Buildings with nerves of steel

Charles Clifton can see a steel frame building going up outside his window. It’s the new Auckland University engineering school redevelopment. It’s called ‘B405’ and he says thanks to the university’s wish to “express the structure for the benefit of engineering teaching and research” it has leading edge steel work that is highly engineered and as advanced as you’ll get …

Hidden building pollution exposed

Much more must be done to tackle the amount of climate change pollution produced by New Zealand’s buildings, suggests a recent report released by a team of international independent sustainability consultants. The report by Thinkstep, who works with some of the world’s leading companies, shows that New Zealand’s built environment is culpable for belching out approximately 20 percent of the …

“Indemnities” – the hidden traps in building contracts

By Geoff Hardy, Auckland commercial lawyer People often underestimate the significance of a legal contract. Too many times the completion of a contract is seen as a ritual that you go through at the commencement of a deal, following which the contract is filed in the bottom drawer, hopefully never to be seen again. If you treat it as a …

NZIBS calls for debate around New Zealand’s current building models

London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire has raised questions of the adequacy of building systems worldwide, and New Zealand is no exception, says an industry expert. Maynard Marks, director and New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) pastpresident, Trevor Jones, says it’s time to turn our attention towards New Zealand’s own building and construction regulatory processes to determine whether they are …

The writing’s on the wall: put insulation down or pay up

Landlords now have only one year to comply with new insulation requirements for rented properties, and face a fine of up to $4000 for not doing so. The requirement to insulate ceiling and underfloor spaces of a rented property by the 1st of July 2019 is compulsory under the Residential Tenancies Act. Confusion over legislation Insulation Association of New Zealand …

SNORKEL NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand (3rd July 2018) Snorkel New Zealand is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new website dedicated to the New Zealand market. Snorkel New Zealand provides sales, parts and service for Snorkel aerial lifts in the North & South Islands, through its Snorkel sales team and nationwide service dealer network. Backed by the Snorkel manufacturing …

Ford’s Ranger Raptor is one stylish workhorse

Ford has unleashed the first-ever Ranger Raptor – an off-road pickup loaded with toughness and performance. Hailing the Raptor as its first “performance ute for NZ” the extreme version of the Ranger has been designed off-road performance in mind. Powered by a two litre twin-turbo diesel that makes 157kW/500Nm, the Raptor is larger than a standard Ranger in every dimension. …

Established systems prove a winning formula for Paul Smith Earthmoving

Having proven systems in place and focussing on delivery are just two parts of a winning formula for Paul Smith Earthmoving. “Potential clients look at a company’s history and at its known attributes when they are considering giving that company a contract,” says Tony Moir, co-owner with Bruce Tinnelly of Paul Smith Earthmoving. “Over the past 17 years of operation …

The many reasons why you should make use of master plumbers

Master Plumbers is a national membership organisation representing around 70 percent of all registered plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers in New Zealand. Its members play a vital role within the construction sector. Quality assured Chief executive Greg Wallace says there are many reasons why New Zealand’s builders and contractors should use a master plumber on projects, whether domestic or commercial. “Master …

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association national conference beckons

A major event for the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association this year is a planned national two-day conference in September to discuss key issues and challenges for the industry. While an annual meeting of the association is held each year, providing an opportunity for its membership to catch up and discuss their issues, FTMA president Alan Westwood says the conference …