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How to Choose the Right Custom Home Builder for Your Dream Home

Building your dream home is an exciting journey, but selecting the right custom home builder is a crucial decision that can make or break the experience. In a world flooded with options, how do you ensure you’re choosing the perfect partner to turn your dreams into reality?   1. Define Your Vision Before embarking on your quest for the ideal …

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Builders Christchurch: Tips for Affordable Home Building

Are you embarking on the exciting journey of building your dream home in Christchurch and in search of valuable insights and tips for cost-effective home construction? Your go-to source for expert advice is none other than Builders & Contractors Magazine. In this blog post, we will explore some of the top cost-effective home building tips, along with the invaluable knowledge …

Tiny Home Auction to Support Tradies’ Mental Health

In a significant move to support mental health in the construction industry, a tiny home valued at over $200,000 will be auctioned with a starting bid of just $1. The proceeds from this auction will benefit Live Well Build Well, a charitable organisation dedicated to aiding tradespeople in managing their mental health and well-being. Mental Health in Construction Founded in …

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Effective Strategies for NZ Builders in Overcoming Daily Challenges

In the dynamic realm of construction, New Zealand builders face a myriad of challenges daily. From staying updated with the latest trends in design house NZ to tackling the intricacies of architecture design, the journey is undeniably demanding. However, armed with effective strategies, NZ builders can navigate through these challenges with finesse. Understanding the Landscape: To excel in the competitive …

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Essential Tips for Builder’s Contract to Ensure Project Success

When you embark on a construction project, whether it’s building your dream home or undertaking a commercial venture, one document becomes the cornerstone of your project’s success. This legally binding agreement outlines the terms, responsibilities, and expectations of all parties involved, setting the stage for a harmonious and productive construction journey. Builders & Contractors Magazine is here to guide you …

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Crafting Your Dream Home: 5 Expert Tips from Building Magazine NZ

When it comes to creating your dream home, the process can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. Building a custom home allows you to tailor every aspect to your preferences and needs, but it requires careful planning and consideration. Builders & Contractors Magazine, a leading publication in the realm of construction, presents you with expert tips for crafting your custom home …

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Embracing Smart Living: The Future of Home Renovation in NZ

In the ever-evolving landscape of home renovation, New Zealand stands at the forefront of a revolution that is reshaping the way we approach living spaces. As technology continues to advance, the concept of smart living is taking center stage, transforming homes into intelligent and efficient spaces. This article explores the future of home renovation in NZ, with a focus on …

Moving home made easy

Packing up your life and moving doesn’t have to be a cyclone of stress and chaos. Here are some packing and packaging tips to make your move simple. Take it bit by bit: Begin packing well in advance of your move to avoid last-minute stress, and try packing a few boxes each day as that can make a big difference. …

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Builders and Contractors News Magazines BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS ARE PROUD TO BE A AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES/ORGANISATIONS PrevNext Paris Olympics a Wood Architecture Showcase Ben O Connell According to WoodWorks New Zealand, Paris has turned to flexible, reusable timber in their architectural point of view as the host of the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The new Olympics Aquatics …

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Welcome to Builders & Contractors Magazine NZAn Award-Winning Builders MagazineOver the past 25 years, Builders & Contractors Magazine has established itself as a leading publication within the New Zealand building and contractor industry. We provide comprehensive coverage of facilities management, architecture and design, structural and civil engineering, and mechanical and electrical contracting.Unrivalled Expertise Within the Contractor Industry in NZOur magazine …

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Is asbestos going to be the new leaky home syndrome?

by Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Asbestos is a nasty substance, which is mined from rock-forming minerals, and contains fibres with little hooks in them that once in your lungs, never get out.   They can cause serious diseases such as cancer that don’t become evident until 10-40 years later. It was widely used from the 1940s to the 1990s (and …

