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RMBF laments worst year ever

The Registered Master Builders Federation says the latest building consent figures released recently indicate that the number of new houses to be built in 2011 will most likely result in the lowest number ever recorded. Statistics New Zealand figures show 893 new home consents were issued in April, down 14.7% from the previous month. New home building consents issued so far this year are 777 in January, 973 in February, and 1047 in March. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says that &ldq...
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Company fined after contractor fall

An Auckland-based company has been fined $55,000 after one of its contractors was seriously injured when he fell five metres from a ladder. Waitakere Contractors Ltd, a spouting manufacturer and installer, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and was also ordered to pay reparations of $30,000. The Auckland District Court heard that the company hired two contractors to replace the spouting at a flat in Avondale. While measuring the side of the ...
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DBH guides released

The Department of Building and Housing has released two new guides to help assessors and designers diagnose and repair leaky homes. Weathertightness: Guide to the Diagnosis of Leaky Buildings and Weathertightness: Guide to Remediation Design provide high-level processes and advice to ensure remediation of leaky homes is efficient and cost-effective. Both guidance documents can be downloaded free from www.dbh.govt.nz.
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EQC classifies Christchurch aftershock a new event

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is classifying the 5.5 aftershock in Christchurch on June 6 as a new event for insurance purposes. People who have new, or worsened, damage as a result of this recent event will need to lodge a new claim with the EQC and have three months in which to lodge their claim. The deadline for claims for this event is September 6, 2011. Meanwhile the EQC is ahead of where it expected to be with full assessments of properties damaged from the February 22 earthquake. ...
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Hundreds of exhibitors line up for buildnz designex

Hundreds of exhibitors from the industry’s top companies will be present at buildnz designex which, this year, is being run in conjunction with the Registered Master Builders Federation annual conference. The show is also endorsed by Architectural Designers NZ, Certified Builders Association, NZ Institute of Architects, BRANZ, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark. The building, design and construction sectors’ premier event will be in full swing for three day...
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Habitat urgently needing unwanted materials

Habitat urgently needing unwanted materials

Habitat for Humanity Auckland is urgently seeking donations of unwanted but useable building materials in order to continue its build programme. The organisation builds and renovates homes for families in housing need in Auckland and around the world. It achieves this through volunteer labour and generously donated goods and services. Established in 1994, Habitat has built 84 homes in Auckland and nearly 400 across New Zealand. Based at 8 Ormiston Road, Otara, Habitat Auckland’s ReS...
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Importers commit to legally sourced timber from Indonesia

From September 1, 2011, members of the NZ Imported Tropical Timber Group (NZITTG) will only import or sell timber from Indonesia that has credible verification of legality, as a first step towards sustainability. “This is a huge step towards achieving our goal of ensuring that all tropical timber imported into the country is sourced from sustainably managed forests,” NZITTG chairman Malcolm Scott, himself a timber importer, says. “It’s also a great way to celebrate ...
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Workshops for builders on leaky building repairs

Builders who want to get involved in leaky home repairs can now sign up for a practical one-day workshop. Starting in July, the workshops will be available in main centres around New Zealand. Presented by a builder with more than 10 years’ experience in fixing leaky houses, the Weathertight Remediation Induction Course is designed to upskill builders so they take the right steps — from the initial involvement in a remediation project through to its successful completion. &ldquo...
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Architect: ‘Commercial and sustainable can go hand in hand’

Architect: ‘Commercial and sustainable can go hand in hand’

Peddle Thorp Architects’ recent success at the 2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards highlights a significant shift in thinking taking place in international commercial architecture. The Auckland-based firm has picked up national awards in two separate categories for the refurbished office tower project at 21 Queen Street in Auckland. The highly acclaimed work has won Commercial and Sustainable Architecture Awards, which reflects the project’s excellence in resolving what might be co...
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