The ‘invisible’ costs of building a house in NZ

CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and services provider in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, says the recently-released Housing Stocktake Report contains underlying...

Preliminary and General — and its cost

Preliminary and General. Do you know what this is? I have talked to many builders around the country over many years, who often say...

Wanted: Construction partner in Antarctica

Antarctica New Zealand is looking for a construction partner for the Scott Base Redevelopment project. But this is a...

Steel vs timber framing — the pros and cons

Steel framing versus timber framing — it’s a case of the tried and true against a still comparatively new method of construction...

Industry suicide report highlights need for more effective support and prevention

The release last month of a report into suicides of construction industry workers has highlighted the need for all parts of the...

New Zealand’s affordable housing crisis — why is it near impossible to produce low-cost...

Building Today columnist and EasyBuild director Mike Fox says there is a massive disconnect between supply and demand for affordable housing. So...

BDO Construction Survey Report: Industry ‘marginally better’, but still a race to the bottom

Leading Accounting and Advisory firm BDO released the report of its second annual Construction Survey in Auckland recently. The...

Numerous roofing material options available in NZ

When considering new or replacement roofing, there are some critical decisions to be made that include performance and cost. Geographical location, environmental conditions and good...

Auckland’s urban sprawl accelerates

The Auckland Council has approved two structure plans for more than 34,000 homes to be built in the Drury and Pukekohe areas...

‘Long stop’ provisions: Making sense of the 10-year limitation period in leaky building claims

The very recent Auckland High Court decision of Kells and Kells v Auckland City Council & Others (CIV-2008-404-1812) had to consider whether the Weathertight...