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Building consent values still rising

Although the rate of increase in the number of building consents issued over the past few months has slowed slightly, they are still up overall on last year’s numbers and, in particular, the value continues to rise in comparison to 2006.   “We’ve been predicting this flattening out of the industry to occur across 2006 and 2007, but clearly the increased value in the work that is being undertaken continues to rise and reflects a buoyant and healthy sector, with our builde...
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Survey establishes industry's future research and information needs

Energy use and efficiency, followed by sustainability and environmental issues, were seen as the two most important areas for future research, according to the results of a survey of the construction industry.   The survey was undertaken for Building Research, the independent industry association owned and directed by the construction industry, by Research New Zealand.   Building Research uses this annual survey as one of its measures to identify the industry’s priorities for...
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New residential neighbourhood planned for Frankton East

New residential neighbourhood planned for Frankton East

Up to 400 residential sections are planned for the terraces near the Shotover and Kawarau river delta flats just east of Frankton near Queenstown.   The sections will be priced to provide entry-level, three-bedroom detached housing for Queenstown families.   The site lies east of the Shotover River almost next door to the existing Lake Hayes Estate neighbourhood and close to existing communities at Frankton and Quail Rise.   Once established, the neighbourhood will be the fr...
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NZ Wood intending to promote wood to the building and design sector

The landmark NZ Wood programme was officially launched at Parliament recently by Minister of Forestry Jim Anderton.   The launch kicks off the first promotional phase of NZ Wood — to present the environmental credentials of forests and wood to the building and design sector — and coincides with the launch of the NZ Wood web site, www.nzwood.co.nz.   NZ Wood brings together the wood and forestry industries behind the common goals of increased wood consumption and greater...
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Challenges ahead says Canadian energy efficiency expert

Challenges ahead says Canadian energy efficiency expert

Canada 20 years ahead of New Zealand in terms of building energy efficient homes New Zealand homes need improved levels of insulation and ventilation, according to Canadian energy efficiency building expert Bill Crist.   Mr Crist spoke with representatives from the construction industry recently about Canada’s “painful learning curve” in legislating and implementing energy efficient homes, and how this knowledge can benefit and assist New Zealand’s building prac...
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Industry breakthrough for time-strapped builders

Innovative way to order supplies just got better!   Just launched is a powerful new tool for today’s builders! The first of its kind in New Zealand, E Source provides builders with comprehensive online product and price information, ordering and job management tools that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.   E Source lets builders take control of the ordering and delivery processes, reduce error and improve profitability.   Developed by NCB (Sourcing for builders) ...
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NZ engineering up to 'world standards'

NZ engineering up to 'world standards'

Geothermal energy, a regional landfill, a European Aid bridge for Fiji and a stunning new addition to the Auckland Museum were the top winners at the Innovate NZ Awards from the Association of Consulting Engineers NZ announced recently.   The awards are made by the association each year to projects that show innovation in engineering design as well as exceptional service to the client. The four Gold winners this year show that New Zealand engineering is world standard.   The Tauhar...
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GreenBuild goes live

GreenBuild goes live

GreenBuild, a national online resource for comparing the environmental and technical characteristics of building products, went live to the industry at the start of October.   GreenBuild is the first product database of its kind to address the growing demand for independent information on the environmental impact of building products, and it’s owned by some of the leading names in the construction industry.   Masterspec, Building Research and Green New Zealand are equal share...
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Dial-a-drill — call Powerpac!

Dial-a-drill — call Powerpac!

Powerpac Group has recently launched On Site, offering an almost instant turnaround time from order placement to delivery of essential items construction site workers often need right away to keep a project running smoothly and on time.   The Wellington-based company has sold solutions to New Zealand’s engineering, manufacturing, construction and civil works industry for the past 30 years or so.   It distributes and services several leading international brands of power and a...
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Setting the standard

Inspectors from national property inspection company Realsure Ltd have become the first in New Zealand to receive the newly created Building Surveyors Accreditation, as part of the industry drive to ensure home buyers can have confidence in the quality of house inspections they receive.   The Accredited Building Surveyors Programme was developed by the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and a special interest group made up of inspection and surveying industry professionals to pro...
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