• Air tightness, friend or foe? 

      Birchmore, Roger; Wallis, Shannon; Hernandez, G.; Pivac, Andy; Berry, Terri-Ann (2020-02-20)
      Industry standard calculations recognise airtightness as a positive characteristic when houses are designed to consume low levels of energy for heating or for cooling. In addition, airtightness will insulate the internal ...
    • 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 ...
    • Impacts of an innovative construction method on internal conditions 

      Birchmore, Roger; Pivac, Andy; Tait, Robert (2014-09)
      New Zealand houses are known for producing sub-optimal internal thermal conditions and unacceptably high internal relative humidities. These contribute to poor levels of health, mould and can coincide with the decay of ...
    • Sustainable refurbishment : new policy initiatives for New Zealand's leaking buildings 

      Murphy, Chris (Politecnico Di Milano, 2013-11)
      Faulty constructed and leaking buildings as a result of construction practices in the 1990s and 2000s are costing New Zealand billions of dollars in damage in lost production and repair. To improve the poor quality of ...