Welcome to the website of BRANZ Incorporated. This page describes the role of BRANZ Incorporated as the Incorporated Society of the BRANZ Group of businesses. If you have any enquiries about BRANZ Incorporated or the content of this website, please contact Richard Capie, General Manager, Research Strategy.
BRANZ Incorporated is an investor in industry good research and knowledge transfer to the wider building and construction industry.
It receives almost all its income from the Building Research Levy and invests this to achieve benefits for New Zealand as a whole by improving the knowledge base of the New Zealand building and construction industry.
It invests against priorities agreed in the industry research strategy document, Building a Better New Zealand.
The 1969 Building Research Act sets out the primary legal framework around the activities of BRANZ Incorporated and its investment of Building Research Levy.
The Building Research Advisory Council plays a vital role in ensuring BRANZ's accountability and responsiveness to the New Zealand building and construction industry.
The Council is made up of representatives from the building, engineering, architecture, contracting, and property management industries; central and local government; and the wider business sector. Industry bodies nominate most members of the Council.
The Council meets twice a year. It elects the BRANZ Board, advises on issues affecting the industry, and influences development of the Industry Research Strategy.
BRANZ Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of BRANZ Inc. It is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing services and resources for the building industry. Its two main areas of activity are to: research and investigate the design and construction of buildings that impact the built environment in New Zealand; and enable the transfer of knowledge from the research community to practitioners in the building and construction industry.
Its science and research is aimed at understanding how buildings work, and what needs to improve so that the industry can deliver better performing, better value buildings. Much of its work feeds into the Building Code and standards, or into changes in industry practice.
BRANZ Inc invest in ventures and projects that are carrying out work for the benefit of the New Zealand building industry and the wider economy. The joint venture approach also encourages a high level of support from government and industry partners, resulting in effective transfer of research knowledge into practice. Research consortia are used to achieve momentum on emerging issues until wider industry buy-in is achieved.
Under the 1969 Act BRANZ Incorporated reports to the Minister of Science and Innovation on an annual basis about its activities. This includes the activities of all BRANZ Group and its subsidiaries including BRANZ Ltd.
BRANZ Inc is overseen by a six-person board with significant building and construction, science and business expertise. The Board members of BRANZ Inc are also the Board members of BRANZ Ltd but have clearly delineated responsibilities and the Board meetings are held separately.
Important details about relationships within the BRANZ Group are set out in a Master Services Agreement between BRANZ Inc and BRANZ Ltd.
Research and information funded by BRANZ Inc can be found on the www.branz.co.nz website which is maintained as a single access point for industry and stakeholders.