May 2009 Issue


Energy efficiency awards finalists announced

A vineyard producing premium quality wine, the largest geothermal development in 20 years and a felted carpet maker whose products are bought by Hollywood’s A […]

Frame and Truss merges with Wood Processors

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA) is to merge with the Wood Processors Association (WPA). FTMA executive chairman Ian McGregor says it is the […]

Partnership brings bright future for Kiwis wanting to save energy

Right House has partnered with leading New Zealand-based energy savings company ecoBright energy solutions Ltd to enable their commercial and business customers a guaranteed minimum […]

NZ-developed HRV gets Aussie tick

The HRV healthy home ventilation system developed by HRV New Zealand has been awarded the prestigious Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) mark. It is the […]

$5m Hamilton apartments start

Construction of a new $5 million block of apartments has started at Vision Forest Lake retirement village in Hamilton this month. The contract was awarded […]

Revisiting payment claims under the Construction Contracts Act: Service

The Christchurch High Court decision of Arnold Jenson (2005) Ltd v Trevor James Bills & Others (CIV-2008-409-001349) covered the issue of what constitutes valid service […]

Dunedin’s Canny Carnegie centre

Of the 18 libraries gifted to New Zealand by the late Andrew Carnegie, the most lavish was that of the City Of Dunedin. It was […]

Skills brokers highlight the value of training

The recent introduction of a new team of skills brokers is one of the exciting new developments at the BCITO to ensure employers are equipped […]

Framing revolution taking place down south

Historically, wood was king in the South Island construction industry. However, a Canterbury steel framing manufacturer claims that is set to change as it launches […]

Steel framed housing — an emerging market

Similar to a range of other countries, light gauge steel framing has established itself in New Zealand as a viable solution for the structural framing […]

Long-term products represent value for money

Life Cycle Costing simply means evaluating what a product or service will cost you over its entire life cycle. When planning a future-proofed home, this […]

Effective product standards needed for NZ

As the construction industry enters a new period of product certification under the 2004 version of the Building Act, the question still remains: What criteria […]

Sleek, stunning and sustainable

Carlton Richards Architectural Building’s stunning design and build of a property in Harakeke, Nelson, was the well deserving winner of two national awards in the […]

The winning package

The client’s vision is absolutely integral to the design of any new home, according to Alpine Homes NZ Ltd owner Brian Archer. The company’s holistic […]

Builders gain the edge competing in NZ’s premier building awards

Builders from around New Zealand are set to compete in the country’s premier building awards programme — the Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the […]

Recession — manage your people resources, Part 1

In the current economic climate it is more important than ever to manage your resources, including people resources, to best effect. Hard times can bring […]

RMBF Conference 2009 — a very ‘smart move’

Taking the Registered Master Builders Federation annual conference to Blenheim proved to be a very “Smart Move for Success”. The purpose-built venue in the Marlborough […]

Improved consumer protection needed

Registered Master Builders share Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson’s view on a need for greater consumer protection on building and housing projects. Speaking […]

A good word for the banks!

I never thought I would say this — the banks have saved our industry’s bacon! Last week I was in Florida at a conference on builder […]

Everything to gain and nothing to lose

Peter Robson knows apprentices. The owner and general manager of Wood Robson Ltd says he’s had more than 50 join his team over the years. […]

Conference deemed ‘one of the best’

Well, the annual conference in Blenheim was my first, and it certainly lived up to the high expectations that were anticipated. There is an article […]