December 2015 Issue


Where did that year go?

Here we are in December, so we can officially talk about Christmas now. If you are thinking “he’s lost the plot — we’ve been talking […]

Things I just don’t get

I just don’t get Facebook. I know it has more than 1.5 billion worldwide users on a monthly basis, but I don’t see its value, […]

Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015

I wish to summarise changes brought about to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“the Act”) by the operation of the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 […]

BT’s Back In Time

20 years ago: • New Zealand’s first building certifiers, Peter Simpson of Dunedin and Keith Hodgkins of Mt Maunganui, were approved by the Building Industry […]

BCITO Graduate Scholarship recipients announced

  Each year the BCITO awards five scholarships to graduating apprentices who are aspiring towards their next learning opportunity to further their career. Providing access […]

Rigorous testing ensures structural pedigree

Radiata pine trees grown in Northland are scientifically proven to produce the strongest, stiffest and densest pine timber in New Zealand — characteristics being harnessed […]

Subcontractors welcome greater protection from company liquidations

Subcontractors have welcomed the Government changing the law to help protect them in the event of a construction company collapse. The Government has passed a […]

Wynyard Central apartments set new sustainability standard

Wynyard Central in Auckland has become the first large-scale multi-unit residential development to achieve a Homestar Design rating for sustainability and energy efficiency. Homestar is […]

First Construction Contracts Amendment Act seminars a success

Building industry professionals say the nationwide roadshow to educate the sector about the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 is crucial to attend. Around 80 people […]

Solar plan for cheaper, cleaner power wins green energy award

A smart, new energy plan that allows home owners to go solar without the cost of buying the panels has been recognised for breaking new […]

A strong relationship is key to a Supreme winning home

JD Glover of Glover Homes was over the moon when he found out his renovation in Albany took the Supreme Renovation of the Year and […]

Perfect detail and precision leads to a Supreme Winning home

David Shaw of Shaw Builders was taken aback when he won the Supreme Award at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition. […]

Future Master Builder takes second place in national competition

Matt Booth of Excel Builders was thrilled when he was awarded second place at the Registered Master Builders 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition. The […]

Growing gold

Creating a visitor’s centre complete with a working nursery in the midst of a busy tourist destination was a challenge — but one that produced […]

Nearly made it!

As we race towards the end of the year, there is the usual pressure to complete those last few jobs before the Christmas break. It […]