November 2008 Issue


Q & A with new RMBF CEO Warwick Quinn

1 What inspired you to apply for the chief executive’s role at the RMBF? I have been involved in the property sector from a valuation, […]

19/12/2008 – New guidance to help with building consent amendments

A Building Amendment Bill was introduced into Parliament earlier this year as one of the initiatives to help streamline the building consenting and approval system. […]

Discounts worth checking out

Workplace Safety Discounts are all about demonstrating good health and safety management practices, and are a great way to save 10% of an ACC work […]

NZS 3604:1999 to undergo major revision

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding parts of NZS 3604:1999 — the key Standard for building timber-framed houses in New Zealand — […]

Limitation – leaky home owner left without a claim

The recent High Court decision of Associate Judge Doogue in Lawrence Bunting & Sara-Jane Gardner v Auckland City Council found the owners of a leaky […]

Jerusalem’s Wall of Tears

Forty-one years ago the Israeli army occupied Jerusalem. For the first time in nearly two millennia the city was united and back in Jewish hands. […]

Gateway package connects future apprentices

The Gateway programme is a government-funded work placement initiative for secondary school students, designed to strengthen the pathway from school into the workplace.   Year […]

Steel frames: Cost-effective, durable, safe

There is more to a steel-framed home than meets the eye.   Good workmanship will always achieve a quality building. But all else being equal, […]

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater

The former Government’s proposed restrictions on water flow generated a flood of responses recently.   It proposed draft alterations to the Building Code, restricting flow […]

Replacing the faithful ute . . .

So it’s time to replace the faithful ute which has served you so well over the past three years? Now you have a problem, and […]

Dobson named Apprentice of the Year

Dunedin carpentry apprentice Joe Dobson has taken out the top award in the Registered Master Builders 2008 Apprentice of the Year competition, in association with […]

Facing the challenge of commercial building

Building the foundation for an aluminium smelter furnace was never going to be an easy task. But carrying out the project between two fully operational […]

I’ll be the judge of that

Each year the PlaceMakers House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards receive hundreds of entries from all corners of the country.   Entries […]

Tauranga RMBs make wishes come true

These days it’s pretty rare to see a group of professionals working hard for nothing more than a good cause. But that’s exactly what happened […]

I’ve found the backbones of the RMBF!

In the past six months, I have been to many RMB Associations, and witnessed the good work happening. A great example is the Little Elms […]

Hawke’s Bay builders do it for the kids

The Hawkes Bay’s Registered Master Builders and Certified Builders recently came together to take on the enormous challenge of erecting five buildings from the ground […]

A new political dawn

A new political dawn has arrived with the centre-right taking power in Godzone. And, from what National spokesman for Building and Construction Nick Smith told […]