March 2008 Issue


Queen St upgrade makes national awards

Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award. The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a […]

First building practitioners show their quality

One of the first builders to successfully register as a Licensed Building Practitioner was presented with his own “licence to build” by Building and Construction […]

Weak NZ building activity to persist

Industry analyst and forecaster, BIS Shrapnel, expects overall building activity in New Zealand to remain subdued during 2007/08 and 2008/09, before a moderate rebound in […]

One-stop shop opens for energy conscious

A new subsidiary of Meridian Energy, Right House Ltd, is set to offer New Zealanders a “one-stop shop” for creating an environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient home. Right […]

Buyer beware principle — alive and well

The recent case of Ford & Anor v Ryan & Anor demonstrates the very real difficulties owners of properties with water ingress issues face when […]

Westminster’s chiming clock

Tucked away at the north-eastern end of London’s Houses of Parliament is that ultimate British icon — Westminster’s Great Clock Tower. The name of “Big […]

Joint scheme raising safety awareness

It’s a well-known fact — the construction industry in New Zealand can be a pretty dangerous place to work, but we all know it doesn’t […]

Steel an upright world citizen

Steel is as in demand today as in the 1880s, when it first took centre stage as a building material — but much water has […]

Waste not, want not

One of New Zealand’s first designer “green” show homes not only has a range of environmentally friendly features, it is also beautiful and comfortable, and […]

CSSP software continues national growth

Since 1983, CSSP has been developing innovative software for all facets of the construction industry. CHEOPS is a leading integrated job costing, contract administration and […]

Young apprentice thinks outside the square

Twenty-two year old Dunedin carpentry apprentice Blair Stuart says it came as a surprise to win the Southern regional competition in October last year, let […]

Alteration Specialists stay in the spotlight

Alteration Specialists Ltd’s extension of an elegant 1930s Georgian home in Palmerston North was the well-deserving winner of the PlaceMakers Renovation Award up to $250,000 […]

Executive Wing makeover creates Beehive beauty

McKee Fehl Constructors Ltd knew they had created something special when they completed work on the Executive Wing, an integral part of New Zealand’s most […]

Shaking things up!

Usually, a typical summer’s evening in Gisborne would have seen the city streets filled with people out eating, drinking and, just before Christmas, doing some […]

Two RMB success stories

Two RMBF functions I attended in February gave me a real buzz. One revolved around a local association, the other around a long-standing member company. […]

Looking at the “Big Picture”

Sometimes it takes a look at the “Big Picture” to get some perspective on how we, as New Zealanders, are faring in our little cubby […]

Lessons from America

The International Builders Show run by our counterparts in the United States, the National Association of Home Builders, is the largest construction exhibition in the […]