November 2009 Issue


Special attention required for QA of key components

Another FPB principle is using quality materials, correctly installed by trained professionals. When designing a Future-Proof home, special attention should be given to quality assurance […]

New ways to reduce housing costs must be found

New ways must be found to reduce constrcution costs in New Zealand after a recent survey of housing affordability across 22 markets found this country […]

Moving forward

Awards a pleasing reward for a decade of hard work National Aluminium Limited (NALCO) recently won three prestigious business awards. The aluminium extrusion designer, manufacturer […]

RMB knows good apprentice when he sees one

Kevin Garrity of Edinbridge Resources in Tauranga certainly knows a good apprentice when he sees one.   For the past four years one of his […]

Building in the blood

Hawke’s Bay carpenter Nathan Biggs had a “like father like son” moment recently when he took out a national apprenticeship award.   Nathan, whose father […]

Energy efficiency a key component

Tasman Insulation is the proud sponsor of the Pink® Batts® Ultra® Energy Efficiency Award, one of the four lifestyle awards in the Registered Master Builders […]

Sustainable building has solid future

Consumer interest in sustainable building has been a growing trend in New Zealand during the past few years, and builders have responded to the demand […]

Copy. Right.

Many Registered Master Builders (RMBs) have their own suite of house plans for their customers to choose from, and they are a valuable intellectual property […]

Protecting the home owner — How does the RMBF approach it?

They say that building a home is one of the most exciting yet stressful experiences for an individual, and is right up there with public […]

Brand new home to be auctioned with $1 reserve!

Home buyers could get the bargain of a lifetime when Lockwood puts a brand new two bedroom Initial design home up for charity auction with […]

Industry report delves into year 2025 scenarios

A report into the future of New Zealand’s built environment has been released by building research company BRANZ.   The report, Building the Future, outlines […]

DoL: Construction industry set for upswing after difficult period

After being hit hard by the global economic downturn, the country’s construction industry can look forward to improved performance and expansion in 2010, according to […]

Cancer support centre wins People’s Choice Timber Design Award

Design attracts ‘strong emotional response’ New Plymouth architects Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner have scooped the popular People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Timber Design Awards […]

The importance of explanation notices with payment claims

Tim Bates and Suzie Matheson of Auckland law firm Legal Vision examine a case where a payment claim process does not comply with the Construction […]

Constructing a new ‘House of Pain?’

Dr Kerry Rodgers has been uncovering Dunedin’s soon-to-be Forsythe Barr Stadium In July 2009, with the lawyers paid off, ground could finally be broken at […]

BCITO develops new process to recognise trade experience

ERP to count carpentry trade experience towards National Certificate The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has developed a new process to recognise the […]

Revised steel Standard published

Standards New Zealand has published Steel structures Standard – Part 1: Materials, fabrication and construction (NZS 3404.1:2009) which will supersede in part NZS 3404 Parts […]

‘Rocking’ technology — a seismic world first for steel-framed buildings

Te Puni Village, Victoria University of Wellington’s high-rise student accommodation, is a brilliant case of kiwi ingenuity rocking the structural engineering world!   For this […]