Traditional design and construction of our stately and ecclesiastical buildings in Australia and New Zealand often stems from our European past. With this comes the striking and diverse ornamentation that adorns so many of our older buildings in the major capital cities. The idea behind the title of this article stems from an age where […]
An elderly lady called to say that I had been recommended to provide some advice regarding an ongoing damp issue. The problem was moisture on skirtings, archtiraves and plasterboard walls in a particular area in a spare bedroom. This room also had a strong musty odour. This had been a problem for over six years […]
The Christchurch recovery and the NZIBS conference through the eyes of an Australian AIBS Member Wayne Gorman visited New Zealand late last year to aend the New Zealand Instute of Building Surveyors annual conference and take a look at Christchurch as it rebuilds, too. Here he shares his story in brief.
1. On hot days, heat comes straight through unprotected windows The answer is to shade your north and west facing windows. Awnings, deciduous trees and pergolas with deciduous vines are particularly good options, because they give you shade in summer and sun in winter. If these aren’t an option, you could consider putting a reflective […]