Always consider the asbestos factor

April 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the new regulations for working with asbestos. It will also mark the launch of the first ever Asbestos Awareness Week in New Zealand. Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace with around 170 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases*. That is why the New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association …

Leaky buildings still a major issue

By Jo Bailey Weathertightness of structures has been a hot topic in New Zealand since the leaky building crisis became public in 2002. New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) executive member Nick Gaites says it is impossible to tell the exact numbers of homes affected. However, the weathertightness expert says after years immersed in the problem, he believes well …

Learning from the mistakes of the past

Weathertightness is not only an issue for New Zealand’s existing housing stock. Nick Gaites, director of Reveal Building Consultants and an executive member of NZIBS, says many builders concerned about “risky” designs for new homes they are being contracted to build, are turning to Registered Building Surveyors for advice. “We are seeing an increase in the number of complex designs …

Demand for building surveyors greater than ever

The leaky building crisis is not the only issue facing the New Zealand construction industry. Poorly repaired homes in Christchurch post-earthquake and sub-standard construction in an overheated Auckland market are also having an impact on the sector, along with the substitution of cheaper, lower-quality building materials by some contractors. William Hursthouse, acting vice president of the New Zealand Institute of …

New diploma huge step forward for building surveyors

Earlier this year, NZIBS with the assistance of NZQA recognised training specialist Vertical Horizonz, assessed the NZIBS Core Module training and that resulted in it being accepted as a new Diploma in Building Surveying ISO9001:2008 (level 5), which is a ‘huge step forward’ for building surveyors, says Sally Dunbar, General Manager of NZIBS. “The new diploma demonstrates the Institute’s commitment …

Inspirational Carmen is Tradeswomen of the Year

By Jo Bailey Ten years ago Carmen Sutton had barely swung a hammer and had learning difficulties that prevented her from reading. Now she has been named the National Association of Women in Construction’s Tradeswoman of the Year at the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards. “It was great to win. I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” says Carmen, who attended the awards …

New building programme pushing the envelope

Tauranga Boys’ College and Classic Builders Tauranga inaugural building pathway programme for students is paying off with completion of transportable cabins now for sale, students finding employment and apprenticeships, plus an extension of the programme. Mr Mangan, Tauranga Boys’ College principal, says the Wood-Related Trade Programme was a huge hit for its Year 13 students this year. “Our enthusiastic, dedicated …

Otago Polytechnic addresses inequality

Otago Polytechnic has come up with a boost for women wanting to get into the male-dominated fields of engineering and IT. Recognising that women are under-represented in these industries, Otago Polytechnic has created two scholarships, each worth $1000 for every year of study. Director of Communications, Mike Waddell, says it’s important to promote inclusion in all programmes. “Otago Polytechnic values …

Sustainable Business Survey 2016: NZ firms poised for progress

New Zealand businesses are taking mostly tentative steps into the world of sustainability, but may be gearing up to tackle the big issues, according to a University of Auckland survey. The survey, conducted by the University’s Business School, found over half (53 percent) of the 33 respondents – chosen because they’d already made moves towards improved sustainability – aimed to …

Roger MacDonald appointed Chief Executive at Panuku Development Auckland

Roger MacDonald will bring a wealth of experience delivering multi-billion dollar developments across the globe when he takes on the role as head of Auckland’s urban development agency. The Englishman will start as Panuku Development Auckland’s Chief Executive next week after spending the last 20 years leading property and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, the UK, Europe, India, the …