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History of nails
86 BUILD August/September 2007
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...
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...
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!
102 BUILD February/March 2008
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
86 BUILD April/May 2008
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...
72 BUILD June/July 2008
Waste diversion during
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
86 BUILD June/July 2008
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
Used extensively in the building industry, cement is a substance that sets and hardens, and can bind other...
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
Take an appropriate amount of Portland cement,...
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...
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...