August 2013 Issue


Residential companies targeted for European study tour

International consultant on timber prefabrication Johann Betz is urging New Zealand companies operating in the residential construction sector to benefit from a study tour to […]

Planning essential for business success

There are certain words in business that, when they are spoken or, in many cases mumbled, behind a quivering hand, make the chin drop and […]

Back in Time

20 years ago: • James Hardie Building Products launched one of the most eye-catching and innovative advertising campaigns for building products in New Zealand. Models […]

Softly, softly

Think of Barcelona, and other than the 1992 Olympic Games (especially the theme song performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé) most first-time visitors will […]

Leaky building claim fails against vendor, council and builder

Overview This claim before the High Court (Hooft Van Huijsduijnen & Another v Woodley & Others [2012] NZHC 2685) was an appeal of a decision […]

Building confidence on the rise in Waikato

The Waikato region has seen a 95% annual increase in new BCITO building apprentice sign-ups, suggesting a positive uptake of the Government’s Re-boot subsidy and […]

Steel Retrofit for Wellington’s McKenzie Building

The McKenzie Building at 222 Willis Street, Wellington, has undergone earthquake strengthening in preparation for a new lease of life. Built in reinforced concrete during […]

Building industry discovers the importance of business cases

Following the collapse of Mainzeal, Construction Industry Council chairman Pieter Burghout said the shock news showed the fickleness of the industry. “When you’ve got the […]

Apprentice takes the plunge for second year running

Bill Harkness reckons competing in last year’s Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year has given him the edge for this year’s competition, […]

Five-year wait to create the ultimate energy-efficient house

Allan Wallace of Allan Wallace Builders Ltd was ecstatic when he was announced as the winner of the BRANZ Sustainable Homes $500,000 – $1 million […]

Building success with architect’s own home

John Harris of Harris Builders was extremely surprised when his Nelson entry was read out as the winner of the Westpac New Homes $600,000 – […]

RMBF annual conference a hit in Dunedin

Dunedin turned on picture perfect winter days for the Registered Master Builders Federation annual conference at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in July. Themed “Keep Calm […]

‘No worthier recipient’ receives Life Membership accolade

Registered Master Builders Federation president David Fabish was thrilled to present a Life Membership to Michael Fox, a long-standing contributor to the organisation both locally […]

One in three — Guaranteed

Why do one in three homes now being built in New Zealand carry a Master Build Guarantee? Registered Master Builders have traditionally enjoyed a very […]

Where’s the risk?

It’s time to do two things — two things that we have been saying now for some time that we cannot afford to dither on. […]