June 2011 Issue


RMBF laments worst year ever

Statistics New Zealand figures show 893 new home consents were issued in April, down 14.7% from the previous month. New home building consents issued so […]

Company fined after contractor fall

The Auckland District Court heard that the company hired two contractors to replace the spouting at a flat in Avondale. While measuring the side of […]

DBH guides released

Weathertightness: Guide to the Diagnosis of Leaky Buildings and Weathertightness: Guide to Remediation Design provide high-level processes and advice to ensure remediation of leaky homes […]

EQC classifies Christchurch aftershock a new event

Meanwhile the EQC is ahead of where it expected to be with full assessments of properties damaged from the February 22 earthquake. The EQC has […]

Hundreds of exhibitors line up for buildnz designex

The show is also endorsed by Architectural Designers NZ, Certified Builders Association, NZ Institute of Architects, BRANZ, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark. The building, […]

Habitat urgently needing unwanted materials

Established in 1994, Habitat has built 84 homes in Auckland and nearly 400 across New Zealand. Based at 8 Ormiston Road, Otara, Habitat Auckland’s ReStore […]

Importers commit to legally sourced timber from Indonesia

“This is a huge step towards achieving our goal of ensuring that all tropical timber imported into the country is sourced from sustainably managed forests,” […]

Further progress for Licensed Building Practitioner scheme

Launched by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson, the portal can be accessed through the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) web site atwww.dbh.govt.nz/lbp. It […]

Workshops for builders on leaky building repairs

Presented by a builder with more than 10 years’ experience in fixing leaky houses, the Weathertight Remediation Induction Course is designed to upskill builders so […]

Architect: ‘Commercial and sustainable can go hand in hand’

Wade Jennings, the Peddle Thorp architect who led the design team, says the practice acknowledges the opportunity and responsibility it has towards improving the economic […]

The importance of the Code Compliance Certificate

The issuing of the consent and all relevant inspections, including the final inspection, had been carried out more than 10 years before the proceedings had […]

New Zealand Parliament’s home

The Government of the day was in no hurry to spend money on new accommodation, and it was not until February 1911 that Prime Minister […]

BCITO takes action on skills shortage

The BCITO believes quality apprentices will become harder to find soon, so don’t count on being able to take on someone new when it suits. […]

Innovative structure called for super accurate fabrication

When put out to tender it attracted a winning bid from Fabric Structure Systems Ltd (FSS), in collaboration with architects Jasmax and builder Fletcher Construction. […]

Quality marks — luxury or necessity?

Andrew Olsen, general manager of Lifetime Design which administers the Lifemark, a quality mark delivering adaptable and accessible homes, says the initial costs of “getting […]

Apprentice of the Year entries closing soon

Apprentice of the Year aims to reward and celebrate exceptional carpentry training, with events held in 10 regions across the country, and followed by a […]

House of the Year awards confirm quality for clients

Greg McGovern Construction Ltd took out the 2010 New Homes $1 million – $2 million category, as well as the BRANZ Sustainable Homes over $1 […]

Ajax triumphs after years of effort

The company had entered the competition since 2001, having won numerous regional awards, but it had never previously made it to national level. “It was […]

Judges now on the road around New Zealand

The competition has given New Zealanders a taste of top quality homes for the past two decades, and this year will be no exception. Long […]

Get on and get licensed

You can be sure that there will be a last minute rush so ensure you avoid it. We have noticed that some members and, in […]

Integrity — a word invented for Hank Lieshout

When Hank passed away in July last year, he was still involved with a great many of the organisations he dedicated himself to over the […]

The latest Building Act amendment

This Bill is the third of four bills that we expect to see to give effect to the changes that the Government has signalled it […]

Control your cash flow

Lost leaders by such an amount may be feasible as a one-off to maintain capability between jobs (ie, when you have profitable work lined up […]