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Shake-up for WHRS

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove has announced a major shake-up of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) that will stop gaming of the system, hold building industry professionals to account and get leaky homes fixed faster.  “The WHRS was set up as a ‘call to arms’ to deal with a major problem, and although people have gained successful settlements so far, the service is too slow and is being drawn out by the lawyers and the experts.  “...
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New regulations prompt update of thermal Standard

Changing regulations and technology has prompted the Department of Building and Housing to initiate and fund a revision of the Standard for methods of determining the total thermal resistance of parts of buildings, NZS 4214:2002.  The revision updates the interim 2002 edition with new information, and now includes a method of dealing with ventilated wall cavities. “The revised Standard sets out methods for calculating the total thermal resistance of parts of buildings in steady-...
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Unit Titles Act review under way

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove says a comprehensive review of the Unit Titles Act 1972 is being driven by big changes in the types of buildings New Zealanders live and work in. “The fact there will be half a million people living in apartments, townhouses and high-rise buildings in Auckland in 50 years’ time, shows the review’s importance.  “The Act impacts on the growing number of New Zealanders who do not live in three-bedroom homes on quarter-acre ...
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Oaks hotels and resorts enters NZ market

Australian property management group Oaks Hotels & Resorts has crossed the Tasman to launch into New Zealand with the opening of two new properties — Oaks Shores in Queenstown and Oaks on Hobson in Auckland.  Sales and marketing general manager Michael Owens says entering the New Zealand market is an exciting phase for the company. “We opened Oaks Shores in late 2005 and have had a strong response from the New Zealand market,” he says.  “The expansion into...
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Big Aussie expo on next month

Australia’s most comprehensive building expo will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7. The HIA Home & Building Expo 2006 will feature the latest in building and renovating products, services, kitchens, GreenSmart initiatives and home services.  Held in conjunction with the HIA National Convention which includes three days of informative and practical business sessions and social events, visitors will learn about the futur...
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AIPM calls for major rethink to avoid skills shortage

The retirement of up to one third of Australia’s project managers in the next decade signals a major skills shortage in leading industry sectors, according to Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) chief executive Peter Shears.  Mr Shears proposes significant changes to the role of project management within companies to resolve the looming crisis. “As a third of our membership exits the profession in the next 10 years, they will leave a major gap in experience and bu...
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CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

A pan-industry approach to make New Zealand building sites among the safest in the world has been agreed by the Construction Industry Council. A Health and Safety Strategy prepared by the CIC envisages a zero fatality record in the construction workplace within five years and an annual 10% reduction in injuries annually through to 2010.  The strategy will be launched in June by Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson. “We are committed to achieving an industry-wide safety culture,” CIC c...
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