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When will the building recovery pick up speed?

“When will the building recovery pick up speed?” is the question posed by the Department of Building and Housing’s second Building and Construction Outlook quarterly report published in June. The quarterly report provides a succinct yet comprehensive overview and analysis of trends in the construction sector. The first report published in March said the slump in residential building activity had bottomed out, and the non-residential sector was showing signs of weakness. ...
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'Residential industry not in great shape'

'Residential industry not in great shape'

Jennian Homes is calling on the Government to take a stronger leadership role to restore consumer confidence in new home building. “The indicators are no longer pointing to an upswing, and consumers are still holding back,” Jennian Homes director Richard Carver says. “They need more confidence to get them over the line. “The Government’s recent attack on residential property investors, GST and ACC increases will only undermine consumer confidence further. &ldqu...
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New solution helping with 'modest' house design

The Simple House Acceptable Solution is a new resource to assist designers, architects and builders in developing innovative, modest houses that comply with the New Zealand Building Code. The document is one of the Department of Building and Housing’s Blueprint for Better Building initiatives, and covers the compliance of houses constructed from the most commonly-used building products. A Simple House may be sited on any plot of land in New Zealand with respect to earthquake loads, the...
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CMS buys into Productspec

Construction Marketing Services, the parent of the Future-Proof Building initiative, has bought a strategic shareholding in www.productspec.co.nz. Productspec is New Zealand’s national building product database, featuring more than 55,000 architecture, design and landscape products, specifications and CAD details from 300+ product manufacturers and importers. CMS chief executive Aidan Jury says CMS has long wanted to join forces with an online partner. “Following our research it...
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Cleaner, eco-friendly and efficient heating for New Zealand homes

Climate change and the dwindling supply of fossil fuels has become a pressing issue for anyone conscious of the environment. New Zealand has a great international image of being a clean and environmentally-friendly country, and one that has the objective of becoming carbon-neutral in electrical energy by 2025. It is now a prerequisite for New Zealand builders and architects to create property that has better insulation and is more energy efficient. This need for energy efficiency has increas...
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Standard amended for installing insulation in residential buildings

Standard amended for installing insulation in residential buildings

Energy efficiency – Installing insulation in residential buildings NZS 4246:2006 provides a step-by-step guide to ensure insulation is installed effectively and achieves its designed thermal performance in situ. NZS 4246:2006 has recently been amended to make it more up to date. Installing insulation correctly is a key part in achieving compliance with the New Zealand Building Code and ensuring that houses can be efficiently heated to provide warm, dry, healthy living. NZS 4246:2006...
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Building literacy through apprenticeships

Research shows that around half of New Zealand’s trade and construction industry workers have difficulty with reading, writing and basic numeracy. We know that trades are attractive to people who are “hands on” and don’t necessarily enjoy traditional education. Many businesses have employees who feel they don’t have the academic skills yet they are great at their job and have a wide range of practical skills and knowledge. Reducing the barriers The BCITO is ...
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Novotel Hotel rockets up at speed

Novotel Hotel rockets up at speed

Due for completion in time for the Rugby World Cup next year, the new $65 million Novotel Hotel, that is being developed by a consortia including Tainui Group Holdings, Auckland Airport and Accor, and designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects, is a bracing example of kiwi innovation with steel. To achieve the tall slender structural design of the 12-storey building required the ingenious use of more than 700 tonnes of steel. As planned, once it made it to the crucial bracing third level, the ...
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