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HIA information sheets cover a wide range of industry topics. Prepared by HIA information specialists, they are designed to help HIA members answer questions about a variety of complex areas. You can search by category. Members can also talk to HIA for additional help and support.

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  • Outdoor kitchens - Choosing the right products and materials (87KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains what builders should think about when designing an outdoor kitchen area for a customer to ensure that the materials used will last the test of time and outdoor wear and tear.

  • Principles of Life Cycle Assessment (86KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet introduces LCA and how it can be used as a decision making tool for the assessment of building products, when the builder or owner is interested in considering the overall environmental impact of a building.

  • Product conformance & the BCA Part 1 (99KB)

    The aim of this series of information sheets is to provide guidance to manufacturers and suppliers so that they can determine whether their product needs to conform to the BCA, and if so and identify the relevant steps to verify the product’s conformance.

  • Product conformance & the BCA Part 2 (97KB)

    The aim of this information sheet is to provide guidance to manufacturers and suppliers about how they can identify and undertake the relevant steps to evaluate how a product can prove that it meets the relevant performance requirements of the BCA.

  • Product conformance & the BCA Part 3 (96KB)

    The aim of this information sheet is to provide guidance to manufacturers and suppliers about how they can identify and undertake the relevant steps to evaluate how a product can prove that it meets the relevant performance requirements of the BCA.

  • Retaining Walls (82KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides some basic information about types of retaining walls that can be constructed around the home to manage cut and fill and garden areas.

  • Section J Changes - Are you Prepared?

    This information sheet provides a breakdown of the key NCC 2019 Volume One Section J energy Efficiency changes.

  • Selecting The Right Brick (45KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides advice on selecting a brick to ensure that certain performance requirements are considered apart from just the colour and texture. One of the most important things is to ensure you select a brick suitable for the specific site conditions.

  • Small quantities of hand mixed concrete (80KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains how to mix small amounts of concrete for jobs where you don't need a full order of mixed concrete.

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panel Installation (50KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides information on solar photovoltaic panel systems which can be installed on homes to generate their own electricity.