Archived News and Media Releases

10 October 2016

Consultation relating to pool inspection and retailer notices

MBIE is seeking your feedback on proposed requirements to be made by regulatory instruments under the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill.

3 October 2016

National Business Review

Claims and rebuttals as steel class action heads toward the furnace


ADINA THORN: ‘It was a big oversight and leaves more questions than answers’

Steel & Tube has written to its shareholders saying a class action launched by Auckland-based Adina Thorn Lawyers over its seismic steel mesh used in building foundations over the past four years has little chance of succeeding.

7 September 2016

Use licensed people for restricted building work

Why you need licensed people

We all want warm, dry and safe homes that are built to last.

Building rules help you build it right – protecting you and your home now and when you come to sell it. As the homeowner, some of these rules affect the choices you make.

29 July 2016

New publication - AS/NZS 2754.1:2016 - Adhesives for timber and timber products - Part 1: Adhesives for manufacture of plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL)

Provides the specifications for adhesives suitable for use in the plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufacturing industry. It incorporates the technical content of AS 2754.1-1985. It also includes non-formaldehyde-based adhesives for use in non-structural, interior applications.

28 July 2016

Crisis in New Zealand log supply

New Zealand wood processing leaders held a hui with senior government officials and political leaders in Whangarei yesterday to assess the acute log supply shortage to local mills in Northland.

13 July 2016

 It’s important that reliable and resilient fire design features are used in the design of tall buildings. This advisory highlights the specific considerations for designing tall buildings to achieve the fire safety performance requirements of the Building Code.

13 July 2016

A new practice advisory explains the need for early site investigation, as a key element in controlling the costs of a project and delivering good building performance.

9 May 2016

Proposed ban on retrofitting foil insulation into residential buildings.
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is beginning consultation on a proposal to issue a ban, under section 26 of the Building Act, which will prevent people retrofitting residential buildings with foil insulation.

9 May 2016

NZS 4246:2016 Energy efficiency – Installing bulk thermal insulation in residential buildings provides guidance for the correct installation of quality insulation products by installers and consumers to achieve the intended thermal performance in buildings without compromising the durability and safety of insulation or building elements and the health and safety of installers and building occupants.

28 April 2016

Thursday April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work (aka ‘Worker’s Memorial Day’).

8 April 2016

 A third company has this week agreed to stop selling some steel mesh products amid concerns they might not comply with the Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZ 4671:2001).

4 April 2016

Protecting the Inspectors

The number of builders offering residential inspection services has grown dramatically. Before heading down this path, it’s critical to understand your obligations or you could end up in serious litigation.

17 March 2016

 The Commerce Commission is investigating revelations a major building product manufacturer has been using false certificates for the last four years.

16 March 2016

Current discussion around the use of non-standard poor quality plumbing products highlights the need for consumers to ensure that those performing plumbing work are properly authorised.

4 March 2016

 Smaller construction companies in Christchurch are lining up to put their workers through free occupational health sessions next week.

4 March 2016

The Commerce Commission this week asked two companies to stop selling some steel mesh products amid concerns they might not comply with the Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZ 4671:2001). These companies both claim their product complies with this Standard as the pathway for achieving Building Code compliance.

4 March 2016

Brilliance Steel Ltd (Brilliance) and Euro Corporation Limited (Euro Corporation) have agreed to stop selling some steel mesh products while the Commerce Commission further investigates concerns that they may not comply with the Australia/New Zealand standard (AS/NZ 4671:2001).

3 March 2016

 Building activity reached a record high in the December 2015 quarter, with an increase from the previous quarter in Auckland but a decrease in Canterbury, Statistics New Zealand said today.

23 February 2016

 Good progress has been achieved under the Housing Accords between the Government and the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty councils, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said today after meeting with both councils.

19 February 2016

 Regulations to help you understand what you need to do to meet your duties under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) are out now.

11 December 2015

 As part of the rollout of the new LBP Skills Maintenance system MBIE recently introduced, LBPs are now able to complete Record of Work (RoW) and Certificate of Work (CoW) forms online.

11 December 2015

 The Code of Practice for Design, Installation and Seismic Restraint of Suspended ceilings has been released by the Association of Wall & Ceiling Industries of NZ in response to recommendations from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

4 December 2015

 The number of new dwellings consented rose in Auckland, but decreased in Canterbury, in October 2015 compared with October 2014, Statistics New Zealand said.

23 November 2015

 Residential building activity in the Taupo District has increased to levels not seen since 2007, with Kinloch standing out as an increasingly popular choice for those building new homes.

23 November 2015

 A new version of Homestar, the rating tool for New Zealand home sustainability, aims to make it easier for apartment buyers to gauge the health and efficiency of their homes.

14 November 2015

 The completion of the 100th house at the Waimahia Inlet housing development in Auckland was welcomed this afternoon by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith, who says the project is symbolic of the Government’s progress on housing.

11 November 2015

 The number of residential and commercial building consents issued for Rotorua properties continues to go up.

