Category Archives: Industry News

The way we design, coordinate and install suspended ceilings is about to change

Poorly designed in-ceiling services and suspended ceilings caused havoc during recent earthquakes. Fortunately no-one died from falling ceiling infrastructure in either the Christchurch or Wellington quakes. But there remains a genuine and real threat to life when unrestrained ceiling infrastructure collides during an earthquake. The swaying in-ceiling services caused massive structural damage in Wellington where buildings were abandoned...
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Subbies to get better protection for payment

Subcontractors owed money are to get better protection for payment for work done in changes to the Construction Contracts Act approved by Government, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. "It is unfair that electricians, plumbers, painters, plasterers, tilers and other subcontractors can miss out on being paid when contractors or developers use retentions...
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Wise Things to Consider in Winter

Winter is here with cold wet weather and all the usual related issues such as slow drying of plasterboard jointing, delayed shrinkage of joints that weren’t totally dry before being painted and surface finish quality issues when air drying compounds were sanded. This last point is the focus for this article. Why do some air...
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Keeping (your business) Safe

This is not an about personal safety, it’s about the safety of your business. It is often said that cashflow is the lifeblood of any business. When you don’t get paid fairly or on time the life of your business is at risk. The construction industry runs on the slimmest of profit margins, and is often...
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