November 2012 Issue


New scheme targets savings for retail sector

“The Energy Shop scheme is a great opportunity for retailers to enhance their environmental credentials while reducing energy costs,” according to EECA commercial programme manager […]

Pasefika students to take carpentry skills to market

The Pacific Island Scholarship students are part of the Government’s Pasefika Trades strategy where 300 are being trained in trades required for the rebuild of […]

Concrete industry workshop connects students

Organised by the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), the initiative was primarily conceived as a way to encourage aspiring construction specialists from […]

Weathertight remediation: Builder information for projects receiving FAP assistance

To qualify for the FAP, home owners will need an assessor’s report on their home which will identify the weathertightness damage to the building, and […]

New Zealand’s top residential properties announced

Renovation of the Year Riordan Construction Limited’s three-bedroom renovation in Matua, Tauranga wowed the competition judges who say the home is exceptional. The builder was […]

Back In Time

What really went wrong?

There has also been a lack of qualitative research, and even today there is no clear analysis of: • how many buildings of each type […]

Supreme Court finds council owes duty of care in non-residential buildings

Originally, the owners brought the proceedings in the High Court. Their claims were struck out in the Court of Appeal, and summary judgment was entered […]

ING House, Amsterdam

This is certainly what Internationale Nederlanden Groep, aka ING Group, did in 1998. They called in Amsterdam based-architects Roberto Meyer and Jeroen van Schooten — […]

Ready for 2013?

Certainly, Christchurch is going to be a hub of activity in 2013. Training advisors have been hired to keep up with demand which is already […]

‘Complex and intense’ project stays on track

The first structure of the proposed 65,000sq m campus is comprised of three seismically separated buildings that are constructed around and over the fully operational […]

Repair company after new franchisees

Their franchisees can repair almost any benchtop damage, including: • burns and blisters (smaller than a fingernail to a 300mm diameter burn) caused by a […]

NZ’s top carpentry apprentice named

The competition judges say winner James Poore, employed by Harbour Construction/Kalmar Construction Ltd in Takapuna, and trained through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation […]

Behind the Christchurch CBD cordon — a sobering sight

After a phone call, personal interview, photograph and a two-hour pass card issue, we proceeded to the nearest army checkpoint for entry into the former […]

The many factors to achieve affordability

One of the fundamental factors affecting the price of housing is the availability and cost of land. The land component makes up 30% to 50% […]