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Medium-density housing technical issues
July 2019: A new report by Anne Duncan and Michael Nuth at BRANZ examines the technical issues associated with medium-density housing (MDH) from the perspective of New Zealand's building and construction industry.
As New Zealand's population and appetite for buying houses has increased, in some metropolitan areas space for new detached housing developments has declined. Medium-density housing in existing urban areas is a potential solution to halt urban expansion, and it could also be a part-solution for housing supply and affordability issues.
But the researchers write that there are some technical issues that can be barriers to providing quality medium-density housing in New Zealand.
Some of the technical issues identified and considered in the report include fire safety, pre-build and design, structure, weathertightness, and acoustics and noise.
Connections 25 Newsletter
July 2019: A round up of research news from New Zealand's independent research organisations:
Charles Eason - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
HERA: Whanake Scholarship awarded
Measuring human rights around the globe
BRANZ: Post-disaster workloads
Government backs Malaghan’s cancer immunotherapy
MRINZ: Landmark study “a gamechanger” for asthma sufferers worldwide
Cawthron lab to test, research, and develop hemp products
Lincoln Ag: Sensing sub-surface structures
LASRA: Skin in the game
Kānuka honey treatment for cold sores
Rob Whitney - Companion of the Royal Society
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