August 2015 Issue


Saying no to new business owners . . .

You have probably just read in the previous pages about an outstanding vehicle — or at least looked at the pictures.   So you are […]

Material quality

During a recent visit to Sydney I watched a report on television about substandard imported building materials — specifically concerning the safety of electrical cabling […]

Leaky buildings Round 2 — council potentially caught twice for the same house despite settlement agreement in place

I  wish to review the recent decision of Devany & Others v Wellington City Council & Others which concerned a Wellington house in the suburb […]

Height safety easily achieved with simple edge protection

One of the key factors to an efficient building site is a safe one. Edge Protection can provide a cost-effective and speedy alternative to scaffolding […]

Company provides safeguards for roof fixings and wall sheeting

Liability — it’s not a nice word for any construction professional. When it comes to roofing and wall cladding it can cost thousands of dollars […]

Warm roofs — is this the future of roofing?

A warm metal roof is a generic term for insulated panels, aka SIP (Structural Insulated Panels), Sandwich panels, Coolroom panels, Composite panels and Stressed Skin […]

Understanding timber weatherboards

Timber weatherboards have been used to clad New Zealand homes for generations. They are a proven weathertight cladding that can offer peace of mind in […]

The folly behind the falls from height campaign

The New Zealand Initiative (TNZI) recently published a report, A Matter of Balance: Regulating Safety. It was critical of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and […]

Construction Contracts Amendment Bill (retentions) will impact on contractor cashflow

The purpose of retentions is to ensure that customers get the specified services and quality delivered on time from the contractor. If work is not […]

Is petty rule enforcement driving builders from the industry?

Those that have been building for more than 20 years will remember an industry that was more co-operative, less aggressive, less regimented and certainly far […]

Back in Time

Architects should have a greater role to play in shaping society, according to recently-elected New Zealand Institute of Architects president Alick Bellerby. “As a profession […]

Toyota ticks HiAce’s last safety box with VSC

Safety seems to be the trump card that most van manufacturers wave when the subject of Toyota’s HiAce comes up against their own offerings, which […]

New technology could cut energy costs significantly

Cutting-edge thermal technology mixed with building materials could save Kiwi home owners on energy costs by up to 16% each day, new research has found. […]

Prestigious concrete awards now open

Entries are now open for the 2015 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards. This is an opportunity to show how your concrete-based product, project, programme or initiative has […]

NZ quantity surveyors join global coalition

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) has joined a new global movement established to create international standards in construction measurement. The International Construction […]

Seamless renovation wins Manuwatu/Wanganui regions Supreme Awards

Justin Green was proud, happy and a little bit relieved when his new business, Alteration Specialists Manawatu, won the Manawatu/ Wanganui Registered Master Builders 2015 […]

BRANZ study valuing sustainability

Do features such as solar hot water or more durable building materials add financial value to a house? BRANZ is investigating. This study looks at […]

New appointments in Auckland

Michael Lieshout was recently elected to lead the Auckland Branch of the Registered Master Builders Association for the next two years. Former president Kieran Mallon […]

New national sponsor joins Apprentice of the Year

The Registered Master Builders Association is pleased to announce that APL, through its brands Altherm, First and Vantage, will be joining the Apprentice of the […]

Apprentice of the Year — a win-win for apprentices and employers

Licensed Renovations owner Russell Clark says he encourages his employees to enter the Apprentice of the Year competition because it’s good for his business, and […]

Setting the benchmark for building guarantees

When we ask our members what they value most in belonging to Registered Master Builders, there are three areas that are consistently mentioned by residential […]

Residential Remedy – the ‘new face’ of medical facilities

A demanding brief within a difficult surrounding — that ’s the task that Leighs Construction Ltd, along with Wilson & Hill Architects Ltd, Lewis Bradford […]

New appointments in Auckland

Michael Lieshout was recently elected to lead the Auckland Branch of the Registered Master Builders Association for the next two years. Former president Kieran Mallon […]

Complex design creates simple living

Peter Breen was pleased for his project manager, his foreman, and all the team involved when Breen Construction was named as winner of the Southern […]