The concrete benefits of an innovative industry

The impressive trajectory of the concrete industry cannot be overstated. From the Roman Pantheon finished in 128 AD — the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world — to the historic Brutalist masterpieces of Le Corbusier, concrete offers vast potential and can help realise spectacular structural and architectural results. Although relatively rare following the collapse of the Roman Empire, concrete …

Risk management – the most critical issue for the construction industry

A survey conducted by the Registered Master Builders of the industry’s leading figures has revealed over half believe the sector is not performing to its potential, due to risk allocation in contracts and a lack of skills. The survey went out to over 50 select CEOs and senior managers from the leading commercial and residential building companies, property developers and …

Rising damp

Have we learned our lessons from the leaky buildings fiasco? How far has New Zealand come since leaky buildings started making front page headlines in early 2000? As a country have we mastered the art of constructing weatherproof buildings yet? Or have we still got a way to go in terms of learning from the mistakes we made with untreated …

Lightweight solutions

The growing trend of lighter roofing options As the trend towards lightweight roofing and cladding continues, Roofline Canterbury Limited is leading Christchurch’s roofing industry. Roofline Canterbury is a 100-percent locally owned and operated roofing and cladding manufacturer, with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. The company provides a wide range of solutions to customers, including new residential and …

Keeping calm in a crisis

By Martz Witty, Head of Martz Group It’s not entirely uncommon for business people to occasionally feel that they’re not in control as they would like to be. In fact, there are times where they might feel that the excrement is hitting the oscillating air mover. There are tons of courses and suggestions on how to deal with these moments, …

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 …