August 2008 Issue


Jones: Inaugural summit lays road map for future

The inaugural building forum “Leading for the Future” held in Auckland recently has laid down the foundations for the long-term future of the industry, according […]

RMBF predicts cautious period ahead

The construction industry is entering “a cautious couple of months”, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout.   Building consent figures for […]

BRANZ appoints new CEO

BRANZ has announced the appointment of Pieter Burghout as its new chief executive officer.   BRANZ chairman Graham Coe says Mr Burghout has a wealth […]

Architects urged to ‘fly their flag’

Public confusion prompts increase of logo use Registered Architects are being urged to “fly their flag” by making their status as Registered Architects clearer to […]

Insulation bonus for home builders

The new, smarter insulation requirements featured in NZS 4246:2006 will improve energy efficiency, reduce our carbon footprint and bring New Zealand construction standards closer to […]

ECNZ certification brings wider choice for customers

Label is scientific proof positive, not just market-driven branding   The new certification by Environmental Choice New Zealand of GreenStuf ceiling insulation pads and blankets […]

Fine print reflects risk management by the statutory insurer

Time limits are important. In the case of a major defect (category 1), the cover expires six years and six months after the date of […]

Unit owners claim leaky building success

Tim Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision summarises some important principles that have come out of the latest leaky building claim to be decided […]

Unravelling mysterious Chankillo

Tucked away in the Peruvian Andes, some 400km north of Lima, is a large, 2300-year-old ancient ruin named Chankillo.   A plan view of the […]

Future-proof your frames and trusses

As you may be aware, the Future-Proof Building Roadshow series is working its way around the country, bought to you by Construction Marketing Services.   […]

Get real!

New Zealand’s aspiring building apprentices now have the chance to hear what life in the construction industry is really like, online at   Hear […]

Green Building in Afganistan flourishes with help of ‘Green Machine’

In a country that has been torn apart by civil strife over the past several decades, there is a new hope for those looking to […]

New criteria for buying a house: What can I walk to?

A new housing initiative to be launched in the Bay of Plenty this year may be a long-term solution to countering petrol prices and fostering […]

Myths, myths . . . and more myths

The construction industry is a haven for myths surrounding workplace health and safety — “she’ll be right, it’ll only take a minute”, “you’ll be fine, […]

Slick six-speed six-pack from FPV

Travel back in time to 1934 to a Ford plant somewhere in Michigan and try to put yourself in the overalls of a technician at […]

Tradesmen need to be taught ‘whole process’ of building

In Part 2 of his article, Mike Anticich, marketing manager of Flashman Flashing Systems Ltd, is convinced that education is the only practical means of […]

Recruitment tailored specifically for the construction industry

A recruitment company specifically established for the New Zealand construction industry — that’s Building Recruitment, a west-Auckland based company that has found its niche and […]

Carpentry apprentices to compete for top honour

Young carpentry apprentices all over the country are preparing to nail another challenge as they compete in the Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year […]

Waking up every day in an award-winner

Rob van Weerd is reminded of his success in last year’s House of the Year competition every day, because he lives in the winning property. […]

Ninety-year-old home restored to glory

The painstaking renovation of a two-storey Arts and Crafts-style house paid off for Clive Barrington Construction Ltd, winner of the Heart of the Home Kitchen […]

Great response to East Auckland meeting

The June meeting of the East Auckland branch of the Auckland Registered Master Builders Association held at the Pakuranga Rugby Club attracted a great response […]

Empty out the boat!

Every so often, in the construction cycle, we need to turn the comfortable, cruising yacht into a racing yacht.   For some this may have […]

CEO departs

RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout departs the organisation at the end of August and will leave it in unquestionably good shape.   Pieter writes his […]