Monthly Archives: July 2016

New, even tougher, wall paints


Resene is constantly working on improvements to its products and colour range, focusing on anything from durability and toughness to VOC and odour reduction. The latest changes to the Resene SpaceCote waterborne enamel family provide improved burnish resistance, improved scrub resistance and improved chemical resistance. The new Resene SpaceCote products are quite simply harder to damage and easier to clean.

These improvements have been achieved with a bespoke acrylic binder system with enhanced enamel cross-linking properties to provide better scrub and chemical resistance and a specialised polymeric extender package leading to improved burnish resistance.

Resene SpaceCote comes in two sheen levels – low sheen and flat. Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen is designed for use on interior walls throughout homes and buildings, including wet areas, while Resene SpaceCote Flat is designed for use on interior ceilings, including wet areas, and can also be used as a flat wall finish where a matt surface finish is desired. Both come in an extensive range of Resene colours and are Environmental Choice approved.

Resene SpaceCote is ideal for high and wear tear areas of a home or office for a seamless look throughout the interior area from dry areas through to wet areas. It also comes in kitchen and bathroom variants with anti-bacterial silver and MoulDefender for extra protection in bathrooms.

The improvements don’t stop there. Resene Zylone Sheen has also been reformulated with a bespoke binder designed for very low odour and high resistance to stains and an enhanced pigment and extender combination to provide a tougher, robust paint film with excellent washability.

These new formulation products are rolling out to Resene ColorShops and resellers.


Forman – Taking a Proactive Role in Passive Fire Protection


With a branch network that spans the country, a highly regarded range of brands, plus knowledgeable staff we have long made Forman Building Systems the “go to” name in passive fire protection.

Forman have built their reputation on solid brands, technical support and offering innovative solutions on such landmark projects as the hydrocarbon fire protection for the Victoria Park Tunnel in Auckland, the post-quake reinstatement of the Christchurch Civic Centre and the Christchurch Hospital with flexible barrier solution.

Forman have become the exclusive New Zealand distributor of the highly regarded Promat range of passive fire protections systems. Included in the Promat range is Promatect 50, a board which offers up to 120 minutes fire protection for structural steel with only a single layer. Promatect 100; a board which capitalizes on the latest cement matrix technologies and has a high grade architectural finish offering 120 minutes stability, integrity and insulation on a steel frame and timber walls with or without cavity insulation. It also is also tested to achieve an FRR -/240/240 using two layers both sides of a steel stud with or without cavity insulation.

Promat also offer a broad range of penetration and gap seal solutions; everything from ablative coated batts to fire rated backing rods, fire pillows and acrylic sealant. Furthermore, unique to Promat is the Promaseal UniCollar, an intumescent fire collar which is cut to length on site removing the need to carry a single fit fire collar for every potential pipe size.

Forman also offer the Firefly range of flexible smoke and fire barriers; a flexible blanket system suitable for use as both vertical and horizontal barriers in walls, plenums spaces, ceilings and floors. Firefly is also an ideal solution for seismic joints offering up to an FRR -/120/60.

For more information on passive fire protection from Forman Building Systems, please visit or phone us on 0800 45 4000




Marley Connecto Campaign[1]

New Zealand’s trusted name in building and plumbing launches Connecto™ Surface Drainage.

Connecto has an innovative interlocking system with no need for corner components – you simply “Click to Connecto”. The range offers three sizes with a variety of stylish grates and is manufactured to the European standard ENE1433 .Marley Connecto™ has the capacity, style and strength to suit your drainage needs.

Check out the range for yourself


GIB® Terrace Home Seminar – 22-24 August


BRANZ has estimated that by 2017 a third of all dwellings built in New Zealand will be multi-unit. A huge proportion of these will be Terrace Homes. Do you understand the design challenges and performance requirements of Terrace Homes? How do you compare intertenancy systems to find the right system for you project? Top Melbourne architects Juliet Moore and Ben Edwards of Edwards Moore, share their award-winning work (pictured above) alongside local experts including James Whitlock of Marshall Day Acoustics, architect Tony Gracie from Fletcher Residential, engineer Hamish Ewan from Winstone Wallboards and leading professionals from Firth.

From design to documentation, the GIB® Terrace Home Seminar will be an essential introduction to Terrace Homes. This three hour seminar, held in Christchurch (22 August), Wellington (23 August) and Auckland (24 August), carries 30 CPD points (NZRAB)/ 5 CPD points (ADNZ) and will present tangible technical information and solutions for designers and builders.

  • Christchurch, 22 August – 3pm-6pm, Christchurch Art Gallery – Register here
  • Wellington, 23 August – 3pm-6pm, Clifton’s – Register here
  • Auckland, 24 August – 3pm-6pm, Five Knots – Register here

Spaces are limited. Register now to secure your spot.

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Aerobrick Lightweight Plastered Brick Veneer

Aerobrick 3D

Company: Specialized Construction Products

AeroBrick – Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) – is a lightweight, incombustible building material that simultaneously provides structure, as well as additional improvements in thermal efficiency and acoustic performance. Weighing up to 70% less than traditional bricks, the AeroBrick system is a quick to install, cost-effective, alternative to traditional brick veneer. Installed over a 40-75mm drainage cavity, the reduced weight of the AeroBrick system allows it to be installed to greater heights without additional engineered footings and cost prohibitive structural steel reinforcing. The system has been extensively tested and appraised by BRANZ to provide the very best junction design solutions for most types of composite building materials available in New Zealand today.

The AeroBrick system will appeal to any client/end user who desires the more robust and solid nature of traditional plastered brick veneer, yet seeks the optimal protection and peace of mind offered by the controlled installation of a guaranteed, proprietary lighter weight alternative.



An affordable, architecturally designed home stands out from the crowd with James Hardie Stria Cladding

External Wall Cladding, Residential, Medium Density, Stria Cladding,

Project Requirements

  • Contemporary home with an architectural flair
  • Maintain streetscape
  • Durable and aesthetic home

James Hardie Solution

James Hardie Stria® Cladding was specified for the upper level of the project due to its broad, clean lines and contemporary appeal.

Stria Cladding helped us achieve a distinctive, architecturally pleasing look” says Project Manager, Aaron Mowll of Haven NZ.

“The cladding is installed vertically,” explains Mowll, “Which gives a contemporary, dynamic edge to the home, adding interest and elongating the upper level.”

It was important to keep the colour palette consistent with the theme of the street. “Stria Cladding allowed us to use darker shades to complement the lighter shades used in the garage and lower level” says Mowll.

The project combines Stria Cladding with other materials, following the growing trend of multi-cladding designs. The bright-white lower level offsets the darker upper level, providing an aesthetic combination. This showcases how adaptable and flexible the James Hardie cladding range is in allowing the creation of distinct builds.

Engineered for durability, Stria Cladding is made in New Zealand using an advanced lightweight fibre cement composite with heavy-duty performance, designed to withstand our harsh weather conditions. For that extra peace of mind, Stria Cladding is resistant to fire, moisture damage and rot; enabling a beautiful yet structurally sound build.

James Hardie™ | 0800 808 868 | |

External Wall Cladding, Residential, Medium Density, Stria Cladding,