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Building and Construction 2009 conference

The fifth annual Building and Construction Conference is on from 17 to 19 March in Auckland.

Topics include:

  • the latest weathertight homes issues
  • the science of healthy buildings
  • financing the building and construction industry
  • dispute resolution
  • green buildings
  • the future of housing.

The conference will be chaired by David Carden and Tómas Kennedy-Grant QC. Guest speakers include Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, ANZ Head of Property Finance Steve Mulligan, and Russell Cooney, Weathertightness Surveyor and Past President of NZIBS.

For more information see www.lexisnexis.co.nzLexis Nexis website.  Ph 09 368 9502.

BRANZ water efficiency seminars

Water is a precious resource that we must consider when we design and construct our buildings. If you design, develop, or construct water systems, then this seminar is for you: designers, architects, building officials, plumbers and landscape designers and developers.

Do you want to know about:
  • coming changes in legislation?
  • how we use water in our homes?
  • recent appliance developments?
  • building consent requirements?
  • options for using rain water?
  • using grey water and black water effectively?
  • how to make every drop count?

Attendees will come away with a better understanding of:

  • water as a finite resource
  • where we use water
  • climate change - influence on water supply
  • current regulations
  • local government consents
  • management of the urban water cycle
  • water demand management
  • recent international developments in water efficiency
  • standards for water appliances
  • using rainwater
  • opportunities and risks of grey water usage
  • options for waste water treatment
  • solutions for designers to moderate water use.

Ben Thompson - Water Use Coordinator, Kapiti Coast District Council. Since 2004, Ben has worked with local industry and the Kapiti Coast community to implement the council's Sustainable Water Use Strategy.

Des Molloy - Building Consultant (BRANZ Builder's Mate 'Old Geezer').

Seminar ONLY $85

Seminar and 'Water' book $116.45

'Water' book ONLY $47.95

Date Location
Monday 16 March

Quality Hotel Cargill

 Tuesday 17 March Christchurch Holiday Inn on Avon
Wednesday 18 March Auckland
Alexandra Park
Thursday 19 March 

Hamilton Novotel

Friday 20 March  Wellington
The Town Hall 

All seminars 1pm to 4pm.

Licensed Building Practitioners - CPD Points: 3 points

Registration: Register online: www.branz.co.nzBRANZ website. , go to Education - Live Seminars, or SeminarRegistrations@branz.co.nz  

For more information, natashabreen@branz.co.nz, or stephaniebreen-howley@branz.co.nz  

Do you want to move into construction management but need the qualifications to take the next step in your career?

There's a constant demand for properly trained and qualified carpenters in the industry, so if you're thinking of moving into construction management either as a leading hand or supervisor, then MIT's Construction Division is the place to start.

MIT offers two national certificates in construction, designed for people currently employed in the construction industry as a leading hand or construction supervisor, or for people wishing to move into that role, but who need the formal skills and knowledge required to move into construction management. Both programmes comprise compulsory unit standards that assess a range of skills and knowledge, including implementing site safety plans, writing reports related to a building site, and using leadership and conflict resolution skills on a construction site. Technical skills and knowledge includes demonstrating knowledge of drawings and specifications, preparing order lists and weather proofing.

The National Certificate in Construction (Leading Hand) is a one-year, part-time programme and makes up the first year of the National Certificate in Construction (Supervisor). This qualification will assist your application to become licensed in Site 1.

The National Certificate in Construction (Supervisors) takes two years, part time and will assist your application to become licensed in Site 2.

For more information on these part time programmes contact:

Rod Alley
Programme Lecturer
School of Building and Construction
Manukau Institute of Technology
Private Bag 94006
South Auckland Mail Centre
Manukau 2241, Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: 0800 626 252
Email: info@manukau.ac.nz  
Web: www.manukau.ac.nzManukau Institute of Technology website.