Every year BRANZ invests the Building Research Levy for the benefit of the New Zealand building and construction industry. The Building Research Levy is an activity-based levy that is collected in proportion to the value of all work that is subject to a Building Consent. Part of this funding pays for the research programme that BRANZ conducts. This overall research programme includes a stream of work in the area of performance-based timber engineering. In this article a brief description is provided of current research projects in this subject area.
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