multistorey-building

Study shows cast-in-place reinforced concrete more affordable than cross laminated timber in a US-based 10-storey building

A recent technical study has come to HERA’s attention as it highlights our stance that you should choose infrastructure material based on design parameters. The technical study that we refer to was performed by the structural engineering firm Cary Kopczynski & Company in Seattle, WA. It compared the affordability of a hypothetical 10-story residential building…

fire-explosion

Research and evidence gaps on fire performance challenged

A recent John Hopkins University Report validates our concerns at HERA around the lack of data and baseless assumptions relating to mass timber performance in high rise buildings. This is not a new conversation for HERA. We have previously raised concern about the lack of research relating to the fire performance of building materials generally…

welding

Is there a welder shortage in New Zealand?

The global welder shortage is a growing and well-known phenomenon. A recent article – Global welder shortage – viewpoints from three continents asked for the opinions of specialists in three continents on this topic. Their insight on welder shortages were as follows: Welders are more in demand than ever, The manufacturing industry will continue being…

climate-change

Want to go carbon neutral? Here’s where to start!

HERA has just gone through an independent review of its carbon footprint. We’re sharing our experience, the resultant report and accounting spreadsheet in the hope that this will help you to do the same! As we increasingly see and experience the tangible impacts of climate change and the visible impacts of business activity (or lack…

five

The five ‘silver linings’ to COVID-19

Our current state of play has created a massive disruption to business as usual – but are there any positives to come out from the Covid-19 pandemic? Covid-19 has dramatically impacted us all in many different ways. Of course, most discussions have been on the negatives of Covid-19, but here are five silver linings that…

steel-design

Future-proofing the steel industry with design innovation

HERA recently commissioned an external market research company to figure out what NZ society thinks of our metals industry. The outcome was nothing short of interesting. Why? Because when asked if the steel industry was prepared for future technologies and innovation – only 47% felt we were. And of that, 79% responded that future-proofing the…

climate-change

Sustainability in steel. Is there such a thing when it comes to climate change?

Sustainability has many facets. But it looks like climate change is the hands-down winner for the holiday sustainability hot topic (pardon the pun). So, how do we respond as an industry to this growing global concern? And what is HERA doing to assist? The catastrophic Australian fires and recent smoke impacts on New Zealand have…