Building & Construction

Check out the research databases and websites for your subject below

Discovery Search(external link)

This search interface facilitates simultaneous search of all library resources, including physical and electronic, at one place. You can search physical books, eBooks, and all resources available through our databases, such as electronic journal articles, theses, book chapters, and reports, through this platform.

Popular multi-subject databases

The following databases cover a huge range of subjects including articles related to building and construction.

ProQuest(external link)
Academic Search Complete(external link)
Science Direct(external link)
Academic OneFile(external link)

Other Useful databases

LinkedIn Learning(external link)
LinkedIn Learning provides access to many useful resources on technology(external link) topics. It also includes relevant learning resources on Business(external link) and creative industries(external link)

Safetyhub(external link)
A database of videos dealing with safety related issues in diverse workplaces. Useful resources for anyone interested in health and safety protocols.

New Zealand specific databases

These databases may be useful when searching for articles published in New Zealand or specific to a New Zealand context. 

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre(external link)
Full text articles available from thousands of Australian NZ journals, newspapers etc.

CCH IntelliConnect(external link)
Employment and HR; GST cases, commentary, legislation; Tax legislation, etc.

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand(external link) 
An organisation for more than 33,000 accounting and business professionals across New Zealand and Australia.

Digital New Zealand(external link)  
This database aggregates New Zealand-related resources at one place. DigitalNZ includes videos, newspapers, maps, photographs, audio recordings, artworks, news reports, and many other kinds of digital content. Users can access journals related to New Zealand and research theses from academic institutions of this country. Theses and research papers are accessible from the research papers section(external link) and the NZ Research section(external link) of the website.

INNZ Index New Zealand(external link) 
New Zealand Journals indexed by the National Library of New Zealand.

Research Bank(external link)
This is an open research repository that includes research, mainly theses and dissertations,  produced by students and staff while affiliated with Unitec, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Otago Polytechnic, Toi Ohomai and Southern Institute of Technology (SIT),which are part of Te pūkenga. This repository includes mainly recent research produced by these institutions. For a more comprehensive coverage of research produced in New Zealand see the research papers section(external link) and the NZ Research section(external link) of Digital NZ(external link)

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection(external link) - BWB eBooks 
This collection includes books that cover diverse aspects of the Treaty of Waitangi. Bridget Williams Collection also covers many other collections including critical issues collection(external link) and texts collection(external link), which explores issues related to New Zealand from an in depth perspective.

Waitangi Tribunal(external link)
Access to Waitangi Tribunal reports - browse, or search full text.

Recommended websites

BRANZ(external link)
Provides an independent and unbiased research, testing, consultancy and information resource for the building and construction industry.

Building Construction Industry Training Organisation(external link)
Develops and implements industry standards and qualifications for the building sector.

Building Performance(external link)
MBIE being the overarching regulator of New Zealand’s building system, this site managed by MBIE provides policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, rules, and standards, and implements building legislation and regulations to meet New Zealand’s current and future needs. It also includes a portal called Building CodeHub(external link), which is an online search tool that helps building practitioners find and access resources that enable them to design and construct buildings that comply with the Building Code.

Certified Builders Association of New Zealand(external link)
Information on building supplies industry training. Complies membership lists of certified builders.

How Stuff Works(external link)
Great explanations of how things really work: from your car engine to modems, from cameras to tattoos.

Maths resources(external link)
Wolfram Mathworld, a free mathematics resource from Wolfram Research, is available from here.  IXL learning's maths section(external link) also provide mathematics learning resources.

MBIE-Building and Energy(external link)
This section of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s website provides information, resources and guidance at a macro level to support building and construction, tenancy and housing and energy and natural resources.

MBIE-Occupational Safety and Health(external link)
Occupational safety and health information and services from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development(external link)
MHUD is a cabinet-level public service department responsible for overseeing the New Zealand Government's housing and urban development programme. It formally came into existence in 2018 and assumes the housing policy, funding and regulatory functions of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), and the New Zealand Treasury.

New Zealand building code handbook(external link)
Provides an overview of the regulatory framework, Building Code, core definitions, publications referenced, and an index of the Building Code, Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods by building element or aspect.

New Zealand Construction Industry Council(external link)
Represents the interests of the building and construction industry in New Zealand.

Registered Master Builders(external link)

Site Safe(external link)
Organisation that assists businesses to improve the health safety culture practice and reduce injuries to the construction industry.

Standards New Zealand(external link)
On-line catalogue of standards, news and copies of draft standards. Please create an account using your NMIT staff email address and follow the setup instructions provided.

Weathertight(external link)
Site developed for the construction industry by BRANZ Ltd, with information on making homes weathertight.

Wood University(external link)
This is an educational resource managed by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, a nonprofit trade association of the United States and Canadian engineered wood products industry. This site offers courses and study materials related to engineered wood products. Their resource library(external link) contains useful educational materials such as videos, CAD resources on topics like construction basics.(external link)

Worksafe New Zealand(external link)
New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator.

Further Reading

Additional reading and research resources can be found in the library collection including books and magazines via this link below.

Building & Construction(external link)

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