The Glass House

Just north of New York State is Connecticut, the most southern of the New England States. Famed as the country home of New York’s...

A failed performance

Ask most involved in the construction industry what our building code is and you are likely to receive either a slightly wary look, or...

Being change ready

The title for this blog came from a talk given by the chief executive of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In her view, being ready for...

Control

The tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in June highlights the question: “who is really in charge of our industry?” I struggle to...

Myths and legends

We can sometimes fail to recall exactly what happened in the past and why it happened. For example, I couldn’t remember what triggered the...

Alternate facts

The Donald Trump bid for the USA presidency introduced us to a new reality, and a new way of speaking known as “alternate facts”. Essentially,...

The future is now

Think back 25 years to 1992 — before medical science took over this was considered half a lifetime. Now answer honestly, how much progress has...

A better way

Nearly every week there is yet another report on substandard building materials, or shonky workmanship on construction projects. This raises the question as to who...

Get Set

Fact: The word with most entries in the Oxford Dictionary is “set” — a word able to be used as a noun, adjective or...

Inspiration

  Inspiration comes easily to some, but for most of us there’s a touch of panic and a lot of hard work when initially confronted...