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‘Cardboard Cathedral’ architect wins equivalent of Nobel Prize for architecture

‘Cardboard Cathedral’ architect wins equivalent of Nobel Prize for architecture

Shigeru Ban, architect of Christchurch’s Transitional (“Cardboard”) Cathedral, has won the Pritzker Prize. Mr Ban is a world-class architect and expert in disaster-zone building. The new cathedral is his largest post-disaster structure to date. “The Pritzker Prize is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture, being awarded for lifetime contribution to the advancement of the art of architecture globally,” according to Dr  Andrew Barrie, professor a...
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Large hydro-electric dams unviable and damaging to emerging economies

The evidence is conclusive: large dams in a vast majority of cases are not economically viable. Instead of obtaining hoped-for riches, emerging economies risk drowning their fragile economies in debt owing to ill-advised construction of large dams. After a decade-long lull, the construction of large dams has accelerated. The emerging economies of Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Pakistan among others are rushing to build mega-dams on an unprecedented scale. Yet since 2000, when the ...
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NZI Centre scores ‘market leading’ NABERSNZ rating

NZI Centre scores ‘market leading’ NABERSNZ rating

Auckland’s NZI Centre has been awarded a 5-star “market leading” base building Certified Rating for energy use under NABERSNZ, the office building energy rating scheme. Providing ratings from one to six stars, NABERSNZ, which is based on the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, is becoming the industry standard for benchmarking and improving office building energy performance. The scheme was launched earlier this year, and this is the fifth Certified Rating ...
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Tale of two cities ‘well entrenched’

The latest residential building consent figures show demand for new housing continuing to strengthen. The trend for new home consents is at its highest level since December 2007, and is 85% higher than the most recent low point in March 2011. Statistics New Zealand figures showed 1768 new dwelling and apartment (66) consents issued in February 2014. RMBA chief executive Warwick Quinn says the overall trend is strong but continues to be dominated Canterbury and Auckland. The two regions iss...
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Concrete construction course on soon

The Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) has developed a Concrete Construction Course designed for those responsible for supervising the receipt and placement of fresh concrete on-site — typically this would be the site foreman (or equivalent) and the formwork carpenter.  Building apprentices would also find the course invaluable. The aim of the course is to promote quality concrete construction. Built around NZS 3109 Concrete Construction, the curriculum for ...
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Holcim progresses import terminal investment

With its new $5 million silo capacity project at Lyttelton nearing completion, Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd is moving to the next stage of the $100 million investment programme that will allow it to import and distribute bulk cement for supply to the New Zealand market. The company announced that it will build two 30,000 tonne import terminals, one in the South Island and one in the North Island, and aims to have these operational within two to three years. After reviewing proposals from ports t...
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Construction assessment firm signals almost universal under-insurance

A leading firm in the construction industry is warning that changes to home insurance policies are leaving up to 93% of home owners underinsured to the tune of 25% to 50%. Quantity surveyors Construction Cost Consultants has produced 25,000 insurance reports based on quantity surveys of residential properties, and is involved in $4.5 billion worth of rebuild works in Christchurch. They say in the event that home owners need to fully rebuild their houses, most will find themselves at least 25...
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Construction boom will challenge

New Zealand is on the brink of the biggest construction boom in 40 years, according to a joint industry and government report released recently. The National Construction Pipeline report points to an unprecedented level of construction in New Zealand over the next five years. This report is consistent with The New Zealand Sectors Report 2013 on Construction published in November last year, but provides new information on the future industry workload, including the nature and timing of planne...
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