October 2011 Issue


The specifiers have spoken

So we ran a survey to around 2000 industry professionals to get their feedback. First, we stated one of the pertinent trends which is starting […]

Inmates progress house build for local family

It is the eleventh home Habitat for Humanity Central North Island (CNI) has built for a Hawke’s Bay family, and it is taking Habitat one […]

Team highlights energy efficiency innovation overseas

The team gained third place overall, after being the first team from the southern hemisphere to qualify for the American college competition. “The student team […]

Construction industry remains uncertain

The quarterly survey of industry decision-makers, conducted in June, found the sector continued to expect a considerable influx of work, with 75% of respondents in […]

Unemployed targeted as trainee scaffolders

The course is funded by the Ministry of Social Development, run by the New Zealand Defence Force and supported by the New Zealand Police. It […]

Partnership promotes faster consents turnaround

In a ground-breaking partnership between the Hamilton City Council and Generation Homes, building consents will be issued within 48 hours and the number of required […]

Young Mum already a double-winning project manager

In a male-dominated construction industry in a city facing so many challenges, it’s rare to meet someone with such a sound and settled career path. […]

Forgotten lessons of the past

That was one of the main findings of Wayne Brown, a trained civil/structural engineer and mayor of the Far North. Mr Brown was part of […]

Boucher officially opens Bunnings on North Shore

“We really appreciate the positive response we’ve had during every stage of opening this Bunnings Warehouse,” Mr Powell says. “We’re excited to bring the widest […]

PlaceMakers branch raises thousands for Prostate Cancer Foundation

As part of PlaceMakers’ national support campaign for Blue September, Mt Wellington PlaceMakers branch manager Chris Fairbairn, PlaceMakers general manager of commercial Vaughan Grant and […]

NZGBC appoints new director for Homestar

Ms Ferguson was educated in New Zealand, and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her career has spanned charities, Crown agencies […]

NZGBC: Rebuild and renovate homes for long-term sustainability

The meeting was a forum for building industry representatives to discuss how rebuilding and renovating Canterbury homes sustainably could deliver better long-term outcomes for the region. […]

The Financial Assistance Package — an opportunity?

A claim is eligible if water has penetrated the dwelling because of some aspect of the design or construction, the dwelling is damaged as a […]

If you seek his monument, look around

This is no mere superb construction — it is a work of art and is most easy on the eye. The good burghers of Bristol […]

BCITO back to school

So we can’t simply lean against the shovel and hope for the best — the reality is that we are not going to get (much) […]

The Forsyth Barr Stadium — by the fabricators

It was fitting that one, Christchurch-based Pegasus Engineering, represented the South Island, while Auckland-based Grayson Engineering kept honours even for the North Island. The kick-off […]

Apprentice of the Year — five years on

Now with his own business, Forsyth Contracting, and working out of Taupo, the 2007 Central North Island and national winner has fond memories of his […]

Consistency sets AJ Saville Builders apart

AJ Saville’s homes have been a firm fixture in the House of the Year awards since the Queenstown-based company first entered in 1999. They returned […]

Strong client relationships key to success

And last year the company took out the national Department of Building and Housing New Homes under $250,000 category for a property in Ashburton. Project […]

Resounding results and reducing risk

A highlight for me has been hearing feedback from the previous years’ AOY winners, telling of their experience at Outward Bound, the amount they have […]

The 4th Amendment

The No 3 amendment also introduced risk-based or step consenting, something which is designed to ensure the regulatory regime adopted by Building Consent Authorities does […]