Builder licensing – separating the facts from the fiction

For a lot of people involved in the building trade, the requirement to be “licensed” is nothing new – take architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, gasfitters, and lawyers for example. Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy   The requirement for builders to be licensed only came about relatively recently, following the emergence of the leaky building crisis and the Hunn Report published in …

Metals New Zealand new home of Sustainable Steel Council

Metals New Zealand has taken over the portfolio of the Sustainable Steel Council, which was founded in 2009 to promote steel as a sustainable material. The Council was previously operated by a board representing a range of stakeholders such as HERA, Steel Construction NZ, University of Auckland along with major steel producers and manufacturing associations. Other members include the coatings …

Top 5 Commercial Construction Trends for 2023 in NZ: The Future of Building

Top 5 Commercial Construction Trends for 2023 in NZ: The Future of Building

Over the years, the world of construction has witnessed an exemplary shift, with the adoption of innovative technologies and an emphasis on sustainability. In this article, we dive into the top 5 commercial construction trends that will set the pace for 2023 in NZ. Building magazine readers, strap yourselves in for an exciting journey to uncover the latest developments in …

Levelling the playing field

Builders, big, independent, small and medium, now have a levelled playing field and the simple approach is leaving many wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” Combined Building Supplies Co-operative chairman Carl Taylor talks about making small operators more competitive. The Combined Building Supplies Co-operative or, in simpler terms, CBS Co-op, allows anyone in the construction industry who are members …

New Industry Data Shows Rising Costs

Stats NZ data shows that the volume of building work was $8.3 million in the March 2024 quarter, down 4.0 per cent from the December 2023 quarter. Construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said, “The total volume of building work in the March 2024 quarter was the lowest quarterly volume in the past two years.” This $8.3 million figure …

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Fuelling Tradies: The Pie, Coke, and Smoke

Tradies are known for their hard work, but what about their lunch breaks? How damaging is the stereotypical meat pie, soft drink, and cigarette midday meal? Good nutrition is essential for those with physically demanding roles, early mornings, long days, and limited on-site food options.  The gut is home to about 39 trillion bacteria, and if they’re not fed the …

SEO for Tradies

Simplifying SEO for Tradies

  By Ben O’Connell SEO stands for search engine optimisation. It’s the process of improving your website to increase its visibility in Google, Bing, and other search engines whenever people look for products or services. Great SEO means you’re more likely to be found and clicked on, ultimately attracting more business. However, SEO gets complicated quickly. It’s no wonder businesses …

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Building a Greener Tomorrow: Latest News in Sustainable Construction

Sustainable construction is no longer a mere trend; it’s a necessity for our planet’s future. Builders & Contractors Magazine brings you the latest building news and insights into how New Zealand builders are championing eco-friendly building practices and contributing to a greener tomorrow. Sustainable building news for greener construction    Embracing Eco-Friendly Materials  In the pursuit of sustainable construction, NZ …

Warming up for work

Teaching construction workers to train and think like top athletes Construction company CEO Steve Barker noticed there were a lot of similarities between the extremely physical nature of many construction jobs and high-performance sports, and that, unlike athletes, workers did not train for the extreme physical activity they were doing onsite. “Many of our construction team play rugby or other …

Sustainable Building News in NZ

Sustainable Building News in NZ and Eco-Friendly Materials

In the rapidly evolving world of construction, the focus on sustainability and eco-friendly materials has become increasingly vital. Kiwi builders are constantly on the lookout for the latest building news and innovations that align with environmentally friendly practices. Builders & Contractors Magazine is a trusted source for insights into sustainable building in New Zealand, and in this blog post, we …

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Our Issues Welcome to Markat The magazine for Christchurch The magazine dedicated to living well and ageing gracefully in modern society. Aimed at the 50+ age group, you’ll find articles covering all aspects of contemporary life, including physical health and wellbeing, mental health and acuity, home life, working life and finances, technology, travel, self-improvement and more. Advertise With Us OUR …

