Monthly Archives: September 2014

Specifying is easy with one underlay system that does it all


Company: Paul Industries

Enjoy the convenience of using the Fastwrap Underlay System to weatherproof all buildings – no matter where they are, or what they have to withstand.

Fastwrap Wall Underlay is a lightweight, fire retardant underlay that’s BRANZ appraised for use in ALL AREAS and ALL CONDITIONS. Use it with confidence in the highest wind zones, on steel and timber framed structures and on gable ends. View full list of areas and applications.

Complete the system with BRANZ appraised Fastwrap Ultra-Bond Sill Tape for a weather-tight seal around doors and joinery. Suitable for application to wet surfaces and in temperatures from 5 degrees, it’s the perfect partner for the highly versatile Fastwrap Wall Underlay. Its super-adhesion bond gets even stronger over time, adhering effectively to all synthetic underlays, rigid air barriers, OSB, plywood, aluminium, vinyl, weather and unprimed concrete. More on Fastwrap Ultra-Bond Sill Tape.

So with one dependable system that does it all – why would you bother with anything else? Make your next specifying job much easier with the Fastwrap Wall Underlay system.

Call 0800 330 320 or visit


New Legrand EXIT has a distinct edge


Company: HPM Legrand

Over on a small continent to the West of New Zealand, our engineers at Legrand have been creating a stunning new Edgelight from the ground up – or is it from the ceiling down?

The challenge was to deliver a premium product that is attractive to specifiers, highly versatile for contractors, and energy efficient and compliant with the current and potential future standards. It is also pretty rare these days to have local content as a key ingredient. Legrand Prestons facility in Sydney, however, is bristling with injection molding machines that are normally occupied squirting high quality wiring devices in a variety of shapes and colours. You just can’t let talent go to waste so three years ago, Legrand set about to re-invent the wheel.

E2 is the remarkable result of focusing a great deal of electronic and industrial design talent on a single project! It is essentially a blade type exit for AS/NZS 2293 24-metre applications. It can be surface-mounted on the wall or ceiling, or indeed suspended – nothing unusual about that. Taking it a step further, the E2 has a clever spring retainer, which enables it to be fixed to an inclined surface such as a raked ceiling. With the addition of a recessing plate, a more discrete installation can be achieved – again this applies to wall, slope or ceiling.

The ‘slide connect’ concept that harks back to the original Legrand (Minitronics) exit of the 70’s is still used widely in the award-winning G2 exit, but Legrand has initiated a 21st century version for the new E2, incorporating a positive connection 5-way terminal block with 12 mm2 terminals.

Under the hood you will find the Legrand universal common LED board or CLB as it called by the AD propeller heads (AD means ‘acronym-driven’ not ‘attention-deficit’). The CLB has now been rolled into almost all of the Legrand exits with just a tweaking of firmware to accommodate special requirements such as delivering more grunt to the big boxes. This ensures a quicker throughput in production to meet fluctuating demand requirements across an otherwise diverse range.

The family DNA is also apparent in the manufactured LED strip that will permeate all of the Legrand exits. No less than 16 LEDs are arrayed across the top of the E2 to give excellent uniformity on the entire face of the sign, whether single-or double-sided. Sufficient light (or luminous flux as we like to call it) is pumped beneath the sign to achieve a healthy classification as an emergency luminaire (Single-sided: C0 C12.5, C90 C12.5) despite consuming only 2.2 watts on low rate charge.

First to roll off the production lines are the stand-alone versions which will be followed in coming months by AXIOM wireless network versions. Theatre versions will also be produced due to our ability to mould quality components in gloss black.

Full details are available at or call 0800 476 009 for further details.


Win a luxury trip for 2 with Forman’s events for Architects and Graduates!


Company: Forman Building Systems

Forman Building Systems have been busy this month hosting their event series for Architects and architectural graduates all over New Zealand! They have already held successful events in Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington… but there’s still Dunedin and Christchurch to go on their national tour!

The FAIR, Forman Architectural Ideas Roadshow, will be in Dunedin on September 24th, and Christchurch on the October 1st.

Architects, Designers and industry specifiers are invited to see some of the best internationally sourced architectural products, network with industry peers, collect CPD points, and enjoy food from around the world.

The FAIR is split into 2 parts: the CPD presentation from 3:45-5pm (2 ADNZ / 10 NZRAB CPD points allocated) and the Market Day from 5-7pm – REGISTER HERE.

