Get to grips with some of the things you'll need to consider before carrying out an MDH project.
The higher-density eight (HD8)
Read about the Building Code clauses being prioritised for change to facilitate higher-density housing.
Specialist roles for medium-density housing projects
An overview of the specialist roles commonly involved with MDH projects and their typical responsibilities.
The following case studies illustrate how the various specialist roles can work together during the development of an MDH project to ensure compliance with the Building Code. Each case study focuses on one of the three main categories within the BRANZ Ltd definition of MDH:
• 1–2-storey attached houses (e.g. duplexes, triplexes, semi-attached terraced houses)
• 2–4-storey attached houses (terraced houses)
• 3–6-storey apartments
These case studies are designed to highlight some of the key issues that will need to be considered during the design process to ensure compliance with the Building Code. They are not intended to provide comprehensive guidance on all Building Code requirements.
Case study one: 1–2-storey attached houses
A simple medium-density housing project to maximise the potential of an 850m2 section.
Case study two: 2–4-storey attached houses
A moderately complex medium-density housing project to construct 10 two-storey apartments on a small site.
Case study three: 3–6-storey apartments
A complex medium-density housing project to deliver a six-storey apartment block within the inner city.