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Grey Matters is Concrete New Zealand's occasional concrete industry e-newsletter.       Issue 123

Concrete & Wellbeing


BERL Assess the Concrete Industry's Performance

With the change of Government in 2017, came a different way of looking at how the nation and the economy are performing.  An interest in broad wellbeing was signalled, which was to be measured using the Living Standards Framework.  Concrete NZ commissioned BERL to assess how the concrete industry is performing in terms of the Framework.  Read more...

Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year


Entries Now Open

Concrete apprentices from around New Zealand are encouraged to showcase their abilities and desire by entering the 2019 Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award.  Apprentices can be in to win a share of around $10,000 in prizes, as well as the sought-after title of 2019 Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year.  [Read more...]

Concrete Technicians Course


Register Your Interest

Concrete NZ continues to offer this popular 3-day course, which can be completed in its entirety, or as individual days:
Day 1 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry
Day 2 - Concrete Testing
Day 3 - Concrete Technology
Contact Concrete NZ to register your interest in an upcoming Auckland or Christchurch Concrete Technicians Course; or another Concrete NZ course.  [Read more...]

Concrete Masonry Course for Architects


Registrations Open for 4 September, Auckland

With support from Firth Industries, Concrete NZ is offering a Concrete Masonry Course for Architects.  The half-day course relates to NZS 4229: Concrete Masonry Buildings Not Requiring Specific Engineering Design.  40 NZRAB and 7 ADNZ CPD points are available.  [Read more...]

Assessment of Existing Concrete Buildings


Seminar Series Using the Revised C5 Guidelines

The “technical proposal” to revise Part C5 of the Engineering Assessment Guidelines was released during late 2018 for use during ‘non-earthquake prone’ assessments of concrete buildings.  This seminar presents a thorough overview of the updated assessment guidelines, describes the background to key provisions of the revised guidance, and illustrates use of these provisions by application to example scenarios.   [Read more...]

Affordable Concrete Post 2020


BRANZ Summary Report

Construction growth has increased the demand for river sand, which is a potentially reactive aggregate in terms of alkali silica reaction.  Can concrete producers increase the concrete alkali limit above the current 2.5 kg/m3?  Research from Concrete NZ which started in 2017 sets out to answer this question.  [Read more...]

Concrete NZ Conference 2019 


Registrations Opening Soon

Registrations are opening soon for the annual Concrete NZ conference, which for the first time ever will be held in Dunedin 10-12 October. [Read more...]
Free Building Standards

Over 120 building Standards including (NZS 3604, 3109 & 3101) used for Building Code compliance have been funded for free download thanks to a successful collaboration between MBIE and Standards NZ.

Standards NZ. [Read more...]

Building Code Updates

Following public consultation, MBIE recently published changes to New Zealand Building Code documents to make it easier to comply. The changes are responsive to the needs of the building sector.

MBIE. [Read more...]

Concrete Quarterly - Summer 19

The latest issue of the UK Concrete Centre's Concrete Quarterly covers The Bower and the UCL Student Centre in London, the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar, as well as the return of the 'waffle' slab.

The Concrete Centre. [Read more...]

Concrete and Travertine

London-based Steyn Studio built Sierra House as a reinterpretation of the townhouses typical in its Madrid neighbourhood. Perhaps the most striking feature is the sawtooth roof that looks like a mountain ridge.

Dezeen. [Read more...]

Smarter Bio-material Concrete

In an exciting recent development, researchers look to take cues from bio-materials like bones, shells and deep sea sponges in using a 'bottom-up' approach to redesigning concrete - aka “biomimicry”. [Read more...]

Rammed Concrete Home

Using the idyllic setting as inspiration, the exterior of this house is clad in a rammed concrete, giving it a textured, neutral colour that blends in with the arid soil of Grândola in southern Portugal.

Inhabitat. [Read more...]

Intelligent Heated Pavements

In Iowa engineers and transport officials are testing heated-pavement technology. The concrete slabs are smarter and more complex than previous versions, working even in the winter's sub-zero temperatures.

Iowa State University. [Read more...]

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