October 2006 Issue


Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill under the microscope

What remedies may be claimed?  The Bill has a specifi c section 7A aimed at setting out the remedies that may be claimed. This does […]

Reinforcing bar markings make identifi cation easier

Identifying a reinforcing bar’s method of manufacture has been made easier. Pacific Steel has introduced a new bar marking pattern for its reinforcing steel made […]

Choose a career and a life

Building on the success of the 2005 campaign, the BCITO held its second Building Careers Week on September 11 to 17.    The promotion aims […]

David replaces David at PlaceMakers

David Edwards has succeeded David Worley as chief executive of PlaceMakers. Previously general manager operations of the laminates and panels division in Australia, Mr Edwards […]

Fox appointed to Building Research Board

Building Research has appointed Mike Fox to its Board, effective immediately. Mr Fox is the Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF) representative on the Board.    […]

Inglis spearheads new roof tile

Canterbury roofing manufacturer Stratco has launched a new roofing profile at a recent new product presentation spearheaded by double-amputee outdoor adventurer Mark Inglis.    One […]

Pre-painted system provides protection against corrosion

  The product is suitable for a wide range of rollformed roof and wall claddings, rainwater accessories and general building products. The system will exceed […]

‘Sophisticated’ winery blends with environment

A new $70m facility has taken shape in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, and is one of New Zealand’s largest and most technologically advanced […]

Revolutionary fastener exceeds current strength requirement

  Sheet roof supplied in New Zealand is generally of a high quality, so consumers need to be confident that the screw fastening the roofing […]

Ford goes for four fuel types

  OK, what’s an FFV? It’s actually a Flexi-fuel Vehicle, and it comes to us in the form of a Ford Focus wagon. Cool, fi […]

Motoring with a slice of Variety

  Naturally, Ford was in a position to help out, not only with able-bodied volunteers but with some specialised assistance from builder John “Cocksy” Cocks. […]

Who is The Laminex Group?

  The company has a number of market-leading brands, including Laminex and Formica.    Environmental policy  The company is committed to pursuing the highest standard […]

Environmentally sustainable products launched in NZ

The Laminex Group, a division of Fletcher Building Products Ltd, is taking a leading role in ecologically sustainable design (ESD) solutions with the launch of […]

Standards CEO: Timber treatment Standard technically sound

  The Amendment allows the use of Boron for H3.1 treatment of timber, and was developed using a very thorough process, Mr Steele says. “The […]

$500m development under way at Millbrook

New Zealand’s original premier lifestyle resort has announced details of a half billion dollar, 200-plus home housing development. Five-star luxury resort Millbrook is well advanced […]

MonierBrick ups production as brick renaissance builds

Following the completion of a $5 million plant upgrade, MonierBrick is about to shift to 24 hour production to meet increasing demand for its bricks […]

Pitcairn road and jetty work takes out award

  The project, by construction company McConnell Dowell, was one of four category winners named at a black-tie function at Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel at the […]

Product certifi cation concerns aired

The Building Offi cials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) held a recent workshop in Auckland to discuss concerns over the product certifi cation scheme provided […]

Better cyber service for building sector and consumers

  The Department of Building and Housing’s new web site — www.dbh.govt.nz — replaces the web site created after the Department’s establishment in 2004. “The […]

As good as goals

The House Company Rodney Ltd won fi ve awards at the 2006 PlaceMakers Auckland House of the Year competition. But the real winners, according to […]

Housing NZ a reliable source of work for builders

  “We already manage more than 66,000 existing properties valued at more than $10 billion, and with growing demand for affordable housing there will always […]

47-time winner still can’t eat!

D J Hewitt Builders Ltd was named national winner of the Nulook Builder’s Own Home Award and Mico Bathrooms Award for a property with estuary […]

Contemporary meets classic

A magnifi cent clifftop home in Ruby Bay, built by Nelson company Headstart Developments Ltd, won national awards for the Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency […]

RMBF welcomes energy effi cient building initiatives

  Mr Cosgrove spoke at Registered Master Builder Jennian Homes Canterbury’s show home in Christchurch, which showcases a number of energy effi cient design and […]

People make quality — Total Quality Management (TQM)

When management seeks productivity improvement, initial thoughts often turn to new technology, new designs, new tools or equipment.    However, managers often fail to recognise […]

Value of residential construction healthy

  The value of consents issued for residential buildings in August 2006 was $694 million, 9.7% higher than August 2005, with the trend showing upward […]

Speakers confi rmed for 2007 Conference in Taranaki

  Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove will once again address members alongside media personalities Mark Inglis and Tom Mulholland. Firth Industries are proud to […]

House inspections – should you do them?

Providing house inspection services to prospective home buyers can be a lucrative business venture, but can also be potentially disastrous. As a general rule, the […]

One year in the hot seat

It’s hard to believe that this issue of Building Today marks my one-year anniversary since joining the Registered Master Builders Federation! It’s been an outstandingly […]