February 2022 Issue


Constructive 2022: Tackling the issues facing commercial and residential construction

This year’s Constructive Forum will be held in Rotorua, again over two days, and will tackle the issues facing residential and commercial construction. Constructive is […]

2022 — bring it on

RMBA president Kerry Archer says it’s going to be tough going for the building industry this year. He asks if you’re going to be the […]

Southern Cross to begin fit-out of Silverdale healthcare facility

Southern Cross Healthcare is set to begin the fit-out of its next wholly-owned hospital in Silverdale, to cater for the growing demand for quality care […]

Next-generation modelling to improve EQC’s natural disaster planning and response

The Earthquake Commission’s new, next-generation loss modelling capability will boost its ability to plan for future natural disasters and respond to them when they happen, […]

Graphene has left the lab — and it’s proven itself in New Zealand concrete

At 6% of global CO2 emissions, the concrete industry has a lot to gain from graphene. It’s been said that graphene is currently the world’s […]

Entries open for 2022 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

Entries for the 2022 New Zealand Building Industry Awards are now being sought. For main contractors, the traditional cost-band categories are open to those who […]

Contractor appointed to lead upgrade of Wainuiomata Town Centre

Hutt City Council is investing in the heart of Wainuiomata with streetscape specialists John Fillmore Contracting Ltd (JFC) appointed as lead contractor to complete work […]

More efficient consent process for Tauranga developers

Members of local advocacy group the Urban Task Force (UTF) have initiated regular meetings with the Tauranga City Council (TCC) Building and Environmental Planning teams […]

Industry needs to face facts to get through 2022

Roofing Association of NZ (RANZ) chief executive Graham Moor says we need acknowledgement across the board that there is so much going on currently that […]

Funding to increase forestry workforce in Otago

Forestry’s future workforce has received a boost through a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and an Otago secondary school. The MPI funded […]

Timber and carbon — the case for using treated timber to lock up more CO2

A significant highlight of last year’s COP26 Glasgow was recognition for the positive role that wood plays in tackling CO2 emissions, the principal cause of […]

Flexibility the key for smaller sawmills’ production output

Why is Northland sawmill Northpine increasingly focusing on specialty timber products, including SG10, when the country is desperately short of standard SG8 building products? Wouldn’t […]

Creating a more sustainable New Zealand

In 2009, Interlink general manager Matthew Kennedy saw an opportunity to provide a connection that linked a customer’s need with a solution, hence Inter-link. He […]

Unparalleled security and convenience

The MN9000 Digital Lock from Miles Nelson® offers unparalleled levels of security and convenience to the home owner. It is easy to programme, and lets […]

Next generation foundation system

Firth has looked to the future when developing the next generation Ribraft® foundation system. Fundamental to the design and performance are: • 100% recyclable — […]

Get the job done quicker

Channellock® Speedgrip™ 440®X Tongue & Groove Pliers make fast and easy non-slip adjustments so tradies can get the job done even quicker. Laser-hardened crosshatch teeth […]

Cavity closers take innovation to next level

Dynex Optivent takes innovation to the next level, with discreet ventilation and unique horizontal nailing grooves for easier installation. Available in Graphite or White to […]

Business 101: Documented systems essential for smooth company operations

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand continues his Business 101 series of articles by outlining relevant operational documentation that will help maximise profits. Of […]

Cost fluctuation clauses in construction contracts

Timothy Bates and Bodene Robertson-Wright of Auckland law firm TM Bates & Co review and compare the Cost Fluctuation clauses used in two common construction […]

First large-scale distribution facility announced for Ruakura Superhub

Refrigerated freight network operator Big Chill Distribution has selected Ruakura Superhub as the location for its new state-of-the art 13,000sq m cold store facility. Big […]

Freightways invests $2.7 million in rubbish-to-building supplies conversion solution

Investment by Freightways is reducing transport and construction greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, with a new plant in Hamilton now converting up to 4000 […]

NZ construction costs see biggest jump since Global Financial Crisis

The cost of residential and non-residential construction rose more than 10% last year — the greatest increase since before the Global Financial Crisis — and […]

Rapport — the glue for your team

TradieHR director Leigh Olsen says the key to creating a connection in the workplace is through building rapport. Here she offers some top tips to […]

Kingpin launches first international venue in Queenstown

New entertainment hub includes high-class bowling lanes, escape rooms, karaoke rooms, arcade games, cutting-edge VR experiences, table tennis, pool tables, electronic darts, a winners vault […]

Don’t panic Captain Mainwaring!

Building Today columnist Ross Middleton sees a Dad’s Army irony in all the blather around Covid as it continues to disrupt. “Permission to speak sir […]

Kiwi schools to benefit from NZGIF solar investment

NZ Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) is continuing its investment in solar by providing an $8 million senior debt facility to finance solar panels on schools […]

Big prizes on offer as top Kiwi plumbers set to test skills for national title

It’s all cisterns go for the 10 young plumbers from across New Zealand who are gearing up to compete in the 2021 Young Plumber of […]

Apathetic bosses one reason workplace accident numbers still too high

Apathy from some senior leaders may be a significant reason why deaths and accidents on New Zealand worksites have not reduced appreciably in the last […]

The new face rebuilding Scott Base

Antarctica New Zealand has a new project director steering the redevelopment of New Zealand’s home on the ice. Jon Ager has been brought on to […]