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Entries open for Concrete Sustainability Awards

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ)-sponsored 2010 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are open to anyone involved in the construction industry — from architects, designers and engineers to contractors and clients. CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster says the awards are a chance to recognise those who are leading the way in embracing sustainable practices, and for interested parties to learn from each other to ensure the industry, as a whole, continues to operate ...
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Nelson's glazier apprentice tops the country

Nelson glazier Ross Holmes has beaten stiff competition to win this year’s Glass Association of New Zealand (GANZ) Cup, recognising him as the country’s most promising glass apprentice. The cup was presented to him at the GANZ annual conference held in Rotorua this year, only the second time it has been awarded. Award judge Deb Paul from the Joinery Industry Training Organisation says Mr Holmes, who is training towards his National Certificate in Glazing, was first in class for h...
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From recession to roadshow

From recession to roadshow

The word recession has had a different meaning to the team at Fletcher Aluminium. While many other businesses saw doom and gloom, Fletcher Aluminium saw an opportunity to work harder and smarter in the pursuit of innovation and performance. With building requirements becoming more stringent, and insulation and thermal performance becoming hot topics, Fletcher Aluminium focused on addressing these changes. The company did so by upgrading its standard residential platform to be more robust, w...
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Revolutionary Waiheke building takes energy efficiency to new levels

Revolutionary Waiheke building takes energy efficiency to new levels

A new development has officially opened on Waiheke Island that is believed to be New Zealand’s most sustainable mixed-use building. Developed by leading architectural designer Bryce Ardern of Lite-House, in partnership with Right House, New Zealand’s one-stop shop for creating an energy-efficient home, the building is a true exhibit of best practices in design, sustainability and modern technology. Combining office space and apartment living, Lite-House features Australasia&rsquo...
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Conference will seek answers to leaky homes impasse

Ways of resolving New Zealand’s leaky homes problem will be canvassed in Auckland on 17 September. “Leaky homes — Saving the Titanic?” is the theme of a conference organised by the Legal Research Foundation. The conference will examine the past, present and future dimensions of the leaky homes catastrophe. This includes its impact on New Zealanders, how the legal system is coping with it, and whether, from economic and policy perspectives, the government’s finan...
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First MultiProof approvals issued recently

First MultiProof approvals issued recently

The first certificates for MultiProof, a new streamlined National Multiple-use Approval Service for volume builders, were issued at a function in Christchurch in July attended by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson, who presented the first certificate to Christchurch-based Spanbild. Little Buildings Ltd of Palmerston North also received one of the first MultiProof approvals, and was the first to have consent issued for a MultiProof approved design. These approvals signify t...
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RMBF says the devil is in the detail

The Registered Master Builders Federation says the devil will be in the operating detail that will be developed over the next few months regarding the Cabinet’s decisions on the review of the Building Act. Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson says the review will look to reduce compliance costs, identify accountabilities, provide better information for the consumer, exempt some minor work from requiring a building consent and look to improving efficiencies in the buil...
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JA Russell buys into CMS

Trade-based supplier of electrical, data/communications, lighting and automation solutions, J A Russell, has purchased a minority shareholding in Construction Marketing Services (CMS), the parent company of Future Proof Building. JA Russell joins fellow innovative construction industry supply partners Carters and Plumbing World, who also have minority ownership stakes in CMS. JA Russell chief executive Craig Grammer says as the scope of the industry evolves, new markets and methodologies con...
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BCITO specialised trades

The BCITO has qualifications available in almost every different area of the construction industry. Our qualifications are “competency-based”. It’s all about demonstrating you have the ability (in terms of knowledge and skill) to complete a task — that you are seen to be competent and can work towards becoming qualified. It means that apprenticeships take no more or no less time than it takes for you to show that you can demonstrate your skill. The BCITO offers a ran...
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