Rapidly rising building costs have slowed in 2023

    The average cost of building a home in Aotearoa New Zealand’s main centres is up 9.5% annually, but price rises have slowed markedly in 2023. More than 51,000 rates were updated in June, with the average cost of building a standard three-bedroom home increasing by 9.5% in a year, including by 3.8% since QV CostBuilder’s last major update …

Understanding mass timber use in construction

A survey in late 2022 of design, construction and building professionals into the perceptions and barriers to mass timber use in construction has highlighted the growing awareness and adoption of mass timber, but it also revealed that more can be done. The survey was distributed to manufacturers, builders, architects, designers, engineers, building officials and quantity surveyors. It was commissioned by …

Lightening the load Managing workplace stress

Stress is normal. We can feel stressed because we feel overwhelmed with work, feel under pressure, are experiencing new challenges, worried about something, and the list goes on. Stress at work can happen often, but when we feel stressed in our personal lives, this can impact our work lives too. Doctor Adrienna Ember – who has a double doctorate – …

Prendos achieves Toitū carbonreduce certification

Prendos, a full-service property and construction consultancy, has achieved Toitū carbonreduce certification. Fiona Gavriel, chief executive at Prendos, says the certification is reflective of the company’s desire to lead the way towards a more sustainable future for the construction and property industry, which is known to be one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. “As …

Experts In Insulation

Experts in insulation

Making sure you have a professional that’s qualified and competent to do the insulation work you need is the minimum you should expect out of an installer. Basic questions for your insulation installer: Are you a member of IAONZ? What training has the installer completed? How many projects have you completed? When you have a retrofitter or industry professional that’s …

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Supreme winner’s project creates “dramatic forms”

The outstanding project 48 Tuarangi Road in Auckland has won the Resene Supreme Award in the recent NZ Wood- Resene Timber Design Awards, brought to you by the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA). It is a project judges called an “impressive integration of timber material and manufacturing precision”. TOA Architects designed the 156sqm home. CLT panels created a box …

Waterproofing Membrane Codes

Setting best practice – Waterproofing Membrane Codes

Waterproofing Membrane Association Inc. – Email: chairman@wmai.org.nz | www.wmai.org.nz The Waterproofing Membrane Association Incorporation (WMAI) has developed and produced several new Codes of Practice for Waterproof Membranes for the industry to accept, adapt and adhere to, all aimed at raising standards that will vastly improve the building industry. In the wake of COVID-19, there is going to be large number …

Digital safety training mitigates impact of COVID-19 on kiwi businesses

By NZISM president Greg Dearsly. Workplace health and safety has always been a top priority in New Zealand, but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across the country are more focussed than ever on keeping their people safe. Safety ‘n Action, a leading health and safety training provider, is offering a comprehensive suite of online and webinar solutions …

Reducing carbon emissions, one tonne at a time

By Nuralite Waterproofing managing director John Simmons. A realisation that all businesses, no matter how big or small, have to start making changes to reduce carbon emissions was behind the decision of Nuralite Waterproofing to become one of the first building supply companies in New Zealand to be certified carboNZero by Toitū. Nuralite is a typical New Zealand small medium …

Mortgage holidays – what you need to know

Banks have begun taking applications for mortgage holidays from consumers affected by Covid-19. So, Consumer NZ looks at the pros and cons of deferring mortgage repayments. What is a mortgage holiday? A mortgage holiday lets you temporarily stop making repayments on your home loan if you’re under financial pressure. Homeowners who are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 …

How to recession-proof your business

Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. 7 things you should know, and be working into your plan now, while you still have time Coronavirus has sparked a chain reaction of events that is completely changing the landscape of how we all do business. For most tradies, it’s little to no income until your team can get back to …

Post-pandemic property – Where does the housing market go from here?

