Monthly Archives: August 2015

53 Victoria St – Built to last with James Hardie products


Company: James Hardie

Project Overview

Built by Priority Projects and designed by Thom Craig Architects this classy, three-storey office and retail building is located in the popular Victoria Street precinct opposite the Christchurch Casino. The owners have rebuilt after the Canterbury earthquakes destroyed the low-rise buildings on their 1,140 square metre site.

The building is tough as well as beautiful. The retail units offer a cutting edge contemporary design, while the foundation incorporates the latest refinement in base isolation – the first time this technology has been used in New Zealand.

The Challenge

A combination of structural requirements and aesthetic considerations have driven the redevelopment. The client was seeking a minimalist design for the building as a backdrop to the flamboyant casino situated opposite, and simplicity in addition to durability was a key driver of the building materials selected.

The James Hardie Solution

The building features a combination of James Hardie Stria Cladding and Titan Façade Panel installed on RAB board. The cladding has been installed along the sides of the building to provide simple texture and strong horizontal lines, while horizontal and vertical metal fins on the street frontage provide a contemporary, edgy appeal. This simplicity is further evoked through the use of Stria Cladding in the interior and entrance to create a look of transparency from the front to the back of the building.

The simplistic design belies the complexity of the installation. James Hardie worked with the builder, John McMillan, to develop installation solutions for fixing Stria Cladding to the fins, which are outside the scope of published specification. “This was the first time we had used Stria Cladding and James Hardie worked with us on-site to develop a technical solution to address challenges such as reduced clearance and access, including installing a dummy wall for installation training” explains McMillan.

Durability and low maintenance of product was another key factor in material selection. James Hardie products use an advanced lightweight cement composite technology that delivers heavy- duty performance. The result is a tough, beautiful building that meets all the client’s requirements and fits perfectly within its environment.

Ask James Hardie | 0800 808 868 | |


Global Best Practice – ARIDON® Brings Warm Wall Technology to New Zealand

Company: ARIDON®

Can’t achieve H1 Compliance? Thinking of moving to R4 Cavity Insulation and 140 Framing – STOP !!! Now there is an internationally recognised superior solution: Continuous exterior insulation. ARIDON® SMART WALL eliminates thermal bridging and reduces the likelihood of interstitial condensation by wrapping the frame in a warm, weatherproof shell.

  • ARIDON® SMART WALL keeps the timber frame and cavity warm and dry – reducing heat loss and increasing the effective R value of the wall system. Equivalent or superior insulation performance than R4 cavity insulation – and you don’t have to move to 140 framing.
  • ARIDON® SMART WALL moves the dew point from inside the framing cavity to the exterior face of the wall, preventing mould and mildew accumulation in the wall.
  • ARIDON® SMART WALL – ONE WALL DOES IT ALL: Combines continuous insulation with an in-built drainage plane (cavity battens), self-sealing joints and a rigid air barrier (NZ3604 – exceeding Extra High wind zones), which enables excellent protection against water penetration, reduces material degradation and extends the service life of the building.



Thermal bridging through framing members reduces cavity insulation performance by typically 20% – 30% in timber and steel framing on average. In addition, with modern homes having substantial open areas, there can be significant areas of solid exterior wall with no insulation whatsoever because of the framing requirements.

The ARIDON® SMART WALL System is the only all-in one solution on the market that provides an environmental separator—keeping the outside elements out and the inside temperatures in – enabling a healthier indoor environment, that performs for the life of the building. The ARIDON® SMART WALL system is fully BRANZ appraised and replaces the need for building wrap, rigid air barriers, cavity battens, and insulation. We offer the complete system – fully installed and warrantied by ARIDON Ltd, with a team of structural engineers and draughtsman on hand to answer any technical detailing or structural questions.


How much power does the SMART WALL actually save?

An independent BRANZ energy efficiency study we commissioned identified that in a typical group builder/volume built home the replacement of the ARIDON® SMART WALL system showed “Very good reductions” in space heating requirements. Excellent benefits were seen in the case of the passive solar house examined, with the space heating energy required for comfort provision dropping by over 40% with the 80mm flat panel and nearly 50% with the ARIDON® 80mm Ribbed Panel combined with ARIDON® offcuts installed in the cavities.

Find a full suite of timber and steel details online: If the cladding you want to use isn’t in the drawings list please contact us – it is probably in our pipeline!