7 October 2015

Two Havelock North men have been convicted and fined for carrying out sanitary plumbing and drainlaying work without authorisation.

4 September 2015

 An Auckland man has been convicted and fined $1,200 plus court costs and solicitors fees for providing information that was intended to cause, or may reasonably have caused, a homeowner to think he was a registered or licensed tradesperson. 

17 July 2015

Two Licensed Building Practitioners have been held to account by the Building Practitioners Board for poor workmanship.

22 May 2015

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) has appointed Martin Sawyers as its new Chief Executive and Registrar.

19 May 2015

A Rotorua man has been convicted and fined $1000 plus court costs and solicitor’s fees today for illegally carrying out sanitary plumbing.

2 April 2015

An Auckland man has been convicted and fined $1500 for carrying out drainlaying work without an authorisation for a second time

31 March 2015

The Timber Design Society is pleased to be able to present the Timber Design Society Sapwood Conference.  The conference will be held in Christchurch only, 13 – 15 May 2015.

4 March 2015

The Rules Reduction Taskforce has been set up to cut red tape and get rid of loopy property rules and regulations that are stopping people from getting on with the job.

19 February 2015

 An online tool that supports the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) technical guidance document on repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes has been released.

19 February 2015

 In a judgment released 18 February 2015, a Nelson man has been convicted and fined $4000 for doing or helping to do gasfitting work without a licence, and has been ordered to pay solicitor’s costs of $113 and Court costs of $130.

2 February 2015

The recent conviction of an Auckland man has served as a timely reminder to consumers to only use plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers who hold a current authorisation card.

11 January 2015

The Australian Industry Group report “The quest for a level playing field: the nonconforming products dilemma”, provided compelling evidence on the increasing risks of non-conforming Products in Building and Construction projects. To assist industry stakeholders, the new Steel Compliance website is provided as a risk mitigation service to the construction community by ACRS.

18 December 2014

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) announced its new board of directors at the end of November. Two new members joined the board after the council’s AGM in Auckland: executive general manager of Hawkins Construction Gary Walker and Director and joint owner of INZIDE Commercial Steve Aschebrock.

10 December 2014

SCIRT says goodbye to its founding general manager Duncan Gibb

26 November 2014

Susan Freeman-Greene has been appointed Chief Executive of IPENZ, starting the new role in February 2015. “We’re delighted to have made the appointment of such a high-calibre leader, following an exhaustive search and selection process,” IPENZ President Dr Kevin Thompson says.

21 November 2014

Another Auckland man has been convicted and fined $4,050 plus court costs and solicitor’s fees for illegally carrying out sanitary plumbing and gasfitting work without licences.

21 November 2014

 In a judgement released today by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, an Upper Moutere woman was fined $3,750 plus solicitor’s and Court costs after pleading guilty to illegally installing a gas hob she brought from Harvey Norman Limited.

21 November 2014

BRANZ Chair, Dr Helen Anderson announced today the appointment of Lesley Haines and Stephen Titter to the BRANZ Group Board of Directors. 

22 July 2014

 ACRS credibility has recently been enhanced by their successful accreditation by the Joint Accreditation System, of Australia and New Zealand.

22 July 2014

The BRANZ Maintenance Schedule is a brand-new web-based tool

21 July 2014

Paul Hobbs, who many members will know through his various roles with DBH and MBIE has begun his recently appointed  position of Registrar of Licensed Building Practitioners this week.

17 July 2014

The goal of a single business number for all kiwi businesses to use in their dealings with Government agencies has moved a big step closer.

14 July 2014

MBIE has launched two guides and accompanying FAQs for building professionals on assessing buildings following emergencies such as earthquakes or flooding disasters.

10 July 2014

This year's SBCO Forum takes us back to Christchurch allowing a unique update on rebuild perspectives as well as focusing on a range of current issues and topics which will update, challenge and create awareness for all attendees. 

10 July 2014

Builders will be required to have written contracts, provide information on their relevant skills, experience and qualifications, and disclose their insurance and warranty cover from 1 January 2015.

8 July 2014

 BRANZ have advised today that their shareholding in Construction Information Ltd (CIL) will be relinquished.

2 July 2014

 Changes to C/AS1 - C/AS7 (Amendment 3), C/VM2 (Amendment 4) and BCH/AS1 Amendment 1

1 May 2014

Prime Minister John Key has reallocated the portfolios made vacant by the resignation of Maurice Williamson as a Minister.

24 April 2014

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says feedback provided to the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) by stakeholders in Christchurch’s rebuild will help inform the government’s ongoing work programme.

17 April 2014

MBIE have released a fifth issue of technical clarifications and updates to the Guidance document ‘Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes’, December 2012.

17 March 2014

MBIE is in the midst of changes to the Protection from Fire documents and the Backcountry Huts Acceptable Solution.

14 March 2014

The New Zealand Housing and Construction Quarterly (NZHCQ) analyses sector trends in the building, construction and housing sectors.

17 February 2014

Crown Manager optimistic, but wary of increasing demand

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