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Speaker Profile: Denise Martin

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Denise Martin is a consulting building analyst in the residential and commercial building sectors of New Zealand and Australia. She founded BEO Ltd and is now the Principle Analyst for Oculus Engineering Ltd. Her experience expands across several aspects of building science, such as energy efficiency and building performance through computer modelling, hygrothermal detail analysis using WUFI, Isothermal detail analysis and …

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Europe’s largest timber-frame spec office complex secures funding

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The worldwide office market is reeling this year, but a trio of institutional investors are betting big on a massive project in Paris. And it’s made of wood. A joint venture that includes Ivanhoé Cambridge and BNP Paribas has put together a $773 million funding package for the 1.4-million-square-foot spec office development, according to Bisnow. Called The Arboretum, it would …

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Cobe unveils pair of tree-like timber charging stations for electric cars in Denmark

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Architecture studio Cobe has revealed two charging stations for electric cars in Denmark, which have timber structures designed to create a “restful and Zen-like feel”. Completed as the first of a network of 48 charging stations being built along Scandinavian highways, the structures were designed from natural materials to create a different experience than in traditional petrol stations. “When designing …

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Norway: contract award for the next phase of the world’s longest bridge using structural timber

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On Monday 7 September, representatives of the Norwegian road authority Nye Veier and the joint venture BERINOR ANS, associating BESIX and Rizzani de Eccher, signed the contract for the design, permitting and further development of the E6 Moelv-Roterud infrastructure project. The project includes a main bridge over Lake Mjøsa spanning more than one kilometre, and an 11-kilometre section of four-lane …

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Speaker Profile: Katie Symons

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Katie Symons is Principal Advisor, Engineering, in the Building System Performance Branch of MBIE. She is leading the development of the whole-of-life embodied carbon framework of MBIE’s Building for Climate Change programme, which has been set up to deliver emissions reductions in the Building and Construction sector, and making building in New Zealand more resilient in the face of risks …

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A world first: 5-storey hotel made of PEFC-certified timber opened in Austria

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The vision to build a hotel entirely of wood has become a reality in the 5* Green Spa Hotel MalisGarten. The hotel opened in June in the Zillertal valley in Austria. MalisGarten is the world’s first 5-storey hotel made entirely of solid wood.  PEFC-certified glue laminated timber (binderholz glulam) and cross laminated timber (binderholz CLT BBS) supplied by Binderholz Bausysteme …

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Sustainability Principles Evident In New Mitre 10 Mega Wanaka Build

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Work is progressing at pace on the new Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka store at Three Parks business centre. The roof is now on, complete with a 900m2 100kva photovoltaic solar array that will help power the store and two electric vehicle charging stations, just one of the future-focused sustainable technologies integrated into the store’s design. “We wanted to create a …

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Low carbon construction policy a winner for NZ Inc

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The government is to be congratulated on implementing its low carbon construction procurement policy. The policy will simultaneously deliver strong economic, social, and environmental outcomes for all New Zealand, and is a necessary step in New Zealand’s path to becoming carbon zero by 2050. The policy announced today requires government agencies to measure and then choose the construction material option …

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Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

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Gary is one of the founding directors of Stevens Lawson Architects Limited established in 2002. The practice’s strengths lie in the creation of innovative design responses with a high level of aesthetic sensibility and functional resolution. Collaborative design with clients, consultants and users is intrinsic to their approach to architectural practice. Gary’s key skills include: managing clients needs, design background …

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Stevens Lawson Architects: Auckland City Mission HomeGround

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The Auckland City Mission is a charitable organisation that provides professional health and social services to marginalised Aucklanders. Established in 1920, the City Mission forms an important part of the city’s social fabric and a focal point for Auckland’s most vulnerable communities.Stevens Lawson Architects were commissioned by the Auckland City Mission to be the architects for the redevelopment of the …

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Speaker Profile: Glenn Brebner

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Glenn Brebner is the Managing Director of BOON Architects. Sometimes, the seemingly impossible can create a fertile environment for imagination intertwined with hard-nosed pragmatism. This is one of those stories. Bali Green school is a wonderous architectural masterpiece in an Ubud rainforest, growing to its current form over the past 15 years, and under the inspirational direction of founders John …

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Hotel Reschenhof, Mils | Austria

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Once a quaint village inn, nowadays a beautiful 4* hotel. Reschenhof in Mils, not far from the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, features a special combination of tradition and modernity. The recently implemented building extension with new garden suites, a large wellness area and two event halls in sustainable solid wood construction convinces with a natural feel-good atmosphere. Facts Project New construction …

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Construction Courses Booming As Government COVID Support Measures Ramp Up

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Record numbers of people are taking up free courses and strong signs are emerging of firms making use of government support for apprentices, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Chris Hipkins was visiting NZIST’s MIT subsidiary in South Auckland last week with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa to meet …

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Luggate Hall Replacement Revealed

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Luggate locals were among the first to see a developed design of the permanent replacement for Luggate Memorial Hall at a stakeholders’ group meeting held today. Community Association Chair Graeme Perkins said the Passive House standard design and panelised timber panel construction set the project apart from other community buildings around the country. “This is potentially a first for New …