Building Industry News

Product substitution

How it can hit you in the pocket

The combination of the huge influx of new building products in NZ in recent times, and the media hyped building boom is creating a bit of a nightmare for building inspectors and increasing financial risk for builders. ITM surveyed councils recently to get a handle of the scale of product substitution and the problems builders can face, which include lengthy project hold-ups, costly re-dos and legal issues due to breach of contract. All the inspectors we spoke to report a rising trend in product substitution, and estimates suggest it can affect up to 30% of the products used in a typical home.
Here are things to consider when sourcing a substitute product;

  • Check the substitute product is code compliant
  • Ensure the designer and homeowner are in agreement with the change, if you use a different product or brand that was specified you are technically in breach of the contract
  • Make sure people are getting what they think they’re getting
  • Signal any changes up front
  • If there are going to be several changes, then it is best to discuss them all first and submit one amendment rather than separate ones
  • Check product availability and order materials earlier

Read the full article in Building Business

21st Century technology a feature of Timber Design Awards 2017

Wood is no longer “just” a framing option for bungalows, as New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design Award winners have proven.
From extensive use of laminated veneer lumber  (LVL) and cross laminated timber  (CLT) in homes to multi-storey commercial buildings, this year’s entries showed modern applications of wood are providing cost-effective solutions for asset owners, Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) promotions manager Debbie Fergie says.

Entrants competed within nine categories covering residential and commercial architectural excellence, innovation and a new section for student innovation, with winners announced at a gala function in Auckland on March 9 2017.

Resene overall Supreme Award winner was the Cathedral Grammar Junior School project in Christchurch.
Highly Commended was the Point Wells Gables project in Rodney.

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Asbestos awareness in roof tiles

AHI Roofing have issued an Industry Alert advising some pressed metal tiles (mastic or bitumen) until proved otherwise, should be treated as asbestos-containing, until analysed by an IANZ (International Accreditation New Zealand) accredited laboratory.

The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness within the roofing industry of the potential for exposure to asbestos when working with certain varieties of Pressed Metal Stone Coated Roofing Tiles manufactured prior to the early 1980s (“Pressed Metal Roof Tiles”).

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Small businesses upbeat about the year ahead

New Zealand small businesses finished 2016 on an upbeat note, with confidence at its highest levels in almost two years, according to ANZ’s quarterly Business Micro Scope survey of small firms. “It was a storming finish to a good year for New Zealand’s small businesses,” said Andrew Webster, General Manager Retail and Business Banking.  “If the confidence plays out, 2017 will be an excellent year for small businesses with a net 34% expecting a lift in activity for their business over the next 12 months.”

Take a look at the full report