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Building consents soften in September

Building consents soften in September

September’s decrease in the number of monthly building consents (as against September 2006) reinforced the RMBF’s prediction of a softening market this past six to 12 months.   “This is the first actual monthly drop we’ve seen in numbers of consents in quite some time,” RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout says.   “Having said that, the year to date value of all building consents to September 2007 is up $732 million (ie, up 6.6% for the year, to ...
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BRANZ and DBH explain impact of H1 requirement

Anyone involved in design needs to understand changes Architects, designers and building officials are among the attendees expected at a series of seminars to be presented by senior BRANZ scientists Nigel Isaacs and Michael Camilleri, and Department of Building & Housing Building standards advisors Nick Locke and Stephen Ward, in November and December.   The seminars will focus on changes to Building Code Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) and their impact on house design and cons...
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AOY judge: Finalists show plenty of confidence

AOY judge: Finalists show plenty of confidence

As Building Today goes to print, the 10 finalists for the national award in the RMB Apprentice of the Year 2007 competition were being judged, with the winner announced on November 6.   Each of the 10 finalists has been named the winner in their region over the past two months, and these winners went head to head to be named the inaugural National Apprentice of the Year.   Carters would like to reflect on the efforts of the regional judges. For each region there is a judge represen...
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BCITO's web-based Career Launcher takes off!

BCITO's web-based Career Launcher takes off!

The newest power tool in the BCITO tool kit is live on the BCITO web site.   After talking to employers, careers advisors, technical teachers, parents and potential apprentices, the organisation discovered that finding the right person for the apprenticeship or the right apprenticeship for the person can be a tough ask.   Feedback from careers advisors has been that students often don’t know where to go to find an apprenticeship. Anecdotally, the BCITO says it knows a lot of ...
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Flatdeck goes flat out

Flatdeck goes flat out

One of the latest high quality developments sees the addition of QuBa to Auckland’s skyline.   QuBA, located in the Quay Park Precinct of Auckland’s CBD, is a development consisting of boutique commercial space and high-end residential apartments. The pinnacle of QuBa is its eight-storey apartment building, housing more than 100 separate apartments.   Due to the short lead times associated with the construction of the building, steel framing and steel flooring was an ob...
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RMB 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards — National Winners

House of the Year PlaceMakers Supreme Award and 2007 Registered Master Builders House of the Year  J J Oskam Builders Ltd Site location: Maori Hill, Dunedin   PlaceMakers Renovation Award up to $250,000 Alteration Specialists Ltd Site location: Palmerston North    PlaceMakers Renovation Award $250,000 to $500,000 Les O’Connell Builders Ltd Site location: Kaiapoi    PlaceMakers Renovation Award over $500,000 A J Brown Building Ltd Site ...
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Judges had 'work cut out for them'

Judges had 'work cut out for them'

South Island properties scooped the top awards at the Registered Master Builders 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers held in Auckland recently.   An opulent family home in Dunedin and the recently upgraded Burwood Hospital Surgical Services Unit in Christchurch took out the supreme awards at a black-tie gala dinner at Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre.   Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister for Building and Construct...
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