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New earthquake information paper examines building design

Buildings' earthquake performance to be analysed A new information paper released recently reports on earthquake damage to buildings in Christchurch from the September 4 earthquake and its associated aftershocks, and what this means for building design in the future. The paper brings together the science and engineering expertise of several organisations — the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the Structural Engineering Society...
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Popular student-built homes bought before they're finished

Popular student-built homes bought before they're finished

Relocatable one-bedroom homes being built on campus by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology carpentry students are proving so popular they’re being snapped up well before they’re completed. Both homes built on the Nelson campus have now been pre-sold. Tish North has recently bought one of this year’s relocatable homes at the early stages of construction. She was interested in last year’s units but missed out. Now she is able to add some of her own input. &ldqu...
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New Zealand's leading scaffolding companies to gather in Taranaki

New Zealand’s leading scaffolding companies are to gather in Taranaki this month for a major industry conference. Scaffolding and Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ), which represents more than half of all scaffolding staff in the country, is to hold its AGM and conference in New Plymouth on July 22-23. Up to 80 owners and managers of the country’s top scaffolding companies are expected to gather at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International. $150 million turnover Together, the companies...
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University hall's modular construction saves time and money

University hall's modular construction saves time and money

By far the largest high-rise building in New Zealand to be assembled in modular fashion is six months away from completion at The University of Auckland. The last of the 468 modular rooms, individually assembled 161 kilometres away in the Waikato, were being installed at University Hall in Whitaker Place last month. The new hall boosts the University’s fully catered accommodation by more than 60%, and will open to students in early 2012. “There is not a lot of modular building...
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Contracting in Christchurch

Rebuilding Christchurch is a focus for everyone affected by the recent devastating earthquakes, and skilled tradespeople are needed to do their bit to speed the city’s recovery. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has instituted a damage assessment process and contracts are already flowing out of this system. The EQC has appointed Fletcher Construction to project manage claims for the repair and rebuilding of houses damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, where there is structural damage ...
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Meridian First Light eco-house shows way forward for NZ homes

NZ homes wasting energy and susceptible to respiratory illness Warm dry homes needn’t be a luxury — it is possible to build houses that are not only stylish, energy efficient, and cheap to run, but are also affordable, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) chief executive Mike Underhill says. “The Meridian First Light eco-house project, led by a team from Victoria University, is an opportunity to see what is possible to achieve in sustainable housing, using th...
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BCITO releases funding for employer development

The BCITO has recently released a scheme that aims to give employers within the building industry access to study programmes which will help them develop and expand their businesses. Fifteen BCITO development grants are now available each calendar year for employers of current BCITO trainees. Each grant is worth a maximum of $3000. The BCITO believes this support will help employers run successful long-term businesses, better placing them to provide ongoing investment in training and emplo...
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