March 2007 Issue


Cordless tool range now powerful enough to do any task

The first lithium ion-powered cordless tool on the market remains one the world’s best sellers. Five years after its introduction, the Bosch 3.6V IXO drill […]

New technology fully retro-compatible

Hitachi’s competitive advantage in the New Zealand market is its absolute focus on customer needs through the enhancement of power tools. The manner in which […]

New Civil Defence building uses innovative flooring system

Cupolex, the structural dome flooring system common throughout Europe and the United States for residential, commercial and industrial foundation applications, is being used for the […]

What’s New?

Building Element Assessment Laboratory (BEAL) has been looking at the need to improve the insulation properties of slab on ground concrete foundations to meet the […]

Working with a Ranger

This month we’re showcasing the all-new (for New Zealand) Ranger, the replacement for the Courier which has served the needs of the “tradie” for the […]

Views to die for in award-winning getaway

A breathtaking retreat situated west of Taupo, constructed by Urbo Homes Ltd, was the well-deserving winner of the New Homes $250,000 – $350,000 category in […]

Majestic centre wins national award

Robinson Construction Ltd’s completion of the Cellar Door Sales and Administration Centre at Wither Hills Winery in Blenheim was the winning entry in the QBE […]

Pacific Steel takes sponsorship to the next level

New Zealand’s only manufacturer of wire rod, reinforcing bar and coil products and the country’s principle recycler of steel, Pacific Steel, has joined the RMB […]

Construction market holds steady

Although latest building consent figures indicate a steady year for building, RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout is recommending Kiwis consider moving ahead on the renovation […]

Minimising business risk

If you look under “General” in most trade sections of any building specification you see a list of documents referred to in that particular section. […]

Dream becomes a reality for Waikato

The Waikato Registered Master Builders Association is proud to announce that its office/show home is now completed and fully operational. The show home is located […]

Search on for Apprentice of the Year

Entries are open and the search is on for the Registered Master Builders 2007 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters. Supported by the […]

Home affordability

This month RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout addresses the ever-increasing problem of New Zealand’s home affordability levels. Bureaucracy, regulatory fees and land costs are the […]

Home ownership for all

One of the stories in the news recently has been about homes becoming less affordable. The issue itself is not new, and New Zealand’s home […]

Raising the bar in building consent processing

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove has announced the next step in helping local authorities gear up to meet new requirements to raise the standard […]

Builders’ breakfasts focus on licensing

Following similar successful events last year, several leading building suppliers have joined forces with the Department of Building and Housing to host a series of […]

British Medical Journal hails link between home insulation and improved health

The British Medical Journal has profiled a collaborative research project including BRANZ based at the Wellington School of Medicine, which shows a conclusive link between […]

Feedback sought on building sector licensing rules

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove wants to hear from people in the building sector on key aspects of the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme, which […]

Lower value leaky home claims to be fast-tracked

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove has announced another step in getting better outcomes for those affected by leaky homes, with the establishment of a […]

Concrete as sustainable construction material a key focus for industry

Promoting concrete as the sustainable construction material of choice is a priority of the cement and concrete industry, as determined at the recent Cement & […]

Council insurers decide against appeal action on Waitakere leaky home

Waitakere City resident Colleen Dicks is relieved that Riskpool, insurers for the Waitakere City Council, have dropped their High Court appeal over an award she […]

Insulation installation Standard a long time coming

At last the insulation industry has a Standard — NZS4246:2006 — that addresses long-standing issues of quality and compliance. Industry experts were gathered together, in […]

Judgement Day for New Zealand’s councils

A nationwide survey to find the best and worst councils in the country is being run by the makers of a popular television show. For […]

WHRS Act new regulations: Background Information

What regulations have been approved? The Executive Council has approved regulations required to fully implement the WHRS Act 2006. There are two sets of regulations […]

GST due date changes

Legislation was passed by Parliament in April 2006 to improve the frequency and timing of provisional tax and GST payments. If you file GST returns […]

A Dinky-Di 75th . . .

The bridging of Sydney Harbour took 117 years. The notion was first voiced in 1815 by convict and architect-about-town Francis Greenway, who designed many of […]

Fine weather, loads of kids and great fishing!

Wanganui and Dunedin have seen Carters Kids Gone Fishin’ events get off to a great start in 2007, with February bringing fine weather, loads of […]

Easy to install Performance and Power

The arrival of the new Arriva Power Flue fire has achieved what was previously considered impossible . . . stunning good looks and sophisticated heating […]

Carpentry Qualification Review — an update

In September and October 2006 the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) held 15 consultation forums around the country to give industry stakeholders the […]

Construction software becoming a vital ‘tool’ of the trade

Builders are increasingly realising that construction software is a valuable business management tool. A product such as Databuild for Windows has proved itself to make […]

Complex projects demand accurate management info

The construction industry is experiencing strong growth across the globe. The need to manage increasingly larger and more complex projects often undertaken by joint venture […]

The power of corded without the cord

DeWalt is bringing unprecedented power and precision to the professional construction site with the release of its new 36V cordless power tool platform. The range […]

Convenient one-stop shop

Fasteners Direct recently opened for business in Mt Eden, Auckland. The company offers a wide range of fasteners and adhesives to the construction industry and […]