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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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Module: Introduction to R-values

R-values measure how good something is at containing heat (or cold). R-values help designers to determine the level of energy efficiency performance - there are different requirements for different climates.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What are R-values?
  • Why are R-values important?
  • How do I find my R-values?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: General timber framing

This module focuses on the concepts and features critical to the design of timber wall framing.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • What loads impact on timber framing?
  • How does a timber frame resist loads?
  • What factors influence the impact of load on a frame?
  • Library of useful material
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Modelling methods - ALF

Modelling methods can either be done by a paid professional or by an individual using the Annual Loss Factor (ALF) online tool to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is a modelling method?
  • What is the ALF tool?
  • How does it work?
  • How do I read the results?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

LCAQuickV3.4.3 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 LCAQuickV3.4.3, 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.

Module: The schedule method

The schedule method is the simplest, quickest and cheapest way to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency but it is the most restrictive. You must meet minimum requirements for construction R-values for walls, floors, roofs and windows.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is the schedule method?
  • How does it work?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to managing external moisture

Achieving weathertightness is all about the principles of water management, which are embodied by the 4Ds - deflection, drainage, drying and durability. This module focuses on how moisture enters buildings and what we can do to manage it.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • Principles of water management
  • In the past ...
  • Applying the principles
  • Library of useful material

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

BU650 Building beyond Code minimums

The New Zealand Building Code sets out performance criteria that all building work must comply with. Minimum requirements in the Code, in Acceptable Solutions and referenced standards cover areas from thermal insulation to ventilation levels.

Many new houses are constructed to just meet the minimum requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. Better-performing houses may cost more to build but are much more comfortable to live in and have reduced running costs to offset the upfront cost.

Our houses will need to perform considerably better to help meet long-term national net-zero carbon targets.

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Module: Timber roof framing

This module focuses on the concepts and features critical to the design of timber roof framing.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What types of framed roof construction are there?
  • What factors affect roof framing construction?
  • How does roof framing resist loads?
  • Library of useful material
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: The calculation method

The calculation method is a simple way to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency, and it is slightly less restrictive than the schedule method. You may trade off some aspects of the design against others to determine the energy balance.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is the calculation method?
  • How does it work?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Suspended floor system

This module focuses on the concepts and features critical to the design of a suspended timber floor system.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • What factors influence the choice of floor system?
  • What are the timber-framed suspended floor options?
  • The relationship between floor system components
  • The importance of subfloor bracing
  • Library of useful material
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to the LBP Scheme

This module focuses on the basics of the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) Scheme. It is broken down into two paths – one for tradespeople and designers looking to become licensed and one for current licensed building practitioners.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • The LBP Scheme and its benefits
  • The roles and responsibilities of an LBP
  • The scope to the different licence classes
  • Skills maintenance
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Restricted building work

Whether you’re a licensed building practitioner or someone looking for information about restricted building work, this module can help answer any questions you have, clarify what you know and point you in the right direction if you need more information.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • What is restricted building work (RBW)?
  • Who can carry out RBW?
  • Who is responsible for what in RBW?
  • Is this restricted building work?
  • What do I need to know before I supervise others?
  • Where can I get more information on RBW?
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Water vapour in air

Water vapour is the gaseous form of water. This module focuses on how water vapour and the forces that act on it create condensation in buildings.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • Water vapour, pressure and saturation
  • Relative humidity and dew point
  • Predicting condensation and making design choices
  • Library of useful material

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Building control system

This module looks at New Zealand's building control system, which is designed to ensure safe and suitable housing is built in New Zealand. This system is based on the Building Act 2004 and its subsequent regulations and codes.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • Building Act
  • Building Code clauses
  • Design
  • Building consent
  • Code Compliance Certificate

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Head flashings

This module focuses on the concepts and features critical to the design of window and door head flashings in buildings.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • What are head flashings?
  • Why are they important?
  • How do they work?
  • Library of useful materials 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to H1

Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency sets performance standards for buildings in terms of energy efficiency and promotes sustainable development.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is H1?
  • Why is H1 important?
  • What do I need to know?
  • What method should I use?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Cavities

This module focuses on the concepts and features critical to the design of cavities in buildings.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • What are drained and vented wall cavities?
  • Why are cavities important?
  • How do cavities work?
  • How should a wall cavity be designed?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introducing bracing

Forces from wind and earthquakes place demands on a building. These demands are calculated for a particular building so that the building can be designed with enough bracing capacity to resist the demand and perform structurally.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • Wind bracing
  • Earthquake bracing
  • Library

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

LCAQuickV3.4.3

This is the full working version of LCAQuick, which calculates environmental impacts based on the data you enter. If you wish, you can use LCAQuickV3.4.3 Data Entry initially to sort and enter your data.

This version of LCAQuick is a 55 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. 

BRANZ CO₂NSTRUCT

BRANZ 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.

This datasheet is provided as part of BRANZ's development of the New Zealand whole-building whole-of-life framework.