April 2016 Issue


Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid: 1950-2016

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31, aged 65. Her subsequent obituaries have generated as much controversy as did her life works. Royal Institute […]

New assessment tool for Health and Safety now available

On April 4 the new Health & Safety requirements took effect, reinforcing the obligations of employers to take concrete action to ensure the health and […]

Health & Safety at Work Act — what is it?

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed and the new law — the Health and Safety at Work Act — came into force on […]

Putting up with second or third best?

I am going to digress from business to start this article. It’s not supposed to be a rant, but I will say I was not […]

In code

When I first started in architectural practice, engineers still used punch cards to hold the codes defining their calculation data. Containing a series of blanks […]

Leaky building claim against council fails for being out of time

The case was brought by the council exercising the summary judgment procedure (available to defendants) on the grounds that Ms Lee’s proceeding was statute barred […]

BCITO appoints new chief executive

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has appointed a new chief executive who will be familiar to Registered Master Builders Association members — […]

The Falling from Heights campaign — justifying the costs

Following the publication of my article in Building Today September 2015 titled The Real Cost of the Falling From Heights Campaign, I sent copies to […]

Welcome to the fold: new acoustic product launched

A new non-combustible acoustic insulation product that provides a quick and easy-to-install solution for metal frame construction has been launched by Knauf Insulation. Earthwool glasswool […]

New alternatives available for retrofitting wall insulation

It’s fairly well known that the majority of New Zealand’s ageing housing stock is not adequately insulated, and while an effort is being made to […]

Ceiling insulation a high priority

Insulation for ceilings is usually the cheapest and easiest form of insulation, and will make the biggest difference to home heating bills because approximately 30% […]

BT’s Back in Time

20 years ago: • Carter Holt Harvey mills at Kumeu, Whangarei and Marton were being closed in the company’s drive to improve international competitiveness. Around […]

Aussie tradies benefiting from the sharing economy

DriveMyCar, Australia’s first and largest peer-to-peer car rental service, and LDV Automotive are now helping tradespeople get a better deal that will nearly halve the […]

‘Industry Rumble’ boxing fundraiser supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation

The ‘Industry Rumble Fight for Life’ took place on Friday, April 29, in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ. And the building industry […]

HRV acquires leading heat pump company, boosting group size

Home solutions company HRV has continued its dynamic growth with the purchase of two leading Auckland businesses — making it four acquisitions in two years. […]

Master Electricians warning over non-compliant building products

Use of non-compliant building products is a cause for concern across all trades — and, in the case of electrical goods, could pose a fire […]

Search begins for NZ’s top carpentry apprentice

Carpentry apprentices from around the country are being called to show off their talent and passion for the trades by competing in the Registered Master […]

Record entries in NZ Commercial Project Awards

More than 60 of New Zealand’s top commercial properties will vie for national awards at this year’s New Zealand Commercial Project Awards — double the […]

Show home scoops top award with superb finish and sustainability

Matt Gudsell of Gudsell Designer Homes says he was delighted when he found out his Matamata home was named the national winner in the GIB […]

House of the Year — an insider view

The Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition is now under way, with judges travelling around the country to find New Zealand’s top […]

How different will Health and Safety be?

How different will it be for employers and employees turning up to work with the introduction of the new Health and Safety at Work Act? […]

The Health and Safety at Work Act — from the ground up

Just about the first job on any new building site is to put up a safety fence, do the foundation work and lay the slab. […]

The Falling from Heights campaign — justifying the costs

Following the publication of my article in Building Today September 2015 titled The Real Cost of the Falling From Heights Campaign, I sent copies to […]