March 2014 Issue


Bluescope Steel seeks Commission clearance for acquisition

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bluescope Steel (NZ) Ltd (Bluescope) seeking clearance to acquire some of the assets of Pacific Steel Group’s […]

Masterspec NextGen2 a platform for the future

Construction Information Ltd, the producers of the Masterspec specification system, have developed and now released to its subscribing offices the Masterspec Nextgen2 operating platform. This […]

Innovative wood treatment obtains building code approval

An engineered wood product that has the potential to transform construction has been included in the New Zealand Building Code. Laminated beams made from glued […]

Key Building Act changes to affect LBPs’ work

There have been recent changes to the Building Act (the Act) that affect the work of building practitioners and the home handyman. The changes are […]

Housing company helps build successful futures

New Zealand group builder G.J. Gardner Homes is launching an exciting series of educational and development schemes that will aim to help those looking to […]

Royal Wolf creates ‘Ice Cream Factory’ in a container

Leading shipping container company Royal Wolf has modified a 40 foot container into a portable ice cream factory for Auckland-based business Joy Ice Cream. The […]

Fire engineers celebrate Christchurch launch

O2 Fire and Risk celebrated the launch of their company in Christchurch recently at an event that was attended by many from Christchurch’s construction industry, […]

Earthquake strengthening start up to guide building owners

Seitech is a newly-formed company offering earthquake strengthening expertise to building owners. The start-up has completed seismic strengthening projects at Britomart Precinct in Auckland, and […]

Plan to secure your future

By the time you read this almost a quarter of the year has already gone — that’s 25%, 13 weeks out of 52 (just trying […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The merger of the New Zealand Master Builders Federation and the Housing Industry Authority (HIA) brought together the two major organisations […]

Bad acting

The latest attempt to provide a more robust regulatory framework for the construction industry is the Building Amendment Act 2013. The amendment is proposed as […]

New Court of Appeal decision — Blain v Evan Jones Construction Ltd

The fact surrounding this case were as follows: • The Greymouth District Council entered into a construction contract whereby Evan Jones Construction Ltd (EJC) agreed […]

The colossus of Leshan

While watching a documentary called Rediscovering the Yangtze, I found — as a geologist in a former incarnation — the geomorphology mind blowing. There was much […]

BCITO scholarships and grants available in 2014

As part of the BCITO’s commitment to those in the construction industry — including their training, professional development and career success — the BCITO presents […]

ACRS — eliminating breaks in the ‘chain of certification’

Quality construction projects require quality materials with demonstrated compliance. Selecting construction materials based on price alone can end up costing significantly more than using materials […]

Judge spills the beans on new and improved Apprentice of the Year practical

The Registered Master Builders Carters 2013 Apprentice of the Year competition saw the practical building component undergo a massive overhaul, with the format and building […]

Platinum Award for chuffed Bay of Plenty builder

Mark Haimes of Haimes Building Ltd was thrilled to take out the Nulook New Homes $600,000 – $1 million category and the Platinum Award at […]

Dream win for Brockie Renovations Ltd

Paul Brockie of Brockie Renovations Ltd says it was surreal to win the Renovation Award up to $250,000 at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House […]

Game on!

One of the great benefits of belonging to the Registered Master Builders Association is the opportunity to attend the most successful building industry conference in […]

Insurance — sum it up!

You may recall about this time last year I wrote an article on changes to the way properties were going to be insured as insurance […]