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Returning to site after lock down

By BRANZ 1 June 2020, Build 178

When returning to a building site after it has been in lockdown, it is important to know the safety requirements for you and others on site. After any period away, think about the building materials exposed to the weather. Some may have been damaged or exceeded their exposure limits. This can affect building consents, Building Code compliance and product warranties.

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Don’t forget the little guys

By Grant Florence 1 August 2020, Build 179

The government’s big infrastructure spend is good news, but it doesn’t necessarily benefit the small to medium-sized residential building companies doing over 65% of building work. Grant Florence, New Zealand Certified Builders Chief Executive, says this group needs to be heard at the policy table.

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Site safety and the new normal

By Alisa Yong 1 August 2020, Build 179

From creative locations for hand sanitisers to remote inductions, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked ingenious ideas as sites adapted to the new normal. Site Safe looks at some measures businesses introduced to keep up with the COVID-19 protocols.

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COVID and the new normal

By Dael Climo 1 August 2020, Build 179

An unanticipated aspect of COVID-19’s impact on the engineering, construction and building materials sector is that it will hurry up disruptive changes in the industry that have long been necessary.

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Designing for a virus

By Dael Climo 1 December 2020, Build 181

Social distancing, hand sanitising and flexible working have become familiar habits. What does this new norm mean in the workplace where people need to gather in order to do their jobs?

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In short supply

By James MacQueen 1 April 2021, Build 183

James MacQueen, Partner and Head of Construction and Real Estate at business and advisory services company BDO, says that, with supply lines under pressure, dealing with the consequent problems requires planning, flexibility and perhaps some change in attitude.

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We must think long term

By Graham Burke 1 October 2020, Build 180

A black swan event like COVID-19 and the rhythms of the political cycle may control when major projects go ahead. This just-in-time mentality needs to change, says Graham Burke, Chair of the New Zealand Construction Industry Council, and the government needs shovel-ready work for whenever the economy demands it.

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The supply chain and recovery

By Julien Leys 1 June 2020, Build 178

Julien Leys, Chief Executive, Building Industry Federation of New Zealand, says that among the lessons to be learned from COVID-19 is the importance of not relying on one source for the building supply chain. Cheapest is not always best.

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