May 2012 Issue


DBH works to speed up Christchurch rebuild

The Department of Building and Housing is supporting the Christchurch City Council to improve its building consenting processes and its ways of working to meet […]

Industry seeing potential in BIM

Masterspec, the producers of New Zealand’s national specification system — in conjunction with BRANZ and NBS (UK) — has released a report on its National […]

Property Council appoints new president

Tony Sewell, chief executive of Ngai Tahu Property Ltd has been elected Property Council national president in Auckland recently. As new national president, Mr Sewell […]

Construction one of five sectors with poor workplace fatalities record

A review of the Department of Labour’s Workplace Health and Safety Strategy to 2015 revealed a gap between the high level strategy framework and action […]

New guidelines to prevent falls on site

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson has recently launched new guidance to reduce the workplace death and injury toll from falls in the construction sector. Best […]

Lockwood Homes survives the test of time

Developed and patented in 1951 by Dutch immigrants Joe La Grouw Snr and John van Loghem, the Lockwood Building System is an engineering innovation that […]

Canterbury builders confident with most entries in House of the Year

Canterbury builders have embraced the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year by submitting the most entries for a single region in the […]

Back In Time

Outer space

To misquote Wordsworth, I recently “wandered past a lonely cloud” to the end of Queen’s Wharf in Auckland. Queen’s Wharf was the centre of the […]

Can council inspection delays result in successful negligence claims?

For various reasons, it is not uncommon for there to be long delays between construction of a building and final inspections and the issue of […]

Australia’s notorious Port Arthur

Australia has been celebrating its convict past — again. In 2010, 11 dinky-di former convict sites were inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They are […]

BCITO releases funding for employer development

The BCITO has recently released funding to help construction industry employers develop and expand their businesses. Fifteen Employer Development Grants are available in 2012 for […]

‘What I got out of Apprentice of the Year’

With entries now open for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year, we caught up with three of last year’s national finalists […]

Consistency a winning tactic for Inhaus

Nelson boutique building company Inhaus Developments Ltd is known for its consistency, achieving numerous local and Gold Reserve awards in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers […]

Golden Bay builder ‘a true craftsman’

W Rothwell Builder’s renovation of a 1970s bach in Takaka caught the eye of judges in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2011 House of the […]

Not time to party just yet . . .

The residential building consent figures for March show a sharp improvement in the number issued. We have been experiencing a gradual and perceptible increase in […]