The new CCCFA consumer lending regulations were intended to target loan sharks, but instead a whole gamut of mortgage hopefuls have been caught up in a tangle of red tape that few would have predicted. Tales of distress caused by the new regime can be found in any media channel, with many being told to take a good hard look at their financial behaviour. Industry Insider spoke to New Zealand Certified Builders and two of the country’s larger construction companies to find out how the CCFA is impacting their projects and the sector as a whole.
New Zealand’s love affair with wool continues with effective acoustic insulation. Learn how CHATTERBLOCK+® a sustainable acoustic insulation was created as a healthy, more sustainable alternative to other acoustic insulation available on the market.
Ensuring emergency and exit lighting compliance is often a challenge. Learn how ESC’s Stanilite NexusRF Infinity System made an emergency lighting project at the Christchurch Boys’ High School, both effective and efficient.
Clearlite Vitreous China Basins are making headlines for all the right reasons. Find out how these basins offer excellent scratch, stain and wear resistance with an unmistakeable style.
Tiles are attractive and incredibly versatile, but recent changes to the building code have them essential for any new build or renovation. Read how Tile Warehouse delivers the solutions as well as the inspiration.
When it comes to paint colours, there are palettes we turn to time and time again, no matter what decade we’re decorating in. Check out Resene’s pick of these tints and tones that have stood the test of time.
Smart homes are growing in popularity, with the ability to automate lights, heaters, blinds, shutters and all kinds of devices. Now, Excel Life Smart brings an affordable and sustainable smart home solution to suit all projects.
Forget a deck! The Anchorjack floating platform is the business for your backyard. Smarter tech, a smoother look, and a steadier feel underfoot. Learn about its effort-free maintenance and a quick-smart install.
Emphasising the home’s engagement with the elements, fireplaces can complement the all-important indoor-outdoor flow. Read how utilising two Escea fireplaces helped create a trans-seasonal sanctuary.
The client brief called for a new Home – not a bach – in the hinterland of Pakiri. Discover how AO Architecture utilised Steel & Tube ST963 as a visually appealing cladding feature, with the strength to face strong winds from the sea.
Funded entirely by De Pere natives James and Miriam Mulva, the $95 million Mulva Cultural Centre by SOM is designed to elevate the creative and architectural landscape of the Greater Green Bay Area. Supported by a cantilevering steel structural canopy and smart technology designed to maximize daylight and minimize material use and visibility, the architecture of the Centre will provide an elegant background for the institution’s diverse programming. Read about the project.
When Oslo-based LCLA Office and Colombia-based architect Clara Arango came together to design Ballen House in Retiro, Colombia, the challenge was to take advantage of a steep natural slope and stunning scenery. Their solution? A single house consisting of two separate volumes – “an experiment on how to satisfy the needs of a larger space by relying on the gardens as spaces that can complement the interiors”.
The multi-layered design of Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE) has the ambition of creating a clear and solid definition of identity for a school project in the sub-tropical city centre of Shenzhen. Discover how the design consists of several layers of meaning which address different aspects of the programme.
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