July 2011 Issue


Shortage of LBP specialist trades becoming apparent

When Restricted Building Work is introduced in March next year, only licensed building practitioners will be able to undertake or supervise the work. Carpenters and […]

New earthquake information paper examines building design

It provides answers to critical questions such as: • What is an earthquake-prone building? • Why did buildings collapse in these earthquakes? • Given that […]

Popular student-built homes bought before they’re finished

Tish North has recently bought one of this year’s relocatable homes at the early stages of construction. She was interested in last year’s units but […]

New Zealand’s leading scaffolding companies to gather in Taranaki

“Like others in the construction industry, scaffolding contractors are waiting to hear from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and the main building contractors to […]

University hall’s modular construction saves time and money

The new hall boosts the University’s fully catered accommodation by more than 60%, and will open to students in early 2012. “There is not a […]

Contracting in Christchurch

The EQC has appointed Fletcher Construction to project manage claims for the repair and rebuilding of houses damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, where there is […]

Meridian First Light eco-house shows way forward for NZ homes

“This prototype should inspire New Zealanders to think about the kinds of energy efficiency investments they can make when building or renovating that will make […]

Cashflow — the lifeblood of the construction industry

Although the Tribunal can be a very cheap dispute resolution mechanism, one of the disadvantages can be that it is not bound by the same […]

The contentious Beehive

Urban legend holds that Spence dashed off his initial concept on the back of a napkin during dinner with the PM. Other accounts claim it […]

BCITO releases funding for employer development

The BCITO believes this support will help employers run successful long-term businesses, better placing them to provide ongoing investment in training and employment within New […]

New roof a major part of Eden Park redevelopment

Main contractor Fletcher Construction subcontracted Grayson Engineering Ltd to supply and erect the steelwork. As with every significant new structure, the resolution of the design […]

Regulation or opportunity — the choice is yours

Internationally, we are seeing change occurring rapidly as the private and public sectors take steps to ‘”redesign” environments for a rapidly ageing population. In Wales, […]

Legal Vision on the move

It comprises three solicitors, one law student and two support staff. Company principal Timothy Bates found it especially satisfying to finally be operating in their […]

Competition provides apprentices with a chance for recognition

Successful entrants in the competition receive an abundance of prizes, including a place on a specially designed Outward Bound course for the regional winners valued […]

Naylor Love Construction aim for best in the business

PlaceMakers 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards. Naylor Love has been one of the most successful companies in the competition, and […]

House of the Year Award a boost for company profile

Welch Builders & Construction Ltd received its first national award at the 2010 National Gala Dinner — the PlaceMakers Bathroom Excellence Award for a quality […]

Time to fly

I thought I might do a run through of the issues that I’ve had the most number of calls about. It makes interesting reading! I […]

Conference 2011 done — 2012 heads to Tauranga

We believe that this decision raised the profile of both events. Our conference was well attended, with many new faces, and we received similarly positive […]

Some of the many things facing our industry

Having a portion opened to the entire sector is a great way to impart knowledge, and it is fantastic that the buildnz expo is awarded […]