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Construction report highlights building industry’s economic potential

Construction report highlights building industry’s economic potential

A report valuing the role of construction in the New Zealand economy, commissioned by the Construction Strategy Group (CSG), was launched by Building and Construction Minister Mr Williamson at a CSG meeting in Auckland recently. It highlights the key role the construction sector has played in the economic growth of the country, and the potential for New Zealand’s construction industry to lead the country out of its current unemployment slump and significantly lift domestic econom...
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Friction device may hold key to quake-proofing buildings

With a construction boom imminent in Canterbury, a Unitec civil engineering lecturer is involved in cutting-edge research which could lead to “damage-resistant” timber buildings in earthquake-prone areas. Wei Loo, from the Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, is in the next phase of his research on a friction device that would allow timber walls to lift and tilt in a controlled manner during an earthquake, and then self-right. In theory, the system will not only prevent...
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Apprentices still buzzing!

Apprentices still buzzing!

Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year might be over for another year, but second and third placegetters Matt Saathof and Tom Storey are still buzzing about their awards. Both young men impressed national judges with their knowledge and practical skills in the October 29 competition held in Wellington. As well as proving their smarts in an intensive interview, the apprentices displayed their skills in three practical assessments at the Carters frame and truss manufacturi...
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Marlborough scoops Supreme House and Renovation of the Year Awards

Marlborough scoops Supreme House and Renovation of the Year Awards

An exquisite hillside home in Mahau Sound, a striking home renovation in Marlborough and The Rock at Wellington International Airport have taken out the Supreme Awards in the Registered Master Builders 2011 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. The national winners were announced in November at a black tie gala dinner attended by more than 600 construction professionals at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. House of the Year The highly sought-afte...
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Builders raise $135,000 for charity

Builders raise $135,000 for charity

It’s amazing what Wellington’s top Registered Master Builders can do in just three weeks. Wellington Registered Master Builders Association (WRMBA) executive member Wayne Gazley’s idea back in February quickly became reality in October, as the Association joined forces with subcontractors, suppliers and a local city council to build a house in the high profile location of Mitre 10 Mega’s Petone car park. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house was then sold at auction...
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