July 2007 Issue


3D house model wins innovation award

A three-dimensional model of a luxury house, created using new printing technology, has been awarded a gold medal at the New Zealand Pride In Print […]

Hundreds earn ACC Workplace Safety Discount

Hundreds of companies have earned the right to an ACC discount through completing a self-assessment course. The ACC Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) scheme was launched […]

Labour: Biggest energy efficiency steps in 30 years

New insulation requirements and moves to make it easier and cheaper to install solar water heating systems are part of major changes to the Building […]

Sustainability web site launched

BRANZ has launched a web site providing information about sustainability, tailored specifically to New Zealand construction industry professionals. Interest in sustainability has taken off this […]

BOINZ initiative to boost confidence of home buyers and sellers

The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and a special interest group made up of inspection and surveying industry professionals has launched an initiative designed […]

Tough new standards to foil recladding mishaps

Auckland City Council has introduced a new process to check the recladding of buildings to give current and future owners greater confidence in the quality […]

Lockwood ceiling a work of art

Photographs of the ceiling of an artist’s Lockwood holiday home have been selected for exhibition in one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art awards. Waikanae […]

Leaky building decision — Builder 40% liable, Council 60% liable

A new District Court decision of Judge Hubble — namely Standen & Standen v Waitakere City Council & Others — has found that the council […]

I K Brunel’s masterpiece

It was a late autumn day in 1973. We had just left Plymouth and turned a corner on the A38. There it was branded with […]

Going Barefoot in Hawaii

It was perfect timing — just as the temperatures started to drop in New Zealand the Carters Advantage Barefoot group were packing their swimsuits and […]

Rinnai Efficiency Continuous Flow Hot Water Heater gets you into unlimited hot water

Increasingly, home owners are looking at their energy bill and wondering how on earth it managed to get so expensive. They are becoming more concerned […]

Construction trainees join together for Outward Bound

In June a group of apprentices from the construction sector were given a unique opportunity to share the life-changing Outward Bound experience on two customised […]

Three-year study to explore best green roof design

University of Auckland engineering student Emily Voyde is embarking on a three-year study to find the most suitable materials to use in “green roofs” in […]

Roofing industry welcomes licensing

While some sectors of the construction industry remain unprepared for the impact of the Building Act 2004, the Roofing Association of New Zealand Inc (RANZ) […]

Shhh . . . be quiet in my space

Autex Insulation recently launched Quietspace, the latest addition to its range of thermal and acoustic insulation products. Quietspace is a polyester fibre, sound-absorbing product for […]

Turning the corner on interior wall design

Prefabricated curved joint-free plasterboard units are providing builders with innovative solutions for internal walls and ceilings. Corner Solutions International (CSI) recently launched the Roundy Wall […]

House insulation — a look at the trends

With the recent announcement from the Minister of Building Issues for higher house insulation requirements ringing in our ears, it is timely to look at […]

Living the Kiwi dream

Whakatane-based builder John Fretwell Builders Ltd created a dream home for its client and, in doing so, won the top prize in the New Homes […]

Queenstown’s first ‘true’ 5-star hotel

Queenstown is home to New Zealand’s very first Sofitel hotel. The boutique five-star hotel, which opened to much acclaim in 2006, was built by Amalgamated […]

Starring award-winning builders!

An ex-All Black and the War Birds singers attended three Registered Master Builders 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards gala dinners […]

The house that Kath built

As the Registered Master Builders Federation House of the year enters its 17th year, there wouldn’t be many members who have been involved with the […]

Apprentices enjoy Wellington’s Big Day Out

Wellington City turned on a fantastic winter’s day for the sixth annual Trade Training Day for carpentry apprentices. Run by the Wellington RMBA, the trip […]

RMBF stand a hit at BuildNZ 2007

The Registered Master Builders Federation stand proved to be the most popular stop-off point at the BuildNZ and designexnz expo held in Auckland recently. With […]

Funding for volume builders helps brighten the day

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) wants to encourage the uptake of solar water heating in more new homes. As a result, volume builders […]

Food for thought

One of the astonishing things I find as I go around the country meeting members, is the general unawareness or misunderstanding of basic contract law. […]

Nailing it Home

Employment Guide seminars An employment guide programme has been designed to provide members with a general understanding of a number of Acts relating to employment […]

Top apprentices bound for success

Spending three weeks in the bush without a cellphone or a TV wouldn’t be the ideal holiday for many young men, but for two of […]

Apprentices claim limelight

Apprentices claim the limelight in this issue, with three Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year winners joining three BCITO specialist trades apprentices […]

Housing affordability — it can be fixed!

One of the recent, big public issues has centred around housing affordability, with nearly everyone jumping on the bandwagon and suggesting how it can be […]