Engineering Services

Our engineering team are passionate about using our expertise to lead an industry in designing healthy, energy efficient, and durable buildings.  Whether it is for a new design, an investigation, or a remediation/rehabilitation project, we focus on delivering innovative solutions to solve our client’s needs.

Facade Consulting

Innovative facades can transform buildings into landmarks, but they are not only an aesthetic consideration. Facade design requires an in-depth understanding of materials, the environment, building movements, and construction. Combining this with an ability to integrate facade components with other enclosure elements and building systems, Kaizon Engineering helps create efficient and sustainable facade designs.

We assist project teams through the consent process by performing design and construction reviews, while also preparing producer statements to document compliance with the New Zealand Building Code and specific project requirements.

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Building Enclosure Consulting

Facades are not the only part of the building envelope that require expert attention when designing a building. Other building enclosure systems, such as basement tanking and vapour barriers, plaza/terrace waterproofing, balcony deck waterproofing, vegetative roofs, exposed membrane roofs, and clad roofs all must be properly designed when providing an integrated building envelope.

Kaizon Engineering offers a level of expertise on building enclosure assemblies beyond what is conventionally provided by facade engineers; and as local councils are beginning to evaluate the complete building envelope during the consent process, the ability to deliver compliant enclosure assemblies that are integrated with the adjacent facade systems are imperative to the future of design.

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Basement Tanking Consulting

It is possible to have a dry basement in New Zealand. Currently, the majority of attention is given to the facade assemblies on most buildings, and Owners / Project Teams resign themselves to accepting a leaky basement or choosing a wet-wall approach rather than relying on an inconsistent tanking membrane or DPM.

Over the last several years, more and more durable and reliable tanking membranes are making their way to New Zealand. Kaizon Engineering offers a unique expertise and ability to fully design and detail, or peer review, the basement tanking systems that are needed to produce dry and habitable basements.

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Quality Assurance Monitoring and Field Testing

The ability to evaluate the field performance of a newly installed glazing, cladding, or waterproofing system not only helps verify the installed system achieves the required performance, but also provides piece of mind to Owners and Occupants of a weathertight building.

Strategic investigative testing helps identify direct causes and avoids wasteful repairs that may only address symptoms rather than the root cause. Whether testing is needed to understand new product performance, validate mock-up prototypes, quality control test installed materials, or investigate failures, qualified water testing is essential to determining field performance of facade and building enclosure systems.

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Energy Auditing & Benchmarking

Improving the energy performance of an existing building can be a daunting task.  While some energy auditors focus exclusively on lighting upgrades, Kaizon Engineering evaluates each property holistically, also considering opportunities for more efficient mechanical equipment selection and control, process heat recovery, electrical load shedding, opportunities for renewable energy generation, building envelope thermal performance and more.   Following standard AS/NZS 3598.1:2014, Kaizon provides in-depth energy investigations, including utility consumption analysis and thorough on-site review of the existing systems, in order to generate a comprehensive list of viable energy projects designed to reduce the energy consumption and costs to the building owner.

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MEPLS Condition Asessments (mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety).

Kaizon Engineering’s Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Life Safety (MEPLS) Condition Assessment reports provide building owners and potential building purchasers with an in-depth and technical understanding of the MEPLS assets contained at a property.  A MEPLS Condition Assessment report not only delivers a comprehensive list of the main MEPLS equipment within a building, it also rates the current condition of each component, provides an estimated Remaining Useful Life (RUL), and provides cost estimates needed to fund immediate/short-term equipment replacements as well as long-term upgrades.  The ability to plan for future capital expenditure for MEPLS systems is an essential tool for anyone managing an existing building or negotiating the purchase of a property.

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Every building can benefit from regular tune-ups to make sure the mechanical systems are efficiently meeting the needs of the occupants.  As buildings age and their occupancies change, the HVAC equipment can start to underperform, leaving occupants uncomfortable and the utility bills high.  By Retro-Commissioning (RCx) an existing building, Kaizon Engineering can functionally test the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and control systems to find and correct performance issues, as well as identify potential energy conservation measures.  Retro-commissioning your building every 5-10 years can result in significant savings on utility consumption, as well as improve the maintenance performance and lifespan of the equipment and create a healthier work environment.

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Infrared Thermography

At Kaizon we believe in using the right tool for the job, so when a problem exists that is invisible to the naked eye, we turn to infrared thermography.  Using a state-of-the-art IR camera, our trained staff can help identify a wide variety of problems that would not otherwise be detected.  With our extensive experience in the building construction industry, we know when and where to apply this technology to identify issues with building envelopes, mechanical systems, and electrical components.  Kaizon Engineering utilises infrared thermal imaging as a stand-alone visual inspection tool as well as a diagnostic instrument when paired with water testing and blower-door building pressurization. An IR camera survey is 100% non-destructive, and can indicate where further investigation and destructive testing is warranted.

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Energy & Sustainability Consulting

All building owners should expect the best energy performance out of their newly designed buildings.  With energy efficient strategies and construction technology advancing regularly, design of the mechanical systems, building envelope, and lighting systems requires an in-depth understanding of the code requirements, available equipment, and a wide variety of equipment control strategies.  Utilising a broad range of expertise in building envelope design and energy efficient performance of mechanical and lighting systems, Kaizon Engineering is uniquely positioned to assist building owners and project teams through the design and construction process to produce buildings that are dry, comfortable, code compliant and energy efficient.

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