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MPS reveal: What you can expect from us

Life may be like a box of chocolates, but in the construction industry it is better to work with known quantities.   Building Today asked Minister for Building and Construction Shane Jones and National Party Spokesman for Building and Construction Dr Nick Smith what the industry could expect after the November 8 election from the party in charge.   Building Today: What are you doing to guarantee quality built housing? Shane Jones: Labour is working to ensure we have a building s...
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NZGBC appoints new chairman

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has announced Robert Lang as the new chairman to its board of directors.   Taking over from Patrick Fontein, Mr Lang will work closely with NZGBC chief executive Jane Henley to continue to accelerate the development and adoption of market-based green building practices in New Zealand.   “As we mature as an organisation, the board continues to be integral to our success in ensuring we are providing value to the industry, and to co...
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The 4 Ds principle

Classic weathertightness design   Opinion piece: By Flashman Flashings Ltd marketing manager Mike Anticich   In 2004 I was privileged to be shown around several multi-storey leaky apartment blocks in Vancouver, Canada, which were being remediated.   The purpose of the visit was to see first hand how the Canadians were handling the leaky building syndrome since they had already amassed 10 years’ experience in repairing leaky buildings.   A highlight of the tr...
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Construction trainees join together for Outward Bound

Construction trainees join together for Outward Bound

In August a group of apprentices from the construction sector were given a unique opportunity to share the life changing Outward Bound experience on two customised Outward Bound watches.   The objective of sending a group of construction apprentices on the 21-day Outward Bound course was to help develop young tradespeople into industry leaders for the future.   The customised construction watches are an initiative of the BETA (Built Environment Training Alliance) group of ITOs, and...
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Affinity is here

Affinity is here

Dimond has recently launched Affinity, the only BRANZ-appraised profiled metal wall cladding system in New Zealand.   The system is comprised of horizontally-laid Dimond Corrugate or the stylish Sahara or Pacific profiles, and a complete set of innovative flashing components for all standard openings.   This makes the installation of metal wall cladding faster and simpler than ever before by significantly reducing the amount of on-site cutting and measuring. And it doesn’t re...
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Latest innovation balances risk and budget

Latest innovation balances risk and budget

The new DP955 roofing profile is the latest innovation from Dimond. Designed and manufactured in New Zealand specifically for New Zealand conditions, it is not only stronger than traditional profiles, but also cost effective and faster to install.   The challenge was to provide a high-strength rib shape whilst allowing a generous wide style pan to allow for safe foot placement, resulting in less damage and fewer call backs to repair damage.   To meet the challenge, Dimond researche...
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Local ironsands business sold

Local ironsands business sold

BlueScope Steel Ltd recently announced the $250 million sale of its New Zealand iron sands mining and export operation, the Taharoa Iron Sands Business, to Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd.   New Zealand Steel operates two iron sands mining operations, Taharoa and Waikato North Head, through its subsidiary, New Zealand Steel Mining Ltd.   The Taharoa mining operation is a purely export-focused business, whilst Waikato North Head is integral to New Zealand Steel’s steel...
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Brewery project wins first-ever CCANZ sustainability award

A unique building project using considerable quantities of recycled waste glass won the inaugural 2008 Concrete3 Sustainability Award in Rotorua recently.   Project Century, a brewery under construction in South Auckland, is a joint development by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for Lion Nathan. The project will use recycled waste glass as aggregate in the building’s concrete structures, and is due to open in 2010.   The award, which is ...
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Hi Boys, looking for me?

Hi Boys, looking for me?

Come on, I’m everything you’ve dreamed of. I’m the lady in red with a cute LBD covering the best of my assets.   I’m seriously desirable, though some of you have already told me that I’m really hot. I couldn’t possibly comment, but you can think what you like!   I’m always ready to go out on the town — not really into those quiet evenings! I’m a girl you can share with your mates, and I guarantee when you arrive anywhere with me...
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Palmerston North apprentice takes out top award

Palmerston North apprentice takes out top award

Palmerston North carpentry apprentice Mathew Ball has been named the Central North Island Registered Master Builders Carters 2008 Apprentice of the Year.   Mathew was presented with the award at a ceremony in New Plymouth last month, the first of 10 regional events taking place around the country during September and October. He will compete against top apprentices from around the country at the national Apprentice of the Year finals in Wellington on 21 and 22 October.   Mathew, 2...
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