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Standards review under way

Standards NZ has started a major review of Standards older than 10 years, to ensure Standards meet the needs of the people who use them, are relevant to New Zealand and refl ect advances in technology, safety and quality.  During the process, experts will review the Standards and recommend to Standards NZ one of four outcomes:  • Reconfirmation — the Standard is still relevant and does not require any changes,  • Revision — the Standard continues to be rel...
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Key industry players join forces to promote better building practices

Key industry players join forces to promote better building practices

Key players in New Zealand’s construction industry have launched a campaign to promote better building practices and improve the quality of the country’s homes and buildings. Building supplies merchant Carters has joined other industry leaders including Registered Master Builders, Construction Marketing Services, Pink Batts, GIB and James Hardie to promote the Future-Proof Building campaign.  Carters chief executive Stuart Munro says the campaign is about changing the attitudes...
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Value of construction remains high, keeps building industry strong

New Zealand’s construction industry is in good health, according to the Registered Master Builders Federation following Statistics New Zealand’s release of building consent statistics for May.  The value of consents issued for all building in May 2006 was $1.059 billion, $186 million more than May 2005, with residential and non-residential buildings recording their highest values for a May month. Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout says the May...
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Carpentry apprentices nationwide to vie for top honours

Carpentry apprentices nationwide to vie for top honours

Carpentry apprentices nationwide will compete for the country’s top apprentice titles as part of the construction industry’s focus on increasing the number of qualified builders and improving building standards.  The Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year competition aims to recognise excellence among carpentry apprentices and raise awareness of careers in the construction industry. It has been expanded nationwide this year. Registered Master Builders Fe...
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Builders rank midway in trust survey

Builders have ranked 14th out of 30 professions in the latest annual Reader’s Digest Trust Survey. Now in its sixth year, the publication commissioned an independent market research company to conduct an on-line survey of 500 adult New Zealanders.  Builders only just managed to make the top half of the professions list, just ahead of accountants and religious ministers/priests and just behind chiropractors and personal trainers. Not surprisingly, politicians finished bottom just belo...
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Timber Standard amended to ensure quality buildings

Springy floors, sagging lintels and walls moving excessively in high winds should be problems of the past with the introduction of Amendment 2 to NZS 3604:1999 Timber framed buildings. NZS 3604 provides practical guidance on how to design and build houses to meet the requirements of the Building Code.  The amendment introduces new timber grades so designers can now choose to use higher grades than No 1 framing. The allowed spans and spacings for No 1 framing have been reduced because of ev...
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NZIA welcomes Act announcement

The New Zealand Institute of Architects is looking forward to working with the provisions of the Registered Architects Act announced by the Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove recently. Chief executive Beverley McRae says the Institute already manages an extensive and wide-reaching continuing education programme for its members.  “For some time we have been talking about life-long learning, learned society and the performance standards that professionalism dictates. NZIA ar...
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Consumers and architects to benefi t from new rules

Consumers and architects to benefi t from new rules

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove has announced new rules governing the registration, ongoing training and discipline of architects which are hoped to bring signifi cant benefi ts to the profession and consumers.  From July 1, 2006, a new public register of registered architects overseen by a new board was established under the Registered Architects Act 2005. Mr Cosgrove says the Act aims to maintain high standards in the profession, improve consumer protection and raise the st...
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