The latest QV House Price Index data for March provides us with a view of the housing market as New Zealand headed into lockdown on 25th March. But what it doesn’t tell us is what happens beyond the proverbial brick wall that the COVID-19 lockdown has created. The data shows the property market was continuing to perform strongly throughout early-mid …

Building our way back: COVID-19 response plan for the construction sector

The construction sector has an important role to play in kick-starting the New Zealand economy. To support this, the Construction Sector Accord has temporarily shifted focus from industry transformation to industry resilience and recovery. The Accord is a collaboration between construction sector leaders from across government and industry. The Accord Steering Group (ASG) has been asked by the Government to …

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Insulation in NZ: Stay Warm and Cozy with our Expert AdviceBuilders & Contractors Magazine has been one of the leading sources of construction news in New Zealand for over 25 years. Stay up-to-date with the latest in insulation as we explore the finest insulation in New Zealand. We provide expert advice and guidance on making your homes more comfortable and …

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Contracting in NZ: News and UpdatesWelcome to our Contracting page, where we bring you the most recent news and insights from the world of contracting in New Zealand. Having been an essential part of Builders & Contractors Magazine for 25 years, we’ve established an extensive track record covering a wide array of topics within the contracting industry. NZ Homes Features …

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Coronavirus and construction in NZ

By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law   The recent worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 has impacted many businesses including the construction industry. It is indeed a Pandora’s box. A worldwide health crisis of this nature is not an ordinary event, and our nation rarely gets a mandate for people to go into self-quarantine. …

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Digital safety training mitigates impact of Covid-19 on kiwi businesses

Workplace health and safety has always been a top priority in New Zealand, but as COVID-19 rapidly gathers momentum, businesses across the country are more focussed than ever on keeping their people safe. With the government actively encouraging work from home options and social distancing, the value of online training has never held more weight.  Lucky then that Safety ‘n …

Traps to look out for in a building dispute

Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Everyone knows the old saying that the only winners in court cases are the lawyers.   That reflects the reality that the traditional system of suing in the courts (litigation) has become so drawn-out, so complex and so expensive, that it is effectively out of the reach of the common citizen. Ironically, all that complexity came …

Five keys for winning jobs when you’re not the lowest price

Lost out to a cowboy again! Local builder Josh is fuming. He’s just learned (through the grapevine) that he’s missed out on the King Street reno. The local cowboy has undercut him again! By nearly a third this time. But there’s no way he could have made any money at a rate that low. At that price, would have only …

Built to last?

New Zealand’s building industry has yielded some stunning results – from creative architectural typology in the residential sector, to industrial construction that pushes the envelope. Unequivocally, there are compelling results to be celebrated and that have set a high benchmark. But like many facets of life, the good often comes with the not-so-flattering reality of what can happen when standards …

Sustainable initiatives drive growth

Improved productivity, lower costs, a strong image and a platform for competitive advantage – these are just some of the benefits of running a sustainable business. Compelling research by NZI shows that those who run a sustainable business (taking into account environmental, social and economic factors), are twice as likely to grow as those not engaged. Despite this, one third …

Modo Architects – The Tasman View House

Nestled amongst the foothills of the Richmond Ranges, taking in the picturesque Tasman Bay and contiguous plains, the Tasman View House sits unassumingly within its environment. It is a fine example of Modo Architects’ overriding desire to produce buildings of poetic beauty and place. Modo’s brief for the Tasman View House was simple but not easy – ‘sleek with no …

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 …

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 …

New chairman keen to raise industry profile

FTMA chairman keen to raise industry profile

By Jo Bailey  The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association’s (FTMA) new chairman, Alan Westwood, is focused on raising the profile of the frame and truss sector and optimising the training and service offering the Association provides to its members. “I’ve made it a priority to build the credibility of FTMA with government agencies, so the association is more widely recognised …

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 …

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 …

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Master Electricians supports electrical licensing status quo

By Jo Bailey Maintaining the current regulations, standards and licensing of electricians is one of the current concerns of Master Electricians, says CEO Neville Simpson. “We are aware that government, in particular MBIE is looking at making some changes to licensing of electricians. Although we are still working through the details with them, as an industry we need to be …

