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Construction Industry Council welcomes Williamson’s appointment

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has welcomed Maurice Williamson’s appointment as Minister for Building and Construction.   CIC chief executive Richard Michael says he was pleased to have an experienced, capable minister working in this area.   “Maurice Williamson knows his way around the parliamentary and political processes. He’s also very good at building relationships. He should be a positive force in the sector, and it is essential we have such an expe...
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Analyst: New Zealand construction sector over-staffed by 35,000

Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) show the seasonally adjusted volume of residential building work put in place in the September quarter was the lowest since June 2002.   While the fall-off in house building continues, one analyst says there are fears 35,000 jobs could be lost in the construction sector.   Goldman Sachs JBWere analyst Shamubeel Eaqub says the outlook for the construction sector was “very weak”.   “As activity weakens in the s...
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don’t turn a deaf ear to the risks

A recent survey has revealed that workplace noise isn’t regarded as a major concern by many builders.   Yet the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss in New Zealand is fast approaching epidemic proportions, with at least 12 new cases reported every day.   The tragedy of this is that noise-induced hearing loss is almost entirely preventable. But many builders fail to act to ward off future hearing loss, which usually develops slowly and without them being aware it’s ha...
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Research demonstrates importance of cement and concrete to economy

Research into the importance of the cement and concrete industry to New Zealand’s economy has found it contributes nearly $3 billion towards the country’s GDP.   A New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report shows that for the year ending March 2006, the value of the industry’s output was $7.4 billion.   This activity supported 24,000 jobs and created a value add of $2.8 billion — about 2% of New Zealand’s GDP.   The report was com...
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Cutting edge design wins NMIT $1 million

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology‘s (NMIT) planned new Arts and Media Block has won accolades and up to a million dollars in support funding for being a landmark building.   The building, which will incorporate revolutionary wooden construction, has been awarded the additional funding towards design and construction costs by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, after meeting all the criteria for sustainable wooden building design.   Nelson architects Irving Smit...
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HERS rating tool can now be used to demonstrate H1 Code Compliance

Carrying out a home energy rating assessment at the planning and design stage has benefits AccuRate, the rating tool used for the Home Energy Rating Scheme (HERS), can now be used to determine the Building Performance Index (BPI), one of the ways to demonstrate compliance with the insulation requirements of the Building Code Clause H1 Energy Efficiency.   People who opt to have their home designs assessed for a home energy rating get the benefit of a comprehensive analysis of their hom...
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Launch someone’s career in construction

If you’re looking to build business strength in 2009 by investing in training and taking on an apprentice then the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) can help you find the right candidate for your team.   Employers can advertise apprenticeship vacancies online at www.bcito.org.nz using Career Launcher. BCITO Career Launcher is an online tool developed by the BCITO to enable employers to upload apprenticeship vacancies on the BCITO web site www.bcito.or...
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Architect’s dream — but engineer’s nightmare — wins steel award

Architect’s dream — but engineer’s nightmare — wins steel award

‘Best brains right on our doorstep’ Patton Engineering has won a national engineering award for its work on the Hawke’s Bay Opera House’s arched retractable plaza roof.   The award was for the “Buildings up to Three Storeys” category at the inaugural Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) Excellence in Steel Construction awards held in Auckland recently.   The award recognises excellence in steel fabrication, construction, innovation, sustainabil...
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Walking the talk

Walking the talk

Have you experienced the latest roofing technology? DP955 from Dimond is a new profile designed to not only be stronger than traditional profiles but, with a wider cover width of 955mm, fewer sheets are required per job, saving time and money.   Key to the launch of this new profile has been getting people to walk on the demonstration rig which gives users a chance to see the benefits first hand.   The first thing noticed is the unique new design. Based on a Roman Trefold arch, the...
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