SciBlogs

Intelligent Buildings? Ken Collins Jul 12

Modern buildings have a lot of technology that goes into them. From the development of the products they are built from, to the systems that allow us to live, work, and play in them. The rate of technology uptake into our new buildings is surging up every year, especially when it comes to entertainment systems [...]

Houston — You have a problem….. Ken Collins Jun 25

It’s nice to know, well actually a little worrying to know, that New Zealand building owners aren’t the only ones to neglect maintenance work on their buildings. A recent article in New Scientist Magazine (15 May 2010) had a small piece on the problems faced by NASA. Yes, even the best let their major assets [...]

Leaky Buildings — Part 2 — What we now know Ken Collins Jun 08

Following on from my blog on Leaky Buildings – Part 1 -and how we got to where we are, this blog covers some of the science and research that has gone into the building industry as a result. At this stage I must point out that there are other people with specialist areas of knowledge [...]

Earmuffs in Pre-school? Ken Collins Jun 01

I had promised the next blog would be my second part to the Leaky Homes blog, and it is on its way. However, this article in the Dominion Post caught the eyes of the team in our office. Do we really need to put earmuffs on our pre-schoolers when they are at Playcentre or other [...]

Leaky Buildings — Part 1 — How did we get here. Ken Collins May 20

With the government announcing it’s (our) package to help solve the leaky homes crisis this week, it has brought the spotlight back onto what is now a highly emotive subject. While the emphasis is rightly on getting peoples homes safe and fit to live in, it should be remembered that the leaky buildings problem is [...]

Timber treatment: what are the best options? Ken Collins May 11

Some time ago there was a lot of media coverage on the use of CCA (Copper Chrome Arsenic) timber preservative. This caused a number of our clients to ask for alternatives, so we did a little research into what the implications are. Pine needs to have large amounts of preservative to stop it rotting when [...]

Energy creep…more energy efficient homes don’t necessarily mean people use less energy Ken Collins Apr 23

New Scientist magazine ran a brief report on research into energy use in houses after they were made more energy efficient. Conducted in the UK, it highlights that after insulation, double glazing and energy efficient heating is installed the amount of energy used is still close to the old levels, prior to the improvements. The [...]

Should we be reducing building insulation to improve energy efficiency? Ken Collins Apr 22

I recently read an article on the cost of reducing our carbon footprint to pre-1990 levels. It suggested that the actual cost to consumers would be minimal, adding only a few percent to daily consumables. That is except for air travel, which would jump 150%. In effect they tried to debunk the myth that taxing [...]

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