Category: technology

The Building Industry – we are not alone

NZ and USA – not only are we suing the same construction methods, but we seem to be having the same educational, societal and methodological issues. The reason for any labour shortage is different in NZ I believe but nevertheless we seem to be having one – particularly a skilled labour shortage (note the emphasis on skilled).

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Import taxes create losers

it just prevents you from importing and using a good product that would otherwise advance technology in the country, make the standard of living cheaper and better, just to protect national companies financial interests. Because let’s face it: Why else would you have to have taxes on a overseas product if the product taxed was not better: No one would buy it anyway. Trump taxes do exactly one thing: Holding back development and evolution.

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From: http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/building/stadthaus/19918

Holzweg – NOT!

Lloyd Alter has written a nice article about the Stadthaus (another German name), a nine storey timber building in London, made from Austrian CLT.
The article also has a few nice picture how the interior looks like in rough state and in finished state plus a nine week time lapse – quite impressive. It should also be noted that this article was actually written in 2010 after the building was constructed in 2008 – 8 years ago and nothing much of such construction has really arrived in New Zealand yet.

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Electric_batteries.jpg

Doing the right thing while keeping powered up 

Most portable or mobile devices need power and that is provided by batteries in some form – either rechargeable or non-rechargeable, built-in or replaceable. 
All of those batteries have their advantages and disadvantages, some last longer than others, some are cheaper in the long-run, some need more attention than others i.e. charging or replacing. 
Whatever the battery, it will need to be replaced at some stage 

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The Swedish report and the EV batteries – some real world numbers

There’s a Swedish article that has been often quoted over the months regarding the environmental impact of EV batteries.
If you’re predisposed to hate electric cars, then there’s a wonderful story making the rounds that’ll support your worldview. However, let’s just look into some of the numbers stated in there and add some real world numbers into the mix.

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APL Klima Standard 76 by Koemmerling

Things one would not have expected

Today I have had news of a NZ first: One of the leading NZ aluminium window manufacturers is taking uPVC windows into their range. And they look terrible familiar. It’s the Koemmerling range, that had been around in NZ for some time.

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