December 2008 Issue


Construction Industry Council welcomes Williamson’s appointment

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has welcomed Maurice Williamson’s appointment as Minister for Building and Construction.   CIC chief executive Richard Michael says he was […]

Analyst: New Zealand construction sector over-staffed by 35,000

Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) show the seasonally adjusted volume of residential building work put in place in the September quarter was the […]

don’t turn a deaf ear to the risks

A recent survey has revealed that workplace noise isn’t regarded as a major concern by many builders.   Yet the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss […]

Research demonstrates importance of cement and concrete to economy

Research into the importance of the cement and concrete industry to New Zealand’s economy has found it contributes nearly $3 billion towards the country’s GDP. […]

Cutting edge design wins NMIT $1 million

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology‘s (NMIT) planned new Arts and Media Block has won accolades and up to a million dollars in support funding for […]

HERS rating tool can now be used to demonstrate H1 Code Compliance

Carrying out a home energy rating assessment at the planning and design stage has benefits AccuRate, the rating tool used for the Home Energy Rating […]

CCA: Payment claims and the residential occupier

The recent High Court decision of Justice Wylie in Berg v Franix Construction Limited (CIV2008-404-3421) once again highlights that, in order for contractors to take […]

Launch someone’s career in construction

If you’re looking to build business strength in 2009 by investing in training and taking on an apprentice then the Building and Construction Industry Training […]

Architect’s dream — but engineer’s nightmare — wins steel award

‘Best brains right on our doorstep’ Patton Engineering has won a national engineering award for its work on the Hawke’s Bay Opera House’s arched retractable […]

Walking the talk

Have you experienced the latest roofing technology? DP955 from Dimond is a new profile designed to not only be stronger than traditional profiles but, with […]

NZ’s longest roof sheet

When Foodstuffs and ProArch Architects of Palmerston North designed their new warehouse and decided to push the limits of roofing they looked to Dimond and […]

Getting into 270kW Territory

When Ford announced it was handing over the very successful Territory to the performance people who peak and tweak their product — FPV — I […]

Building a winning future

Carpentry apprentice Joe Dobson wanted to be “everything but a builder”, but the 22-year-old from Dunedin is on his way to reaching the top of […]

Striking holiday home and revolutionary office take out 2008 Supreme Awards

A striking holiday home in Russell and a revolutionary Auckland office building took out the supreme awards at the national Registered Master Builders 2008 House […]

Strut your stuff!

The RMBF has just finished the 2008 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Projects Awards in association with PlaceMakers — and what an event […]

Waikato RMBA takes on the youth of today with fantastic results

The Waikato Registered Master Builders Association has launched an exciting new initiative to encourage the Master Builders of tomorrow.   In a first for the […]

First impressions

Just when I thought I could ease into my new role, slow down to a leisurely pace leading up to Christmas and take some time […]