RANZ a collective voice for roofers

Over the last 30 years innovative architectural designs and the introduction of new and different roofing systems to the New Zealand market has seen roofing evolve to become a skilled specialist trade. The Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) was established in 1994 to provide a collective voice for the industry, advocate on its behalf with regulatory authorities, and to …

Falls reduced by a third

The roofing sector has made ‘massive strides’ in health and safety over the last couple of years, ahead of the new Health & Safety at Work Act which came into force in April this year, says Graham Moor, chief executive of RANZ. “We were given a target to reduce falls by 25 percent by 2020. However falls have already reduced …

Change at the top following loss of dedicated CEO

As the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) heads into its 23rd year, it is mourning the loss of its dedicated former CEO Lorraine Mills, who passed away in April. “Lorraine’s sudden death hit us all particularly hard. Having worked with her since 2002 it is difficult not having her around, especially as she had an amazing ability to recall …

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 …

Free benchmark service could save thousands in ACC

Builders and Contractors readers are being offered a free ACC Benchmark service, which could potentially save their businesses thousands in costs. The new initiative is being offered by Manage Company, which has acted as ACC advisors for around five years. Managing director Martin Wouters says after working with more than 2000 different employers during this time the company had gathered …

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 …

Cutting edge Nelson Airport terminal a showpiece for timber industry

Nelson Airport’s new $32 million terminal redevelopment will highlight the capability of engineered wood products, says Jeff Parker, technical manager of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. “This stunning building will showcase wood in its construction and once complete will be a showpiece, both for the Nelson region and the wider timber industry.” LVL from Nelson Pine Industries is integral …

Kaikoura civic building uses world first technology

The new Kaikoura District Council building is a great example of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) being combined with other engineered wood products including CLT in a Pres-Lam (Prestressed Laminated) timber building. “Pres-Lam is the result of years of research and a unique collaboration between commercial and academic partners at the University of Canterbury’s School of Engineering to create innovative structural …

Bigger timber structures now a reality

New Zealand has always had the ability to build bigger timber structures. However it wasn’t until the emergence of the latest timber technologies that this has become a cost effective possibility, says Jeff Parker, technical manager of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. “The economies of using products such as CLT and LVL, combined with new construction systems and connectors …

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 …