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 Investment.
BRANZ Incorporated is an investor in industry good research and knowledge transfer to the wider building and construction industry. It is the steward of the Building Research Levy and aims to ensure the industry gets the greatest benefit possible from the levy investment.
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 carry out industry-good research and knowledge dissemination and to conduct consultancy services. BRANZ Ltd aims to apply BRANZ’s industry-leading expertise to produce actionable, accessible knowledge for the industry. It also aims to develop enduring relationships with its commercial clients to help them achieve benefits over the long term.
It conducts research and investigates the design and construction of buildings that impact the built environment in New Zealand. It also enables the dissemination 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.
Investment of Building Research Levy
BRANZ Inc invests Building Research Levy in a wide range of initiatives, developing innovative solutions and supporting the education and development of the building profession. These in turn help the building industry deliver better buildings for New Zealanders.
This publication, Levy in Action, shows how BRANZ Inc is investing the Building Research Levy in 2016/2017.
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 board of up to eight people 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.
BRANZ Board 2017 nominations were held at the AGM . Dr Helen Anderson was re-elected and remains as Board Chair. Newly appointed to the BRANZ Board is Pamela Bell who begins her term on 1 September 2017. Richard Merrifield’s term on the Board will finish on 31 August 2017.
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.