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20 years ago:

Hawkins Construction, one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies, was registered under the international Quality Standard ISO 9002.

Quality assurance manager Robert Finlay said the registration was the result of two years’ effort by management and staff nationwide.

“ISO9002 certification reaffirms the quality service we have offered in the past as well as being a guide to enhance our present and future operations,” Mr Finlay said.


15 years ago:

The New Zealand Construction Industry Council set out an action list of priority measures it considered necessary to raise standards and fully restore public confidence in the construction industry.

“Our prime objective is to lift standards and work practices throughout the industry,” Council chairman John Pfahlert said.

“None of our members want to see again such an unfortunate and extensive catalogue of difficulties over weathertight housing problems that have been reported during the past months.

“We agree with the Hunn report that there is no one single cause, and are of the view that most homes and apartments constructed over the past decade are sound and will meet the expectations of owners.

“But it is abundantly clear that there has been a marked and unacceptable decline in standards of performance from which no one section of the industry has been immune,” he said.


10 years ago:

Architects, designers and building officials were among the attendees expected at a series of seminars to be presented by senior BRANZ scientists Nigel Isaacs and Michael Camilleri, and Department of Building & Housing Building standards advisors Nick Locke and Stephen Ward.

The seminars focused on changes to Building Code Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency ) and their impact on house design and construction.

“Everyone involved in the design and consent process needs to understand the changes to H1 and what they mean in practice,” BRANZ science communications manager Chris Kane said.

“No matter what the public demands, consents will not be issued unless designs meet the new H1 requirements. It is in everyone’s interest that architects, designers and building officials are able to understand the changes from each other’s perspectives,” he said.


5 years ago:

There was a cautious optimism that a gradual upturn in the fortunes of the New Zealand construction sector was starting to occur.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) said Christchurch was going to be a hub of activity since insurance money from the earthquakes was finally starting to flow.

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