Nick Gaites

B.Eng (Hons) MNZIBS

Nick, a graduate Manufacturing Systems Engineer is a New Zealand Registered Building Surveyor, Certified Passive House Consultant, Registered Air Tightness Tester and has over 13 years’ experience in the New Zealand Construction sector. Prior to becoming a Registered Building Surveyor, he was director of an Auckland residential building company which latterly specialised in leaky building remediation. Nick also has UK building experience and a multidiscipline expertise with a mixture of engineering, construction, building surveying and energy consultancy experience.

Nick Gaites

Nick has carried out a wide range of investigations on standalone residential dwellings, multi-storey residential and commercial buildings. His areas of expertise are in building defect identification, weathertightness, building remediation, building code and contract compliance.

Nick is a construction / weathertightness expert and provides services including forensic diagnostic investigations and reporting, expert witness representation, weathertightness remedial design (including design peer review) and remediation contract administration. Nick is sought after for his excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ethical approach.

Nick is passionate about sustainable building practices, ‘green’ building and designing homes that are energy-efficient, thermally comfortable and provide a healthy indoor environment. In line with this, Nick has qualified as a Certified Passive House Consultant, with the international passive house association and now provides consultancy services related to energy-efficient and sustainable design and construction.

Nick Gaites

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Former Executive committee member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Registered Building Surveyor (MNZIBS)
  • Certified Weathertightness Surveyor
  • MBIE Forensic Specialist (WHRS Assessor)
  • Certified Passive House (Passivhaus) Consultant
  • ATTMA Level 1 Registered Air Tightness Tester
  • Founding member of Air Permeability Testing New Zealand (APTNZ)
  • NZQA Qualified internal auditor (business/quality systems)

Key Skills

  • Experienced construction expert witness for Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Stand alone, multi-unit and multi storey residential and commercial building investigation.
  • Building and High Court weathertightness defect and failure investigation and reporting (expert witness reports)
  • Mediation attendance for plaintiff and defendants
  • Cladding weathertightness assessment surveys and reporting
  • Timber remediation inspection and reporting Building code and contract compliance investigation and reporting
  • Building condition survey and maintenance scheduling
  • Weathertightness remediation contract administration
  • WHRS assessments
  • Investigation and reporting experience includes EIFS, Texture Coated Fibre Cement, Stucco, Aluminium Composite Panel, Plywood, Weatherboard (timber and PVC), brick veneer cladding systems and concrete / concrete masonry
  • Passive House (Passivhaus) design and consultancy
  • Energy consultancy and thermal modelling using PHPP, DesignPH and THERM software
  • Air Permeability (blower door) Testing

Selected Project experience

  • Cayman Apartments, Mt Maunganui, investigation, expert witness (plaintiff)
  • Botany Town Centre, investigation
  • Sylvia Park, investigation, expert witness (plaintiff)
  • Perspective apartments, investigation, expert witness (defence)
  • Chancery, Auckland City, refurbishment, remedial design detailing, timber remediation, directing remedial contractor
  • Kohimarama Rd, weathertight investigation, remedial scope, design peer review, timber remediation, Engineer to NZS3910
  • Mt Wellington police station, condition assessment
  • Waimauku kindergarten, investigation and repair
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, peer review
  • St Pauls Apartments, expert report peer review
  • Lewis Lane, weathertight investigation, remedial scope, design peer review, timber remediation, construction quality observation
  • Crown Lynn, design peer review
  • Oceanblue Gymnasium, Papamoa, remedial scope investigation and design peer review
  • Normanby Mews, expert report peer review and insurance date of damage
  • Arawa Ave, investigation and insurance date of damage
  • Ronaki Rd, expert report peer review and insurance date of damage

Get in touch

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     027 637 5441

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