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Carrying licence cards on the job becomes legally mandatory

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayer’s Act is being fully implemented this month, bringing in a legal requirement for people working in the industry to carry a licence card while on the job. Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board chairperson Hazel Armstrong welcomes the Act’s full implementation, and is pleased that all people involved in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work are, from 1 April, required to carry a licence card. “We encourage people to ask tradespe...
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Government launches ‘smarter approach’ to housing

Government launches ‘smarter approach’ to housing

A successful pilot scheme has led to a nationwide roll out of an exciting initiative to improve how Housing New Zealand responds to the public, Acting Housing Minister Maurice Williamson announced recently. The Housing New Zealand Options and Advice service will be rolled out nationally over the next three months, starting in 18 Housing New Zealand neighbourhood units. “The reality is that Housing New Zealand cannot house everyone who walks through its doors, but it can do more to help...
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BRANZ preferred partner for Global-Mark

BRANZ preferred partner for Global-Mark

BRANZ has announced an exclusive arrangement to provide product testing and assessment services for building products to Global-Mark under the Department of Building and Housing’s (DBH) CodeMark NZ scheme. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Global-Mark recently where BRANZ will be the exclusive provider of testing services for the New Zealand market. BRANZ chief executive Pieter Burghout is pleased with the outcome and the confidence it will bring to the construction industr...
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New book encourages better construction management

New Zealand’s productivity could be boosted if more people working in the construction industry understood basic management principles, University of Auckland civil engineering associate professor Suzanne Wilkinson says. Dr Wilkinson is the co-author, with architect Rosemary Scofield, of New Zealand’s only guide to construction management. The second edition of Management for the New Zealand Construction Industry, Pearson Education, has just been released. “The main thing c...
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Work almost complete on Flat Bush stage two draft masterplan

Work on a draft masterplan for stage two of Flat Bush, Manukau, is almost complete. Amongst the detailed work being done is the development of a street pattern for the area that includes a mix of streets along the edges of the green finger park network, and a traditional grid street pattern. The draft masterplan will be available for public feedback in mid-April. It will cover approximately 440ha of Flat Bush, covering an area south of Flat Bush School Road and east of Murphys Road, as well...
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NZTE prize helps Beca grow an innovative, international business

A $100,000 prize from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) will be used by award-winning engineering consultancy Beca to nurture innovation among its 2500 staff and to build relationships with new international clients. Beca was the Supreme Winner at last year’s New Zealand International Business Awards, developed by NZTE. Entries are now open for the 2010 awards programme, and close on Friday 16 April. Part of Beca’s prize will be used to further develop its own awards prog...
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Orewa homes reduce energy by 50%

A group of homes in Kensington Park, Orewa, have shown to be successful in reducing their annual energy consumption to an average of 30% less than a normal house, with two reducing energy use by an amazing 50%. The homes, which each received a full Right House solution, were monitored for energy use and temperature over a year-long period in order to produce accurate results. Right House chief executive Hamish Sisson says the results of the Kensington Park homes are fantastic news for the bu...
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Energy-efficient solution brings light to Sydney heritage landmark

Energy-efficient solution brings light to Sydney heritage landmark

Today’s emerging sustainability requirements in the construction industry are creating new types of considerations, particularly when considering modern solutions for heritage-listed properties. 99 Macquarie Street, a heritage-listed building in Sydney, was constructed in 1938, and was first built as the home for the former Department of Motor Transport and Tramways. Situated in Sydney’s busy CBD, it is an iconic art deco architectural landmark, rich with local history. When i...
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