October 2007 Issue


Building consent values still rising

Although the rate of increase in the number of building consents issued over the past few months has slowed slightly, they are still up overall […]

Survey establishes industry’s future research and information needs

Energy use and efficiency, followed by sustainability and environmental issues, were seen as the two most important areas for future research, according to the results […]

New residential neighbourhood planned for Frankton East

Up to 400 residential sections are planned for the terraces near the Shotover and Kawarau river delta flats just east of Frankton near Queenstown.   […]

NZ Wood intending to promote wood to the building and design sector

The landmark NZ Wood programme was officially launched at Parliament recently by Minister of Forestry Jim Anderton.   The launch kicks off the first promotional […]

Challenges ahead says Canadian energy efficiency expert

Canada 20 years ahead of New Zealand in terms of building energy efficient homes New Zealand homes need improved levels of insulation and ventilation, according […]

Industry breakthrough for time-strapped builders

Innovative way to order supplies just got better!   Just launched is a powerful new tool for today’s builders! The first of its kind in […]

NZ engineering up to ‘world standards’

Geothermal energy, a regional landfill, a European Aid bridge for Fiji and a stunning new addition to the Auckland Museum were the top winners at […]

GreenBuild goes live

GreenBuild, a national online resource for comparing the environmental and technical characteristics of building products, went live to the industry at the start of October. […]

Dial-a-drill — call Powerpac!

Powerpac Group has recently launched On Site, offering an almost instant turnaround time from order placement to delivery of essential items construction site workers often […]

Setting the standard

Inspectors from national property inspection company Realsure Ltd have become the first in New Zealand to receive the newly created Building Surveyors Accreditation, as part […]

Why profitable businesses go bust!

If a business is selling plenty of products or services and buying labour and parts at the right price how is it possible for it […]

High Court conflict of authorities — Construction Contracts Act 2002 and statutory demands

It had been clear law following the decision of Volcanic Investments Ltd v Dempsey & Wood Civil Contractors Ltd that a set-off or counterclaim could […]

M. Eiffel’s Eyesore

In 1887 Gustave Eiffel got the nod from the Paris authorities to begin construction of his tower. It was intended as no more than the […]

Cost effective alternative to high maintenance boiler systems

A constant supply of piping hot water is crucial to the working operations of many commercial industries. This high demand requires systems that are reliable […]

FPB — brought to life!

Another successful Auckland Home Show was held last month, with 50,000 plus visitors attending the show.   While Carters is trade focused, they understand that […]

Advice on hand for budding apprentices and prospective employers

Promoting careers in the construction industry and helping reduce the industry’s skills shortages were key messages of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) […]

Cladding inspired by nature

Dimond has recently introduced two new metal wall cladding profiles spawned from the beauty of nature, Sahara and Pacific.   Both of these contemporary profiles […]

10-year performance warranty for powder coating on aluminium joinery

With constant change comes constant improvement. In this instance, Interpon has developed a D1010 premium product performance warranty only offered by Fairview and Elite window […]

Five Ds make dramatic difference

Christchurch-based company Flashman Flashing Systems Ltd recently launched the Flashman window and door flashing system.   The system, designed by co-directors Mike Anticich and Steve […]

Cutting-edge solutions provided by concrete specialist

Concrete cutting, drilling and removal specialist Lowery Supa Cutters Ltd not only offers half century of experience in its field, but is also an acknowledged […]

Freedon to design faster, with confidence

New software offers designers more flexibility and features   Designers and users in the construction industry have been using Hilti anchors with confidence for some […]

Speedy wall construction in all weather conditions

Not all walls are equal — some can be built twice as fast, in all weather conditions, while delivering all the strength and durability required […]

New sustainability initiative launched

Building and Construction minister Clayton Cosgrove has helped launch Concrete3, an initiative to raise awareness of the sustainable qualities of concrete.   Spearheaded by the […]

The Mondeo is back!

Ford has launched the all-new, German-engineered Mondeo.   This has been hailed by Ford Europe as its most technically advanced car ever, and it will […]

Falcon with fun factor

While we wait with bated breath for the next incarnation of the Ford Falcon (little birds tell us some time next year), perhaps now is […]

Eco company wins top business award

Former teachers Greg and Sue Sweeney may be forgiven for feeling they are living off the sheep’s back after their wool-based building insulation company won […]

Arrowtown ‘alpine haven’ takes two 2006 national House of the Year awards

A J Saville Builder Ltd believes true workmanship, attention to detail and comprehensive co-ordination with subtrades made its project in Millbrook, Arrowtown, distinctive enough to […]

Key Homes ‘nails it’ in 2006!

A Bay of Plenty home built by Key Homes Tauranga Ltd was the winner of the New Homes Under $250,000 category in the Registered Master […]

Millbrook home up for top honours

Arrowtown-based company AJ Saville Builder Ltd is up for top honours once again for a $1 million-plus home at the five-star Millbrook Resort.   Allister […]

House of the Year judging now complete

National House of the Year judges Graeme Sutton and Rolly Adams have completed the residential judging for the national competition.   There are 100 Gold […]

RMBF shows some things can happen by committee

The Registered Master Builders Federation’s Commercial & Contracts Committee was formed well over 20 years ago and is made up of highly respected and experienced […]

Three national apprentice finalists announced

Three national finalists have been announced at regional awards ceremonies in the Registered Master Builders 2007 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters.   […]

Preliminary and General — and its cost

Preliminary and General. Do you know what this is? I have talked to many builders around the country over many years, who often say “I […]

Good Lord bestowed rare honour

The Taranaki Registered Master Builders Association has recently bestowed a very rare life membership to Gary Lord of Lord Construction Ltd.   Only three life […]

Exercising leadership

This issue of Building Today marks my two year anniversary with the Registered Master Builders Federation — and, heck, it’s been a super fast couple […]

Designing problems away

New Zealand’s building legislation still causing confusion for many builders and TAs   Leaky buildings have been a major concern in the construction industry in […]

CIL honours directors

Russell Hawken and John Sinclair have been honoured in appreciation for their huge contribution to, and continued involvement in the success of Construction Information Ltd […]