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Big Aussie expo on next month

Australia’s most comprehensive building expo will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7. The HIA Home & Building Expo 2006 will feature the latest in building and renovating products, services, kitchens, GreenSmart initiatives and home services.  Held in conjunction with the HIA National Convention which includes three days of informative and practical business sessions and social events, visitors will learn about the futur...
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AIPM calls for major rethink to avoid skills shortage

The retirement of up to one third of Australia’s project managers in the next decade signals a major skills shortage in leading industry sectors, according to Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) chief executive Peter Shears.  Mr Shears proposes significant changes to the role of project management within companies to resolve the looming crisis. “As a third of our membership exits the profession in the next 10 years, they will leave a major gap in experience and bu...
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CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

A pan-industry approach to make New Zealand building sites among the safest in the world has been agreed by the Construction Industry Council. A Health and Safety Strategy prepared by the CIC envisages a zero fatality record in the construction workplace within five years and an annual 10% reduction in injuries annually through to 2010.  The strategy will be launched in June by Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson. “We are committed to achieving an industry-wide safety culture,” CIC c...
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Additive signals breakthrough in masonry technology

Additive signals breakthrough in masonry technology

Traditional masonry has been used successfully for many years in New Zealand. However, major advances in masonry technology have resulted in traditional masonry being improved further. Stevenson DryBlock masonry blocks are made using a water-repellent additive — Markham sealers — to build in weathertightness.  DryBlock construction is still designed to take a surface treatment — for example, paint, plaster or sealer — but if there’s a failure in that outer lay...
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Timeless Tuscany

Timeless Tuscany

Tuscany is truly unique. It is a beautiful, timeless place with wonderful landscapes filled with the rich colours of ochre, burnt sennia and gold — and where 400-year-old villas built from solid stone are dotted over the rolling hills and vineyards cover the sun baked valleys.  This special region is the inspiration for the new Tuscan tiles collection. Tuscan and TuscanChip have been designed to recreate an authentic look of old Tuscany with all its inherent charm and timeless beauty...
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Plastic fantastic

Plastic fantastic

The introduction of Dimondek 630 to the New Zealand market by Dimond has seen a change in the design of large commercial buildings. Among other attributes, Dimondek 630 provides the unique ability to eliminate step joints in roofs through its on-site manufacturing unit and, as a result, sheet lengths have increased markedly, with the current New Zealand record standing at 65.5 metre sheets of Dimondek 630.  To cater to these ground breaking sheet lengths Dimond has developed an innovative ...
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Falling exchange rate and increased costs driving up price of reinforcing steel

Falling exchange rate and increased costs driving up price of reinforcing steel

Pacific Steel has advised its customers that it has increased prices for reinforcing steel and wire by about 10%, effective at the start of April. “We have seen the exchange rate fall 10.5% since last November and world scrap prices have increased by 5% in the past month alone,” according to Pacific Steel general manager Alan Pearson. “The combination of these factors has meant that we have been forced to increase our prices. Signifi cant change “We have maintained our c...
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