Building and Construction


* Associations
* Building Research
* Weathertightness & Leaky Buildings


* Home Improvement Collection
Home improvement articles for the hobbyists and the professional alike. Coverage includes architectural techniques, tool and material selection, and much more.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.
* Barrier Free New Zealand Trust
A charitable trust aiming to encourage, promote and facilitate the creation of environments that are accessible and usable for everyone in the community.
BRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing resources for the building industry.
* Build It Right
Information about Restricted Building Work which may only be undertaken by Licensed Building Practitioners including carpenters, designers, roofers, external plasterers, brick and blocklayers and foundations specialists.
The do-it-yourself building website contains woodworking plans and projects as well as loads of other stuff.
* Building a new home - Consumer NZ
* Building Act
From Building Performance - a site created by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to direct and support people to and through building processes to achieve compliance with the building regulatory environment.
* Building Act - Department of Building and Housing
* Building Act 2004 Guidance Publications
Guidance information on Building Act initiatives that affect different people, including homeowners and consumers, building owners, managers and developers, builders, tradespeople and designers, and building officials, from the Department of Building and Housing.
* Building information for Consumers
From the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ)
* Building Performance
Created by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to direct and support people to and through building processes to achieve compliance with the building regulatory environment.
* Christchurch City Council Building consents Christchurch
Gateway to building information and regulations from the city council. Includes charges, consents, Land Information Memorandum, Project Information Memorandum & Planning.
* Codewords
Codewords - the Building Controls newsletter of the Department of Building and Housing
* Directory of NZ Dri licensees
Ensuring kiln-dried timber which consumers can use with confidence.
* Easy Guide to Eco-Building
A concise booklet describing how to carry out construction projects with consideration for the environment
* Floor Planner
Create and share interactive floor plans. Free user account required
* Gib
New Zealand manufacturer of plaster wallboards and drywall products. Gib is a product of Winstone Wallboards
* Home Ideas
Home Ideas Visual Centre in Christchurch. Information and displays of a wide range of building and decorating products.
* Masterspec
Provides specification systems and supporting software for the construction industry.
* New Zealand Building Trades Union (NZBTU)
* ProductSpec
Online database that designers and construction companies can use to source information from more than 1600 suppliers
* Ralenti 2 build
building information for specifiers & home renovators
* Resource Efficiency in the Building and Related Industries (REBRI)
BRANZ guide to using materials, energy, time and money more effectively.
* Sensing City
The Sensing City will catalyse entrepreneurs, improve environmental management, reduce the costs of infrastructure management, enhance citizen engagement in our city and contribute to the rebuilding of Christchurch into a 21st century city that most importantly, will keep Christchurch an exciting, modern city that people want to live, work and play in.
* Site Safe: working with you to make your site safe
Undertakes the research, development and co-ordination of health and safety activities designed and targeted at the construction industry.
* Trends is a showcase of home and commercial design ideas. You will find hundreds of videos, thousands of articles and tens of thousands of high quality images.