BRANZ seminars: You Asked – 24 Critical Questions Answered


You Asked, a series of seminars for designers, engineers, builders and BCAs, provides a technical update and answers to important questions to the BRANZ Helpline:

  • What is the content and importance of MBIE Advisory notes?
  • For bracing, how are ‘along’ and ‘across’ defined?
  • Why can’t I substitute a similar product that I can get cheaper?
  • Why is installing cladding over a cavity considered easier than direct fixing?
  • Why is the scope of a BRANZ Appraisal important?
  • How close to the edge of a slab can a fixing be?
  • How much bracing is provided by existing construction?
  • Why is an air barrier important in a wall cladding system?
  • How do we know cavities work – the science behind cavities – the 4Ds?
  • Why are multipliers used in NZS 3604 tables?
  • How can I use the E2/AS1 risk matrix as a design tool?
  • Are the 4Ds of weathertightness still relevant?
  • What is the way to work out the loaded dimension and member spans?
  • Why can my deck joists have a bigger span, and how do I calculate bracing?
  • What do I need to consider when specifying wall underlays and flexible flashing tapes?
  • Why do I have to use stainless steel with some new timber treatments?
  • How can we use the benefits of diaphragms and dragon ties?
  • What are the advantages and drawbacks of top venting of cavities?
  • What are the differences between a wet cavity and a dry cavity?
  • How were risk scores of the E2/AS1 risk matrix determined?
  • How can I use E2/AS1 to support another way of detailing?
  • What are the rules for tying down roof framing and lintels? 

Greg Burn has extensive knowledge and experience in the processes of building design and construction and an understanding of building technology and New Zealand standards for residential construction and Building Code compliance. He has presented of a number of national seminars for BRANZ. Greg has also run industry-based training courses and written a number of technical articles and books.

Harry Dillon is a weathertightness specialist. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, primarily in the area of weathertightness. Harry has been the guest speaker at a variety of industry conferences and was the main presenter for the recent Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment national seminar series Weathertightness – An Induction Course for Builders. 

Confirmed dates and venues:

Mon 26 May


The Emerald Hotel

Tue 27 May


The Mission Estate Winery

Wed 28 May

Palmerston North

Travelodge Hotel

Tue 3 Jun


Ascot Park Hotel

Wed 4 Jun


The Heritage Hotel

Thu 5 Jun


Forsyth Barr Stadium

Mon 9 Jun


Rydges Hotel

Tue 10 Jun


Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Wed 11 Jun


Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre

Mon 16 Jun


Flames International Hotel

Tue 17 Jun


Crowne Plaza

Wed 18 Jun

North Shore

North Harbour Stadium Function Centre

Thu 19 Jun

Mt Wellington

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre

Mon 23 Jun


The Rutherford Hotel

Tue 24 Jun


Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Wed 25 Jun


Mac’s Function Centre

Mon 30 Jun


The Function Centre

Tue 1 Jul


Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

Wed 2 Jul


Addington Events Centre

Mon 7 Jul

New Plymouth

Quality Hotel Plymouth International

Tue 8 Jul


Kingsgate The Avenue

Wed 9 Jul

Upper Hutt

Silverstream Retreat

Seminars run from 1 – 4pm at all venues and BRANZ would appreciate registration being completed by 12.50 pm. Online registration is now available on the BRANZ website.

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