July 2017


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Rebuilding Christchurch
(full article)   

In 2011, the New Zealand city of Christchurch was shaken to its foundations by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. As well as taking the lives of 185 people, it destroyed or damaged many of the city’s buildings, including the heritage-listed Arts Centre. 

Duct troubles
 (full article)  

Although changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2013 made leakage testing compulsory for duct systems over 3000 L/s, many smaller systems continue to go unchecked, and do not perform as designed.

Skills Workshop: Managing condensate for boilers
(full article)  

Over the past decade, the number of condensing boilers and water heaters being installed has continued to rise. All indications are that this trend will continue and eventually become mandatory due to their higher energy efficiency and cleaner emissions compared to standard boilers. In this month’s Skills Workshop, we provide an overview of condensing boilers and how to correctly manage condensate. 


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