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New sustainability initiative launched

Building and Construction minister Clayton Cosgrove has helped launch Concrete3, an initiative to raise awareness of the sustainable qualities of concrete.   Spearheaded by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), the initiative endorses concrete’s contribution to New Zealand’s sustainable development across all areas of economic, social and environmental endeavour.   “As New Zealand looks towards more sustainable solutions for the built environ...
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The Mondeo is back!

The Mondeo is back!

Ford has launched the all-new, German-engineered Mondeo.   This has been hailed by Ford Europe as its most technically advanced car ever, and it will be on sale here very shortly with sedans starting from $35,990.   For Building Today readers’ interest especially, the wagon variant will be available with either a manual or automatic transmission and in one of only two specification levels, standard for the wagon.   Styling an important consideration Styling is certa...
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Falcon with fun factor

While we wait with bated breath for the next incarnation of the Ford Falcon (little birds tell us some time next year), perhaps now is a good time to revisit the XR8 ute.   Despite all the fuss about dwindling fuel reserves and the availability of a turbocharged 6 cylinder engine for the Falcon ute, the V8 is still a highly desirable engine and the XR8 still a highly desirable vehicle. Why?   You can point to the generous tray — 1818mm long, 1154mm wide and 410mm deep and, ye...
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Arrowtown 'alpine haven' takes two 2006 national House of the Year awards

Arrowtown 'alpine haven' takes two 2006 national House of the Year awards

A J Saville Builder Ltd believes true workmanship, attention to detail and comprehensive co-ordination with subtrades made its project in Millbrook, Arrowtown, distinctive enough to take out two top awards in the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year competition, in association with PlaceMakers.   The property won the awards for New Homes Over $1 million as well as the Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency Award.   The home boasts an impressive, unique exterior of five two...
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Key Homes 'nails it' in 2006!

Key Homes 'nails it' in 2006!

A Bay of Plenty home built by Key Homes Tauranga Ltd was the winner of the New Homes Under $250,000 category in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year.   This cleverly designed Papamoa home displays simple exterior finishes inside and out, which enabled ease of construction without sacrificing the quality of services and fittings, or weatherproofing details.   Exceptional workmanship The exceptional workmanship and great road appeal meant some very hap...
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Millbrook home up for top honours

Millbrook home up for top honours

Arrowtown-based company AJ Saville Builder Ltd is up for top honours once again for a $1 million-plus home at the five-star Millbrook Resort.   Allister Saville is a Gold Reserve National Finalist in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2007 House of the Year for his character-filled home for the Hourigan and Hill families from Wellington.   Mr Saville describes this year’s entry as “a tradesman house that demanded real workmanship”, using lots of exposed an...
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House of the Year judging now complete

National House of the Year judges Graeme Sutton and Rolly Adams have completed the residential judging for the national competition.   There are 100 Gold Reserve finalists in the Registered Mater Builders 2007 House of the Year and Commercial Project Awards.   In association with principal sponsor PlaceMakers, these reward excellence in construction, project management, design functionality and style.   Seven intensive weeks judging Graeme and Rolly have spent seven inten...
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RMBF shows some things can happen by committee

RMBF shows some things can happen by committee

The Registered Master Builders Federation’s Commercial & Contracts Committee was formed well over 20 years ago and is made up of highly respected and experienced industry leaders from the commercial building sector.   The purpose of the committee is to provide the RMBF practical policy advice around the many issues that arise from the sector — for example, the definition of building classes for licensing, health and safety, developing national standards in contracts such a...
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Three national apprentice finalists announced

Three national apprentice finalists announced

Three national finalists have been announced at regional awards ceremonies in the Registered Master Builders 2007 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters.   As part of an ongoing commitment to raise awareness of careers in the industry, key players in New Zealand’s construction industry have joined forces to find the country’s top carpentry apprentice.   Backed by principal sponsor Carters and supporting sponsors the Building and Construction Industry Traini...
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