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Queen St upgrade makes national awards

Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award. The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a record number of entries competing for an award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA). A total of 97 entries have been received for the 2008 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Awards, almost double the 50 that took part last time the biennial event was held in 2006. Entries have been ...
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 First building practitioners show their quality

First building practitioners show their quality

One of the first builders to successfully register as a Licensed Building Practitioner was presented with his own “licence to build” by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones recently. Mr Jones awarded Craig Shorrock with a Site 2 licence when he visited Mr Shorrock at a home he is repairing in Remuera, Auckland. More than 8000 application packs have been distributed since the scheme was officially launched on November 1 last year, and the first licenses are now being iss...
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Joint scheme raising safety awareness

It’s a well-known fact — the construction industry in New Zealand can be a pretty dangerous place to work, but we all know it doesn’t have to be! To raise awareness about safety in the workplace and improve safety practices for people working on building sites around the country, the BCITO and Site Safe have worked together to develop the BCITO Site Safe Apprentice Passport scheme.  Throughout the training process, the BCITO encourages all apprentices (and their employ...
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Steel an upright world citizen

Steel an upright world citizen

Written By: Jenny Baker Steel as a building material is traditionally associated with high-rise buildings. Used routinely in the low-rise market for building envelopes, it is now becoming more widely used for structural applications. In view of the spotlight on sustainable building, what are steel’s credentials, how smart is the resulting structure and how does steel as a building material impact on a structure’s operational energy requirements? Jenny Baker reports.
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Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Written By: Jenny Baker The value “waste not, want not” is making a huge comeback. Exhumed from the consumerist graveyard of the 80s and 90s, it is now marketed to the world as “sustainability”. However, Whitianga builder Rod Percival learned it from his parents as a way of life and established a successful business in the process. Jenny Baker reports.
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