The ‘invisible’ costs of building a house in NZ

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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

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

Steel vs timber framing — the pros and cons

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

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

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

New building consent exemptions from August 2020 — what do they really mean?

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Building Today columnist and EasyBuild director Mike Fox says overall, the changes allowing more building projects to be completed without a building consent are...

Numerous roofing material options available in NZ

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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...

Dwelling with Gaia

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The primary concern here is with so-called earth houses, aka earth berms, as opposed to rammed-earth or earth-sheltered homes. Earth homes are set...

Wanted: Construction partner in Antarctica

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Antarctica New Zealand is looking for a construction partner for the Scott Base Redevelopment project. But this is a job interview with a difference —...

Potentially Confusing — PC sums discussed

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Prime Cost (PC) sums are an area of building contracts that can be a minefield of confusion for builders and their clients. A...

Industry suicide report highlights need for more effective support and prevention

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