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New Zealand's premier building industry information resource offering impartial expert advice both online and as a hard copy magazine. 
Maintaining my home 2096
Practical advice on how to maintain different parts of your home, and on related issues. 
Maintenance schedules 195
Create a maintenance schedule for a new house, print a copy for the owners, and save a copy for your own files. 
Level 450
The authority on designing and building sustainable homes 
Renovate 320
The technical resource for industry on the renovation of houses from different eras 
Weathertight 98
Building basics for making homes weathertight 
Tools 38
Explore our range of interactive tools and resources 
History of nails
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History of nails 86 BUILD August/September 2007 BUILDING HISTORY E arly European settlers imported large quantities of nails. The New Zealand Company ship Glenbervie included in its 1840 voyage at least 20 kegs of nails. Reportedly, in 1843 the first house built on the Canterbury Plains was constructed...
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110 BUILD October/November 2007 ery early New Zealand homes made use of natural materials that either had good thermal performance (such as raupo reeds), or kept out wind (such as earth). When European style balloon framing replaced the older style construction, its enclosed cavities still provided reasonable...
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94 BUILD December 2007/January 2008 Flickering lamps - from beeswax to gas The need for improved lighting led to many interesting inventions, from safety matches to chandeliers. Fortunately we no longer have to kill a muttonbird or a whale to have oil for our lamps! By Nigel...
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102 BUILD February/March 2008 BUILDIng hIstory Electric lamps Electric lamps promised much that the flickering flame could not. They were to be cooler, brighter, steadier and more pleasant to the eye without releasing toxic, noxious or dirty by-products. However, they did not start that way. By nigel Isaacs, BRANZ Principal Scientist I...
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BUILD105.indb 86 BUILD April/May 2008 BUILDING HISTORY Wall linings A building's exterior offers a passing view to the world, but it is the interior that provides the backdrop to everyday life. Wall linings have changed over time, but the ever faithful plaster has had a long run and is still going...
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72 BUILD June/July 2008 Waste diversion during deconstruction This is the first in a series of articles following the building of a reasonably priced urban house that is more sustainable than most typically built today. We start with deconstruction. By Roman Jaques, BRANZ Senior Sustainable Building Scientist SUSTAINABILITY CASE STUDY Extensively...
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86 BUILD June/July 2008 Cementing history First invented in Roman times, cement has undergone a chemical revolution to deliver the Portland cement used extensively today. By Nigel Isaacs, BRANZ Principal Scientist BUILDING HISTORY Used extensively in the building industry, cement is a substance that sets and hardens, and can bind other...
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98 BUILD August/September 2008 Concrete: a strong tradition Around since the early days of New Zealand settlement, concrete is everywhere, from paths to pools, foundations to fountains. By Nigel Isaacs, BRANZ Principal Scientist and Teaching/Research Fellow, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington BUILDING HISTORY Take an appropriate amount of Portland cement,...
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10 BUILD 114 October/November 2009 You can't beat Axxis steel framing for a quality fi nish Building a home framed with Axxis(R) Steel allows a high standard of fi nish. The stability of Axxis(R) Steel means no contraction or expansion with moisture changes, so frames won't warp, twist, sag...
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BUILD115(First Half).indd 4 BUILD 115 December 2009/January 2010 The Building Act 2004 is required to ensure that 'buildings are designed, constructed and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development'. This has yet to be implemented in the New Zealand Building Code. The term 'sustainable development' traces back...