• Development of engineering qualifications in New Zealand : a brief history 

    Blakeley, John (Unitec ePress, 2016-02-15)
    Author John Blakeley provides a brief history on engineering qualifications in New Zealand, starting at 1840 through to the present day.
  • Asbestos remediation in the Cook Islands : a long-term solution for making schools safer 

    Berry, Terri-Ann; Wairepo, Daniel (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    Asbestos contamination in the South Pacific originates mainly from construction products containing asbestos (SPREP, 2011). In Rarotonga, asbestos contamination in the soil surrounding two schools examined (Nikao Maori and ...
  • Building adaption for waste minimisation : impact of policies 

    Mithraratne, Nalanie (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    Construction and demolition waste represents a significant wastage of natural resources and energy while also contributing to air pollution. Measures to reduce construction waste include achieving flexibility in design of ...
  • Barriers to building and construction waste reduction, reuse and recycling : a case study of the Australian Capital Region 

    Zou, Patrick; Hardy, Robyn; Yang, Rebecca (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    Building and construction waste materials continue to be a major problem causing significant environmental impact worldwide. Broad university-industry collaborative research was undertaken in 2014 to identify the barriers, ...
  • The efficient house innovation : healthful, efficient and sustainable housing for northern and southern climates 

    Gillies, Tony; Poulin, Bryan (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    This paper tracks the Efficient House Innovation (EHI) from 2000 to 2015. The main idea of ‘Dynamic Air’ behind EHI is associated with John Timusk (1987) who recognised existing housing solutions were not sufficiently ...
  • Whole building recycling as a waste reduction practice 

    Turner, David (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    This paper considers strategies for whole building recycling in New Zealand. Assumptions about waste and recycling potential that are made in the process of improving construction systems usually relate to the development ...
  • How will NZ's construction industry escalate productivity to meet the largest predicted construction demand in decades - is a lean approach one of the magic bullets? 

    Bosnich, Anthony; Kestle, Linda (Asia Pacific Institute of Advanced Research (APIAR), 2015-12)
    Low productivity levels for at least twenty years in New Zealand’s construction industry have only realised any improvement by increasing hourly inputs, (a 0.2% per annum rise since the 1990’s). NZ’s Productivity Commission ...
  • The effect of vapour-control membrane technology on indoor air quality in buildings 

    Berry, Terri-Ann; Chiswell, Jordan H.D (International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2015-11)
    The impact of the inclusion of a vapour check membrane in timber buildings on indoor air quality, measured as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), was determined by Photo Ionization Detection. Two identical buildings were ...
  • Soft skill requirements in a BIM project team 

    Davies, Kathryn; McMeel, Dermott; Wilkinson, Suzanne (International Council For Research And Innovation In Building And Construction (CIB), 2015-10)
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) o ers the possibility of prototyping building design and construction options in a simulated system, before construction begins, o ering the potential for improvements in productivity, ...
  • Climate change, natural hazards and the Auckland Unitary Plan : too little too late? 

    Murphy, Chris (Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 2015-09)
    Natural hazards remain a substantial risk for the people of Auckland, its property and its infrastructure. With over 3100 km of coastline and extensive urbanization, Auckland remains vulnerable to hazardous coastal erosion ...
  • Application of climate change adaptation, resilience, and beach management strategies on coral Islands 

    Mead, Shaw; Borrero, Jose; Phillips, David; Atkin, Ed (Engineers Australia and IPENZ, 2015-09)
    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise. For many island nations, the very existence of some low-lying islands and their associated ...
  • Understanding water quality in Raglan Harbour 

    Greer, S. D.; McIntosh, R.; Harrison, S.; Phillips, David; Mead, S. (Engineers Australia and IPENZ, 2015-09)
    Raglan (Whaingaroa) Harbour is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is bordered by the Raglan township on the southern side close to the entrance. Land use in the watershed is dominated by dairy ...
  • Construction project control methodologies and productivity improvement : EVM, BIM, LBM 

    Kenley, Russell; Harfield, Toby (Association of Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM-Association) (Taiwan), 2015-09)
    Construction productivity has been and remains a concern of organizations and governments. Productivity is also a concern of individual projects. A recent survey of 50 international construction project controls professionals ...
  • Attitudes and perceptions towards early contractor involvement procurement 

    Francis, Steven; Kiroff, Lydia (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2015-07-08)
    Early contractor involvement (ECI) procurement is a relatively recent development in construction, which allows the contractor to have input into the design phase of a project. In comparison, under traditional construction ...
  • Changes to water resources resulting from sea level rise and climate change 

    Tutulic, Marija R.; Shamseldin, Asaad; De Costa, Gregory (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2015-07)
    This paper highlights investigation and the impacts of the changes in groundwater table caused by sea level rise due to climate change in Whaiwhetu Aquifer, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The aquifer is located in coastal zone ...
  • Loss of land surface resulting from sea level rise and climate change 

    Tutulic, Marija R.; Shamseldin, Asaad; De Costa, Gregory (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2015-07)
    The sea level rise in the Wellington Region has been studied recently and results have been presented in the report Sea-level variability and trends: Wellington Region (Bell and Hannah, 2012). In the last 100 years the sea ...
  • How do you like your BIM? 

    McGarrigle, Malachy (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2015-07)
    This paper’s objective is to investigate what practitioners across various disciplines in NZ construction including academia expect to find in BIM models. What specific information do they actually want from models and can ...
  • Assessment in virtual design and construction education 

    Puolitaival, Taija; Kestle, Linda; Davies, Kathryn; Forsythe, Perry (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2015-07)
    Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is effecting a fundamental change throughout the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, and educational institutes have taken different approaches in response. A ...
  • Steps in a journey towards a fuzzy future 

    Boon, John; Laing, Neil (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2015-07)
    From 2009 to early 2015 the Department of Construction at Unitec Institute of Technology has grappled with the challenges of changing technology that have impacted on both what and how it teaches. It has done this within ...
  • Challenges facing BIM education : development of BIM resources for teaching and learning 

    Puolitaival, Taija; Forsythe, Perry; Kähkönen, Kalle (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2015-07)
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming the new norm in the AEC industry and also part of many construction project management (CPM) programmes. In terms of teaching BIM there is the need for specific resources ...