Over the past 60 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations has acknowledged important fields of international endeavour and their contributions to society by declaring United Nations International Years. The International Commission on Glass are applying to have the year of 2022 declared as the Year of Glass by the United Nations. Based on worldwide enthusiasm for this initiative and our knowledge of protocol necessary for passage of this resolution, a UN Year of Glass is indeed feasible. A UN endorsed Year of Glass would truly be a worthy celebration of glass as the most transformative material in the history of humankind, and would signal the Dawn of the Glass Age. The initial aim is a successful resolution at the UN General Assembly in July 2020. UN protocol requires letters of endorsement from many organizations from across the world. Are you interested in participating? Are you willing to write a letter of endorsement for the proposed Year of Glass? More information here and here
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
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
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:
Our AGM is at SkyCity Convention Centre on Friday 14th June at 9.30am.
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:
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:
Apprentice Awards (sponsored by BCITO)