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Additive signals breakthrough in masonry technology

Additive signals breakthrough in masonry technology

Traditional masonry has been used successfully for many years in New Zealand. However, major advances in masonry technology have resulted in traditional masonry being improved further. Stevenson DryBlock masonry blocks are made using a water-repellent additive — Markham sealers — to build in weathertightness.  DryBlock construction is still designed to take a surface treatment — for example, paint, plaster or sealer — but if there’s a failure in that outer lay...
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Timeless Tuscany

Timeless Tuscany

Tuscany is truly unique. It is a beautiful, timeless place with wonderful landscapes filled with the rich colours of ochre, burnt sennia and gold — and where 400-year-old villas built from solid stone are dotted over the rolling hills and vineyards cover the sun baked valleys.  This special region is the inspiration for the new Tuscan tiles collection. Tuscan and TuscanChip have been designed to recreate an authentic look of old Tuscany with all its inherent charm and timeless beauty...
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Plastic fantastic

Plastic fantastic

The introduction of Dimondek 630 to the New Zealand market by Dimond has seen a change in the design of large commercial buildings. Among other attributes, Dimondek 630 provides the unique ability to eliminate step joints in roofs through its on-site manufacturing unit and, as a result, sheet lengths have increased markedly, with the current New Zealand record standing at 65.5 metre sheets of Dimondek 630.  To cater to these ground breaking sheet lengths Dimond has developed an innovative ...
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Falling exchange rate and increased costs driving up price of reinforcing steel

Falling exchange rate and increased costs driving up price of reinforcing steel

Pacific Steel has advised its customers that it has increased prices for reinforcing steel and wire by about 10%, effective at the start of April. “We have seen the exchange rate fall 10.5% since last November and world scrap prices have increased by 5% in the past month alone,” according to Pacific Steel general manager Alan Pearson. “The combination of these factors has meant that we have been forced to increase our prices. Signifi cant change “We have maintained our c...
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Dunedin company builds on strong foundations

Dunedin company builds on strong foundations

An overhaul of historic rest home and hospital Ross Home earned Naylor Love high praise in the Registered Master Builders 2005 Commercial Awards, held in association with PlaceMakers.  The judging panel named the Dunedin building company national winner of the Commercial Award over $5 million for creating a building with a “wonderful atmosphere enthusing those who live there”.  “The complete renovation of this property required great sensitivity, and the builder fin...
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  • The Building Act 2004 — a refresher course

    Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reviews several of the key provisions of the Building Act 2004.
  • Women nailing careers in the trades

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