July 2013 Issue


New health and safety system takes shape

In December this year, the new stand-alone Crown agency WorkSafe New Zealand will assume oversight of the workplace health and safety system. It is a […]

Drilling students trained for Christchurch rebuild win awards

Three drilling students who took part in a special programme to train drillers to help with the Christchurch rebuild have received Awards of Excellence by […]

First BASE-certified building in Christchurch gets underway

Construction is underway on the first new building in Christchurch to be built according to principles that the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) hopes […]

Forsyth Barr Stadium tops steel awards

New Zealand’s structural steel industry celebrated outstanding steel construction projects at the biennial Excellence in Steel Construction Awards hosted by Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) […]

Geyser wins big at prestigious New Zealand architecture awards

Parnell’s landmark building “Geyser” has won two categories at the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards, the official programme of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. […]

PM opens affordable homes plant

Prime Minister John Key has opened eHome Global’s new plant for manufacturing conventional (timber framed) affordable homes and apartments last month. The Kumeu, Auckland, facility […]

Paperwork — don’t hide it in a file!

Welcome to what I hope will be an ongoing feature in Building Today. Why do I hope it will be ongoing? Well, it’s good for […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The New Zealand Master Builders Federation was seeking urgent meetings with the Government to request that it act to free up […]

Material evidence

During my time at the Auckland School of Architecture in the 1960s, three of the key study topics were Building Materials, Building Construction and Building […]

Weathertight Remediation: An introduction for builders

This is the seventh article in a series based on a number of workshops on weathertight remediation for builders which the Ministry of Business, Innovation […]

Myth or reality — is fixed price the more economic method of contracting?

As a solicitor specialising in construction law, clients often ask me what form of contract they ought to enter into with builders. The more frequent […]

Igloos R Us

With winter and snow now upon us, there is a chance some of us may be able to escape to Whakapapa or Mt Hutt. If […]

Applying for Apprenticeship Reboot Grants

From Tuesday, June 4, apprentices and their employers became eligible to apply for the Government re-boot grants. As apprentices need to be in training for […]

New chief for Construction Industry Council

New Zealand Green Building Council chief executive Alex Cutler has been elected Chair of the 36-member Construction Industry Council, a pan-industry grouping that represents most […]

100 carpentry apprentices ready to contend

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2013 Apprentice of the Year competition have closed, with 100 apprentices from all over New Zealand ready to […]

Waiheke Island home accommodates the elements to deliver luxury outdoor living

Bryce Ardern of Lite-House Ltd won the Outdoor Living Award for his Waiheke Island home at the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the […]

Winning show home in high demand

Lyall Dix of Abode Design & Build was ecstatic when his company was announced as the winner of the James Hardie Show Home Award at […]

All builders need a good physiotherapist

The construction industry is, without a doubt, a physically challenging environment in which to work. There is a plethora of information about health and safety […]

Changes are a potential sea change

The Building Act Amendment No. 4 is part way through its second reading. It has been through the Select Committee and is back in the […]