April 2008 Issue


No council negligence found after CCC issued for leaky building

A recent Weathertight Homes Tribunal decision from Wellington in the Simpson Family Trust v Wellington City Council and Others case demonstrates the completeness of the […]

Istanbul’s glorious Hagia Sophia

When the votes were in for the New Seven Wonders of the World, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia failed to figure among the magnificent seven, although it […]

Workplace Assessors Training programmes crucial in continuing education

If you are involved in training or want to get involved in training an apprentice then completing the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) […]

Sustainable Steel

As New Zealand’s leading supplier of metal roofing, cladding, rainwater and structural products, Dimond is big on sustainable business. Employing more than 200 full time […]

Renovate with Rinnai

Water heating is the single largest energy use in homes. Electric cylinders also take up unnecessary space. So it makes sense to take a closer […]

Home heating a big energy efficiency concern

As we head into winter, one of the main household concerns is home heating. While the newspapers fill with the threat of uneven electricity supply, […]

Future-proofed master-planned community an NZ first

The groundbreaking Anselmi Ridge development south of Auckland can lay claim to being New Zealand’s first fully future-proofed and master-planned community. The McConnell Property Ltd […]

Energy Efficiency — vital for reducing costs

The cost of energy is rising, so future-proofing homes against expensive energy consumption makes good sense. By using efficient water heating, space heating, lighting and […]

The new face of Future-Proof Building — Greer Robson

The profile of Future-Proof Building (FPB) has taken a big jump recently, with Greer Robson fronting a new series of television advertisements. The idea behind […]

Stand-up operation is easy on the back!

The FDVL41 Speed Driver is the tool that stands on its own with the capability do all screw jobs asked of it. It is an […]

New height training centre opens

Site Safe New Zealand this month officially opened its custom-built, specialist Height Training Centre at Albany, North Shore. The facility is the first of its […]

Keeping up with The Jones

The Hon Shane Jones has a five-point plan to slash red tape in the construction industry and provide a simpler, more flexible and streamlined consent […]

Apprentice of the Year entries now open!

Entries in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2008 Apprentice of the Year competition opened on Monday 7 April. The competition, which recognises excellence among young […]

Extension in keeping with grandeur of original home

The restoration of a unique property in Nelson won A J Brown Building Ltd the PlaceMakers Renovation Award over $500,000 and the Mico Bathrooms Award […]

New courthouse reflects the past in Central Otago

The first ruling on the new Queenstown Courthouse was unanimous — Naylor Love Central Division was judged the winner of the Seismic Industrial/Utility Project in […]

Time for a business health check?

When was the last time you had a good look at your business? With a new financial year upon us and uncertainty in the consumer […]

The responsible company behind the household name

Most motorists in New Zealand recognise the name Caltex as the brand that has been serving drivers here for more than 70 years. But less […]

Another cracker in store!

The RMBF’s Conference 2008 at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington looks like being another cracker! Titled Keeping It Real, this year’s conference will bring together […]

Whakatane’s Master Builders help provide a little hope for their community

According to local farmer and ex Whakatane mayor Colin Hammond, the chaps from the local Registered Master Builders Association are a bunch of legends. Mr […]

Reflections in my final column

I personally felt I was ready to step up to the presidency around the mid-1980s but various circumstances prevented this happening. As the next 20 […]

Building company collapse a blight on our industry

Builders generally work hard to build the best possible houses and buildings they can. And members of Registered Master Builders are renowned for doing work […]

ITM signs up for Hamilton V8s

ITM has signed as a platinum sponsor of the biggest sporting event in New Zealand — the V8 Supercar Championship round in Hamilton. The Hamilton […]

Triple trade show event promotes innovation

Southern Build, the broadest and most comprehensive building trade show to be held in the South Island to date, will be promoting excellence and innovation […]

Improving skills the name of the game

It takes skills and skilled people to run a successful construction business. You need business acumen, sound accounting and finance skills and the ability to […]

Lockwood launches its EcoSmart home

Iconic New Zealand building company Lockwood has launched a new range of EcoSmart homes to address increasing concerns about climate change and the impact construction […]