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NEWS

Claims NZ's defective buildings are a threat to public safety

A company which claims to have identified over 1200 defective buildings and structures around the country in the last five years says it's a snapshot of a wider problem which is a very real threat to public safety.

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12 November 2019

Superseded/Withdrawn publication

NZS 4218:2004 - Energy efficiency - Small building envelope

Superseded by NZS 4218:2009

Tackling Auckland's housing crisis by rethinking urban design

As the housing crisis deepens and families struggle to find a home, developer Charles Ma thinks it's time to change the way we build.

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11 November 2019

Taranaki resident warns of relying too much on LIM reports

As erosion threatens seaside houses of Sunset Beach, Port Waikato, home owners are growing increasingly frustrated at what they say are a lack of answers.

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4 November 2019

Building products certifier CertMark allowed to carry on despite failing reviews

Newly released documents show the country's leading building products certifier failed reviews repeatedly for years but officials let it carry on largely unfettered.

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31 October 2019

SkyCity convention centre fire: Engineering report did not plan for roof blaze

A lengthy fire engineering report for the SkyCity Convention Centre made no mention of the possibility of a blaze on the roof.

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31 October 2019

London Fire Brigade faulted in new report on Grenfell Tower tragedy

Fewer people would have died in the deadly Grenfell Tower fire if the London Fire Brigade had told residents to evacuate the burning building sooner then they did, a public inquiry found Wednesday.

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31 October 2019

The construction industry has launched a programme to help reduce suicide among its workers

The construction industry has launched a new on-site programme - Mates In Construction - to try to reduce its highest rate of suicide of all industries in New Zealand.

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31 October 2019

Mass of red dots rushing around streets reveals likely tsunami chaos and congestion

The chaos and destruction that might ensue during a tsunami evacuation in Napier is represented by a mass of red dots rushing around the city's streets.

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30 October 2019

SkyCity fire: Young worker's blowtorch at centre of probe

A teenager - possibly an apprentice - is believed to have accidentally left unattended the blowtorch that sparked the devastating SkyCity fire, bringing central Auckland to a standstill.

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29 October 2019

Peace of mind: How much protection do building guarantees really offer?

New Zealand should adopt Queensland-style building insurance to address problems in the house building market, says a consumer advocate.

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29 October 2019

Tiny home owners crying out for change to 'perverse' building rules

A Canterbury mother-of-two who opted to live in a house bus to make ends meet has appealed to the Government to introduce "common sense" legislation for tiny home owners.

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29 October 2019

Eco-house businesses in liquidation owing nearly $1m

The failure of two eco-friendly building companies, now in liquidation owing nearly $1 million, is due to others failing to pay, the owner claims.

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29 October 2019

Correction to 2019 C/AS2 Acceptable Solution

On 27 June 2019, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published the new C/AS2 (Acceptable Solution for Buildings other than Risk Group SH) for fire.

The document combines what were previously six separate Acceptable Solutions for fire into one.

Although every attempt was made to ensure the new document was correct, some unintentional errors occurred. The Building System Performance branch is planning to address these issues in the next biannual Building Code update, which will go out for public consultation in February 2020.

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25 October 2019

SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre fire: Day two of the recovery phase

As the sun rose over the SkyCity Convention Centre fire for the third time, day two of the recovery phase began.

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25 October 2019

Combustible cladding ban now in effect in Queensland

The Queensland Development Code has been amended to effectively ban the approval of any new building work applications

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Accessibility and universal design not part of Building Act reforms

With just one ramp in his home, Pusa Finau says he would not survive if a fire broke out simply because he would have no way of getting out.

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23 October 2019

OPINION: There's a regular flow of stories in the media about construction issues. The engineering profession takes public safety and its reputation seriously, so these stories concern us.

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23 October 2019

More places on school initiatives to address trades shortages announced

The government is increasing the number of places available in two secondary school initiatives that encourage school leavers to work in trades.

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22 October 2019

Aucklander lands $45k fine for Illegal retaining wall, concreting storm drain

An Auckland man responsible for illegal earthworks which removed 18m of a public footpath and concreted over a stormwater culvert has had a massive fine reduced on appeal.

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21 October 2019

Council was wrong to have declined owners' application to investigate structural integrity of building

Denying apartment owners a consent to find out what was wrong with their new building was wrong of Napier City Council, a report has found.

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21 October 2019

Flat-pack homes: 'They were supposed to be a side business'

A Kāpiti Coast builder says flat-pack homes have become a bigger focus than expected for his business as demand for Bunnings' prefabricated homes increases.

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21 October 2019

Minister sees no widespread problems after Palmerston North building woes revealed

Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa​ says there is not enough information to say an investigation that found Palmerston North buildings designed by an engineering firm likely had design problems proves there is a systemic issue.

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18 October 2019

Hurunui District Council: Quake prone buildings update

The Hurunui District Council has been identifying its earthquake-prone buildings and deciding how each building's vulnerability will be managed.

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18 October 2019

Property owners and developers want more councils to be directed by Government under new planning rules

The country's $50 billion property owners want more councils to be directed by Government under new planning rules.

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18 October 2019

Inside Fletcher Building's high-tech house factory, where they turn out two homes a day

Fletcher Building has opened a giant factory in South Auckland which can turn out two prefabricated homes a day.

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17 October 2019

EVENTS

Call for Papers is now open for the 2020 Annual Conference

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HR DIVISION: Looking for a building surveying role in New Zealand?

International candidates looking for a building surveying role in New Zealand - contact us today. BOINZ is your one stop shop to help you look for and find a role in New Zealand.

As part of our HR Division service, we will interview you to assess your skills and abilities and understand your time frames and preferred locations.

We can then work with you to find and apply for building surveying roles in New Zealand. We actively recruit on behalf of building surveying employers and can keep you updated on available jobs and assist you with the full process.

Send your cv to recruitment@boinz.org.nz and find out how we can support your move to New Zealand.

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