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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…

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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…

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Resource – Living Standards Framework report update and infographic for bid documentation

HERA is pleased to report the release of our updated Living Standards Framework assessment and supporting resources. This comes following our work which started in 2018 when we commissioned BERL to assess the metal industry’s contribution to the NZ economy using the Living Standards Framework (LSF). That was a pivotal publication as it was the…

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Resource – 2021 Steel Recycling Report

Please note that this report has since been updated 19 January 2022. For the updated report, click here. Our recently commissioned HERA Report R5-89 shows steel plays a key role in the circular economy. The study was undertaken by thinkstepANZ and showed an impressive 72% of steel scrap in New Zealand is recycled, and that…

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Notice – exploring Industry 4.0 opportunity for construction

Aotearoa New Zealand’s construction industry reached over $15 billion in 2019, making it a major contributor to GDP and employment, as well as developer of critical national infrastructure. Despite this, it’s an industry that requires radical transformation and has long been criticised for its low productivity, inefficiencies, and contribution to New Zealand’s carbon emissions. It requires…

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Ep. 46 | Ceinwen McNeil & Matt Bishop – the new age of engineering

May262021 Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen on PodBean 24 May 2021 | Ep.46 – The new age of engineering in construction In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with BVT Engineering’s CEO Ceinwen McNeil and Founder & Managing Director, Matt Bishop. Together they’re a dynamic leadership duo driven to continuously improve,…

FY21 AGM launches new initiatives from HERA

Having just held our Annual General Meeting last week – we’re pleased to report that FY21 was a celebratory year full of validation. Covid-19 proved that our focus on preparing our industry for digital disruption was justified… we just didn’t anticipate it would be for a global pandemic! MBIE’s focus on  Building For Climate Change and…