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Residential companies targeted for European study tour

International consultant on timber prefabrication Johann Betz is urging New Zealand companies operating in the residential construction sector to benefit from a study tour to Germany and Austria that he is organising for later this year. According to Mr Betz, the tour will improve their knowledge of prefabrication and construction productivity. “For companies wanting to future-proof their business performance, this trip will equip them with transferable skills and a new dimension of busi...
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Building confidence on the rise in Waikato

The Waikato region has seen a 95% annual increase in new BCITO building apprentice sign-ups, suggesting a positive uptake of the Government’s Re-boot subsidy and signs that the region’s building industry is rebounding. The announcement was made at an event in Hamilton which was hosted by the BCITO and attended by Prime Minister John Key, bringing together leaders in Waikato’s construction sector. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana said that Waikato apprentice numbers had r...
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Apprentice takes the plunge for second year running

Bill Harkness reckons competing in last year’s Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year has given him the edge for this year’s competition, and he is looking forward to giving other New Zealand apprentices a run for their money. After taking out third place in the Hawke’s Bay region last year, Bill, of Redmond Builders and Construction, is competing in the East Coast/Bay of Plenty region in the hope of bettering his win. He says last year’s Apprent...
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Five-year wait to create the ultimate energy-efficient house

Five-year wait to create the ultimate energy-efficient house

Allan Wallace of Allan Wallace Builders Ltd was ecstatic when he was announced as the winner of the BRANZ Sustainable Homes $500,000 - $1 million award at the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year — particularly after a long wait for technology to meet the client’s sustainability needs. Mr Wallace says his winning Rodney home is exceptionally special, with extremely rare energy efficiency qualities that made it stand out from others in the category. “T...
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