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New lamp beams Mountaineer into 21st Century

New lamp beams Mountaineer into 21st Century

A Victorian-style coach lamp built by a Queenstown craftsman is set to bring old and new together at the tourism town’s newly-renovated Mountaineer building. The 2.13m-high coach lamp was constructed by David Watts of Springbank General Metalwork, with the design based on photographs of the Victorian lamp that graced the original building in the 1880s. “The lamp took seven weeks to make,” he says. “It was constructed using the same techniques that would have been used...
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House gets highest energy efficiency rating

A Golden Bay holiday home may be New Zealand’s most energy-efficient house, achieving nine out of ten stars under the Home Energy Rating Scheme — the highest rating awarded yet under the scheme. The Golden Bay Hideaway’s “Little Greenie” house in Wainui Bay is so efficient that its room heating and hot water bills are expected to cost less than $50 per year.  Its energy-efficient features include: • large double-glazed windows orientated towards the...
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Standard revised for thermal insulation

Standards New Zealand has published a revised Standard specifying Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings, NZS 4218:2009, which supersedes NZS 4218:2004. NZS 4218 specifies thermal insulation requirements for housing and small buildings for users of the Standard — architects, designers, building consent authorities and window and glass companies. “The Standard is also useful for the building industry, including window and glass manufacturers, insulation manufacture...
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Earth housing a new low-cost option

An Uku house will be built in Northland as part of a University of Auckland engineering research project into sustainable, low-cost housing options for rural Maori. Civil Engineering PhD student John Cheah is working with the Ahipara community to develop the Uku house by the end of 2010. Uku, Maori for earth, is a building method which involves mixing earth and flax with cement to build quality, affordable housing. “The research follows the principles of papakainga development. It ai...
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Improved qualifications to meet industry's needs

It is widely recognised that the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) continuously evaluates and develops its qualifications to better meet industry’s needs.  This year the BCITO’s qualifications team is reviewing the suite of existing, and developing a number of new, cement and concrete qualifications that recognise the skills and knowledge of tradespeople working in the following sectors: • Concrete production (ready mixed concrete) •...
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SCNZ manager capped at Auckland Uni

SCNZ manager capped at Auckland Uni

SCNZ manager Clark Hyland was capped with a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland in May. Mr Hyland investigated the development of running fracture in structural steelwork assemblies under severe earthquake loading, leading to the development of a new method to assess their expected ductile endurance. In 2000 he commenced post-graduate studies in a part-time capacity, after being encouraged by then HERA director Dr John Meikle to give it a go. A fees, materials and trave...
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Sustainable charter launched recently

Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) recently launched the Sustainable Steel Construction Charter, benchmarked to the acclaimed sustainability charter of the British Constructional Steelwork Association. The Charter is a practical way to manage and communicate improvements in the sustainability performance of the steel construction industry. Improved environmental responsibility This allows the steel construction industry to effectively meet government and consumer demands for improved...
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