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9 03, 2017

NZIBS training ‘pays for itself’

You never stop learning, according to Brendon Sylvia, who after a 22-year long career in the building and construction industry has afforded sufficient specialist experience. Nevertheless, to further develop that sound industry knowledge, Brendon undertook the NZ Institute of Building Surveyor (NZIBS) Core Module Training Programme. He began in June last year, ticking

9 03, 2017

NZIBS training opens door on new professional opportunities

Kavisha Singh’s passion for buildings lead her to study a Master in Architecture at the University of Auckland. However, it was her desire to learn the ‘nitty-gritty’ of what is entailed beyond a building’s design that drove her to the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS). Having recently joined consultancy firm Babbage Consultants,

9 03, 2017

Inspection Toolbox to Include Blower Door?

Visual inspection is a mixture of subjective judgment based on information gathered from our five senses including our gut feel and weight of experience. In other words, our judgment is limited. Objective measures also have their limitations. The tools available include moisture meters, simulations, thermal imaging cameras, Blower Door testing, materials and biological analysis.

28 02, 2017

Word from the President, March 2017

We are two months into 2017 and as I see it, the pace of professional work and construction activity is at full throttle. I haven’t experienced the usual murmurings that the public sector is not able to progress their priorities because it is general election year. So, I assume that will continue and

28 02, 2017

The future of pre-purchase inspections

Innovations like a building surveying diploma, remote-controlled robots, and pole mounted cameras are the future for more comprehensive pre-purchase inspections, says the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS). NZIBS Executive member Darin Devanny says the construction industry is ever-changing and leaders like the Institute should evolve with it, especially as the health and

28 02, 2017

Education is fundamental to progress

Developing the construction and building industry’s skillset has been a staple of the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors’ training palette since the early 2000’s. Involved in the NZIBS training for nearly as long has been Greg Overton, who’s witnessed the educational programme evolve to suit the needs of the industry. “The level of

4 02, 2017

New year, new you with NZIBS

Upskilling with the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors is an opportunity to fulfil your New Year’s resolution. Transitional Building Surveyor Richard Cakar recently undertook training with the Institute, and can’t sing its praises highly enough. “The modules went hand in hand with the work I’m doing with Kaizon Building Ltd, and as

4 02, 2017

Training an industry leader, says NZIBS trainer

So says German registered Architect and NZIBS trainer Frank Wiemann, who has seen the training “come on in leaps and bounds” since he joined a decade ago. “We work in an ever-changing industry, so the NZIBS training is constantly evolving. The modules have made a quantum leap since its inception to keep abreast

1 02, 2017

Weathertightness is not only an issue for New Zealand’s existing housing stock

Nick Gaites, director of Reveal Building Consultants and an executive member of NZIBS, says many builders concerned about “risky” designs for new homes they are being contracted to build, are turning to Registered Building Surveyors for advice. “We are seeing an increase in the number of complex designs which makes them more difficult

1 02, 2017

Word from the President, February 2017

I trust you are refreshed and back into your stride following the break, and I wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year. It just so happens that timber framing is good at handling seismic activity and that’s one reason why this is a sustainable and versatile building material that we will