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3D house model wins innovation award

3D house model wins innovation award

A three-dimensional model of a luxury house, created using new printing technology, has been awarded a gold medal at the New Zealand Pride In Print Awards, the industry’s most prestigious gathering. The model of a multi-million dollar mansion entered by Albany company 3D Print Ltd won gold in the “innovation in print” category. 3D Print director Peter Dawson says the technology offers opportunities for new home owners to get models of their dream home created overnight, sur...
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Hundreds earn ACC Workplace Safety Discount

Hundreds of companies have earned the right to an ACC discount through completing a self-assessment course. The ACC Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) scheme was launched in the residential construction sector in September 2006. Since then, more than 580 residential construction small businesses or self-employed contractors have earned the right to a 10% discount off their workplace ACC levies. In order to do this, they have successfully completed the self-assessment booklet and/or have attend...
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Labour: Biggest energy efficiency steps in 30 years

New insulation requirements and moves to make it easier and cheaper to install solar water heating systems are part of major changes to the Building Code and building compliance documents announced recently by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove. Labour says the changes are the most significant improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings in 30 years, and the latest steps in the Labour-led Government’s sustainability agenda.  ...
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Sustainability web site launched

Sustainability web site launched

BRANZ has launched a web site providing information about sustainability, tailored specifically to New Zealand construction industry professionals. Interest in sustainability has taken off this year, and the construction industry is playing a key part. More construction companies and products are being promoted as environmentally friendly, and there are a growing number of environmental rating schemes on offer. But where can you find independent advice and technical help in working out what ...
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BOINZ initiative to boost confidence of home buyers and sellers

The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and a special interest group made up of inspection and surveying industry professionals has launched an initiative designed to protect home buyers and sellers through a new programme of accrediting building surveyors. Institute chief executive Len Clapham says accredited surveyors will have to adhere to a code of ethics and accreditation criteria, New Zealand property inspection standards and an improved level of service and assurance to consume...
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Tough new standards to foil recladding mishaps

Auckland City Council has introduced a new process to check the recladding of buildings to give current and future owners greater confidence in the quality of remedial work. Throughout New Zealand, reclads of buildings are becoming a common occurrence. Experience overseas, especially in Canada, reveals that a number of recladding systems have failed, incurring further loss and anxiety for home owners. The council is advising the industry that it requires all remedial work for reclads to have...
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Lockwood ceiling a work of art

Lockwood ceiling a work of art

Photographs of the ceiling of an artist’s Lockwood holiday home have been selected for exhibition in one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art awards. Waikanae artist Fiona Richter’s work, titled Knot Dogs, was one of just 69 works selected for the Norsewear Art Award exhibition from 466 entries. Hers is an unusual and arguably humorous piece from her Knot Art series. She had been trying for more than six years to have a piece selected for the prestigious exhibition a...
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Big show presents new technology

More than 100 stands presenting new technology and a series of topical seminars and breakfast forums will inspire visitors from all key sectors of the construction industry at BuildNZ 07, which runs at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from June 24 to 26. Billed as New Zealand’s largest and most important construction industry expo, the two-yearly event features technology from manufacturers nationwide and around the world. Speakers at the keynote lecture sponsored by Vector will be promi...
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Hot and cold angle on speaker circuit

A national circuit of builder breakfasts entitled “Cold Calling” involving registered master builders and Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL) is to be held soon. The breakfast meetings will focus on the proposed changes to the thermal efficiency provisions of the Building Code and the wider impact on building and architecture. The gatherings, which will feature a talk by 2007 Thermal Heart Antarctic adventurer Kevin Biggar on his and Jamie Fitzgerald’s 52-day polar trek, will be ...
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Assessors sought for Licensed Building Practitioner scheme

The Department of Building and Housing has contracted Assessment Systems Ltd (ASL) to be its assessment agent for the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme, which gets under way in November this year. ASL is now recruiting assessors who will need to be technically competent in the licence classes they assess, computer savvy, have good interpersonal and communication skills and have credibility in the industry. The licences for which ASL is recruiting now are: • Design 1, 2 &...
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