September 2011 Issue


Product assurance gathers steam

The Department launched its product assurance guide last April and then teamed up with BRANZ to run nationwide seminars for Building Consent Authorities (BCAs), manufacturers, […]

Design v Functionality — game on!

That’s exactly the clever play that architect Davor Mikulcic has used to impress the design world with an award-winning home in Upper Hutt. Owners Phillip […]

ITM voted best for ‘customer experience’

The survey was conducted amongst more than 1700 people shopping at ITM, Mitre 10 Mega, Bunnings, Hammer Hardware, Mitre 10 and Placemakers outets. Colmar Brunton’s […]

Britomart design challenges experienced city architects

Peddle Thorp has been actively involved in developer Cooper and Company’s Britomart East building for six years, working closely with lead precinct designers JPW of […]

Hamilton partnership responds to post-quake office shortage

Construction has been well under way on units at Christchurch International Airport. The partnership also involves Christchurch-based Kingspan Panels to supply wall and roof cladding, while […]

Grand Designs presenter to visit NZ

Mr McCloud will share ideas and commentary, with visuals of the work he has been doing in Britain via his company Hab (Happiness Architecture Beauty) […]

Christchurch green rebuild tool draws on local expertise

Developed by the NZGBC in partnership with Christchurch City Council (CCC) and with the support of Beca as primary sponsor (technical), Warren & Mahoney and […]

Mediation — promoted as ‘diametrically opposite’ to the court process?

She was critical of the following aspects of the pro-ADR argument: • Mediation is promoted as a much better alternative to court on the basis […]

Dwelling with Gaia

The primary concern here is with so-called earth houses, aka earth berms, as opposed to rammed-earth or earth-sheltered homes. Earth homes are set at least […]

Report names BCITO best performing tertiary educator

This is the second year running that the BCITO has outperformed other tertiary providers, with an impeccable score of 100% for the completion of programmes […]

Building cost-effective, handsome, durable car parks

The first of these involved meeting the developer’s requirement of full corrosion protection. The Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) wanted the car park to have […]

Strong carpentry apprentice inflow shows promising future for competition

“This increase means there will be a strong inflow of younger apprentices who will be eligible for the Apprentice of the Year in the next […]

Oskam humbled by inaugural Platinum Award

The Platinum Award signifies outstanding success, presented to those companies which have achieved five or more National Awards over the course of the competition. “I […]

BJ Carter Ltd builds on 50 years of history

The company has been a valuable member of the organisation, entering and succeeding in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers House of the Year for a […]

Award-winning Taranaki bridge acknowledged internationally

The awards are good, but what really matters, Mr Whitaker says, is that the design team has a strong attachment to Taranaki and its community, […]

Can your business survive and thrive without you?

In many cases, we are not only integral to running the operation — we are, in fact, the brand. Many of us have our name […]

Lack of cover is crippling Canterbury

There are many building companies with virtually finished houses on their books that they cannot hand over, and many frustrated would-be home owners as a […]