GAIN, Architectural Graduate Ideas Night, still has a Christchurch event left on Tuesday September 30th.

Architectural Graduates are invited to check out the product displays of latest innovations from around the world, network with other local architectural graduates and suppliers, collect 1.5 ADNZ CPD points, and enjoy complimentary drinks and canapés.

GAIN will run from 5-7pm, and there is still plenty of space – so invite your peers and colleagues and REGISTER HERE.

PLUS every person registered goes in the draw to win a luxury night away for 2 anywhere in New Zealand (prize includes return flights, hotel accommodation and a rental car!)

From the team at Forman Building Systems and their fantastic supplier sponsors – they would “love to see you there!”


Zenith Heaters introduces most intelligent water system ever!


Company: Zenith Heaters

The brilliant new generation of the world’s most advanced drinking water appliance has been launched. Combining the best features from previous generations with innovative new technology, the new Zenith HydroTap G4 is the only appliance to deliver boiling, chilled and sparkling filtered drinking water from a single tap and compact underbench unit.

Originally launched 18 years ago, the first Zenith HydroTap completely redefined the way households could access and use filtered drinking water. This newest version, the HydroTap G4, has been completely re-designed from the inside out with the underbench unit around 30 per cent smaller than previous generations. It also features multiple safety and energy- saving modes which exceed the requirements of today’s building codes.

The Zenith HydroTap G4 provides tastier and healthier filtered drinking water thanks to the advanced 0.2 micron filtration system which is up to 25-times more efficient than the average filter in the market. The integrated, NSF-certified filter removes dirt and contaminants such as chlorine and impurities as tiny as one five-thousandth of a millimetre, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Intelligent design ensures beneficial elements such as fluoride remain.

Environmentally friendly, the Zenith HydroTap G4 features energy-efficient micro-
technology that uses up to 53 per cent less power on standby than earlier models and has a choice of four energy-saving settings. The improved low-energy air-cooled system, with inbuilt cross-ventilation, doesn’t dump water to waste making it a great choice for the environmentally conscious.

The new Zenith HydroTap G4 is now so reliable it’s offered with a five-year warranty and supported by a nation-wide installation and service team. The Zenith HydroTap G4 is available in a range of different combinations and colour ranges including gloss and matt black, bright chrome and brushed chrome.

For more information:
0800 558 055


An Opportunity to meet one of the World’s most Visionary Masters this September


Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA.  Founded Ten Arquitectos, 1986.

Company: Metro Performance Glass

Metro Performance Glass is excited to be bringing to New Zealand internationally renowned Architect Enrique Norten. Enrique will be presenting his work and design philosophy in both Auckland and Christchurch this September.

Enrique Norten founded TEN Arquitectos in 1986, where he currently serves as principal. In 2001, he opened another location in New York. Enrique Norten has received numerous awards and recognition of his work, most recently in 2013 with an Honorary Mention in the Bienal de Arquitectura de la Ciudad de Mexico for Mercedes House and the Commemorative Park of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.

Additionally attending the lecture will earn you 10 NZRAB and 2 ADNZ CPD points. Bring along your work colleagues if they would also like to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday 26th September, 6pm
AUT – WG403
Level 4, 55 Wellesley Street East

Monday 29th September, 6pm
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
N104 Lecture Theatre,
130 Madras St, Christchurch Central, 8011

Email to RSVP all attendees.

Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, NJ, 2009.


The AUS 160 Greenstar LED Beam is ideal where a larger profile of linear lighting is required


Company: Aesthetics Lighting Solutions

The AUS 160 Greenstar LED Beam is a stylish and high efficient LED Tubular Lighting System that incorporates two rows of LED ZHAGA strips offering all the benefits of LEDs in continuous linear lighting applications at a price similar to comparable T5 systems.

This profile was designed to provide Architects, Lighting Designers and Engineers with another larger bodied option. The fitting comes with all of the LED options such as tuneable white, Sunset Dim, DALI and fixed output Zhaga boards. This profile was developed to fill a market demand for a wider luminiare by increasing the surface area, the luminaire load is spread and reduces glare. The new AUS 160 Greenstar LED Beam offers high performance, energy efficiency and low maintenance, and with its market leading, patented Kwik Lock joining system, it is quick and easy to install – saving thousands of dollars in installation time.

