Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sink or Swim?


Company: Hot Water Heat Pumps

Do your clients want an indoor pool? Then talk to Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd. With over 30 years in the business, we know about creating the correct environment for an indoor pool. It’s not just about heating your pool, it’s about getting the building design right, utilising the correct building materials, and using an appropriate heating and ventilation system to keep condensation under control.

Here are a few handy pointers:

  • Make sure the pool enclosure is properly built and insulated, otherwise no condensation control system will be as effective as it could be
  • Use double glazed windows to help prevent condensation
  • Install a Vent‐Air air‐handling system to create the correct environment for your indoor pool to maintain optimum temperature(s) and cost savings
  • Ensure duct work is installed in a loop under the ceiling or underground to distribute air evenly on all surfaces
  • Use a proper cover when the pool is not in use to retain the heat and minimise evaporation

Have a look at one of our recent residential installations at

To talk to one of our technical experts regarding your next indoor pool build, call 0800 336633.



The toughest treatment system in town


Company: Devan Plastics Ltd

Integra Wastewater Management have just dropped their new range of residential and commercial wastewater treatment products into the market. With three residential options from 1500 litres per day through to 2500 litres per day and three commercial options from 2000 litres per day up to 4000 litres per day specifiers will have no problem matching up with their projects.

Developed through years of research and development by Devan Plastics they have hundreds of systems in the ground and are excited that they have not had a single failure.

“With the bad press the industry gets from fly by night type manufacturers it was critical to Devan that the Integra product be thoroughly tested prior to going to market” said Product Manager Alistair Bell.

The Integra product is supported by an impressive bundle of technical and specifier documentation that has proved to be a big hit with councils around the country and the resent stellar success the product enjoyed at the OSET trials means it gets stamped off in a flash.

For more information on the Integra range contact Alistair Bell on 0800 338 268.



Creating the Ideal House with Linea® Weatherboard


Company: James Hardie

James Hardie Linea® Weatherboard provides the perfect choice for low-maintenance exterior cladding.

In 2012, Murray and Lee Ann Durbin, along with S3 Architects and the School of Architecture at The University of Auckland, set out on a cutting-edge building project: to create the Ideal House. Designed for a family of five, the Ideal House aimed to be comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, all the while sticking to an affordable budget.

When it came to choosing a sustainable low-maintenance exterior product that would stand the test of time, the Ideal House team chose to use Linea® Weatherboard, by James Hardie.

“The Ideal House was originally designed and specified in cedar cladding,” Murray says. “However, my parents recently had to replace large sections of cedar cladding on their Auckland home after about 20 years. We decided to look for a durable cladding option which would be easier to maintain, particularly because many areas of the house require scaffolding to access.”

As well as being functional and easy to maintain, the Ideal House needed to look good too. “We love [Linea’s] weatherboard look,” Murray says. “We’ve had issues with resin-bleed from timber weatherboards previously, plus we liked the flexibility of being able to paint the Linea® any colour we wanted.”

In late 2013 the Ideal House was awarded the prestigious 8 Stars Homestar Design rating, and now ranks alongside only a handful of other comparable environmentally-friendly, sustainable builds in New Zealand.

So would Murray use Linea again? “Yes, we’re sold on the product. We will always look to use Linea as the main cladding product on any home we build in the future.”

Ask James Hardie | 0800 808 868 | |




All the best Zenith HydroTap features combined with innovative new technology


Company: Zenith Heaters

Sparkling… on tap.

Only Zenith HydroTap provides Sparkling plus Boiling and Chilled filtered drinking water on tap. The whole office will enjoy the instant convenience of filtered drinking water any way they prefer it. No more waiting on the kettle to boil. No need to buy, carry, chill and dispose of bottled water.

Tastier and healthier.

Enjoy crystal-clear, great tasting filtered drinking water. The integrated new Zenith 0.2 micron filtration system removes dirt and contaminants up to 25x better. Even the taste and odour of chlorine is removed, but fluoride is retained.

Environmentally Friendly.

