ukraine

Step up as a compliant business – the Russian invasion of Ukraine needs your attention!

Despite the distance Aotearoa New Zealand has from Europe, there are still business impacts to consider when it comes to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Undoubtedly, the last few years has seen the world experience disruptions that could not have been anticipated. Covid-19 is a clear example of this, and now, the Russian invasion of…

passport

Materials passport – reimagining how valuable materials are tracked and recycled

A healthy sustainability solution for structural engineers: nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is reused. Traditionally, structural engineers have followed optimisation procedures to reduce material usage, increase the efficiency of designed systems, and consequently reduce negative environmental impacts. Recently, a new procedure, termed ‘healthy sustainability’ has emerged, aimed at creating positive rather than reducing…

tikanga-maori-webinar

Watch the replay: A tikanga Māori approach to creating future-ready and resilient cities

Recently, I listened to a webinar organised by ACE New Zealand titled “A tikanga Māori approach to creating future-ready and resilient cities.” In this “webinar, speakers included Troy Brockbank ((Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) Pou Ārahi Māori – Māori Advisory Lead (Principal) at Pattle Delamore Partners); Rau Hoskins (Director at Design Tribe); Tyrone Newson (Development…

fire-resistance

Fire and burn out resistance of timber columns

Data on the cool down phase for timber structures is something designers and regulators need to consider when it comes to load carrying capacity of CLT structures. This thinking comes about after noting an interesting paper in the recent issue of Fire Safety Journal highlighting the critical aspect of the cool down phase for timber…

treated-timber

How will treated timber be treated with the ‘wood first policy’?

While critical technical aspects associated with treated timber in construction remain unsolved, the ‘wood first policy’ is the wrong decision at the wrong time. There needs to be better science based understanding of fire safety and health and environment issues.  We need only look at treated timber data in New Zealand, issues associated with treated…