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Celebrating NZ’s top performing BCITO apprentices

Celebrating NZ’s top performing BCITO apprentices

Winter may bring chilly and wet weather, but a big highlight for the BCITO is that it’s also a season of celebration for many of its trade sectors and apprentices. BCITO staff have recently rubbed shoulders with the best of the best in many industry sectors. Congratulations go to these high achievers.    NZ Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year Awards, held in conjunction with the Master Painters New Zealand conference in Wellington in June.  Regi...
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Non-conforming insulation — three out of three Chinese products fail Australian tests

Non-conforming insulation — three out of three Chinese products fail Australian tests

The use of non-conforming insulation in Australian buildings continues to undermine the National Construction Code, according to manufacturer Kingspan Insulation. “It’s time for the entire building industry to take a stand against misleading, nonconforming insulation products — the costs are simply too great to ignore,” according to Kingspan Insulation Australasia managing director Scott Gibson.    Kingspan Insulation recently commissioned independen...
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Top 100 homes in running for Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year honours

One Hundred of the best homes in New Zealand have been named as Gold Reserve Finalists in the country’s premier residential building awards, the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year. Registered Master Builder’s Chief Executive David Kelly says there’s real diversity among the finalists this year. “There’s an English style country home with grand stature, a 1970s beachfront bach that’s been given a new lease of life, and homes made of the mos...
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Back in Time

20 years ago:  The latest data for new dwelling units authorised for construction in New Zealand showed the number of residential building permits issued in July 1995 plummeted to their lowest level since December 1993.    And the total of 1524 was also 23.3% lower than the figure for July 1994. The Westpac Bank’s Economic Overview said the July drop suggested that the downward trend in permits was continuing.    The Reserve Ba...
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