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24 May 2022
The Different Approaches to Specifying & What to Consider ​
In this article, we talk about the approaches to putting a specification together and what to consider.
18 May 2022
What is a Construction Specification?
A construction specification or, architectural specification, is a document that states how a building is to be constructed, demolished, altered, or...
18 May 2022
The Different Ways to Create a Specification
In previous articles, we defined what a specification was and its importance. Now that we understand the basics of specifying, it is important to...
23 Feb 2022
Boosting the Masterspec Writing Team
We’re happy to announce the appointment of five experienced professionals to the Masterspec team. This equates to an almost doubling of the...
23 Feb 2022
Introducing Masterspec Cloud Issue
Masterspec has introduced a new way to output and share your specification, targeted to the recipient’s requirements and totally secure. The process...
08 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE
Solutions Architecture is a small but knowledgeable team with over 20 years of experience in the industry. This highly skilled design practice uses...
01 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: MIA CASA ARCHITECTURE
Mia Casa Architecture is an Auckland based architectural practice driven to create functional designs that are aesthetically pleasing. With a growing...
24 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: CGW CONSULTING ENGINEERS
CGW Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with offices located across New Zealand. With over 40 professions, this...
23 Nov 2021
MASTERSPEC FAREWELLS MANAGING EDITOR ALEX SHAW
It is with some regret that we must announce that Masterspec Managing Editor Alex Shaw, having now completed a six-month handover period, has retired....
23 Nov 2021
WET AREA TIMBER FLOORS NOW AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION
With the adoption of the Building Code updates in November, timber-based products covering a wide range of timber flooring types are largely excluded...
17 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: FABRICATE ARCHITECTURE
Fabricate Architecture is an emerging, design-driven studio that is focused on delivering unique, functional, and affordable homes. Led by Hamish...
10 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: IGNITE ARCHITECTS
Ignite Architects is a full-service design practice that specialises in master planning, architecture, and interior design. Masterspec assist this...
28 Oct 2021
BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES
It has been well publicised that there is currently a global shortage of building materials, stemming both from demand and a disrupted supply chain...
22 Oct 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: PONTING FITZGERALD ARCHITECTS
Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is an architectural practice committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence....
01 Oct 2021
WORKING TOGETHER - MASTERSPEC INTEROPERABILITY
Masterspec extends to many areas of the construction sector, that’s why we’ve made sure it’s versatile and interoperable.
30 Sep 2021
UNIVERSAL HOMES USES MASTERSPEC TO EXCEL DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Universal Homes are a major New Zealand building company and prepare over 200 sets of compliance documents for Building Consent every year, with that...
24 Sep 2021
AMPS MATTER WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
In this article we will give a background of amps, cables and mains for house designers. It won't get too technical as that can get very complicated...
13 Sep 2021
THE HISTORY OF MASTERSPEC
Construction Information Limited (CIL) is a New Zealand owned and operated industry organisation incorporated in 1995 to manage and create information...
09 Sep 2021
THE BEST WAY TO COLLABORATE THROUGH MASTERSPEC
There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind of a professional, well-thought-out specification. Build quality specifications in Masterspec with...
31 Aug 2021
SPECIFYING SCNZ STRUCTURAL STEEL ON MASTERSPEC
Structural Steel New Zealand (SCNZ) has had a Structural Steel specification document based on AS/NZS 5131 since 2018. However, a new industry...

MASTERSPEC FAREWELLS MANAGING EDITOR ALEX SHAW

23 Nov 2021

It is with some regret that we must announce that Masterspec Managing Editor Alex Shaw, having now completed a six-month handover period, has retired. Alex has become very well known to many of our customers over his fourteen-year stint as chief ‘technical boffin’, displaying an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the complexities of our Building Code, Standards and specification practice.

Alex has been a true champion of the value of a construction specification and its pivotal role in the end-to-end construction process. He worked closely both with MBIE and local council Consent teams questioning, clarifying and explaining points of detail on behalf of our subscribers. His ability to recall and reference Building Code details and data was astonishing, matched only by his enthusiasm for ensuring this information was shared as widely as possible. Over the years Alex has written hundreds of technical articles guiding and informing our industry with enthusiasm and frequently presented at tertiary institutions around the country.

Given the continuing growth of Masterspec and the development already in the pipeline we have decided to adjust the role and have appointed Masterspec senior writer Chris Myers as our new Managing Editor to focus on the production aspects of the editorial writing team and recently appointed Mike Jackson as the General Manager - Construction Specifications to manage the wider requirements of the specifications. Mike is a registered Architect and has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, documentation and delivery of a broad range of predominantly large scale, complex projects in New Zealand and Australia.

Alex only recently completed a years-long renovation of his family home and, like many before him, immediately sold and purchased a wonderful large section overlooking the sea to design and build his next dream project. We look forward to seeing the results, and take pity on the tradesperson who fails to follow the specification or achieve Alex’s exacting standards.

Finally, on behalf of the entire team at Masterspec, I would like to thank you Alex for your contribution, your loyalty, your dedication and your commitment to the success of our support for the New Zealand Construction industry.

Happy building!
 

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