December 2011 Issue


Why create homes to the Lifemark standard?

For New Zealand’s builders and developers, this means taking the responsibility to set new standards in accessible housing that the Lifemark provides. Even though consumer […]

Construction report highlights building industry’s economic potential

It highlights the key role the construction sector has played in the economic growth of the country, and the potential for New Zealand’s construction industry […]

Friction device may hold key to quake-proofing buildings

Wei Loo, from the Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, is in the next phase of his research on a friction device that would allow […]

Tradespeople urged to register now

The Government is introducing Restricted Building Work (RBW), as a way of ensuring quality building work is being carried out by qualified, experienced professionals. Consequently, […]

Building qualifications — time to take credit for experience

When I started building some 27 years ago, the plan was to earn a bit of cash while I waited to reach the minimum age […]

Apprentices still buzzing!

Both young men impressed national judges with their knowledge and practical skills in the October 29 competition held in Wellington. As well as proving their […]

Marlborough scoops Supreme House and Renovation of the Year Awards

The striking home also took out the New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 category — showing that top quality can be achieved across any price category. […]

Builders raise $135,000 for charity

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house was then sold at auction within the month, to clear a massive $135,000 for a very special charity — Ronald McDonald […]

Another busy year at the RMBF

As 2011 draws to a close, it is opportune that we reflect on the tremendous amount of work that has been progressed, and our achievements […]

The ins and outs of the FAP

The Financial Assistance Package (FAP) recently released to help fix leaky buildings (ie, where the Government contributes 25% and the councils another 25%) has been […]