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Be rewarded for entering on-line

Be in to win a $3000 prize pack if you enter online in the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.  The prize pack includes product from supporting sponsors James Hardie, GIB Living Solutions, Pink Batts Ultra and Nulook, as well as a one-year FutureProof Building Education Programme membership from new sponsor Future-Proof Building.  To enter on-line go to www.houseoftheyear.co.nz or www.rmbcommercial.co.n...
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Call for nominations for the HoY national judging panel

Would you like to have the opportunity to judge the very best in residential construction by New Zealand’s top builders? With major changes this year to the way the House of the Year will be judged, applications are now open for up to fi ve residential judging panels for the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.  This competition is now in its 16th year and continues to go from strength to strength. Designed to raise awareness and interes...
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Changes to HoY will strengthen competition

The Registered Master Builders Federation has introduced changes to the 2006 House of the Year competition to ensure greater judging transparency and providing feedback to all entrants. The changes, in response to surveys of members and associations, aim to enhance the value of the competition and ensure it remains the industry benchmark for quality construction, whether new homes, renovations or commercial properties.  “Each year we review the programme looking for ways to encourage...
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World-renowned NPIL celebrates 21st

One of New Zealand’s — and the world’s — biggest wood processors celebrated two major milestones recently — Nelson Pine Industries Ltd’s 21st birthday coincided with a visit from one of the company’s major European plant suppliers.  Four senior executives from the Austrian company Berndorf Band, a world-renowned supplier of steel belts for continuous presses, visited Nelson to mark the purchase of NPIL’s 50th steel press belt. “We now h...
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NZ Green Building Council to have business focus

NZ Green Building Council to have business focus

A major boost for sustainability in new and existing buildings in this country looks certain to eventuate with the establishment of a New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) now at an advanced planning stage.  Already supported by professional managers from many key organisations in the building industry, the Interim NZGBC has run focus groups to secure inputs from suppliers, designers, central government, territorial authorities, investors, occupiers and corporate building owners. ...
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Hotel unzips latest loo art

Hotel unzips latest loo art

Developers of Queenstown’s newest hotel, hospitality and retail centre, The Sofitel, have unzipped an eye-popping Christmas theme in the men’s loos. Bringing new meaning to the “loo with a view” theme, the second floor men’s toilet set tongues wagging when a six-metre long backdrop to the six stands was unveiled.  The special Christmas backdrop features life-size photographs featuring local models in suitably seasonal dress — each with a full view of the...
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Taranaki builder handy with wrench

Taranaki builder handy with wrench

The DeWalt Ford Challenge was decided in a nail-biting grand final at the Big Boys Toys expo in Auckland recently, with wildcard Boyd Stewart the surprise winner of the national Champion Driver competition.  Mr Stewart only won his ticket into the final the day before, by trying the Challenge, which involved removing a Ford Falcon XR wheel from an axle, and securing it to a different axle with an 18V DeWalt impact wrench.  After giving the Challenge a go, Mr Stewart, a builder from N...
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Bach: 18 years to resolve leaky homes claims

Department of Building and Housing chief executive Katrina Bach has told Parliament’s social services select committee that leaky building claims to the service could take 15 to 18 years to resolve. “We think 15 to 18 years over time,” Ms Bach says.  “If you keep on tracking on the current trajectory, it’s got a very long tail, this problem, and it’s better to think about some alternative or additional approaches to speed up resolution.” She says t...
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Volcanic eruption in High Court

The High Court in Volcanic Investments Limited1 v Dempsey & Wood Civil Contractors Ltd has signalled a departure from the conservative approach of the court in Rapaki Property Group v Energysave Ltd2 , now reinforcing the protections afforded to payees under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“the CCA”).  In Volcanic Investments, a failure by Volcanic to make payment of an amount claimed under the CCA was referred to adjudication. The adjudicator determined that Volcanic ...
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