March 2016 Issue


Seamless renovation wins national award

Justin Green of Alteration Specialists says he was over the moon when he found out his house in Palmerston North was awarded the title of […]

Dispelling the myths of advocacy

Many of you will be aware (particularly those of you who read their profiles in Building Today last month) that I have recently welcomed to […]

Theft in the workplace

“Beware the Ides of March”. Some dude in a white sheet said this once, quite a few hundred years ago on his way to the […]

A concrete result

The word concrete comes from the Latin word “concretus” (meaning compact or condensed),  from “con-” (together) and “crescere” (to grow). German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann found […]

Carrying out building work without a building consent — Tan v Auckland Council

I wish to review the recent decision of Tan v Auckland Council. Mr Tan, the appellant, had been charged by the Auckland Council with one […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The Privy Council found in favour of an Invercargill home owner in a landmark case testing New Zealand’s building liability laws. […]

BCITO helping businesses succeed

The BCITO supports employers to provide training and employment in the construction industry in many different ways. If you’re currently training a BCITO apprentice, you’re […]

Olds: Unfair to compare current external plaster facade systems with outdated building systems of 10 years ago

Bold, world-first innovations, and thorough testing with mandatory technical assistance to each project nationally sets Rockcote & Resene Construction Systems apart from the rest. I […]

Helping heritage stand strong — level correction success in Canterbury

With building demolition a common sight in Christchurch over the past few years, it’s refreshing to see one being given the chance to stand strong […]

Green Building Councils commit to green area twice the size of Singapore

‘Building sector an essential part of the solution’   More than 1.25 billion square metres of buildings — almost double the size of Singapore — […]

Fletcher and Nalco unveil aluminium joint venture

Fletcher Building Ltd has reached an agreement to create a 50-50 joint venture between its Fletcher Aluminium windows and doors business and Nalco Ltd. Nalco […]

Bunnings to expand New Zealand outlets

Australian-based home improvement chain Bunnings expects to open more than 30 new stores in Australia and New Zealand over the next two financial years — […]

Apprentice of the Year — an insider view

The Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year competition is soon to commence, with entries opening in April. Regional judge and national practical […]

Restoration success as retirement village scores gold

A basic need for remedial work soon turned into a fully-fledged redevelopment to weatherproof 84 apartments in a fully functioning retirement village in Mount Maunganui. […]

Award-winning house build takes place without access to basic services

Pepper Construction’s Andrew Pepper was elated to find his New Plymouth entry had received the title of national winner in the ITM New Home up […]