Registered Rockcote Plastering teams,

Please find following the latest advice from the Department of Building and Housing regarding National Licensing. In essence, changes have been made in response to input from the LBP(Licensed Building Practitioner) assessors, and feedback from the industry. The changes are also in alignment with the Government focus on efficient and quality regulation.

You should all be very aware of the Building website –

The following Rockcote Registered Plasterers are now LBP’s – external plastering class

Mr Barry Galbraith – Nelson – registration # 100547 (assessor)

Mr Julian Robertson – Christchurch – registration # 100724 (assessor)

Mr Al Turner – Blenhiem – registration # 100802

Mr Todd Adlam – Nelson – registration # 100858

DBH changes –

Roofing, External Plastering, Bricklaying and Blocklaying, and Carpentry — two technical referees

All trade class applications, including the new Foundations class, now require only two technical referees.

The requirement for a client referee is removed. This is because a client referee tends to lack sufficient technical knowledge and is generally unable to verify technical elements, which is the key element of the competencies. The technical referees should be able to provide sufficient evidence of the applicant’s installation of technical components and/or systems.

Referees are no longer required to sign the application form.

Roofing, External Plastering, Bricklaying and Blocklaying—no more photos

Roofing, External Plastering, and Bricklaying and Blocklaying licence class applications no longer require photos. The new Foundations class does not require photos either.

The necessity of photos as supporting evidence was considered. Whilst feedback was favourable towards keeping the photos, concerns were raised. Submitted photos are not always numbered and verified, photos taken by cell phones lack clarity, and not all photos submitted show the critical components required.

Site and Carpentry applications do not require photos. This created an inconsistency across the scheme, and a disparity in the evidence and work required across applicants. Given assessor concerns, the inconsistencies, the extra compliance cost, and that they are further evidence than is required under the LBP Rules, the requirement for photos is removed.

Roofing, External Plastering, Bricklaying and Blocklaying and Foundations—areas of practice

An applicant can be assessed in one or more areas of practice. Once licensed, an LBP must work within their scope of individual competence, which means they only undertake work they are competent to do. For example, if they are licensed in Bricklaying and Blocklaying area of practice 1 — Veneer, and they begin work on a project that involves structural masonry, they may continue work on that project. If the project is not within their scope of individual competence, but they want to develop their competence in structural masonry, they could be supervised by an LBP licensed in Bricklaying and Blocklaying area of practice 2 —Structural masonry.

However, if they do an incompetent job, they could have a complaint laid against them, and would need to be able to adequately justify to the Building Practitioners Board why they worked outside their area of practice.

Where an applicant has applied to be licensed in a licence class for a particular area of practice, the assessor may recommend to the Registrar that the applicant should be licensed in respect of a different or additional area(s) of practice.

Thank you again for this most important work you do.

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The Rockcote Edge Seal Flashing is the latest advance in flashing technology. Designed and Developed by the Rockcote Resene Technical Team over the past 2 years. It answers many if not all the issues faced by the plastering industry in relation to;

  • Multiple cladding junctions – attaches to prepared; colour steel, zincalume, powder coated aluminium, fibre cement sheet, glass, wood and most other smooth painted surfaces.
  • Anti capillary – Provides for 12mm anti-capillary gap between adjoining substrates.
  • Installation – Fast, easy, & accurate installation via the permanent bonding self adhesive strip.
  • Cost Efficient – Eliminates the requirement for assorted jamb & sill flashings for different systems, eliminates wastage, and dead stock.
  • Reduction in uPVC – minimises uPVC thermal stress and resultant hairline cracking of coatings.
  • No Corner soakers – no requirement for Rockcote Jamb/Sill corner soakers as the primary cause of stress cracking at this internal junction (uPVC thermal stress) has been minimised.
  • No limit length – the flashing can be butt joined to eliminate wastage.
  • Flexible joint – Multiple co-extruded rubber joints allow for dissimilar substrate movement.
  • Flexible ‘elbow’ joint – Co-extruded rubber ‘elbow’ allows multiple angles to be achieved, ie sills, raking soffits etc.
  • Plaster clearance – 6mm primary connector leg allows for ample clearance when plastering to ensure no plaster contacts the adjacent substrate.
  • Pressure equalisation chamber – If the first co-extruded rubber membrane is broken the second layer remains intact to resist moisture penetration.
  • Rockcote GreenSite approved component ; Minimises waste during construction process / flashing can be joined. Reduces uPVC material required to achieve an equivilent flashing.
  • BRANZ tested and passed to the E2 VM1 Weathertightness test criteria

Designed and made in New Zealand.

Our new Masonry AAC panel is available, the Rockcote Integra Cavity Plus Render System incorporates a steel reinforced lightweight concrete panel with a fully meshed Rockcote render and finishing system.

We recently carried out a survey regarding our Technical Information and how this is delivered to specifiers. Thanks to everyone that completed it, and congratulations to Robert from Weirwalker Architecture and Greg from Lifestyle Architecture who were our lucky winners from the draw.

Barry Galbraith, Registered Rockcote Systems Plasterer is New Zealands first Licensed Plastering Practitioner. Based in Nelson, Galbraith Plastering is a family tradition, with a premium reputation in the region. Barry is a very strong proponent for industry training and licensing. “I believe the consumer deserves to have only trade qualified people doing work on their homes” say Barry.

Barry also gained the 4098 unit standard which allows him to assess workplace training, he has also been appointed as an LBP assessor for external plastering.

Congratulations Barry and his team from the Rockcote Systems Team.

click here to see the latest Codewords publication from the Department of Building and Housing.

The New Zealand Concrete Masonry Association (NZCMA), with support from the Department of Building and Housing, and Building Research, has produced a code of practice for weathertight construction of concrete masonry.

There has been much consideration recently of weathertightness in general construction. The issue is also important for concrete masonry buildings containing habitable spaces where the presence of moisture would lead to the formation of mould and mildew.

This guide will provide information for those considering solutions for compliance with Clause E2 (External Moisture) of the NZ Building Code.

Industry consultation with sectors associated with concrete masonry means the code of practice reflects substantial experience in weathertight detailing of low-rise New Zealand concrete masonry buildings.

Copies of this publication can be downloaded here, requests for hardcopies can be made through CCANZ – [email protected]

The latest offering for clients to view our products on the internet. This resource has hundreds of products and services available for the Architecture and Design fraternity.

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CINZ is a small organisation that acts as a facilitator to bring together the resources of the many sectors that make up the claddings market. Over the last few years much of the focus has been on raising awareness the weather-tightness issue. Now the Institute’s focus is moving to education of the industry based on the latest available information. Rockcote Systems has a long standing involvment with this organisation. Mike Olds G.M. Rockcote Resene Ltd is a member of the CINZ executive.

Rockcote TradeSpec version 1.1 is now available direct from our website click here to view our latest tool to assist tradespeople, BCA’s, & specifiers with application and installation instructions for our systems.