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Building sector remains steady

The latest building consent figures indicate continued stability in the construction sector, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout. Building consents were issued for 2092 units for February 2007, 162 fewer than in February last year. There were 229 apartment units authorised this February, 311 fewer than for February 2006. “The building industry continues to remain steady as you go. The number of residential building consents in February was...
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Assessment agent appointed for LBP scheme

A Lower Hutt-based company, Assessment Systems Limited (ASL), has been selected by the Department of Building and Housing to be its assessment agent for the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme. ASL is part of a group of companies that specialises in regulatory assessment in New Zealand and Australia. Once the scheme is implemented, specified core work on homes and buildings will need to be supervised or carried out by Licensed Building Practitioners, so that homes and buildings in  N...
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Scanning device developed to detect rotten wood

A group of New Zealand scientists has developed a portable X-ray scanning device that can differentiate between good wood and rotten wood, providing a safety test for structures such as power poles and bridges. Called PortaScan, the technology has been designed specifically to check the health of wooden power poles but could, ultimately, test any wooden structure. The basic device is about the size of a lunchbox, weighs just 3kg and gives an instant reading on the stability of wood at the ba...
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Carters increases focus on manufacturing

Carters increases focus on manufacturing

Carters is a strategic producer of prefabricated timber frames and trusses in New Zealand. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the trade, it has increased its manufacturing capacity significantly over the past year by upgrading existing Carters sites and purchasing other sites. In March last year, Carters purchased an existing stand-alone manufacturing site in Palmerston North, and has upgraded the machinery to provide automation and greater productivity. Next came the acqu...
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Carpentry focus groups

In 2006 the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) held 15 consultation forums around the country to give construction industry stakeholders the opportunity to step back and take a good look at the National Certificate in Carpentry — prior to the formal review taking place this year. As a follow-up to these forums, it was reported in last month’s Building Today the decisions and recommendations made by the Carpentry National Advisory Group. In the past t...
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Technical writer appointed at Rinnai

Technical writer appointed at Rinnai

Rinnai NZ Ltd has appointed Carla Wentink in the newly-created role of technical writer. Ms Wentink previously held the position of commercial market manager, and will now take ownership for development of technical and training documentation for all external audiences including trade, specifiers and customers. She will also take responsibility for the strategic development of the Rinnai web site. Rinnai sales services and marketing manager David Waters says the company made the change be...
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Mainzeal appointments

Mainzeal recently appointed Peter Gomm to the new position of chief operating officer. “We are delighted to have a person of Peter’s talents join Mainzeal, bringing as he does a wealth of experience in the construction and development industry, both in New Zealand and offshore, and most recently in a senior role at Westfield New Zealand,” Mainzeal chair Jenny Shipley said. Mrs Shipley also announced the appointment of a new Auckland area manager, Martin Fahey, who will ta...
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