April 2010 Issue


Carrying licence cards on the job becomes legally mandatory

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayer’s Act is being fully implemented this month, bringing in a legal requirement for people working in the industry to carry […]

Government launches ‘smarter approach’ to housing

A successful pilot scheme has led to a nationwide roll out of an exciting initiative to improve how Housing New Zealand responds to the public, […]

BRANZ preferred partner for Global-Mark

BRANZ has announced an exclusive arrangement to provide product testing and assessment services for building products to Global-Mark under the Department of Building and Housing’s […]

New book encourages better construction management

New Zealand’s productivity could be boosted if more people working in the construction industry understood basic management principles, University of Auckland civil engineering associate professor […]

Work almost complete on Flat Bush stage two draft masterplan

Work on a draft masterplan for stage two of Flat Bush, Manukau, is almost complete. Amongst the detailed work being done is the development of […]

NZTE prize helps Beca grow an innovative, international business

A $100,000 prize from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) will be used by award-winning engineering consultancy Beca to nurture innovation among its 2500 staff […]

Orewa homes reduce energy by 50%

A group of homes in Kensington Park, Orewa, have shown to be successful in reducing their annual energy consumption to an average of 30% less […]

Energy-efficient solution brings light to Sydney heritage landmark

Today’s emerging sustainability requirements in the construction industry are creating new types of considerations, particularly when considering modern solutions for heritage-listed properties. 99 Macquarie Street, […]

Strict on striking out — prepare your oppositions carefully

The High Court has recently considered the scope of the Weathertight Homes Tribunal in removing parties from proceedings. The result certainly raises the bar from […]

Hadrian’s defining wall

The recent celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall recall that using physical barriers to mark political borders ain’t new. […]

Gearing up for a future workforce

Large numbers of new workers will be needed over the next two to four years to meet growing demand for construction, according to the BCITO’s […]

Expertise comes together at Pacific Rim conference

The 9th Pacific Structural Steel Conference (PSSC), to be held in Beijing on 19-22 October, 2010, is a major initiative bringing together expertise in structural […]

Preliminary design support service brochure rolled out

A new brochure promoting the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) preliminary design support service has been rolled out during recent consultant visits. This service has […]

Company achieves Enviro-choice labelling

Initiated by the New Zealand Government, Enviro-choice is a voluntary environmental labelling programme operating to international standards and principles. Pacific Steel says its award of […]

Safety systems under investigation

The Department of Labour is currently investigating a complaint about the adequacy of permanently installed rope access and industrial fall-arrest systems (including anchorage points) on […]

Better support for Auckland workers

Injured construction workers in the Auckland region can now get support to recover at work, or return quicker after an injury, following the introduction of […]

Flexible approach pays off

Steel Shed Systems has a bottom line philosophy as a complete design and construction service company — it can do as much or as little […]

Kauri cone the catalyst for stunning new courthouse

Design avoids ‘monumentalism’ of past courthouses In Warren & Mahoney’s Wellington offices sits a small kauri cone. This modest object, with precise spirally-arranged overlapping scales, […]

Employers, get set to enter your apprentices

Carpentry apprentices across the country are vying for the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2010 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters. Entries […]

Hot results for Armstrong Downes

Armstrong Downes Ltd’s outstanding construction of the Paraparaumu Fire Station was the worthy winner of the Industrial and Infrastructure Project in the Registered Master Builders […]

Seamless integration of old with new

Owner/operator Mark Ward of Gray Bros Residential Builders could not have been prouder when his team took out the PlaceMakers Renovation $250,000 – $500,000 award […]

What kind of insurance?

Understanding the difference between public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance As discussed last month, there is concern in the industry at the increased accountability […]

Hawkes Bay hosting annual conference

The Registered Master Builders Federation is holding its annual conference — titled Knowledge Is Power — at Napier’s War Memorial Conference Centre on 8-10 April. […]

Registered Master Builders see drop in recent level of enquiry

The Registered Master Builders Federation says figures released recently by Statistics New Zealand confirm the increased activity that has been evident in the market during […]

The customer service advantage

The housing market is very tight at present, activity is low (but improving), competition for work is high, margins are squeezed and customers are shopping […]