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Flashings range extended

Quickflash ready-made flashings are designed to be purchased off the shelf to meet fl ashing requirements in accordance with E2/AS1. Flashings are in three metre lengths with the exception of joiners and saddle flashings. They are available in 0.55mm Z450 galvanised steel, 0.55mm Colorsteel Maxx and 0.5mm stainless steel. Saddle flashings are only available in stainless steel because of their compatibility with treated timber. Several new flashings have recently been added to the Quickflash ran...
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Standard revision to result in safer structures

A major revision of the Standard for concrete design will be available soon, the result of which will be safer concrete structures and improved efficiency of design for structures using concrete.  Dene Cook from the CCANZ and chair of the committee that developed the Standard, says a number of factors including the new loading Standard (NZS 1170.5:2004), new technical information and the need to provide a more user-friendly Standard, led to the revisions.  In addition, recent updates...
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Achieving ‘nirvana’ with concrete

Achieving ‘nirvana’ with concrete

The leaky homes crisis of the late 1990s has turned attention to the use of alternative materials for residential construction, especially concrete. While concrete has been used extensively as a building material in civil and commercial construction for many years, it is still not widely used for residential applications because of misconceptions over cost and complexity. An economical, quality alternative to traditional timberframed construction is Reid’s Nirvana insulated concrete sandw...
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Conference papers called for

The New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference is calling for papers from experts within the industry. Jointly organised by the Cement & Concrete Association of NZ, the NZ Concrete Masonry Association, the NZ Concrete Society, the NZ Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Precast New Zealand Inc, the conference will be held at the Christchurch Convention Centre from September 22 to 24, 2006. The call for papers is open until March 31.  Authors are asked to submit the following to the confe...
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CCANZ appoints new info man

CCANZ appoints new info man

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) has appointed Adam Leach (right) as its new information and communications manager. Mr Leach, formerly a librarian at Hutt City Libraries, has more than 11 years’ experience in library and information management working in a variety of different roles, including communication co-ordination, IT support and project management, and web site development.  Mr Leach says he had been attracted by the range and complexity of responsi...
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Contrasting design helps company win building award

Contrasting design helps company win building award

A Kerikeri home built by the House Company which successfully combines two design styles earned the top accolade in the New Homes $200,000 - $300,000 category in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year competition in association with PlaceMakers.  The house’s sleek, smooth interior betrays no hint of the angular exterior which guilds it, prompting judges to say that the home demonstrated “true building genius”. House Company (BOI 1998) manager Peter Smith sa...
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Commercial contractor leads the way in building innovation

Commercial contractor leads the way in building innovation

Hawkins Construction was commended for its building expertise and collaborative approach when it was named national winner in the Commercial Award $2 - $5 million at the Registered Master Builders 2005 Commercial Awards in association with PlaceMakers.  Hawkins impressed the judges with its approach to challenges during the contract period and the way it formed close working relationships, while ensuring the project remained on time and on budget. Hawkins Construction regional manager Ross...
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