May 2021 Issue


Exotic forestry scores highly

The recently-released Ministry for the Environment’s latest environmental report scores exotic forestry highly for its low impact on soils. The report identified exotic forests as […]

Tyres turned into graphene now making concrete stronger

Rice University scientists in the United States have optimised a process to convert waste from rubber tyres into graphene that can, in turn, be used […]

Workplace employers need to provide good vaccine info

For over a year now, Covid-19 has become part of the normal language and narrative around the world. In that time it has caused seismic […]

Like a runaway climate change train on a downhill line

Ross Middleton says we might be a humble building industry magazine, but that doesn’t mean we have no room on the roof for Friedrich Nietzche, […]

Industry experiencing four commonplace ‘growing pain’ issues

Feedback from RMBA president Kerry Archer’s recent nationwide travels suggests that there are four common issues facing the industry at present — councils and consents, […]

When does a housing crisis become a housing emergency? It’s here!

Building Today columnist and EasyBuild director Mike Fox says the Government’s introduction of a tax package under the guise of a housing policy will, ironically, […]

New Zealand’s timber shortage: help is here

In the wake of the recent hubbub over timber distribution, Red Stag group chief executive Marty Verry got plenty of great publicity, capping it off […]

Middle managers — keeping the engine running smoothly

Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen explains how to support key middle managers and get them working at their best. Recently I had a conversation with […]

Construction Sector Accord in partnership to develop sustainable workforce

The Construction Sector Accord is partnering with Diversity Works New Zealand, the national body for workplace diversity and inclusion, to build a sustainable workforce for […]

Tax package, housing policy or complete shambles?

Norman Gemmell, the chair in public finance, Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington, comments on the government’s latest housing policies (from The Conversation). Economists like […]

Government makes a start on housing

Housing Minister Megan Woods says with 7000 public houses and 5414 new builds in the pipeline under various housing initiatives, the Government is on track […]

Many risk being left behind as digital economy soars

New BNZ research has shown soaring use of the internet throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. However, while more than two-thirds of New Zealanders increased their digital […]

Action needed to review lead levels in plumbing products

Master Plumbers is keen on the recommendation by the Ministry of Health to review current plumbing standards with regards to allowable lead levels in imported […]

You can’t just go with the flow . . .

Rob Campion of the Window & Glass Association discusses the industry’s soon to be released Field Testing Accreditation Programme, helping to create a better built […]

Weathertightness and the NZ Building Code

Building Code clauses do not show how to build — rather, they give minimum performance criteria that the buildings must meet or exceed to ensure […]

Leaky buildings, remediation contract cost escalation, and building defects

Timothy Bates and Bodene Robertson-Wright of Auckland law firm Tim Bates & Co consider how the Body Corporate of an apartment block manages to prevent […]

Seek alternatives to materials supply and income streams

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand says supply chain problems should be prompting business owners to seek alternatives for materials supply and/or income streams. […]

Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to targeted groups

Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support […]

PlaceMakers Foundation joins forces with MATES in Construction

 An ambition to combat the enormous toll of suicides in the building and construction industry has motivated the PlaceMakers Foundation to get behind MATES in […]

1000 women respond to Trade Careers survey in one week

Trade Careers is the first project of the newly-formed Women in Trades Collective (WITC). It is supported by the BCITO, Connexis, Skills, and Competenz, and […]

Reduce waste — build a house!

New Zealand builders will soon be able to replace plywood, particle board and plaster board, with low-carbon, environmentally-sustainable construction boards made from packaging waste such […]

Engineering the secret for staff work/life balance

Having energy at the end of the work week, avoiding peak traffic, and more time with the kids are just a few of the perks […]

MBIE welcomes feedback on the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on how the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme is working. “We want to hear from […]

NZGIF invests in solarZero to accelerate growth of solar and battery deployment

New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) has invested $10 million in solar energy services company solarZero to support the growth of the company. NZGIF’s investment […]