The new AUS 160 Greenstar LED Beam profile includes:

  • Purpose designed thermal management for optimal LED life and output
  • Zhaga compliant LED boards and controls, offering the significant benefits Zhaga standardisation brings (refer to
  • Hi performance PLexiLED optics – an LED specific optic with micro dispersing particles which diffuse light, giving a smooth dot free appearance.
  • KWIK LOCK, Austube’s tool-less coupling system. KWIK LOCK aids installation by requiring no tools for either the physical join of luminaire sections or the electrical connections
  • Dimensions 159mm Wide x 110mm High, Continuous System
  • Zhaga compliant digital dimmable or fixed high output or standard output LED boards
  • PlexiLED diffuser is recessed in the profile (aids reduction of glare)
  • Heat Sinking Capacity Engineered – in anticipation of current and future control gear and board temperatures.

The AUS 160 Greenstar LED Beam is available exclusively from Aesthetics Lighting Solutions. For more information call us on +64 508 743 757 or email



NZ Manufacturer achieves highest certification status for sustainability!


Company: Insulpro and Mammoth Modern Insulation

InZone Industries Ltd is a New Zealand owned and operated, integrated manufacturing and installation business. Environmental responsibility and sustainability is at the heart of our business and is more than just greenwash. We are extremely proud to have achieved the highest certification status under the Living Building Challenge’s Declare programme and are now the world’s first polyester insulation products Red List Free under Declare.

The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability. It sets a high world-wide performance standard for environmental responsibility amongst the building industry. They have developed a Red-List of prohibited materials under the Declare programme, which include ingredients such as mercury, cadmium, formaldehyde (added), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halogenated flame retardants, lead, asbestos and more.

Declare is a ‘nutrition label’ for the international building industry and is a voluntary self-disclosure program aiming for healthier and more ecological products in construction – Red List Free products are shown to be free from Declare’s red list ingredients.

All InZone Industries polyester thermal and acoustic insulation products – MammothNOVAhush, NOVAfloor & NOVAtherm are manufactured in New Zealand and include our unique friction fit, airlay insulation. The friction fit, airlay insulation enables a smooth, seamless fit without gaps, creases or tucks removing the requirement for staples or strapping. This quality installation improves thermal performance and assists in a speedy installation.

If you are looking to take up the Living Building Challenge for homes or commercial buildings you can confidently use Mammoth and NOVA Red-List Free products.


Exposed Wellington home utilises Linea Weatherboard for aesthetically stylish weatherproofing


Company: James Hardie

Project Overview

Built by David Reid Homes and designed by AD Architecture this new home is situated in a prime city location boasting spectacular views overlooking the Miramar Links Golf Course, Lyall Bay, and Wellington Airport. The two-level, three bedroom plus study home fits cleverly into a typical sloping Wellington site and is perfectly orientated to maximise the views, sun, and landscape.

The Challenge

Challenging site constraints and client requirements — a sloping, small site in an extra high wind zone with a southerly aspect, combined with demands for executive-style living at a restricted budget – required a smart, well-designed solution that was both tough and beautiful.

The James Hardie Solution

Linea Weatherboard by James Hardie was applied to the external wall framing over a rigid air barrier to accommodate site challenges, and provided a number of benefits.

“The client’s budget excluded designing a high-end architectural home, but they didn’t want a standard, off-the-shelf design either, as this wouldn’t suit the site,” says Project Designer, Peter Davis. “Linea Weatherboard provided the aesthetics they were wanting with its clean, bevel back profile at the right cost.”

Weatherproofing was also a major concern.

“The external cladding needed to be able to withstand the high winds and harsh climate. Linea Weatherboard was an appropriate solution for this high risk site.”

Linea Weatherboard has been tested for weathertightness in New Zealand’s complex coastal and alpine climate and is resistant to the damage from moisture and rotting in the harshest conditions. It is also tested for a fire resistance rating of up to 90 minutes, which makes it suitable for use on external walls close to boundaries. “Buildings are situated quite close to each other in Wellington. Linea Weatherboard provides good peace of mind with respect to fire risk.”

The constrained access and a relatively small site also required a low maintenance solution. Linea Weatherboard offered both ease of maintenance to the client and ease of installation to the builder.

“We specified a complete James Hardie solution including, cladding, soffit and tile underlay. It is a proven system. The builder has installed Linea Weatherboard before and understands the product well.”

David Reid Homes Project Manager Tim Sunderland says, “Installation was quick and easy – the weatherboard comes pre-primed and with tongue and groove ends so there is no need to use back soakers at the joint.”

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