Intelligent design coupled with the new technology creates a low energy air-cooled ventilation system with superior performance and better environmental responsibility. The G4 exceeds Australian Building code requirements, is best in class and is now up to 53% more energy efficient. Unlike water-cooled systems, the Zenith HydroTap doesn’t waste water.

Reputation and reliability.

Since its introduction over 10 years ago, Zenith HydroTap has earned a reputation for unparalleled quality. The new G4 is so reliable that we’ve confidently extended our warranty to 5 years*. Supported by the largest nationwide trained service providers, you will enjoy peace of mind when you choose Zenith HydroTap G4.

For more information call 0800 558 055, or visit



Earn CPD points at a free Smartspec Workshop

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Wonderful attendees at Auckland North Smartspec Workshop in October 2014

Are you thinking about using Smartspec? Or perhaps it’s been a while and you could benefit from a refresher?

Attend a short workshop in your nearest location to learn the introductory theory + basic features of Smartspec, and specification-writing best practice. (If you’re already a Smartspec guru, watch out for the advanced series later this year!)

Architects, Designers and other industry specifiers should all learn how to save valuable time by producing a high-quality and succinct project-specific document with Smartspec!

1.5 ADNZ CPD points are available. Hospitality will be provided and spaces are limited so please register you and your colleagues by clicking on your preferred location below.

Monday 16 Feb / 10:30 – 12pm

Tuesday 17 Feb / 10 – 11:30am

Wednesday 18 Feb / 10 – 11:30am

HAMILTON – The Verandah
Thursday 19 Feb / 10 – 11:30am

Friday 20 Feb / 9:30 – 11am

WELLINGTON – Smartspec Studio
Monday 16 March / 10 – 11:30am

CHRISTCHURCH – Hagley Pavilion
Tuesday 17 March / 10 – 11:30am

DUNEDIN – Otago Museum
Wednesday 18 March / 10 – 11:30am

QUEENSTOWN – Prime Restaurant
Thursday 19 March / 10:30 – 12pm

We hope to see you there!


The New Zealand BIM Industry Metadata Standards Initiative


BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is a process that has become a discussion point within the specification and construction industry. While discussion around BIM should be focused on its ability to streamline the design, construction and maintenance phases of a building, it is often discussed with some confusion.

As building material suppliers in New Zealand begin to address BIM and the increasing requirement to provide branded BIM content, there will be and are significant technology/education hurdles to over-come.

A specific issue that has developed for building material suppliers through the generation of branded BIM objects, is around the selection of a BIM metadata standard.

To understand this issue, it’s necessary to understand BIM objects. To provide a layman’s explanation, at its most basic level, a BIM object for a building material, provides a graphical representation and also associated information for the product and its representative object. Both the graphical representation and the associated  information (the “metadata”) can be simply or highly detailed and may be shown in 3D or 2D or both.

As building manufacturers and design practices develop BIM content, they are faced with making a decision around how the BIM objects’ information is represented. There are many different standards that have been developed internationally to provide guidance on how this data is represented, with the aim that different BIM objects and models are interoperable with each other. In saying this, BIM objects developed to different standards may be interoperable at varying levels, or could be altered to be more interoperable. However, having content from different suppliers, developed using the same BIM standard aims to over-come this hurdle. At present there is no agreed standard for New Zealand.

The lack of a NZ standard prompted the birth of the NZ BIM metadata standard initiative, brought about through a meeting of stake-holders within the industry. The group was brought together during the Build a Better New Zealand conference with the specific aim of discussing how to get the industry  collecting and sharing agreed and useful metadata information on BIM objects. The meeting was chaired by the Productivity Partnership’s Chris Kane. The group represented large building product manufacturers, architectural practices, product libraries, online consent documentation sites, BIM practitioners, BRANZ and the Productivity Partnership.

So what happens if we continue to use different standards? Over time BIM objects would be released with varying levels of graphical, technical, performance, consenting, inter-object-relationship and pricing information. This lack of consistency would de-value the potential that could come from the use of BIM.