Ask ARIDON® | 0800 ARIDON (274 366) | |


Pauloid White-Faced Aluminium Foil Delivers a Lighter, Brighter Factory

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Company: Paul Industries

Harness natural, ambient light with Pauloid White-Faced Foil to deliver a lighter, brighter commercial environment while also saving on lighting costs. The team at Paul Industries are looking forward to reaping the benefits in their new 4400sqm factory in Tauriko, Tauranga.

“It’s surprising how many people still use the traditional silver coloured foil for commercial roof insulation, when the benefits of white-faced foil are so significant” comments Ben Lloyd, GM Sales & Marketing for Paul Industries. “Build costs are almost identical while the cost savings in reduced lighting keep adding up year after year”.

While Pauloid Aluminium Foil is primarily used to control moisture and reflect radiated heat, Pauloid White-Faced Foil also plays a valuable role in diffusing ambient light, significantly reducing the requirement for artificial light in commercial buildings.

“Lighting our current factory has always been a bit of a challenge” comments Joel Bishop, Project Manager for Paul Industries “so we’re making the most of the opportunity to custom build the new facility to suit our needs. In addition to using Pauloid White-Faced Foil in the roof, we’ve carried it through into some of the wall linings to improve lighting and achieve a better finish. Even at this early stage we can see how much lighter and brighter the new building will be”.

Pauloid Aluminium Foil Insulation reflects up to 95% of radiated heat. The foil acts as a waterproof sarking when installed beneath the primary roofing material, providing a vapour barrier against moisture penetration. Pauloid Aluminium Foil Insulation is available in a range of configurations, including flame retardant and different GSM weights to suit every commercial building project.

We recommend that Pauloid Foils be used in conjunction with Kiwimesh Roof Safe Mesh.

For more on Paul Industries’ products call 0800 330-320 or visit

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Jagas Terrazzo Pavers deliver unique design & top quality

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Company: Jagas Paving

Terrazzo Pavers are a popular honed paver offering great design flexibility, timeless style and robust functionality for both indoor and outdoor use. From kitchen floors to atriums, outdoor walkways to pool surrounds and coping stones, the JAGAS Terrazzo Pavers bring classic appeal to any project.

Available in a range of colours and designs, the Terrazzo Pavers feature attractive and distinctive non-slip finishes created with exposed stone chips, imported crushed granites, pebbles and shells. Let your creativity loose – with Terrazzo Pavers you can create a striking result or deliver understated beauty to suit any environment.

JAGAS warmly invites architects and designers to request custom-made Terrazzo Paving. JAGAS can create pavers in custom hues, and using a wide range of materials including aggregates, pebbles, shell and glass. We can produce Terrazzo Pavers in a range of dimensions from the classic 600×600 or 400×400 to rectangular or completely custom shapes. For pool surrounds we provide coping stones in a matching finish.

Call today to see how we can work with you to achieve superior paver design and quality on 0800 4 JAGAS. To learn more about this beautiful product please visit


Brio Open Rail – industrial looks with contemporary style

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Company: Allegion

Brio®, a leading designer and manufacturer of sliding door systems, has released a new range of architecturally designed, exposed rail systems with Brio Open Rail.

Available in either a round or square rail option, Brio Open Rail is suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

Designed to work with timber or frameless glass panels, the Open Rail’s brushed stainless steel rail and fixtures ensure quiet and effortless panel operation as well as robust durability.

A multitude of guides allow the large panels to operate with or without a floor channel, ensuring flooring remains uninterrupted for a modern interior finish.

Perfect for minimalist, contemporary interiors or modern and flexible workplaces, the Brio Open Rail aesthetics are complementary to contemporary interior designs and extremely versatile.

Brio Open Round Rail Timber

Easy to install, Brio Open Round Rail Timber has been designed so the rail centralises the timber panel while concealing the support brackets. Perfect for home or office applications, the sealed precision bearing and nylon inlaid tyre ensures smooth and quiet operation.

Suitable for timber panels up to 100kg and 2m wide

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Brio Open Round Rail Glass

Suitable for use with toughened glass panels, Brio Open Round Rail Glass will enhance a minimalist interior with exposed rail design, stainless steel strap fittings and a universal stainless steel guide.

Suitable for glass panels up to 100kg and 8mm-12mm thick

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Brio Open Square Rail Timber

Exposed precision bearings and stainless steel strap fittings offer a unique industrial aesthetic to the Brio Open Square Rail Timber system. The robust system and exposed rail design ensures quality performance and a long life cycle.

Suitable for timber panels up to 150kg and 2m wide

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HLS Gen4 LED integrated lighting for LED handrail, street-furniture, urban art installations and decorative lighting

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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