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BRANZ publications provide practical building and design advice on many topics. You can buy many of these in either hard copy or electronic formats (ePubs), but some are only available in an electronic format. You can also purchase online learning modules and past BRANZ seminars.

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BU675 Using a Scala penetrometer

NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings sets out the criteria for ‘good ground’ for buildings to be constructed using the standard. A Scala penetrometer can be used to help assess the site of a proposed building to determine whether it meets the requirements of good ground. This bulletin provides practical guidance on when and how to use a Scala penetrometer and updates and replaces Bulletin 438 of the same name.

BU674 Seismic retrofitting houses with piled foundations on sloping sites

Houses on piled foundations built on sloping sites have often performed poorly in earthquakes. This bulletin shares the practical findings of experimental tests run by BRANZ in partnership with Victoria University that have shown that a simple and relatively inexpensive retrofit can markedly improve seismic resilience.

Webinar: LCAQuick

This webinar provides a basic introduction to using the BRANZ building Life Cycle Assessment tool, LCAQuick. It builds on the Life Cycle Assessment webinar by providing a practical demonstration of LCAQuick, going over the basic inputs and outputs of the tool.

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BU673 Cavity battens

Cavity battens play a vital role in building weathertightness but must be installed properly to avoid trapping moisture in the wall cavity. This bulletin provides guidance about the selection and installation of cavity battens considering Acceptable Solution E2/AS1 and Alternative Solutions. It includes and replaces content from Bulletin BU582 Structurally fixed cavity battens

Webinar: HECC

The Homestar Embodied Carbon Calculator (HECC) is a free tool that assesses the cradle-to-cradle life cycle embodied carbon of homes with traditional constructions (e.g. timber/steel framed homes).

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BU672 Specifying floors under H1

This bulletin provides guidance in specifying floors that comply with the 5th edition of H1/AS1 and H1/VM1. This issue includes an overview of the requirements for slab floors and suspended floors; application of the Verification Method and when to use the modelling method set out in Part 2 of H1/VM1 might be used.

Webinar: LCA Overview

This webinar provides a basic introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) and calculating the carbon footprint of a building. Life cycle assessment underpins all BRANZ carbon tools, so this webinar is a recommended introduction to our other carbon tools webinars.

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Webinar: CO₂RE

CO₂RE draws on residential construction elements from the BRANZ House Insulation Guide (5th edition) and some details from the PHINZ High Performance Construction Details Handbook.

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Webinar: LCAPlay

LCAPlay allows users to assess potential environmental impacts for commercial building design concepts.

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Steel-Framed Buildings – Understanding the principles of design

This 20-minute module gives designers in-depth, practical guidance on design principles and considerations for lightweight steel framing that differ from timber construction. This module includes preplanning; steel basics; fixings and connections; and on-site remediation. 

Steel-Framed Buildings – An overview for designers and builders

This 20-minute module steps designers and builders through the basics of steel-frame buildings. By completing these building blocks, you will gain an understanding of statutory requirements; materials and specifications; linings, thermal breaks, and insulation; and floors, roofs, and walls.

Steel-Framed Buildings – Designing a steel-framed building

This 20-minute module provides comprehensive guidance on the design and construction of steel-framed buildings and steps learners through a diverse range of fundamental topics including walls, floors, and rafters; roof structure; insulation; thermal breaks and underlays; wiring and piping; fire and acoustics; windows, doors and wall cladding; bracing; and foundations and connections.

BU671 Reducing construction and demolition waste

This bulletin updates and replaces Bulletin 523 Reducing waste from building sites. It focuses on houses and small buildings.

BU670 Specifying windows and doors under H1

This bulletin guides architects and designers in understanding and specifying windows and doors that comply with the 5th edition of H1/ AS1 and H1/VM1.

Webinar: The Carbon Challenge - Design and build a low-carbon building

We look at practical solutions to reducing a building’s carbon footprint.

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Webinar: The Carbon Challenge - Carbon challenges

We explore some of the challenges we face in reducing carbon emissions.

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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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Webinar: The Carbon Challenge - Carbon and the New Zealand building industry

We explain why we need to act now to reduce carbon emissions and the role that the building and construction industry plays.

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LCAPlay

Use LCAPlay to evaluate the potential greenhouse gas emissions (and other environmental impacts) of alternative building options.

BU669 Tools for measuring carbon in new-build houses

This bulletin outlines the BRANZ tools available to architects, designers and engineers to produce houses that have lower carbon footprints.