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Licensing changes will make it easier for qualified tradespeople

20,000 expected to be licensed by 2012 From 15 Feb 2010, qualified builders and tradespeople will find it faster, easier and cheaper to get licensed, with most qualified applicants being able to save around half the current assessment fees. The streamlined application process for qualified people was launched by Minister of Building and Construction Maurice Williamson in Auckland recently. Applicants will need to provide evidence of qualifications, supply references and proof of identity,...
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MultiProof: Faster, smarter building consents for volume builders

MultiProof, a new streamlined national multiple-use approval service for volume builders, has been launched by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson. “Without compromising quality and safety, MultiProof fast-tracks building consents for standard, multiple-use building designs. It will save time and money for consumers and builders,” Mr Williamson says. “Volume builders can now apply to the Department of Building and Housing for MultiProof approval to ce...
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New Zealand construction on the up and up

Detached housing consents are leading an upward spiral in New Zealand’s residential building sector, which has recorded its first growth since June 2007, according to leading industry analyst and economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel. BIS Shrapnel’s Building and Construction in New Zealand 2009/10-2015 report showed a 27% increase in detached housing consents in the December quarter of 2009, albeit from more than a two-decade low. Despite continued fluctuation in apartment building ...
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PlaceMakers raises $70,000 for Blue September

PlaceMakers raises $70,000 for Blue September

PlaceMakers chief executive John Beveridge has presented a giant cheque for $70,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation — the sum the company raised for the Blue September appeal — at PlaceMakers Mt Wellington recently. Mr Beveridge says the company is proud of all its staff. “We had 100% participation from every PlaceMakers store throughout New Zealand. It was an inspiring effort and we hope to do even better next year.” Prostate Cancer Foundation president Barry Young s...
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Personal liability of construction company directors — where is the law currently at?

Personal liability of construction company directors — where is the law currently at?

Written By: Tim Bates Ever since the statutory creation of the company vehicle, there has long been a principle of liability being limited to the company itself, rather than the shareholders that retain ownership of the company. The concept of limited liability was brought about by statute, namely the various incarnations of the Companies Act. In the context of building law, this all appeared to change with the High Court decision of Morton v Douglas Homes Ltd 2 NZLR 548 “Morton”. Tim Bate...
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Super-sized collaboration brings the best out of 3750 tonnes of steel

Super-sized collaboration brings the best out of 3750 tonnes of steel

In terms of tonnage, Lion Nathan’s iconic new $250 million manufacturing and warehousing facility in Auckland might not be the biggest steel job ever, but it certainly comes close, with 2500 tonnes of structural steel and approximately 1250 tonnes of steel in 16km of driven pile. The sheer scale of the project is more easily seen by comparing it with a modern high-rise. The 20-storey Deloitte Centre in Queen Street, Auckland, is 34,000 sq m including the basement. Project Century cov...
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Home automation an effective way to increase quality of life

Home automation is an effective way to Future-Proof homes and increase the occupants’ quality of life. Wireless technology can allow access to state-of-the-art entertainment and information technology from anywhere in the home — from something as simple as a remote garage door opener to something as advanced as a fully-integrated, centrally-controlled computer system. Access Security Technology changes and developments are also providing new ways to control access and security. F...
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Proactive apprentice gets ahead

Proactive apprentice gets ahead

Hamilton builder Justin Clark says simply entering the Apprentice of the Year competition shows you are a motivated apprentice and sets you apart from the rest. Justin was awarded third place in the national Registered Master Builders Carters 2009 Apprentice of the Year in October last year. “I was surprised at my success but knew I’d given it my best shot, so I had a bit of faith that I might do all right,” Justin says. But Justin wasn’t always planning to be a buil...
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