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Enhanced site helps home owners make informed choices

Enhanced site helps home owners make informed choices

Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove and Consumers' Institute chief executive David Russell recently launched the enhanced ConsumerBuild web site, aimed at improving New Zealanders' understanding about building, buying, renovating and maintaining their homes. "Buying a house is the biggest investment most of us make, so it is important to get it right," Mr Cosgrove said. "We want to help buyers make informed decisions when looking at prospective homes. Knowing the right questions to ask a...
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Fox included in DBH-appointed advisory panel

Fox included in DBH-appointed advisory panel

Former Registered Master Builders Federation president Mike Fox has been appointed to a Building Advisory Panel selected by Department of Building and Housing chief executive Katrina Bach recently. Ms Bach says the panel's function is to provide independent, specialist advice to her on trends in building design, quality and performance, building technology, sustainability, urban planning and consumer issues. It will be chaired by Don Hunn. The other members of the panel are Fletcher Construct...
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Who is The Laminex Group?

The Laminex Group is a leading marketer, distributor and manufacturer of decorative surfaces and wood panel products in New Zealand and Australia.    The company has a number of market-leading brands, including Laminex and Formica.    Environmental policy  The company is committed to pursuing the highest standard of environmental performance in a way that is consistent with maintaining its market position as a leader of product development and customer service.&...
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Standards CEO: Timber treatment Standard technically sound

Standards New Zealand’s amendment to the timber treatment standard (NZS 3640) is technically sound, according to Standards New Zealand chief executive Rob Steele in response to concerns expressed about the Amendment by the Department of Building and Housing, the body responsible for the New Zealand Building Code.    The Amendment allows the use of Boron for H3.1 treatment of timber, and was developed using a very thorough process, Mr Steele says. “The Department, wh...
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$500m development under way at Millbrook

$500m development under way at Millbrook

New Zealand’s original premier lifestyle resort has announced details of a half billion dollar, 200-plus home housing development. Five-star luxury resort Millbrook is well advanced with the urban design process, and hopes to lodge for resource consent with the Queenstown Lakes District Council for Stage One of the development in the next few months.    The first stage will consist of 58 sites, a new nine-hole golf course designed by New Zealand golf legend Greg Turner...
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MonierBrick ups production as brick renaissance builds

MonierBrick ups production as brick renaissance builds

Following the completion of a $5 million plant upgrade, MonierBrick is about to shift to 24 hour production to meet increasing demand for its bricks in building construction.    Hamish Aitken, general manager of the West Auckland-based manufacturer, says brick’s market share of building claddings has grown from around 30% in 2001 to just over 50% currently.    There are a number of factors fuelling the growth, including a renewed attraction to the strength an...
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Pitcairn road and jetty work takes out award

Pitcairn road and jetty work takes out award

A project to construct a reinforced concrete road and repair the jetty on remote Pitcairn Island has won the New Zealand Contractors Federation (NZCF) Hirepool Construction Award for programmes between $3 million and $10 million.    The project, by construction company McConnell Dowell, was one of four category winners named at a black-tie function at Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel at the conclusion of the Contractors’ Federation’s fi ve-day annual conference...
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Product certifi cation concerns aired

The Building Offi cials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) held a recent workshop in Auckland to discuss concerns over the product certifi cation scheme provided for in the Building Act 2004 and currently under development by the Department of Building and Housing.    More than 90 participants, mainly from the manufacturing and supply sector of the construction industry, attended, but also a small number of local authority staff along with representatives from the Registered Maste...
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Better cyber service for building sector and consumers

Better cyber service for building sector and consumers

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove recently launched a new web site that gives users faster and easier access to information and services related to building sector legislation, housing services including weathertightness, and tenancy advice.    The Department of Building and Housing’s new web site — www.dbh.govt.nz — replaces the web site created after the Department’s establishment in 2004. “The old web site recorded 1.2 million hits ...
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