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Rebuild leaders launch new video to demonstrate safety commitment

Signatories must commit to 10 H&S acts Major construction, insurance and government agencies involved in the Canterbury rebuild recently launched a new video illustrating their collective commitment to keeping every rebuild worker safe. The three-minute video produced for the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter demonstrates the strength of the Safety Charter and the collaborative work underway. “Since the Safety Charter was launched in July last year it has grown significantly,”...
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RCG wins two awards for innovation, design and commercial excellence

RCG wins two awards for innovation, design and commercial excellence

RCG, a property strategy, architecture, design and research company based in Auckland has received two awards at the National Property Council Gala recently. In the education category, RCG received an Excellence Award out of seven finalists for the Paul Keane Gymnasium, a multi-purpose facility designed for St Mary’s College in Auckland.  The company also collected a Merit Award in the retail category for the Farro Fresh Retail Development in Grey Lynn, Auckland. The wins reflect...
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Canterbury construction event takes off

Canterbury construction event takes off

This year sees Canterbury achieve another first when New Zealand’s largest building and design exhibition, buildnz | designex, comes to Christchurch. It’s already fully booked and ready to give Canterbury and South Island building and design professionals a grand trade-only spectacle over three days from July 31 to August 2. Modelled on the highly successful award-winning Auckland buildnz | designex, the Canterbury event benefits from 20 years of input into the industry. This has...
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 Specialised connection service a money saver for builders

Specialised connection service a money saver for builders

Although Genesis Energy has offered a specialised service to the trade for a number of years, it was renamed “Trade Connections” in 2013, and retains its emphasis on providing a unique and dedicated service supporting the trade industry. “Genesis Energy Trade Connections is the only trade-specific service dedicated to supporting the construction industries of New Zealand with its new electricity and gas connection needs,” according to Genesis Energy’s Stuart MacR...
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Minister to speak at NZGBC Sustainable Housing Summit

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has announced that Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith will be providing the opening address at this year’s Sustainable Housing Summit in Auckland. The Sustainable Housing Summit is a biennial event organised by the NZGBC. The purpose of the event is to showcase leading thinking on sustainability in the residential built environment, and to provide the sector with an opportunity to participate, debate and network with like-minded peers around th...
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Bright future for 2013 Apprentice of the Year national finalists

Bright future for 2013 Apprentice of the Year national finalists

Entries for the 2014 Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition are about to close and the judges are poised to start assessing this year’s talent. Building Today caught up with Ben Mitchell (Wellington/Wairarapa) and Eugene Sparnon (Northern) to find out about their experience as national finalists at last year’s Apprentice of the Year competition. What inspired you to enter Apprentice of the Year? Ben Mitchell: I’m very competitive, so the opportunity t...
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House of the Year great for team building, Lindesay Construction says

House of the Year great for team building, Lindesay Construction says

Hamish Craig of Lindesay Construction was shocked when he was announced as the winner of the Outdoor Living Award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year. Even after winning many House of the Year awards over the years, he says it’s still a great feeling to hear his name read out. “I was really surprised. This is a small, inner-city property and it was a real challenge to get some decent outdoor living on such a tiny site,” he says. “We’ve worked...
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JD Homes attributes House of the Year win to ‘subtle little differences’

JD Homes attributes House of the Year win to ‘subtle little differences’

Jesse de Wys of JD Homes Ltd says winning the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Homes under $250,000 award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year was “a massive achievement” for him and his team. Mr de Wys said this was a particularly challenging build, and the win really reiterated that the team is doing a good job. “It is very difficult to build a home that has a bit of flair and something special, but still fits into the under $250,000 p...
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