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BCITO and Site Safe working together for a safer workplace

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 Apprentice Passport scheme. Throughout the training process, the BCITO encourages all apprentices (and their employers) to make s...
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Innovation in challenging times

Innovation in challenging times

When sales are down, customers are struggling to find forward work, and margins are under pressure it is easy for most businesses in the construction industry to put effort into immediate requirements to reduce costs and work harder at chasing sales, forgetting about the need for innovation. Doing things better today than we did yesterday is the way forward in challenging times, and that means innovation in product, services and processes. Effective innovation is not necessarily about the big...
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Educating builders and clients about FPB

Future-Proof Building is an initiative developed to promote a change in the construction industry from cost-driven construction to solution, or lifestyle-driven construction. Future-Proof Building is committed to educating the building industry and the general public about the need for better buildings. The eight FPB principles are: • Energy Efficiency • Health and Safety • Resource Responsibility • Space Management • Life Cycle Costing • Sound Control • Quality Assurance • Security a...
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CMS appoints new chief executive

Construction Marketing Services Ltd (CMS) has appointed Aidan Jury as its new chief executive officer. In the past four years CMS has launched its Future Proof Building brand FPB with a significant television and consumer media programme with the aim of creating an umbrella brand in which consumers relate to suppliers of quality products and services through FPB partners. In an industry that is facing a severe reduction in demand due to the global recession, CMS is continuing to invest in it...
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Staying with a winner

Staying with a winner

Roger Townley began his building apprenticeship with Ken Anderson Building Ltd a number of years ago but the winning apprentice says even when he completes his apprenticeship he plans to stay on working with the team. The 23-year-old was awarded third place in the national Registered Master Builders Carters 2008 Apprentice of the Year competition in October. Roger and winning Apprentice of the Year Joe Dobson, along with runner-up Shane Swan, were presented with their awards at a ceremony in ...
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Functional, contemporary, chic beach home

Functional, contemporary, chic beach home

McKenzie Builders Ltd’s sleek renovation of a beachside home in North Canterbury was a winner with its clients and the judges of the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year competition, in association with PlaceMakers. The contemporary beach house took out the national award in the PlaceMakers Renovations $250,000 - $500,000 category at the awards ceremony last November. McKenzie Builders Ltd owner Louie McKenzie says the project was an exciting opportunity but also had one v...
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Fitting reward for a revolutionary facility

Fitting reward for a revolutionary facility

When McMillan & Lockwood PN Ltd took on the task of constructing a Maori immersion school in Palmerston North catering for preschoolers up to high school students, they knew they had a challenging project on their hands. However, all the hard work paid off in November last year when the project was awarded national winner of the Education Project category at the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year and Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. Mana Tamariki...
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