Smart window material

An international research team led by scientists from NTU Singapore has invented a ‘smart’ window material that controls heat transmission without blocking views, which could help cut the energy required to cool and heat buildings.

That paper was recently published in the journal ACS Omega.

Source: Nanyang Technological University

Building for Climate Change

MBIE recently published two framework documents (transforming operational efficiency and reducing whole-of-life embodied carbon. You can read their papers here. We submitted a response on behalf of the Association which you can read here

Friday 19th June 2020

Got a great event planned for 2020! The conference programme is being finalised now. We’re ready to publish our refreshed Awards categories and working on our sponsor/exhibitor pack.

2022 – International Year of Glass

Over the past 60 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations has acknowledged important fields of international endeavour and their contributions to society by declaring United Nations International Years.  The International Commission on Glass are applying to have the year of 2022 declared as the Year of Glass by the United Nations.  Based on worldwide enthusiasm for this initiative and our knowledge of protocol necessary for passage of this resolution, a UN Year of Glass is indeed feasible.  A UN endorsed Year of Glass would truly be a worthy celebration of glass as the most transformative material in the history of humankind, and would signal the Dawn of the Glass Age.  The initial aim is a successful resolution at the UN General Assembly in July 2020.  UN protocol requires letters of endorsement from many organizations from across the world. Are you interested in participating?  Are you willing to write a letter of endorsement for the proposed Year of Glass?  More information here and here

We’re in print

Building Today is the construction industries foremost monthly news source. Published 11x per year it is the official magazine of the Registered Master Builders Association and has a targeted circulation of 13,000. From next year you will see four articles a year from us. Here is our article in their latest magazine

Winners are grinners

Friday night was the NAWIC Excellence Awards (National Association of Women in Construction) for 2019. Shout out to:

Gillian Darroch (Metro) – Highly Commended

Eleanor Jackson (Viridian) – finalist

Kathryn Kitchen (Fisher Aluminium, Gisborne) – WINNER

2019 survey results

In March this year we undertook a membership survey. During the recent roadshows we have been going through the results. If you missed these, or want to further review the results please click here to get all the detail

Does formal training increase profit?

We support the NZQA recognised training of staff, but employers have a choice whether they train staff through NZQA recognised industry training programmes, such as those offered by BCITO, or simply allow them to gain skills informally on-the-job.

Having workers with high trade skills and knowledge flows through to increased revenues, reduced rework and wastage costs, and therefore higher profits.  Industry training can both raise the level of a staff member’s skills and knowledge as well as accelerating the rate at which proficiency is gained.

The BCITO has worked with the Association and others in the National Advisory Groups to develop a return on investment tool for training in your business. You’ll get your ROI result as soon as you complete the tool along with an industry ROI average result.  You’ll also get an email with the dollar value so you have the information, can look at more info on the tool and contact the BCITO.

Take a couple of minutes now to complete the tool and get your results:

Training investment tool for Glass & Glazing

Training investment tool for Architectural Aluminium Joinery.