June 2009 Issue


Concrete ideally suited for NZ cycleway project

The concrete sector has congratulated the Government’s announcement to allocate $50 million over three years for the New Zealand Cycleway Project. “The development of a […]

Temporary chairman for CIC

Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) chief executive Pieter Burghout will act as Construction Industry Council chairman for three to six months while a […]

Solar water heating coming into its own

The time is right for solar Solar water heating has been around in New Zealand for several decades, but it’s only now coming into its […]

Mainzeal nails elusive Green Ribbon Award

Mainzeal broke ground in the construction industry recently, receiving an award for “Businesses Making a Difference” at the Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington. The construction […]

Home rating tool will help drive improvements to NZ housing

A residential rating tool is vital to help address New Zealand’s poorly performing houses, research organisation Beacon Pathway says. “If you can’t measure you can’t […]

Kiwi quality keeps kicking

buildnz designex 09 is New Zealand’s premier industry event for the building, design and related industries. For a small country, New Zealand punches above its […]

Construction Contracts Act 2002 — Payment Claim/Payment Schedule

The recent High Court case, Invent Solutions Ltd v Chan Developments Trustee Ltd & Others (CIV 2008-485-2834), considered whether payment claims served by the plaintiffs […]

The Alhambra

Given the Middle-eastern tensions that bedevil the world today, we may sometimes forget that for eight centuries Spain was an Islamic nation. The dominant Moors […]

Future labour needs remain high despite current market conditions

Large fall in residential consent value Over the year to January 2009, the total value of residential consents fell by a significant 23%. The reasons […]

FPB seminars heading south

The remaining Future-Proof Building events and seminars for 2009 will be heading towards the southern part of the North Island and, later, in September, into […]

Dramatic savings to be made in energy-efficient homes

The cost of energy is rising. So future-proofing your client’s home against increasingly expensive energy consumption makes good financial sense. Heating water and warming a […]

Milestone Homes notches up number 200

Milestone Homes recently built its 200th house, representing on average 100 houses per year or around eight and a half houses per month during the […]

Innovation Institute building worthy of its name

A key focus for Canterbury University was that their innovative new building — which houses the university’s School of Engineering and the national ICT (information […]

Still following the dream

Taking out the Registered Master Builders Carters 2007 Apprentice of the Year was a career highlight for Taupo carpentry apprentice Rhys Forsyth, and nearly two […]

Sleek, stunning and sustainable

Haimes Building Ltd’s stunning construction of a property in Taupo was the worthy recipient of two awards in the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of […]

Luck has nothing to do with it

Taking out the national New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 category in the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers, was […]

Recession — manage your people resources, Part 2

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 […]

Waikato builder steps forward for a worthy cause

When Hamilton’s Downey Designer Homes (DDH) was approached by Hospice Waikato to build a house to assist in raising funds for the Waikato Hospice Building […]

Out the door and down the road — to success

Most of you are two months into a new financial year. Your first month balance sheets have been and gone and the next month is […]

Leighs Construction turns up the heat in Dili

Deciding that it just wasn’t hot enough in Christchurch over summer, Registered Master Builders Leighs Construction headed off to central Dili — the capital city […]

Providing outstanding service all part of being an RMB

They say building a home is one of the three most stressful things to undertake. So what it means to be a Registered Master Builder […]