Construction
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Number of women in construction doubles since 2013

There has been a significant increase in the number of women joining the construction industry, however, they are still significantly underrepresented, making up just 15% of the trades and construction industry When Rebecca Gornall, Health and Safety Manager at Mansons TCLM Limited, first started her role in commercial construction six years ago she was one of the only females on site. Continue →
Property Trends
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Tough economic conditions blamed for stagnant property market

Increasing costs of living, high interest rates, and recessionary pressures all impacted the New Zealand property market in April, with new data showing a nationwide downturn in property demand, realestate.co.nz Chief Executive Sarah Wood says Demand in this context is measured by searches and engagements per listing, which are reliable gauges of buyer interest relative to available properties. Continue →
Design
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Clifftop build wins Australian Home of the Year

At the Housing Industry Association’s 2023 national Australia conference, the winners of the 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were revealed, with judges calling this year’s overall winner ‘a once-in-a-lifetime build’ The winners of the 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were unveiled before 550 industry leaders at the awards ceremony held as the final night of the HIA 2023 National Conference on Hamilton Island. Continue →
Engineering
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Aussie developer drops Auckland skyscraper project

ICD Property, the Australian developer working on Auckland’s tallest tower, has decided to exit the project, listing it for sale just months after winning approval Jasmax Architects design for 65 Federal Street ICD managing director Matt Khoo said the developer had decided to sell its first international site to allow it to pursue other projects in Australia. Continue →

Materials
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Building product regulations on the way

New Zealand-based manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributers will be hit with new obligations to provide building product users with information about how building products contribute to compliance with the Building Code The regulations will commence on 11 December 2023 by which time manufactures and importers must meet their obligations. Continue →
Compliance & Legal
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Property owners urged to do all the checks to avoid the traps

Work undertaken by unauthorised people, not only risks your health and safety – but may also invalidate your insurance policy, says PGDB Chief Executive Martin Sawyers Owner and director of 5 Star Plumbing Ltd, Michael Mullany, was sentenced to a $6,000 yesterday at the Auckland District Court for doing restricted plumbing work with an employee, without a current licence. Continue →

Training & Management
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Prize-winning construction business upskills in earthquake strengthening

A Waikato construction company has won one of four major national prizes in Xero’s inaugural Beautiful Business Fund and will be using its $20,000 prize money to train staff for an earthquake strengthening project next year Xero, the global small business platform has awarded four New Zealand small businesses and non-profits a share of the $750,000 global prize pool as part of the inaugural Xero Beautiful Business Fund. Continue →
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