Building standard review provides clarity

The major review of NZ Standard 3604 during 2010/ 2011 has provided greater clarity for frame and truss manufacturers around responsibility and reliability, but has also added new layers of administrative work, says FTMA chairman, Robert Grimmer. “This is a key standard and is considered to be the bible on methods and details for the design and construction of timber-framed …

Training leads to exciting career options

Training is a big part of the offering of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association, which has been actively involved in the development and delivery of NZQA approved qualifications since 2001. The Association has worked closely with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) in the development of the National Certificate in Frame & Truss Manufacture (Level 3) which …

Timber still the material of choice

Timber has been a material of choice for New Zealand homes since the arrival of the first European settlers, with many nineteenth century homes constructed in timber still in use today. Robert Grimmer, chairman of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association says the benefits of timber are widely known, and with today’s focus on sustainability and high performance eco-homes, the …

Keeping up with health and safety changes

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’  Association is undertaking a review of the Health and Safety section of its Code of Practice, and encourages all members to keep up to date with the changes to health and safety legislation in New Zealand. “We strongly encourage our fabricator members to be health and safety compliant, and take all practicable steps to ensure …

NZ Concrete Industry Conference

Preparations for this year’s NZ Concrete Industry Conference – scheduled for 6 – 8 October at Auckland’s Ellerslie Event Centre – are progressing well. Conference organisers say the Ellerslie venue is ideally located with quick, easy access from the motorway and unlimited free parking for delegates. It’s also an excellent venue for equipment displays by sponsors and trade exhibitors with …

National training programme for brick and block sector

The Brick and Blocklayers Federation of New Zealand (BBFNZ) is introducing new initiatives to drive cohesiveness within the masonry trades, says chief executive Melanie McIver. “Fragmentation has been an issue for the Federation, given we have 14 independent regional associations, as well as the Masonry Manufacturers Council under our umbrella, with each setting their own meetings. While our networks support …

The Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015

The Consequences of the Health and Safety Reforms Introduction The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“CCA”) came into force on 1 April 2003, and significantly reformed the law relating to construction contracts. The objective of the legislation was to dramatically change the framework of cashflow in the industry, by facilitating regular and timely payment between the parties to a construction contract. …

Coming across asbestos? Play by the new rules

Are you running a business (for example, building, roofing, or plumbing) with workers who may disturb or remove asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM)? In April, changes were made to the regulations governing work involving asbestos. Asbestos regulations were updated to bring New Zealand into line with other countries. With more than 170 New Zealand workers dying each year from asbestos-related …

Asbestos guidelines impact entire construction sector

The latest edition of guidelines for the safe management and removal of asbestos will have wide range implications for the entire New Zealand construction sector, says Terry Coleman, secretary of the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA). “It is very important that people working across all sub trades have training, similar to Site Safe training, in the identification, management …

State-of-the-art Earthquake testing facility wins top construction award

Auckland University’s new Faculty of Engineering Research, Building 906, home to one of Australasia’s largest earthquake testing facilities, was named Supreme Award winner at the recent New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, held in Auckland. Created by the team of Scarbro Construction, Jasmax Architects, and engineers RCP, the newly constructed Civil Engineering Test Facility – housing a nine-metre structure test hall …