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New technologies to boost younger members

Master Electricians (ME) Hub app is an innovative tool for members, which helps them to record their testing results, manage health and safety risks, and complete Certificates of Compliance and ESCs while on the job. “A lot of our members are approaching retirement age so it is critical we appeal to younger business owners. One way we are doing this …

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Top pools rewarded

The 2016 winners have been found for the New Zealand Master Pool Builders’ annual Photo Competition, which is judged by some leading industry professionals from New Zealand and Australia. An incredibly unique entry from Alvin Crosby of Acqua Pool and Spa (Auckland) took out the Commercial Swimming Pools category for a three level swimming pool he was commissioned to design …

MAXRaft celebrates business success and ‘year of recognition’

Queenstown-based company MAXRaft has been recognised as Queenstown’s top up-and-coming business at the 2016 Westpac Queenstown Chamber Business Awards. The award-winning company took home the Destination Queenstown Best Emerging Business Award at a gala dinner this weekend, and was also a finalist in the SIT Excellence in Construction, Trade or Services Award category. The judges commented on the fact that …

Exciting concrete innovations

Exciting concrete innovations

Although it has been around for centuries, concrete is continually evolving as a construction material, with some exciting new innovations entering the market. Recent developments include Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC), a concrete that is able to flow under its own weight and completely fill formwork, while maintaining homogeneity even in the presence of congested reinforcement, and then consolidate without the need …

Gather the facts when buying a second hand EWP

There is no doubt that buying second hand is a cost effective way to become an owner of a Mobile Elevating Work Platform. However people must ensure their EWP meets New Zealand and Australian Standards (AS/NZS1418.10, 2011), otherwise the cost may be high, whatever the purchase price. Phil Tindle, CEO of the Elevated Work Platform Association (EWPA) says buying second …

Conference one of the best yet

Conference one of the best yet

Another successful RANZ annual conference was held at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre in July, with one of the highlights being special guest speaker Hamish Matheson, RoofStar Technical Advisor for the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, based in Vancouver. “Hamish’s presentation really opened our eyes to the opportunities out there, particularly around training. Our Canadian equivalent association has its own …

CLT takes timber structures

CLT takes timber structures to new heights

The development and introduction of cross-laminated timber (CLT) is causing a lot of excitement in the Australasian construction sector, says Jeff Parker, technical manager of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. “CLT is a structural product suitable for load-bearing construction including multi-storey buildings. It is effectively a wooden form of a concrete tilt slab, which has already been utilised for …

Timber Quality Scheme

New Scheme ensures quality

A quality assurance programme for structural timber called the Timber Quality Scheme (TQS) is focusing on the material’s two main properties – durability, and physical characteristics of strength and stiffness. The new scheme is being established by the New Zealand Timber Industry Federation (NZTIF), with the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association, in conjunction with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and …

Legislative changes present opportunities for insulation sector

Legislative changes present opportunities for insulation sector

A key piece of new legislation is starting to have a significant impact on the insulation sector, says Hamish Aitken, immediate past president of the Insulation Association of New Zealand (IAONZ). “Earlier this year the Government passed an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) which included new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms, strengthens enforcement powers and makes other …

Buy your timber joinery with confidence

Buy your timber joinery with confidence

Deciding on your new timber joinery, whether for a new or existing home, is a complex decision. Timber joinery is timeless in appearance and will suit modern architectural or traditional building methods. But not all timber joinery is created equal. There is quality timber joinery and there is cheap timber joinery, but there is no cheap, quality timber joinery. So …

Supporting The Frame And Truss

Supporting the frame and truss sector

Dedication and commitment to ensuring New Zealand builders and building owners get the very best quality finished product is the aim of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand (FTMA), says chairman, Robert Grimmer. “We represent the majority of the prefabricated timber framing industry in New Zealand, and are leading the way to ensure that prefabricated timber wall …

Timber still the material of choice

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 …

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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. …

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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 …