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Decision a victory for common sense

Diversified investment firm Stevenson Group says the Commerce Commission’s decision to allow Firth Industries’ acquisition of its masonry business is a victory for commonsense. Stevenson Building Products chief executive Frank Janssen says the Commerce Commission’s decision to allow Firth — owned by Fletcher Building — to take over the masonry operations in Drury and Whangarei is a pragmatic business decision. Masonry not profitable “The masonry busin...
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Green Star rating tool launched for industrial buildings

Green Star rating tool launched for industrial buildings

Warehouses and factories will soon be able to achieve a Green Star rating with the release of the New Zealand Green Building Council’s (NZGBC) new Green Star - Industrial rating tool out now in PILOT for public consultation and feedback. More than 200 of New Zealand’s property industry leaders turned up at the launch of the PILOT tool recently to hear how this new tool in the Green Star suite of tools will assess the unique environment opportunities for new and refurbished industr...
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Concrete sector welcomes Government infrastructure package initiative

Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand chief executive Rob Gaimster has praised the Government’s fast-tracking of $500 million worth of infrastructure projects announced recently. “The education, roading and state housing initiatives will assist in alleviating concerns over job security by providing work within the concrete sector, and the construction industry in general, as well as within local communities,” Mr Gaimster says. “I applaud the Government fo...
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Leaky homes reflect poor quality builders

Leaky homes reflect poor quality builders

Jennian Homes director Richard Carver says today’s leaky homes are more than likely built by cowboy builders that have been allowed to build houses again after their companies have failed, and by builders that are still taking short cuts. “What we have here are shonky builders reinventing themselves, rising yet again from the ashes as phoenix companies, or simply restarting after previous failures, because company rules have not been changed to prevent it,” Mr Carver says. ...
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Timber producing 'elegant' structures

Innovative use of wood in building design produced elegant structures with an updated, contemporary feel, according to the judges for the 2008 Timber Design Awards. Announced in Auckland late last year, the awards ranged across eight categories from residential architecture to outdoor infrastructure. The winning entries included a Department of Conservation visitor centre, a lake house, the Meridian Energy building in Wellington, a footbridge and a fit-out for a film production company. Law...
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Programme builds confidence in apprentice assessment

Programme builds confidence in apprentice assessment

If you are involved in training or want to get involved in training an apprentice then completing the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) Workplace Assessor Training programme could be for you. The programme is suitable for all workplace assessors operating in the construction industry. Participants who successfully complete the two-day course and follow-up assessments will achieve Unit Standard 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance. The pr...
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Site showcases steel sustainability

Site showcases steel sustainability

New Zealand Steel (NZS) occupies a unique place in steel making. It uses immense ironsand reserves from the North Island’s west coast to provide the raw material for the high-quality steel made at the company’s Glenbrook plant — the only plant in the world to make steel from ironsand. But NZS’s commitment to sustainable practices isn’t a response to recent events. It actually began when the company was born more than 40 years ago when it established an environmen...
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