October 2013 Issue


The demand for skills

The New Zealand economy is now in a sustained upturn, and GDP growth for the next five years is forecast to be around 3% per […]

LVR — more than just a risk to banks

The Reserve Bank’s Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) policy came into force on October 1. You will recall this is where no more than 10% […]

Global construction market to be worth $15 trillion by 2025

A report released recently forecasts the volume of construction output will grow by more than 70% to $15 trillion worldwide by 2025. The benchmark global […]

Asbestos trade breakfast attracts hundreds of rebuild workers

More than 350 people working on the Canterbury rebuild downed tools for two hours recently to learn more about working with asbestos and understanding the […]

School flies into future with double 5 Green Star rating

Recently awarded a 5 Green Star rating for design and construction, Hobsonville Point Primary School is innovative, efficient and the first school in New Zealand […]

D&H awarded international QA accreditation

D&H Steel Construction Ltd has become the first New Zealand steel constructor to be awarded an internationally-recognised Quality Assurance accreditation. Known as AS/NZS ISO 3834, […]

Marketing — the how, what, where and who

Marketing — it’s a word that comes up in conversation when a new client comes on board, normally within the first two sentences. Why? Because […]

Back In Time

Thinking Big

Kingsley Amis was once quoted as saying: “If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” What he meant was that you needed to […]

Obtaining a CCC more than just a matter of council bureaucracy?

Overview The appellant, in the case of Aldridge & Another v Hamilton City Council & Another [2013] NZHC 1784, as trustees of the SL and […]

BCITO State of the Nation

It is quite clear our construction industry is moving out of a long and deep bust period. At the beginning of 2013, we were mourning […]

Have confidence in your steel supply

The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS) administers an independent, expert, industry-based, third-party product certification scheme, certifying manufacturers and suppliers of reinforcing, prestressing […]

Seismic strengthening for Flaxmere Waterworld

Flaxmere Waterworld, originally built as an outdoor pool for Hastings in 1977, was enclosed in 1990. When cracks appeared in the central timber portal, which […]

Nine apprentices vying for top 2013 title

As this issue went to print, nine carpentry apprentices from all over New Zealand were due to compete for the title of Registered Master Builders […]