September 2019 Issue


Drainlayer tradies graduating with better prospects than ever

Forty-two apprentice plumbers, electricians, gasfitters and drainlayers graduated at the Apprenticeship Training Trust (ATT) awards held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum recently. Apprentices from […]

The three Ps in EcoPave systems — permeable, pervious and porous

While synonymous, the terms permeable, pervious and porous are quite different when it comes to discussing suitable pavement systems and their ability to offer the […]

Protection from the elements all year round

When creating a covered deck, patio or outdoor family area, it is important to consider that the roof will not only offer longevity and peace […]

A durable and contemporary option for exterior cladding

Equitone fibre cement is a mineral composite material with outstanding aesthetic and physical properties designed as cladding by and for architects. Every Equitone panel is unique, showing the […]

Chelsea’s building a great future

There are a number of things that apprentice carpenter Chelsea Roper loves about her job. While using the nail gun and other tools are on […]

Construction lender launched for builders and developers

An increasing number of builders are launching residential development projects as councils make more land available to address New Zealand’s housing crisis. Waikato-based Omega Capital […]

Resource management review timely

The Government’s recent announcement of a comprehensive overhaul of the Resource Management System is a nation-building opportunity that should lead to enhanced environmental and social […]

Habitat home repair gets a $1 million boost

Habitat for Humanity’s essential home repair work for low and moderate income families has received an unprecedented boost of $1 million from the Bank of […]

Heights and health hazards — the perils faced by most tradies

Heights, because bad things can happen in an instant. Health hazards, because they can build up over time but end up just as damaging. Both […]

CertMark International withdraws from NZ CodeMark scheme

CertMark International Pty Ltd (CMI) has withdrawn from the New Zealand CodeMark scheme. This follows its recent suspension as a product certification body (PCB) by […]

The Kiwi company making content for construction easy

With video becoming the predominant form of content worldwide, construction companies in New Zealand have started to work with new Kiwi company, VideoTaxi. Despite little […]

Naylor Love and Gibbons join forces

Naylor Love, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned commercial construction company, has entered a joint venture with Nelson company Gibbons. The new venture is now trading as […]

Top tips when screening resumes

Building Recruitment managing director Kevin Everett says many resumes are poorly written. He outlines a few things to look out for when checking the details […]

Planning for unexpected health problems is essential

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand reminds trade-based business owners that it’s essential to have plans in place should you become unexpectedly crocked and […]

Earthquake reports and negligent misstatement

Timothy Bates and Sabine Boyd of Auckland law firm Legal Vision discuss a case dealing with negligent misstatement in a report concerning the earthquake strength […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — September 1999: • Hilton International signed a 15-year contract to manage the 167-room hotel under construction on Auckland’s Princes Wharf. Under […]

Expol StyroDrain

StyroDrain, composed of 100% recycled polystyrene, is used in the construction process for retaining walls, and provides protection for the waterproofing membrane on retaining and […]

Expol QuickDrain

The QuickDrain no-scoria engineered drainage solution incorporates a recycled polystyrene aggregate produced from waste polystyrene collected from building sites and other waste polystyrene sources. It […]

Commitment to recycled polystyrene delivers a complete easy-to-install drainage solution

Expol QuickDrain and StyroDrain form part of the company’s range of premium recycled polystyrene construction products, with both specifically designed to provide successful, easy-to-install drainage […]

Celebrating a better built New Zealand with Commercial Project Awards

The search is on for New Zealand’s best commercial building project, as entries open for the 2020 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. This prestigious awards […]

Technology and collaboration star in award-winning buildings

Building twice holds the secret to creating better buildings, as demonstrated by the winners of the Registered Master Builders inaugural Building Information Modelling (BIM) Innovation […]

New Zealand’s top 100 homes announced

After lengthy deliberation, the Top 100 National Finalists have been announced for the Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year competition. Expert judges have […]

The next step

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg I recently spent some time with a builder who has a staff of six and is doing some pretty cool […]

Government resets KiwiBuild to ‘get more New Zealanders into home ownership’

The Government has announced new initiatives to help more New Zealanders into home ownership through its KiwiBuild reset, according to Housing Minister Megan Woods. “The […]

Christchurch company wins coveted timber award for Town Hall floor restoration

Christchurch company, Timbers of New Zealand, has won a coveted award for the 42,000 lineal metres of flooring it hand-laid in the city’s newly restored […]

Early innovation

By Architect Don Bunting It might be hard to imagine what Vlad Peles — also known also as Vlad Dracul (devil) and Vlad The Impaler […]