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Jones: Inaugural summit lays road map for future

The inaugural building forum “Leading for the Future” held in Auckland recently has laid down the foundations for the long-term future of the industry, according to Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones.   “It was a hugely significant day for construction. For the first time I brought together the most important people in the industry to discuss the future implications for the sector,” Mr Jones says.   “This summit will create a road map for t...
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RMBF predicts cautious period ahead

The construction industry is entering “a cautious couple of months”, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout.   Building consent figures for June showed a significant softening of demand — the value of residential work was 34% lower than in June 2007, and non-residential work was down by 18%.  Having said that, for the year ending June 2008 residential work was down by 6% on the previous year, while non-residential work ha...
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BRANZ appoints new CEO

BRANZ appoints new CEO

BRANZ has announced the appointment of Pieter Burghout as its new chief executive officer.   BRANZ chairman Graham Coe says Mr Burghout has a wealth of experience in the construction industry, and would be a great asset to the organisation.   “Pieter has proven to be a fantastic champion of the construction industry, and we look forward to him bringing his energy and vision to this role,” Mr Coe says.    “He has played a crucial role in a number of key...
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Architects urged to 'fly their flag'

Public confusion prompts increase of logo use Registered Architects are being urged to “fly their flag” by making their status as Registered Architects clearer to the public and potential clients.   The New Zealand Registered Architects Board is making available to Registered Architects a variant of its logo which identifies them as individual Registered Architects.   Architects can use the logo on their business cards, letters, emails and other personal communic...
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Insulation bonus for home builders

The new, smarter insulation requirements featured in NZS 4246:2006 will improve energy efficiency, reduce our carbon footprint and bring New Zealand construction standards closer to those of other OECD countries.   In addition, there is a real bonus in this for home builders.    When fully implemented from 30 September 2008, the additional insulation and double glazing required will add about $5000 to the cost of each of the 20,000-plus new homes built every year.   The...
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ECNZ certification brings wider choice for customers

Label is scientific proof positive, not just market-driven branding   The new certification by Environmental Choice New Zealand of GreenStuf ceiling insulation pads and blankets brings a wider choice of environmentally-preferable building insulation, according to the ecolabel’s general manager Robin Taylor.   Previously there has been only one product range, Tasman Insulation’s Pink Batts Ultra, that has qualified for the country’s official, government-backed ce...
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Future-proof your frames and trusses

Future-proof your frames and trusses

As you may be aware, the Future-Proof Building Roadshow series is working its way around the country, bought to you by Construction Marketing Services.   Carters is proud to promote these roadshows to their customers and to be involved with a stand in the partner area promoting its frame and truss solutions. So how do Carters frames and trusses build a better home to live in now, and in the future?   Energy Efficiency: As the cost of energy continues to rise, future-proofing home...
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