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RMBF says downturn prediction has come to fruition

The Registered Master Builders Federation says the figures released recently by Statistics New Zealand confirm that the building sector is in danger of slipping back into a recessionary state. Figures show the number of new housing units fell by 8.9% in August (excluding apartments) — the fourth month in a row of decreases. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says that small gains the residential building sector experienced earlier in the year are now well and truly reversed, and the pr...
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Join the skills highway

Kiwi companies are making promising inroads into the country’s poor rate of adult literacy, and now there’s a web site to help others do the same —www.skillshighway.govt.nz/ind. The Department of Labour’s Skills Highway web site profiles New Zealand businesses who’ve spent the last few years trying and testing workplace literacy training. The web site — launched in June — has advice, tools, case studies and tips from real workplaces, and reflects the...
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Major BRANZ upgrade expected to take 15 months

Major BRANZ upgrade expected to take 15 months

The construction of the $11.4m upgrade of the BRANZ research site has begun, with the Minister of Building and Construction Maurice Williamson recently turning the first sod. This refurbishment is the first significant improvement to BRANZ’s five hectare Judgeford research campus for more than 20 years. The interior of existing buildings, which contain workshops, laboratories and administration areas, will be reconfigured and modernised. The buildings’ exterior will be upgraded, wi...
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Kiwi companies show leadership in workplace literacy training

Kiwi companies show leadership in workplace literacy training

Getting his first-ever dictionary at a Fulton Hogan graduation ceremony in Wellington in July was the icing on the cake for 39-year-old general hand Bruce Phillips. Mr Phillips, one of eight employees graduating from a pilot workplace literacy course called Base Course, had never used a dictionary before enrolling in the pilot. Yet, thanks to company training on reading, writing and maths, Mr Phillips learned to use a dictionary to look up words relating to workplace machinery, develop his voc...
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Partners in roofing solutions

Dimond and Ampelite have been providing natural lighting solutions to all building types for more than 10 years. The partnership is founded around Ampelite’s translucent sheet product technology (Durolite), coupled with Dimond’s metal roofing, wall cladding and structural framing technology. This ensures rapid solutions for buildings that may require certain conditions, such as even natural light distribution, management of fire safety or condensation issues, durability of materi...
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Pushing roofing limits to the max

When Foodstuffs and ProArch Architects of Palmerston North designed their new warehouse and decided to push the limits of roofing, they looked to Dimond and the Dimondek 630 roofing profile. Dimond’s Palmerston North branch was asked to produce 88.25m single sheets by using Dimondek 630’s on-site rolling machine, more than 20m longer than the previous New Zealand record of 65m for Dimondek 630. Shane Lewer of ProArch Architecture Palmerston North says without the on-site rollfo...
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