October 2015 Issue


Nelson carpentry apprentice wins national award

Shaun Campbell, from the Upper South Island region, has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the national award at the Registered Master […]

Builders deliver knockout blow for prostate cancer awareness

Subcontractors, construction workers and suppliers competed in 14 boxing matches in a Battle of The Construction Industry Fight Night in August, raising just over $9000 […]

TPPA may open doors for processed wood products

The forest and wood processing industries have welcomed the removal of tariffs on wood products across the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   […]

Cowboys and self-certification

There was an interesting short flurry of media activity a couple of weeks ago after the release of the Task Force Report on what was […]

Challenging renovation comes out top

Jonny Lewis was thrilled when he heard his company was awarded the Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Registered Master Builders 2015 Renovation of the Year […]

Unexpected win for Waiheke builder

A first-time entrant in the Auckland Registered Master Builder’s House of the Year awards took out a top trifecta of awards in the Auckland region […]

SkyCity welcomes Japanese masterpiece

Located on the ground floor of the SkyCity Grand Hotel on Auckland’s Federal Street, Masu is one of the city’s hottest spots to dine out. […]

Genesis Energy to trial residential energy storage system

‘Plug-and-play’ energy storage system to maximise value from home owner’s solar system Enphase Energy Inc, a global energy technology company, has announced plans to work […]

Bunnings delivers record performance

Bunnings, the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand, announced a record result for its New Zealand business […]

$155 million Auckland retail facility opens doors

Doors to Auckland’s newest retail facility, the NorthWest Shopping Centre, opened to the public recently.   The $155 million retail development is part of Auckland’s […]

Good mix design and workmanship keys to minimising concrete shrinkage

A study by BRANZ has confirmed the best approach to minimising the effects of drying shrinkage in concrete floor slabs for new homes is through […]

Innovative uses of timber feature in Timber Design Award winners

The Waiheke Island Community Library, which judges described as “a lyrical response to a timber library building, and a robust structural yet visually appealing statement,” […]

Innovative approach drives expansion

  The expansion of Registered Master Builders Association company Compass Homes into Auckland is a natural result of the demand for the company’s housing and […]

Rotorua Boys’ High School — kings of national building challenge

Rotorua Boys’ High School has been named the Supreme Winner of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) Build-Ability Challenge, winning all three of […]

Report confirms construction laws are a mess!

The Loopy Rules Report confirms what the industry has known for years — laws around land development and construction are a mess!   The Government […]

Changing mindsets, saving lives

Mike Fox’s Opinion editorial in Building Today September warmed up and chewed over the New Zealand Initiative’s critical report of WorkSafe NZ’s working at height […]

BT’s Back in Time

20 years ago: Membership of the New Zealand Master Builders Federation was set to increase by at least 10% as a result of the television […]

Questions to ask when considering insulation options

Insulation acts in two ways — in winter, it’s like a blanket that keeps buildings warm, and in summer, it’s like the walls of a […]

Blown insulation systems making a comeback

By Safe-R Insulation (NZ) Ltd general manager Wade Maurice We all know that the majority of New Zealand’s ageing housing stock is not adequately insulated, […]

Insulation strips ‘sandwiched’ between wood components

With insulation performance increasingly in the spotlight, some companies are gaining a competitive edge with products that exceed New Zealand Building Code standards.   Lockwood […]

Product portfolio expanded

Knauf Insulation has expanded its product portfolio to provide more solutions specific to New Zealand construction.   One of the latest products to be added […]

Service includes installation or supply-only

The comfort and health of building users — your customers — is the result of well-designed buildings, as well as properly installed systems.   We […]

Building suppliers potentially liable to end users in negligence/Consumer Guarantees Act 1993

Facts Many schools located around New Zealand owned or administered by the Ministry of Education have been affected by weathertightness issues.   The Ministry filed […]

A glass act

Science writer Steven Johnson defines the hummingbird effect as: An innovation in one field triggering an unexpected breakthrough or change in a different domain.   […]

Don’t be sceptical about change!

I am going to tell you a story this month, a true story about one of my clients. Normally I am very careful when I […]