Welcome to BRANZ Incorporated

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.

About BRANZ Incorporated

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.

Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC)

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 Structure & Governance

BRACBuilding Research Advisory Council

19 representatives from 14 organisations



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Dr Helen Anderson
Dr Helen Anderson, Chair, was appointed Deputy Chair in 2011 during her first year on the Board. She is an independent director of several organisations and a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.
Richard Carver
Richard Carver has a background in business management and governance and is co-owner of Jennian Homes and Construction Marketing Services. He joined the BRANZ Board in 2013.
Kevin Stanley
Kevin Stanley has more than 25 years' experience in the construction industry and is current Managing Director of Stanley Group. He joined the BRANZ Board in 2012.
Richard Merrifield
Richard Merrifield joined the BRANZ Board in 2011. He is a former President of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) and former Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC).
Ken Stanton
Ken Stanton is Principal and Chair of architecture and engineering practice Stephenson & Turner. He joined the BRANZ Board in 2012.



  • Fire
  • Structures
  • Material Performance
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Code and Standards Research
  • Economics
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Innovation CIL, Homestar, STIC

External Investments

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.

Levy in Action 2012 - 2015

The Building Research Levy is invested for the benefit of the New Zealand building and construction industry.

Total Value $9,548,660 (Click segments for details)

Total Value $9,548,660 -View the details below

Productivity - 38.7% ($11,114,000)
  • Methods of improving productivity in construction and engineering-information flow
  • Evaluating the incidence of snags in residential housing in New Zealand
  • Collaboration in the construction industry supply chain
  • 5 scholarships
  • Small-firm work types and resource use
  • Advanced residential construction techniques
  • Productivity measurement
  • Productivity industry process and technology
  • New house survey - what's working, what's not
  • Construction Strategy Group
  • Construction Productivity Partnership
  • Prefab NZ
Continuing Projects - 9.4% ($2,710,600)
  • Advisory services
  • Building Code and standards
  • Long-term weathering site
  • BRANZ Research Levy forecasts
  • Education
  • Research strategy
  • Building industry library
  • Build magazine
  • Industry needs survey
  • Builder's Mate
  • Bulletines
  • Guideline
  • Level 2012-13
  • Annual publications review
  • Projects reviews
Material Performance - 2.8% ($816,460)
  • Durability verification
  • Better understanding and use of high mass materials for acoustics
  • Structural Timber Innovation Company
  • New Zealand corrosivity map
  • Performance-based fire safety engineering - simplified reaction to fire properties
  • Materials performance testing methodologies
  • Investigating osmotic effects for wet area membranes
  • Building resilience
Maintaining abd Improving the Performance of Existing Buildings - 0.7% ($215,000)
  • Prioritising repairs and strengthening in housing
  • Good repair guides
  • Refurbishment rating tool for houses
  • Designing for maintenance guide
Better Buildings - 10.3% ($2,945,500)
  • Building moisture and indoor environmental quality
  • Upstands and junctions
  • Subfloors and roofs - moisture management, corrosion prevention, thermal performance
  • Vapour controls in walls
  • Probabilistic performance of house roofs under wind load
  • Specific design for light timber-framed buildings
  • Current new house characteristics
  • Seismic response of buildings
  • Generic bracing ratings
  • Canterbury earthquake - EAG foundations
  • Revisiting concrete floor slabs
  • Building Basics - earthquake resilience (low-rise and residential buildings)
  • House Insulation Guide 5th Edition
  • Automated wind mapping
  • Designing buildings for fire
  • Sector performance - effectiveness of passive fire protection
  • Performance-based fire safety engineering - limiting fire spread by design
Meeting The Housing Needs of All New Zealanders - 1.0% ($273,600)
  • Good homes for low-income tenants
Automation, Industrialisation and New Technology - 32.6% ($9,354,646)
  • BIM (building information modeling) - 3D details solutions
Operating Environment - 0.3% ($78,000)
  • 1 scholarship
Building Better Cities and Communities - 0.6% ($158,000)
  • Delivering succesfull urban intensification in Auckland
  • Delivering succesfull urban intensification in Auckland - 3.6% ($1,024,000)
  • BEES - Building Energy End-use Study
  • Economy of comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient homes in NZ climates
  • 3 scholarships
  • Whole-house R-values
  • Specifications for high-performing houses
  • Environmental profiling
  • Reissue of the REBRI website
  • Measuring our sustainability progress

Annual Review

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.

Download Annual Review for 2012-13

The BRANZ Inc Board

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.

Master Services Agreement

Important details about relationships within the BRANZ Group are set out in a Master Services Agreement between BRANZ Inc and BRANZ Ltd.

Accessing BRANZ Inc Research & Information

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.