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Initiative aims to increase productivity by 20%

The value of New Zealand’s construction sector came under the spotlight in March with the launch of a skills strategy to boost sector growth. Speaking at the Building Value Futurescape event in Christchurch, Productivity Partnership chairman Bill Smith said that the sector contributes almost as much as agriculture to the New Zealand economy — more than 4% of New Zealand’s GDP. Increasing skills, especially at a management level, has been identified by the Productivity Partner...
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Timber standing tall again

Europe and North America have been hot on it for a while. And now timber is seeing a revival in Australasia, if a huge uptake in licencing for a locally-developed timber building innovation is anything to go by. New Zealand-based Australasian research consortium, The Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC), was overwhelmed with the surge of interest in its EXPAN timber building system at road shows around Australia and New Zealand. Initially developed at The University of Canterbury, the E...
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Solar energy focuses people on other eco-friendly devices

Gone are the days when people would choose a house purely for its aesthetic appeal. When building a new home, New Zealanders want to live somewhere that ticks all the boxes — something that is kind to the environment, is warm in winter, cool in summer, and has a smart design to cut power bills. A solar power system can be an integral part of that, and provide benefits a lot of home owners have not even thought of. Phil Rumble, of Rumble Electrical in Northland, is an expert in alternati...
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Construction industry skills strategy presents opportunities for Maori and Pacifika

Construction industry skills strategy presents opportunities for Maori and Pacifika

‘For every dollar invested in construction, three dollars of activity are generated across the economy’ Four key priorities to lifting skills throughout the building industry by 2020 have been identified by the joint Government-Industry Productivity Partnership under its Built Environment Skills Strategy endorsed by the Government. Construction Industry Council chairman Pieter Burghout says the priorities fitted well with the industry’s drive for more recruits to particip...
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Manufacturing company making a big green effort

Manufacturing company making a big green effort

From last month Auckland’s air got a little cleaner. While industry pollution contributes to around 10% of Auckland’s poor air quality, the Council’s pledge to clean this up took another step forward. Tasman Insulation’s site in Penrose, which produces Pink Batts insulation, has installed a new wet electrostatic precipitator (known as a WESP) which cleans up manufacturing emissions. The old stack was dismantled before the new system came into use. “Any reduction ...
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New Zealand building company positioned for industry change

New Zealand building company positioned for industry change

It’s been a long time since PlaceMakers launched a major brand campaign — and the latest one hits the nail on the head. PlaceMakers is putting a stake in the ground as first and foremost for the building trade, and is signaling it’s ready for anticipated industry change. “The building industry has been through some tough times, and PlaceMakers want the trade to know that we’re right behind them,” PlaceMakers chief executive John Beveridge says. The new bra...
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First stage of Manukau Station opening soon

First stage of Manukau Station opening soon

The first stage of Auckland’s newest train station and the first rail line built since the 1930s will open in Manukau on April 15. When passengers begin using the first stage of the Manukau Station development they will enter through a temporary station entrance to the completed platform areas in a rail trench below ground level. Construction will be continuing above ground on the second stage, a $95 million integrated transport hub and tertiary campus at the Manukau City Centre site nex...
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