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47-time winner still can’t eat!

47-time winner still can’t eat!

D J Hewitt Builders Ltd was named national winner of the Nulook Builder’s Own Home Award and Mico Bathrooms Award for a property with estuary views in Redcliffs, Christchurch, at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.    The home easily caters to the demands of the builder’s business and home life, and judges were impressed with the way clever design, building skill and quality features had maximised the site. ...
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Contemporary meets classic

Contemporary meets classic

A magnifi cent clifftop home in Ruby Bay, built by Nelson company Headstart Developments Ltd, won national awards for the Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency Award and Heart of the Home Kitchen Award at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.    Facing north with stunning views of the Abel Tasman’s luminous white beaches by day and Nelson’s city lights by night, this classic home is understated in appearance but once ...
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RMBF welcomes energy effi cient building initiatives

RMBF welcomes energy effi cient building initiatives

The Registered Master Builders Federation welcomes Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove’s announcement of a new package of work aimed at improving the energy effi ciency of New Zealand buildings through insulation, solar, lighting and other technologies. The work package comprises four initiatives which will introduce higher thermal insulation performance requirements for new homes, make it easier to install solar water heating systems, and improve lighting, ventilation and a...
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People make quality — Total Quality Management (TQM)

People make quality — Total Quality Management (TQM)

When management seeks productivity improvement, initial thoughts often turn to new technology, new designs, new tools or equipment.    However, managers often fail to recognise what can be an untapped potential of productivity improvement — a supportive and committed work force.    An organisation’s competitive capability depends on the quality and culture of its work force, both management and labour.    Imagine a building organisation where...
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Value of residential construction healthy

The value of consents issued for residential construction reflects a healthy construction industry, according to the RMBF following Statistics New Zealand’s release of building consent statistics for August.    The value of consents issued for residential buildings in August 2006 was $694 million, 9.7% higher than August 2005, with the trend showing upward increases since March 2006. RMBF president Ashley Hartley says the August statistics show that the industry is stil...
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Speakers confi rmed for 2007 Conference in Taranaki

The Registered Master Builders Federation has revealed the fi rst of a number of exciting speakers planned for the conference to be held on April 20 to 22, 2007, at the Plymouth Hotel, New Plymouth.    Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove will once again address members alongside media personalities Mark Inglis and Tom Mulholland. Firth Industries are proud to sponsor Mark Inglis who has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at various national and international disable...
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One year in the hot seat

One year in the hot seat

It’s hard to believe that this issue of Building Today marks my one-year anniversary since joining the Registered Master Builders Federation! It’s been an outstandingly busy year, with a huge work programme across many dimensions.    But in looking back over the year, I am pleased that we have made steady progress against the various strategic objectives we had set for ourselves for the year (and the next few years).    In particular, as per the summary...
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Programme is gateway to building career

William Clinton-Baker’s favourite class at Wairarapa’s Rathkeale College was woodwork, so he is following a natural progression by working on much larger scale construction projects as a building apprentice.    William’s fi rst step into the building industry was through the Gateway programme. Gateway is a government initiative that links academic and workplace learning by providing young people with the opportunity to test drive a career in an industry that in...
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Steel flooring — lightweight and easy to install

Steel flooring — lightweight and easy to install

Dimond composite steel fl ooring is manufactured by roll forming G550, Z200 galvanised steel in either 0.75mm or 0.95mm thick material. Two flooring systems, HiBond and the brand new Flatdeck, form a composite steel/concrete fl oor system, which provides permanent formwork and positive tensile reinforcement in one-way reinforced concrete slab construction.    HiBond has been the market leader in composite steel flooring for more than 30 years, and features a highly effi cien...
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  • Six things to fix in Auckland's housing market

    Simon Wilson, NZ Herald: The government abandoned fit-for-purpose housing policies 35 years ago and the result has been social vandalism on a massive scale.
  • DIY, but do it right this summer

    It’s that time of the year when many feel compelled to dust off the DIY tools and tackle those jobs that have been put off over winter.
  • ACC fund for SME health and safety improvements should help

    The just-announced $22 million ACC fund to support the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector in reducing workplace injuries should help, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) says.
  • Robust and thorough recruitment processes are a must

    Building Recruitment managing director Kevin Everett says pressure in a market where employers are struggling to find the skilled people to train long-term can result in hurried recruitment processes.

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