April 2014 Issue


‘Cardboard Cathedral’ architect wins equivalent of Nobel Prize for architecture

Shigeru Ban, architect of Christchurch’s Transitional (“Cardboard”) Cathedral, has won the Pritzker Prize. Mr Ban is a world-class architect and expert in disaster-zone building. The […]

Large hydro-electric dams unviable and damaging to emerging economies

The evidence is conclusive: large dams in a vast majority of cases are not economically viable. Instead of obtaining hoped-for riches, emerging economies risk drowning […]

NZI Centre scores ‘market leading’ NABERSNZ rating

Auckland’s NZI Centre has been awarded a 5-star “market leading” base building Certified Rating for energy use under NABERSNZ, the office building energy rating scheme. […]

Tale of two cities ‘well entrenched’

The latest residential building consent figures show demand for new housing continuing to strengthen. The trend for new home consents is at its highest level […]

Concrete construction course on soon

The Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) has developed a Concrete Construction Course designed for those responsible for supervising the receipt and placement […]

Holcim progresses import terminal investment

With its new $5 million silo capacity project at Lyttelton nearing completion, Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd is moving to the next stage of the $100 […]

Construction assessment firm signals almost universal under-insurance

A leading firm in the construction industry is warning that changes to home insurance policies are leaving up to 93% of home owners underinsured to […]

Construction boom will challenge

New Zealand is on the brink of the biggest construction boom in 40 years, according to a joint industry and government report released recently. The […]

Crunching the numbers on retirement

Last month I mentioned I would fill you in on some scary, maybe unwelcome or possibly head in the sand, don’t want to think about […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • An average of nearly $60 million more was spent on construction work every month in the year ended January 1994, than […]

Never happened

With scientific and social change occurring at an ever increasing rate, it’s surprising what technology has failed to produce — and what has never materialised. […]

The BPB — three reported decisions

The Building Practitioners Board is a quasi-judicial body that hears complaints made against Licensed Building Practitioners. BPB Complaint No C1011 In this decision concerning an […]

Building industry in dire need of 5000 more apprentices

The construction industry is still woefully short of building apprentices despite a massive 55% increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups in 2013, according to the Building […]

Home of Cycling’s Avantidrome provides Olympians with world-class facility

Sometimes even a worthy project needs a champion to carry it forward and rally support. In 2010, a regional bid team in the Waikato dreamed […]

Call for New Zealand’s top carpentry apprentices

As the construction industry shows definite signs of growth, Kiwi carpentry apprentices are being encouraged to step up and show they have what it takes […]

Builder wins House of the Year award with first entry

Jonathan Lewis of J Lewis Building Ltd in Nelson says taking out the PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000 – $350,000 award at the Registered Master Builders […]

Christchurch builder a deserving winner of House of the Year award

Clive Barrington of Clive Barrington Construction was “stoked” to win the Carters New Homes $1 million – $2 million award at the Registered Master Builders […]

Are your subcontractors training for the future?

The economic outlook for New Zealand in the short to medium term seems to be constantly improving. We have decade-high migration figures, good commodity prices […]

Affordability — less is more

I was speaking at a luncheon recently on numerous topics, and one question that came up (and always tends to get raised) was housing affordability. […]