February 2009 Issue


Injuries needn’t stop employees working

Not so long ago, the advice commonly given to those recovering from an injury was “go home and take it easy”.  However, these days most […]

Industry facing ‘nosedive’

The construction industry will face a “nosedive into deepening malaise” unless something more is done to kick-start it, an economist says. The warning by Goldman […]

Decision a victory for common sense

Diversified investment firm Stevenson Group says the Commerce Commission’s decision to allow Firth Industries’ acquisition of its masonry business is a victory for commonsense. Stevenson […]

Green Star rating tool launched for industrial buildings

Warehouses and factories will soon be able to achieve a Green Star rating with the release of the New Zealand Green Building Council’s (NZGBC) new […]

Concrete sector welcomes Government infrastructure package initiative

Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand chief executive Rob Gaimster has praised the Government’s fast-tracking of $500 million worth of infrastructure projects announced recently. […]

Leaky homes reflect poor quality builders

Jennian Homes director Richard Carver says today’s leaky homes are more than likely built by cowboy builders that have been allowed to build houses again […]

Timber producing ‘elegant’ structures

Innovative use of wood in building design produced elegant structures with an updated, contemporary feel, according to the judges for the 2008 Timber Design Awards. […]

Case of the failed exclusion clause!

The recent Auckland High Court case — Body Corporate No. 205963 & Others v Leuschke Group Architects Ltd (in Liquidation) & Others (CIV-2006-404-5572) — required […]

Programme builds confidence in apprentice assessment

If you are involved in training or want to get involved in training an apprentice then completing the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) […]

Site showcases steel sustainability

New Zealand Steel (NZS) occupies a unique place in steel making. It uses immense ironsand reserves from the North Island’s west coast to provide the […]

Fast-track decision welcomed by FPB

Future-Proof Building has welcomed the recent announcement that the Government will fast track various infrastructure projects. In particular, the decision to improve the quality of […]

Right House signs up

Right House Ltd has joined the Future-Proof Building stable to offer New Zealanders complete energy efficient solutions to residential homes and businesses. The partnership between […]

Trade to trade one-stop shop

The Harvey Norman Commercial Division is a mecca of comparative shopping for its customers. The company offers construction industry professionals a wide range of products […]

Exceeding expectations

Tauranga carpentry apprentice Shane Swan says what he loves about building is the satisfaction of finishing a project which you know you have worked on […]

Working with the best in the business

Working with one of Australasia’s most highly regarded architects was reward enough for Philip Lindesay when he took on a complex holiday home project in […]

Building icons

Big successful projects aren’t unusual for Mainzeal Property and Construction, which took out the 2008 RMB Commercial Project of the Year for Sovereign House — […]

Well Happy New Year!

Most of us will have come back to a mixture of news. It’s good that interest rates have gone down once again — but why […]

Residential Castles takes on ‘small’ challenge and comes up trumps

When Residential Castles Ltd managing director Karl Eastmond first saw the four by six metre section in the Sumner hills near Christchurch where a two-bedroom […]

RMBF calls for industry stability

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break, and that the weather was kind wherever you were. At […]