Hot and cold angle on speaker circuit

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A national circuit of builder breakfasts entitled “Cold Calling” involving registered master builders and Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL) is to be held soon.
The breakfast meetings will focus on the proposed changes to the thermal efficiency provisions of the Building Code and the wider impact on building and architecture. The gatherings, which will feature a talk by 2007 Thermal Heart Antarctic adventurer Kevin Biggar on his and Jamie Fitzgerald’s 52-day polar trek, will be held in 10 centres over a two-month period.

APL, proprietors of a new thermally efficient range of aluminium windows and doors, as well as the Altherm, First and Vantage brands, are sponsoring the “Cold Calling’ circuit. The gatherings will be free to builders.

Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout and president Ashley Hartley will alternate as RMBF speakers at the breakfasts, and will update builders on builder licensing developments.

APL technical consultant Robert Campion will deal with impacts on builder practices arising from the Building Code energy changes, especially as they relate to glazing and window and door installation and support.

“The H1 changes as foreshadowed by the Government are quite far reaching,” APL marketing manager Shane Walden says, “and we thought there was value in putting the circuit together and dealing in some detail with how the changes will affect builders at a ‘hands-on’ level.

“At the same time, to make it more interesting, we thought it would be good to get a Thermal Heart polar trekker along to tell builders what coldness is really all about and how the Antarctic ordeal panned out.”

Mr Walden says APL is aware that there were two ends to a temperature gauge and that the company also wanted to get behind Auckland Registered Master Builder Marty van der Burg’s Ethiopia housing initiative.

“So while we’ll pay for the breakfasts we thought we’d pass the hat around at the gatherings to raise money for Marty and the builder team he plans to take to Ethiopia later in the year.”
Mr van der Burg, who was a leading light in the South Auckland Ofafanua house project a few years ago, visited Ethiopia last October and February to investigate hands-on aid possibilities for a team of kiwi builders under the Habitat for Humanity programme. He plans to return with a team in October, the exact numbers dependent on fundraising. 

The actual venues and times for the builder breakfasts will be advised directly to registered master builders in the regions and cities included on the circuit.
For further details members can contact RMBF membership services manager Craig Marsh on 04 385 5636, 0800 762 328, 0274 404 007, or emailcraig.marsh@masterbuilder.org.nz

Circuit dates are:

• Auckland (North Shore), Wednesday, June 20
• Wellington, Thursday, June 21
• Napier, Wednesday, June 27
• Queenstown, Wednesday, July 4

• Nelson, Wednesday, July 11
• Christchurch, Thursday, July 12
• Palmerston North, Thursday, July 19
• Tauranga, Wednesday, July 25
• Auckland City, Thursday, August 9
• Hamilton, Friday, August 10