July 2012 Issue


NZ’s own energy management accreditation launched

Businesses looking to reduce their energy costs will now be able to call on specialists trained in New Zealand’s first-ever comprehensive Energy Management accreditation programme. […]

Entries open for 2012 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand’s (CCANZ) 2012 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are now open for entry, offering those in the construction industry the […]

New roofing guidelines outlined

New guidelines to help prevent workers falling from roofs have been launched to the roofing industry. Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs was prepared […]

Weathertight remediation: A quick introduction for builders

Welcome to the first in a series of articles based on a series of workshops on weathertight remediation for builders which the Department of Building […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Two law changes went ahead despite firm opposition from the Master Builders’ Federation. The Industry Training Act was “doomed to failure […]

Good, better, best

At the time of a personal career change in the late 1990s, when I moved from architecture to working with industry organisations and government departments, […]

Defaulting on building supply contracts – the supplier gets the money and the joinery back!

The case MJN McNaughton Ltd (“MJN”) had manufactured and delivered timber joinery to a building site of a residential building that Nikau Living Ltd (in […]

BCITO issues first employer development grant for 2012

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has begun to give out around $50,000 worth of grants for employers within the construction industry. This […]

The Dunning Thornton hysteretic damper

It’s been dubbed the Dunning Thornton Damper, designed in response to the specific requirements for the seismic strengthening of the Harbour City Centre. Modern earthquake […]

Harbour City Centre seismic upgrade

Our geologists have told us over the years that for many of Wellington’s fine buildings and their occupants the threat of earthquakes is real. After […]

Business coaching adding ‘lots of value’

Last month Building Today profiled Trades Coaching New Zealand, a 100% Kiwi-owned subsidiary of Business Coaching New Zealand which has been working with New Zealand […]

Regional events set for September

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with regional events set to kick off in September. […]

Perfect formula for show home success

Landmark Homes Wellington hit the perfect formula for success with their Porirua show home in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2011 House of the Year. […]

Proud to be running an award-winning company

Allan Austen, managing director of Ascension Homes Ltd, has had a long career in construction — he started building houses with his father at the […]

Board welcomes new directors and farewells two industry stalwarts

Change was the order of the day at the Registered Master Builders Federation AGM at the Federation’s Conference 2012 in Tauranga recently. With resounding support […]

RMBs building excellence in Tauranga

More than 300 industry people gathered in sunny but chilly Tauranga for the Registered Master Builders Federation annual conference last month. With a conference theme […]

Centenary milestone reached by Taranaki RMBA

The Taranaki Registered Master Builders Association reached a milestone landmark recently when it held its 100th AGM at the Quality Inn in New Plymouth in […]

Introducing the RMBF’s new president

After five years on the board, two as vice-president, it is an honour for me to be elected president of RMBF and follow on from […]

Take a deeper look into the statistics

We are now midway through the year, and are we indeed starting to experience what we have been musing for some time now — that […]