July 2009 Issue


New lamp beams Mountaineer into 21st Century

A Victorian-style coach lamp built by a Queenstown craftsman is set to bring old and new together at the tourism town’s newly-renovated Mountaineer building. The […]

House gets highest energy efficiency rating

A Golden Bay holiday home may be New Zealand’s most energy-efficient house, achieving nine out of ten stars under the Home Energy Rating Scheme — […]

Standard revised for thermal insulation

Standards New Zealand has published a revised Standard specifying Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings, NZS 4218:2009, which supersedes NZS 4218:2004. NZS 4218 specifies […]

BRANZ able to constructively work with product certification

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) recently published new and updated information regarding the introduction and workings of its new Building Product Certification (CodeMark) […]

Earth housing a new low-cost option

An Uku house will be built in Northland as part of a University of Auckland engineering research project into sustainable, low-cost housing options for rural […]

Buying a leaky building: Can a subsequent purchaser rely on their sale and purchase agreement?

The Weathertight Homes Tribunal (WHT) decision of Paul White and Wilna White v Rodney District Council & Others (TRI-2007-100-000064) involved a leaky home in Whangaparaoa, […]

Raising the bar on Old Farmer Thames

The Thames Barrier is the world’s second largest movable flood barrier. It was constructed between 1974 and 1984 at Woolwich Reach to provide flood control […]

Improved qualifications to meet industry’s needs

It is widely recognised that the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) continuously evaluates and develops its qualifications to better meet industry’s needs.  This […]

SCNZ manager capped at Auckland Uni

SCNZ manager Clark Hyland was capped with a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland in May. Mr Hyland investigated the development of […]

Sustainable charter launched recently

Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) recently launched the Sustainable Steel Construction Charter, benchmarked to the acclaimed sustainability charter of the British Constructional Steelwork Association. The […]

Steel gaining major competitive boost

Steel construction is gaining a major boost in its competitive advantage over concrete structural systems, with steel long product prices expected to continue to fall […]

FPB helps trade connect with customers

Future-Proof Building (FPB) has launched a new web site — www.fpb.co.nz — with the dual purpose of helping consumers manage the building process and supporting tradespeople to […]

Enjoy payback now and in the future by reducing carbon footprint

There are many ways to reduce the environmental footprint, including choosing environmentally-friendly products, reducing water consumption and better waste management. When yesterday’s buildings were designed […]

Apprentice of the Year — be in to win!

Just a quick reminder that it’s not too late to enter the Registered Master Builders Carters 2009 Apprentice of the Year, a competition that recognises […]

Achieving new heights

The unusual job of building two ski lift terminals 2322m above sea level was a highlight of 2008 for Stanley Construction. Not only was the […]

Classically crafted to perfection

P.W Design and Build’s stunning rendition of a 19th Century mansion was the deserving winner of the New Homes over $1 million category in the […]

The litmus test of success — living in the home you built

Building an award-winning sustainable home is one thing, but living in it is the litmus test of success. Future Homes owner and Registered Master Builder […]

Recession — manage your people resources, Part 3

In the current economic climate it is more important than ever to manage your resources, including people resources, to best effect. Hard times can bring […]

Auckland RMB builds a swing for Skyla

Recently the Auckland Registered Master Builders Association received an email asking if anyone could help with putting up a swing for disabled girl Skyla Radford. […]

Tauranga MBs and Make-A-Wish Foundation team up to make Regan’s day

At a recent Tauranga Registered Master Builders Association meeting, members were asked to give up some of their time to build a playhouse for a […]

Recognising the four-phase ‘Product Life Cycle’

Every product goes through what is called “the Product Life Cycle”. This concept helps marketers interpret product and market dynamics and to develop strategies to […]