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Frame and Truss merges with Wood Processors

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA) is to merge with the Wood Processors Association (WPA). FTMA executive chairman Ian McGregor says it is the right time to merge two organisations who undertake similar activities on behalf of their members. “It is a logical step towards improving services to both parties’ members by improving efficiency,” Mr McGregor says.  Frame and Truss Manufacturers produce the wall and roofing components for the housing and lig...
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Partnership brings bright future for Kiwis wanting to save energy

Partnership brings bright future for Kiwis wanting to save energy

Right House has partnered with leading New Zealand-based energy savings company ecoBright energy solutions Ltd to enable their commercial and business customers a guaranteed minimum savings of 25% on their lighting energy costs. Right House chief executive Hamish Sissons says they will be offering two of ecoBright’s products — Save It Easy and Light Eco Plus. “We are thrilled about the new partnership with ecoBright. Their technology delivers and the savings they promise ar...
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NZ-developed HRV gets Aussie tick

The HRV healthy home ventilation system developed by HRV New Zealand has been awarded the prestigious Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) mark. It is the first system of its type to achieve the standard of GECA 08-2007 Environmentally Innovative Product. HRV New Zealand managing director Marcus Foote says Good Environmental Choice Australia is recognised as that country’s leading independent environmental labeling programme. “For our Australian operation to be awarded it ...
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$5m Hamilton apartments start

Construction of a new $5 million block of apartments has started at Vision Forest Lake retirement village in Hamilton this month. The contract was awarded to Livingstone, an established Registered Master Builders Federation construction company based in Waikato/Bay Of Plenty. Village Manager Jo Heslin says 50% of the apartments have already been sold. Completion is scheduled for March next year. The village is owned by Vision Senior Living, a company which pioneered apartment-style reti...
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Skills brokers highlight the value of training

The recent introduction of a new team of skills brokers is one of the exciting new developments at the BCITO to ensure employers are equipped to make informed decisions about industry training. The BCITO currently coordinates and manages apprenticeship training for more than 4000 employers, and understands the challenges to training. Training has traditionally been seen as taking on a young apprentice. However, upskilling those already employed in the industry is equally important, to enable...
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Framing revolution taking place down south

Framing revolution taking place down south

Historically, wood was king in the South Island construction industry. However, a Canterbury steel framing manufacturer claims that is set to change as it launches its framing revolution. N-Steel Framing Solutions aims to capture 10% of the market after opening a new manufacturing plant in Rolleston late last year. The plant supplies steel framing for sheds, barns, homes and commercial buildings. Managing director Sergey Nikiporenkov says his goal is to provide the market with cost-effective...
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Steel framed housing — an emerging market

Steel framed housing — an emerging market

Similar to a range of other countries, light gauge steel framing has established itself in New Zealand as a viable solution for the structural framing of dwellings, commercial and community buildings. The National Association of Steel-Framed Housing Inc (NASH) represents the interests of the steel frame fraternity. It has a growing membership which is open to all those interested in steel framing, depending on the category of involvement.  NASH’s key objectives are to: • ...
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