home after flood damage

This bulletin is intended to assist with the putting right that is so important after a flood. It covers health and safety considerations, tips for cleaning up inside and outside, drying out the house and repairs. It does not cover making residential properties resilient to flooding.   (This bulletin updates and replaces Bulletin 455).

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Managing earthquake-prone council buildings – a decision framework

This guide provides a suggested best-practice framework to support councils to make decisions about the management of council-owned buildings that are earthquake prone. It provides a five-step approach to support consistent decisions about whether to continue using earthquake-prone buildings or not. The guide was developed in line with international standards for risk management (ISO 31000) and with input from territorial authorities. The suggested process reflects and balances various legislative responsibilities and aims to provide confidence to councils on how to meet their legislative obligations while also minimising disruption to council activities and community services.

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Webinar: Towards sustainable materials

This BRANZ/Edge Environment webinar explores the need to move to a circular economy – one that also addresses climate change and modern-day slavery.

BU665 Residential greywater systems

Certain types of wastewater from households (greywater from baths, showers and bathroom basins and sometimes from laundry tubs and washing machines) can be reused for subsurface garden irrigation and flushing toilets.

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BU664 Residential rainwater systems

Rainwater systems can provide water suitable for drinking and food preparation if it is filtered and/or treated adequately and can also be used for garden irrigation, swimming pools, toilet flushing, baths and showers.

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Webinar: Thermal Bridging in timber-framed walls

This webinar explores BRANZ Levy-funded research into higher-than-expected percentages of framing, and therefore thermal bridging, found in residential construction in New Zealand.

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BU663 Universal design for access into homes by vehicle

This bulletin provides a range of universal design considerations for ensuring new and existing homes are accessible by vehicle.

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BU662 Universal design for access into homes

This bulletin provides a range of universal design considerations for ensuring the routes to new and existing homes are accessible.

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Webinar: Fire 101: Means of escape

Webinar 2: This webinar covers human behaviour in fire and the content and key concepts in parts 1 and 3 including risk groups, occupant loads and means of escape.
 
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Webinar: Fire 101: Overview of fire safety compliance in simple buildings

Webinar 1: This webinar provides an overview of fire safety compliance in non-complex buildings, with a focus on C/AS2 Parts 1 and 2.
 
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Webinar: Fire 101: Control of external fire spread

This webinar provides an overview of the content and key concepts used in Section 5 of C/AS1 and C/AS2, for the control of external fire and smoke spread.
 
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Webinar: Fire 101: Control of internal fire and smoke spread

This webinar provides an overview of the content and key concepts used in Section 4 of the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 and C/AS2, for the control of internal fire and smoke spread.
 
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Seminar: BRANZ Answers 2021

This BRANZ Answers seminar gives answers to a wide range of practical questions relating to new ways of doing things in the residential building and construction industry. We cover new types of buildings, new types of products and systems, new ways to increase the performance of buildings, and upcoming regulatory changes.

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BU661 Residential roofs with high thermal performance

This bulletin describes five highperformance residential roof details that give significantly better thermal performance than traditional construction.

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