WHAT A YEAR 2015 HAS BEEN for 150th celebrations. Dunedin celebrated being a city for 150 years, Wellington the capital for 150 years and now Build is celebrating its 150th edition.
That’s an impressive 25 years – no mean feat for a magazine, as we, along with the building industry, have rolled from boom to bust, weathered the odd crisis and moved into the digital age. Build has certainly grown from the original 34-page magazine, but its aim ‘to inform, educate and entertain the industry’ remains as current today as 25 years ago.
Build has evolved over that time with the extensive technical resource of Build articles now also available through Build online at www.buildmagazine.org.nz. This extends the reach of Build to a much wider audience and provides easy, searchable, online access.
Although issue 150 is a significant milestone, it is also business as usual for Build as we again tackle key issues facing the building industry. This time, we revist the complex issue of affordability, covering some of the many views on what needs to change.
Our other very timely feature is accountability. With recent media reports of high numbers of building defects, Build challenges readers to be accountable for their work – to look at what is going wrong, take responsibility and make changes.
As always, Build is here to offer support with the latest results from building industry research, interpretation of standards and the Building Code and sound advice for designing and building better.
Build is made possible through funding from the Building Research Levy and the continued support of our advertisers. But most important are our readers. As a thank you on our 150th, we are giving you a free coffee, so sit back and enjoy this with our latest issue (get your coupon on page 26).
As we strive to continually improve Build, I hope the information we provide helps you to design and build better buildings and face the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead.
You are welcome to send the Editor a note at any time. Annemarie.Crampton@branz.co.nz
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