ABCM/Alternative building construction methods
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Alternative Building Construction Methods
Welcome to Alternative Building Construction Methods.
Before embarking on a build with alternative materials as part of a structure or peripheral finish, careful research must have taken place prior to the builder starting. The owner of the building or client is usually the first person that has inspired the idea of using alternative materials. The designer must take a lead in ensuring that the way the materials are to be used will match or surpass the building laws that are relevant. In New Zealand (NZ) the parts of the NZ Building code that would be assessed carefully would be around the area of structure, durability and external moisture control.
Engineers and experts are contracted to provide proof that the materials that have been proposed by the client will meet the standards set by the NZ building code. This proof can be provided in a number of ways and it is called an alternative solution. A range of tools exists to establish the compliance. These can be found here Alternative solutions