February 2006 Issue


Marlborough building company enjoys benefits of competition

Tomlinson Construction Ltd enters the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers House of the Year every year.  In 2005, one of the Marlborough building company’s properties became […]

Quality homes for those less fortunate

The team at Bushnell Builders Ltd enjoys bringing their imagination and workmanship to the homes they build for Housing New Zealand Corporation. “There is a […]

Exciting Queenstown conference ahead

Queenstown is the exciting destination for this year’s Registered Master Builders Federation conference to be held at the Millennium Hotel from April 22 to 26. […]

Tendering – flat out and slowly going broke?

Have you ever wondered why an increasing number of highly successful builders have more work than they can handle at fair margins but never tender […]

RMBF Strengthens capability in vital areas

The Registered Master Builders Federation has increased the depth of its management capability across two key areas in its business — membership services and marketing […]

Holding our own at the 2006 International Builders Show

As part of a study tour hosted by PlaceMakers, I attended the 2006 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, with Michael Fox, Brent Mettrick and […]

Catastrophic fi re losses avoidable says Fire Protection Association

The Fire Protection Association of New Zealand has expressed concern that the major losses incurred in two factory fi res recently could have been prevented […]

Report card favourable on efforts to lift standards

A stock take of progress made by the construction industry over the past year to lift standards following the leaky homes crisis suggests a base […]

Can a claim be brought against the BIA?

One party that many commentators have said ought to bear some responsibility for the leaky building problem is the former Building Industry Authority (BIA). Although […]

Changes to funding structure for qualifications

All industry training organisations, including the Building and Construction Industry Organisation (BCITO), are required by the New Zealand Government to seek a financial contribution from […]

New external cladding launched

It’s got the charm of shingles and the durability of James Hardie fibre cement. New Shingleside Panel has all the traditional character and charm of […]

Natural Lighting innovation reduces cooling and lighting costs

Two new natural lighting products from Dimond are specifically designed to reduce transmitted heat inside a building while increasing visible light. Durolite HeatGuard 4 and […]

Key reference manual a must for specifiers

New Zealand Steel manufactures the Colorsteel prepainted steel range of products. Designed for New Zealand’s diverse range of environments with enhanced performance and a range […]

Comment on amendments to NZS3603: 1993 closing next month

NZS3603 is the standard for the design of timber structures, and is used for the design of large timber structures, as well as being the […]

Good industry support for timber workshop

Standards New Zealand recently held a Timber Standards workshop in Auckland to confirm industry interest and involvement in international timber standardisation, establish industry and government […]

Global markets opening for innovative NZ timber drying company

World-leading New Zealand timber drying technology is poised to open new global markets for its Wellington developers after independent endorsement of recently completed trials in […]

BF better than a BA – no BS

If you thought the BA Falcon was the best Ford to come out of Australia — as I did — check out its replacement. The […]

Be rewarded for entering on-line

Be in to win a $3000 prize pack if you enter online in the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year and RMB Commercial […]

Call for nominations for the HoY national judging panel

Would you like to have the opportunity to judge the very best in residential construction by New Zealand’s top builders? With major changes this year […]

Changes to HoY will strengthen competition

The Registered Master Builders Federation has introduced changes to the 2006 House of the Year competition to ensure greater judging transparency and providing feedback to […]