On the other side, in a utopian BIM world, all objects would contain all the possible information available for the products and systems and would sit nicely inside practitioners’ libraries, be freely available, carry warranties, and as such achieve the productivity benefits outlined of BIM.

The aim of the initiative is to begin an industry journey to develop and agree a BIM metadata standard, so that BIM objects can provide consistent levels of information and allow for measurable output-benefits to be realised from a completed BIM model.

While the proposed NZ BIM metadata standard won’t get to a utopian BIM position, having a pragmatic solution in place will allow the industry to begin the journey.

For the NZ BIM metadata standard project to be a success:

  • The industry would be provided with an agreed standard framework to be used for the creation of BIM objects.
  • The NZ BIM metadata standard would make it easier for BIM practitioners to create objects which will work with each other.
  • The NZ BIM metadata standard would support better stream-lining of object organisation and object library organisation.
  • The NZ BIM metadata standard will provide a building industry wide framework for the use and leverage of information generated over the life of a building, especially for facilities and asset management.
  • That the NZ BIM metadata standard would be agnostic to systems, products and software.   

As this project aims to be agnostic and representative, stake-holder feedback sessions will be held, and feedback welcomed. Further information will be provided early in 2015 on the dates, times and locations for the sessions.

For further information, please contact Chris Boyle, Project Manager, on

Billi now comes in striking Matte Black finish!


Company: Merquip

Billi, the inventor of the under-bench boiling and chilled filtered water units, has now added a range of popular tap finish options to their line-up.

In addition to the standard Chrome Plate, you can now select Brushed Chrome, Black Chrome, and the latest, Matte Black. Matte Black is proving particularly popular as designers seek to match their finishes together within the kitchen space.

These finish options are available across the Billi tap range: The standard XL lever tap, the XT Touch Tap, the XR Remote tap, and the Billi font kits and sink mixers are also available to match.

When you consider that Billis are the most compact, most energy efficient units of their kind on the market, these versatile tap options mean you can choose not only the best unit for your conscience, but the best unit to suit your needs and décor.

And the added bonus from Billi? Absolutely no cupboard ventilation required!

For more information visit, email or call 0800 636 0636.



HLS Gen4 LED integrated lighting for LED Handrail, Street-Furniture, Urban Art Installations and Decorative Lighting


Company: Aesthetics Lighting Solutions (NZ)

The HLS Gen4 LED minipuck is the most flexible and vandal resistant LED handrail lighting module on the market, offering a wide range of options of beams, CCT, colour, dimming protocols, emergency and solar alternatives.

The minipucks can be installed in new handrail or retrofitted into existing handrail, flat or oval metallic structures and surfaces. It is powerful, yet small and unobtrusive, making the minipuck ideal for incorporation into street sculptures, illuminating artwork or to wash walls with white or RGB light. It is made in electropolished 316 stainless steel, with options of brass, painted finishes including aged bronze patina, aluminium and super-duplex stainless steel, which offers exceptional corrosion resistance.

To date, the majority of HLS installations are in public areas, as one of the main features of the minipuck is vandal resistance. The thread locking mechanism of the HLS minipuck and the unique tool required for removal prevents vandalism and theft. The fixture achieves the highest impact rating available; IK10 – European Standard EN62262.

Range features:

  • 316 electropolished stainless steel LED module
  • Fits ø38-100mm handrail
  • Up to 150 lumens, 100lumens/watt IP67
  • 95% glare reduction
  • Available in three beams: Standard, Osymmetric and Symmetric
  • Standard CCT: 2700K, 3000K, 4000K, 5000K (custom colours & RGB available)
  • Any dimming protocol
  • Polycarbonate or borosilicate lens
  • Custom lensing available
  • Vandal resistant design IK10 (EN62262)
  • Emergency compatible
  • Stand alone solar PV solutions
  • UL listing pending

The PLANET LIGHTING – HLS Gen4 LED is available exclusively from Aesthetics Lighting Solutions.