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Bringing together building knowledge 4993
Providing research, testing and information for the building and construction industry 
BRANZ Shop 5508
Books, bulletins, seminars, study reports, downloads, details and more... 
Build magazine 7991
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 
Business of building
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Business of building 52 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 Business of buildingFEATURE SECTION BUILDERS TYPICALLY have different rates based on the skills and experience of the staff, with higher rates for qualified or licensed carpenters and lower rates for apprentices and labourers. Setting charge-out rates EMPLOYEE PAY RATE $30.00 PER HOUR WEEKLY COST ($) ANNUAL COST...
Managing moisture
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Managing moisture 56 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 Managing moistureFEATURE SECTION There are many ways to manage internal moisture in new builds or renovations, and it's not all down to the homeowner. Designers and builders have a role to play. BY TREVOR PRINGLE, ANZIA, BRANZ PRINCIPAL WRITER How wet is too wet? THE 2010 BRANZ...
Managing moisture
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Managing moisture 64 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 Managing moistureFEATURE SECTION There have been some spectacular failures from indoor heated swimming pools with condensation in the walls and roof, mould growth, saturated decaying timber and severe corrosion of steel. Quite different construction is needed to avoid this. BY STEVE ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR, ALEXANDER &...
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BRANZ Build 68 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 monitored data billed data Cu bic m etr es pe r w ee k Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr 40 100 80 60 20 120 140 Departments/Research Water use - drivers and savings Research into water use in Auckland and Wellington offices has been used to develop a water...
Commercial water use in Auckland
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Commercial water use in Auckland 70 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 office Floor area (m2) retail Wa ter us e p er m 2 o f fl oo r a rea ( L /ye ar/ m2 ) <650 650-<1,500 1,500-<3,500 3,500-<9,000 >9,000 RETAIL USES MORE WATER 1,400 1,200 1,000 800 600 400 200 0 Departments/Research Commercial water use in Auckland BRANZ research into water use in Auckland's non-residential buildings shows that size and the way the building...
Getting the contract right
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Getting the contract right 80 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES often arise out of misunderstandings about matters such as the scope of the work and changes as the project proceeds. Clearly documented building contracts help to limit these. Good contracts are also invaluable in making a client feel...
Mastering meters
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Mastering meters 84 -- Build 133 -- December 2012/January 2013 Departments/Building history WHEN ELECTRICITY or gas is provided from your own resources, keeping a detailed record of use may not be very important. However, a commercial provider has a strong incentive to ensure they receive appropriate payment. Many meters indicate the current voltage or...
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Build 134 -- February/March 2013 -- 31 DESIGN RIGHT ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION FOR DECK CONSTRUCTION BY ALIDE ELKINK, FREELANCE TECHNICAL WRITER, WELLINGTON AN L- SHAPED DECK addition is proposed for an existing house. It will be 6.3 m long in one direc- tion, project 3.0 m from the face of building and have a total area of...
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Build 134 -- February/March 2013 -- 35 DESIGN RIGHT NEW SURFACE COEFFICIENTS FOR WINDOWS AND GLAZING BY JOHN BURGESS, BRANZ SUSTAINABILITY SCIENTIST THE THERMAL INSULATION VALUE of any building product or system is the sum of the thermal resistance of the materials plus the effective thermal resistance of the thin layer of air...
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44 -- Build 134 -- February/March 2013 Lessons from CanterburyFEATURE SECTION THE EARTHQUAKES that have struck Canterbury since 4 September 2010 have provided an opportunity for earthquake engineers to compare the actual perfor- mance of a wide range of engineering structures against theoretical expectations. This has been particularly true for BRANZ structural engineers...