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Energy-efficient show home reopens in Jack’s Point

Energy-efficient show home reopens in Jack’s Point

Award-winning Registered Master Builders Association company Rilean Construction has re-opened its first-ever energy-efficient “Evolution Series” show home near Queenstown as substantial demand for sustainable living continues to grow. The show home opened at the popular Jack’s Point lifestyle development recently, and displays many features of sustainable living and environmentally-responsible building methods. Designed by Rilean-appointed architect Mark Gray, the four-bedro...
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Home Health Check Month helps Kiwis stay warm and save money

It’s easy to make homes warmer, healthier and more energy efficient during the cold winter months — and some quick fixes won’t cost a cent. Running throughout June, Home Health Check Month offers four weeks of research-based fast facts and smart tips to help people improve home performance in four areas: energy, health and comfort, water efficiency, waste, and home safety. People will also have the chance to win prizes and get expert answers to home-performance questions. Th...
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The energy smart home — how renovating with solar can save you money

As property prices continue to increase, more home owners are choosing to renovate, and experts say if they include solar in their plans they should be able to save thousands. With the introduction of solarZero, a first-of-its-kind $0 down solar power plan, the ability to go solar and save money on power is now firmly within reach of all Kiwi home owners. Launched by leading solar power company, solarcity, home builders and renovators can now have solar panels installed on their roof without h...
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Winning apprentice has a goal to bring home a national title

Winning apprentice has a goal to bring home a national title

Cody Webby was “breathtaken” when he was named the Auckland Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year. The Pakuranga-based apprentice, employed by Licensed Renovations in St Lukes, was blown away when he won the regional award, and is looking forward to competing again this year in hopes of bringing home a national title. “When I first heard about Apprentice of the Year I thought it would be a great way to get my name out there and get exposure in the bui...
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It’s not all about the build for this winning bathroom

It’s not all about the build for this winning bathroom

It was an outstanding moment for Trevor Ward from Trevor Ward Builders when his name was read out as the winner of the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award at the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.  He says it’s always good to have your hard work recognised, and it was a real pat on the back for the whole team. “A bathroom isn’t just about the build,” Mr Ward says. “It’s about the tilers, plumbers, glass fitters and, of course, the d...
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Self-sufficient home takes out sustainable award

Self-sufficient home takes out sustainable award

It was a proud moment for Simon Crawford of Bella Homes when he found out he was the winner of the Resene Sustainable Home Award at the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year. He says he never expected to take out the award due to the amount of high quality entries out there. “When you enter the competition you put yourself out there to be judged by your peers, so when you win an award like that it’s good to see your hard work pay off,” Mr Crawford explains. Judge...
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RMBA Conference has something for all

RMBA Conference has something for all

The Registered Master Builders Association Conference 2015 will be held at the Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre in Hamilton on June 2-5. This year’s conference is themed “Lest We Forget”, and features as the main guest speaker Bill (Willie) Apiata, a recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) for New Zealand. Corporal Apiata was part of a New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) Troop in Afghanistan in 2004 that was attacked by about 20 enemy fighters while camped for th...
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