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Biggest building and design show to run in June

Keen interest is already being shown in this year's major building industry event, BuildNZ designEXNZ 07, which runs from June 24 to 26 at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland. Regarded by many industry leaders as the most important event on the calendar, the biennial show is also the largest to bring key trade buyers and designers face-to-face with the latest technology. Once again the show is endorsed by influential industry groups including BRANZ, New Zealand Institute of Builders, New ...
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Nationwide transparent quality assurance system needed for building industry

A nationwide transparent and systematic system of quality assurance across the broad spectrum of the building industry which ensures that accountability can be sheeted home to those responsible for failures is essential in the current leaky homes environment, according to the New Zealand Building Industry Federation. Acting Federation chief executive Bruce Kohn says the alternative, as highlighted by the Waitakere City court decision (see previous page), may well be an ongoing financial blood b...
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Building industry embraces 'green office' rating tool

Industry response to New Zealand's proposed green building rating tool has been so enthusiastic and constructive that the tool is already in its third draft less than a month after the first pilot version was circulated to members of the New Zealand Green Building Council. "We are delighted by the number and detail of the responses we have received," council chief executive Jane Henley says. Collaborative "The Green Building Council is by nature collaborative, so this process is encouraging r...
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Thermal Heart expedition reaches the pole

Thermal Heart expedition reaches the pole

Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL) saw an early end to its polar expedition sponsorship when Kiwi trekkers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald were forced to end their Antarctic journey at the half way stage. The Thermal Heart polar expedition, named after APL's forthcoming thermally efficient suite of windows and doors, ended in early January when the men reached the South Pole in near record time. They were forced to abandon the return journey back to the coast because of injury. Jamie develope...
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Landmark decision will 'make it difficult for councils to turn back the tide'

A home owner has been awarded $250,000 to replace her Waitakere home in a landmark ruling by a High Court judge, who has also strongly criticised council inspectors. Lawyers and experts say the decision will expose councils, builders and architects to more liability and more litigation. And it would seem that ratepayers will be the ones to ultimately bear the brunt of the hundreds of millions of dollars in costs. Justice David Baragwanath awarded $250,900 to Hobsonville home owner Colleen Dic...
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Enhanced site helps home owners make informed choices

Enhanced site helps home owners make informed choices

Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove and Consumers' Institute chief executive David Russell recently launched the enhanced ConsumerBuild web site, aimed at improving New Zealanders' understanding about building, buying, renovating and maintaining their homes. "Buying a house is the biggest investment most of us make, so it is important to get it right," Mr Cosgrove said. "We want to help buyers make informed decisions when looking at prospective homes. Knowing the right questions to ask a...
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Fox included in DBH-appointed advisory panel

Fox included in DBH-appointed advisory panel

Former Registered Master Builders Federation president Mike Fox has been appointed to a Building Advisory Panel selected by Department of Building and Housing chief executive Katrina Bach recently. Ms Bach says the panel's function is to provide independent, specialist advice to her on trends in building design, quality and performance, building technology, sustainability, urban planning and consumer issues. It will be chaired by Don Hunn. The other members of the panel are Fletcher Construct...
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From Melbourne Cups and armed forces to clothes horses . . .

From Melbourne Cups and armed forces to clothes horses . . .

Up until recently identified by its rows upon rows of military sheds, the Sylvia Park precinct in Mt Wellington has played host to early Maori settlers and European farmers. But it actually started its developed life as a stud farm in the middle of the 19th Century, becoming a breeding ground for several successful Melbourne Cup gallopers. However, after being used in World War II as a US military storage site, it sat largely unused. That is until Kiwi Income Property Trust (KIPT) recognised t...
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