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Identifying asbestos in building materials now made easier

An International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ)-accredited rapid service to analyse building materials for asbestos has been made available by a Christchurch company. Following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, testing for asbestos became a bottleneck for the rebuild and repair process. To meet demand, CRL Energy established a Christchurch facility to speedily and reliably test building materials for asbestos. This laboratory facility, incorporating the latest polarized light micr...
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NZ’s largest retail facility due for completion in October 2015

NZ’s largest retail facility due for completion in October 2015

Development of New Zealand’s largest planned urban, business and retail facility — Westgate — is on track for completion in October 2015, and is set to transform Auckland’s north west region into a dedicated retail and lifestyle destination. The development aims to meet the demands of the fast-growing west Auckland area and its surrounding communities, creating a total development of up to 56ha when fully completed, alongside an extensive network of parks and walkways sp...
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Strong economy and subdued Australia boosts New Zealand’s job market

Positive business confidence and a strengthening local economy is helping to create a strong employment market, while flatter international job markets such as Australia are encouraging more New Zealand nationals and expatriates to explore job opportunities in New Zealand. According to findings from the Michael Page New Zealand 2014/15 Salary and Employment Forecast, 42% of surveyed employers expect to increase headcount in their teams. Subdued Aussie employment outlook The positive outlo...
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Win a Warbirds flight!

Win a Warbirds flight!

Sika has launched a high powered promotion for its long-established range of PEF Rods, with the prize being an aerobatic warbird experience in a genuine Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk — an historic fighting aircraft of World War II. Sika PEF rods are the white foam lengths placed in joints before a sealant is used. Rather than pump the joint full of sealant, a builder installs a PEF rod to control the depth of the joint so less sealant is needed. The other advantage is that because the sealant w...
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Building products’ environmental impact now on show

New Zealanders will be able to find out more about the environmental impact of various building products following the launch of a new programme that provides Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The Australasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme has been set up so that construction product manufacturers in New Zealand and Australia can develop EPDs, providing credible, science-based information about the environmental performance of their products. Its launch in New Zeal...
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Colourful projects win national awards

Colourful projects win national awards

The winners of the annual Resene Total Colour Awards were announced in Auckland recently. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched in 2010 to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour. Awards were presented for the best colour use to: Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award Waihi bach by Edwards White Architects Ltd Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Award Onehunga Home by Henri Sayes Judges’ citation: “This home has a lovely integration...
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Demands of sensitive environment bring award recognition

Demands of sensitive environment bring award recognition

A demanding hospital expansion project at Christchurch Hospital won local building company Leighs Construction top prize in the Health category and the $5 million – $15 million value category in the 2014 NZ Commercial Project Awards. Leighs Construction was given the difficult task of managing and implementing the expansion of Christchurch Hospital’s Parkside Wards and Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) around a fully functioning medical unit within a highly sensitive environment....
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Auckland branch honours veteran members, past presidents

Auckland branch honours veteran members, past presidents

The RMBA’s Auckland branch honoured its past presents and its oldest company memberships, including one — N Cole Ltd — which has been a continuous member since at least 1928. The Auckland Registered Master Builders was formed in 1898, and has a proud membership heritage including some of New Zealand’s finest builders. N Cole Ltd’s membership is simply so old that an exact starting date cannot be found. The earliest clue is the Association Presidency board, which s...
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Patterns

Patterns

Written By: Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand says it’s Business 101 — and by keeping business simple you have the tools to create your own patterns and take advantage of all the “lined up ducks”.
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