April 2007 Issue


Building sector remains steady

The latest building consent figures indicate continued stability in the construction sector, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout. Building consents were […]

Assessment agent appointed for LBP scheme

A Lower Hutt-based company, Assessment Systems Limited (ASL), has been selected by the Department of Building and Housing to be its assessment agent for the […]

Liability should be spread more fairly

It is curious that the Government refuses to accept wider responsibility for the leaky homes crisis. It points to decisions of the courts that the […]

Scanning device developed to detect rotten wood

A group of New Zealand scientists has developed a portable X-ray scanning device that can differentiate between good wood and rotten wood, providing a safety […]

Dicks v Hobson Swan Construction & Others

No doubt most readers are now aware of the decision of Dicks and its implications for the Waitakere City Council. It has received plenty of […]

That Old Brickyard

It is the largest single sporting facility in the world. It is the second oldest surviving automobile racing track in the world. It is the […]

Carters increases focus on manufacturing

Carters is a strategic producer of prefabricated timber frames and trusses in New Zealand. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the trade, it […]

Carpentry focus groups

In 2006 the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) held 15 consultation forums around the country to give construction industry stakeholders the opportunity to […]

Technical writer appointed at Rinnai

Rinnai NZ Ltd has appointed Carla Wentink in the newly-created role of technical writer. Ms Wentink previously held the position of commercial market manager, and […]

Mainzeal appointments

Mainzeal recently appointed Peter Gomm to the new position of chief operating officer. “We are delighted to have a person of Peter’s talents join Mainzeal, […]

One-stop shop opens for business

Fasteners Direct recently opened for business in Mt Eden, Auckland. The company offers a wide range of fasteners and adhesives to the construction industry and […]

Lithium ion technology making life easier say those in the know

Lithium ion cordless tools are proving to make life much easier for builders and other tradesmen. Feedback from a number of Building Today readers show […]

Product range designed around new technology

Makita recently introduced a new range of cordless power tools, the result of six years’ research among tradespeople. Makita New Zealand product manager Paul Hadwin […]

Innovative insulated system the result of 16 years’ development

External Building Products Ltd recently introduced the Crane SolidCore System exterior cladding product to the local market.  The CraneBoard system complements the well-known Masada uPVC […]

Snug as a bug in a rug

Choosing Durawall as a buffer between a building owner and the elements in the Land of the Long White Cloud may just make the difference […]

My home, my castle

Stone as a building material is as old as time — but in the 21st Century time comes at a premium. So while quarrying, dressing, […]

Ford puts the wagon into Focus

Good news! Ford now has a wagon that’s a little smaller than a Mondeo and a little larger than the venerable Escort, which should make […]

Functional wine building pleasing to the palate

Nestled in a cosy valley near Sandspit north of Auckland is Brick Bay Winery’s newly completed wine tasting and function centre. Designed by Noel Lane […]

Conference tidbits . . .

House for Karen — Conference Charity Auction This year’s conference is supporting The Karen Cornelia Trust that was established with the vision of supporting families […]

Last chance to join record Conference numbers

Record numbers of delegates will be attending the 2007 Registered Master Builders conference in New Plymouth later this month — and there’s still time for […]

Humble bach undergoes award-winning transformation

Ian McCully Builders Ltd’s renovation of a humble bach in Nelson was the winning entry in the PlaceMakers Renovation under $250,000 category in the Registered […]

Excellent project management ensures success of hospital refurbishment

Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd’s refurbishment and extension of Kenepuru Hospital was the well-deserving winner of the QBE Insurance Health Project category in the RMB […]

Auckland and Southern regions lead the charge with record entries

The number of entries for the 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards are in and shaping up to be as strong […]

Entries open as top apprentice search begins

The search for the top carpentry apprentice in the country begins this month with entries opening in the Registered Master Builders 2007 Apprentice of the […]

Building Practitioner Licensing now at critical stage

It’s been more than three years in the making, but we are steadily making progress towards turning on the “go live” switch for the Building […]

New accountant at RMBF

Jo Schofield has been appointed the RMBF’s new accountant. Ms Schofield brings 13 years’ financial experience in a variety of business, governmental, non-governmental and not-for-profit […]

Positive vibe

RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout reports on a positive vibe he’s picked up from registered master builders on his nationwide rounds recently. A renewed sense […]

There’s a buzz in the air!

As 2007 has started to crank up a bit I have had the opportunity to get around a couple of parts of the country again, […]