We’re in print

Building Today is the construction industries foremost monthly news source. Published 11x per year it is the official magazine of the Registered Master Builders Association and has a targeted circulation of 13,000. From next year you will see four articles a year from us. Here is our article in their latest magazine

Winners are grinners

Friday night was the NAWIC Excellence Awards (National Association of Women in Construction) for 2019. Shout out to:

Gillian Darroch (Metro) – Highly Commended

Eleanor Jackson (Viridian) – finalist

Kathryn Kitchen (Fisher Aluminium, Gisborne) – WINNER

2019 survey results

In March this year we undertook a membership survey. During the recent roadshows we have been going through the results. If you missed these, or want to further review the results please click here to get all the detail

Does formal training increase profit?

We support the NZQA recognised training of staff, but employers have a choice whether they train staff through NZQA recognised industry training programmes, such as those offered by BCITO, or simply allow them to gain skills informally on-the-job.

Having workers with high trade skills and knowledge flows through to increased revenues, reduced rework and wastage costs, and therefore higher profits.  Industry training can both raise the level of a staff member’s skills and knowledge as well as accelerating the rate at which proficiency is gained.

The BCITO has worked with the Association and others in the National Advisory Groups to develop a return on investment tool for training in your business. You’ll get your ROI result as soon as you complete the tool along with an industry ROI average result.  You’ll also get an email with the dollar value so you have the information, can look at more info on the tool and contact the BCITO.

Take a couple of minutes now to complete the tool and get your results:

Training investment tool for Glass & Glazing

Training investment tool for Architectural Aluminium Joinery.

Fletcher-commissioned Deloitte report shows building material costs are low…….

The cost of building materials in New Zealand account for between 16-24 percent of the cost of residential housing development costs, depending on the type of building and location, according to a study by accounting firm Deloitte.

Fletcher chief executive Ross Taylor says in a statement that the Deloitte report was a response to the “lack of fact-based research on what is driving costs in New Zealand. We believe it provides valuable information to help move the discussion forward and work on solutions to address housing affordability.” Read the full report below:

2019 Design Awards are open

Entries are now open (and close Tuesday 30th April).  This year all entries must be submitted online:  https://www.judgify.me/2019-design-awards
2019 Award categories are:

  1. Showroom Award
  2. Designing with Glass – Residential
  3. Designing with Glass – Commercial
  4. Design Awards – Residential under $25k
  5. Design Awards – Residential – $26k to $75k
  6. Design Awards – Residential – $76k to $175k
  7. Design Awards – Residential – over $176k
  8. Design Awards – Commercial under $100k
  9. Design Awards – Commercial over $101k
  10. Eco Award – Commercial
  11. Eco Award – Residential
  12. Innovation Award – Glass/Components/Technology
  13. Supreme Winner

Apprentice Awards (sponsored by BCITO)

  1. Most Promising Apprentice – Glass & Glazing
  2. Most Promising Apprentice – Architectural Aluminium Joinery
  3. Apprentice of the Year – Glass & Glazing – Allan Sage Memorial Award
  4. Apprentice of the Year – Architectural Aluminium Joinery

Largest structure in the world supported by glass

Have you seen this?  The winner of the Institute of Structural Engineers Artistry award – the Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion in California. The 47m carbon fibre roof is the largest of its kind, comprised of 44 radial panels, which were assembled on site before being raised into position in one lift. This 80 tonne roof is supported by a 7m high glass cylinder, made up of glass panels, each consisting of four layers of 12mm thick plies, which hold up the roof without any additional support. It is the largest structure in the world solely supported by glass.

The structural systems were designed so that the conduits, sprinkler pipes, data, audio and security systems needed in the roof could be accommodated in the 30mm joints between the glass panels. As Cupertino is in a highly seismic zone, several strategies have been employed to protect the structure against seismic activity.  More here


See-through film rejects 70% of incoming solar heat

MIT engineers have developed a heat-rejecting film that could be applied to a building’s windows to reflect up to 70 percent of the sun’s incoming heat. The film is able to remain highly transparent below 32 degrees Celsius.   Above this temperature, the researchers say, the film acts as an “autonomous system” to reject heat. The engineers  estimate that if every exterior-facing window in a building were covered in this film, the building’s air conditioning and energy costs could drop by 10 percent.  Read more here