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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

Personal Warrant of Fitness — get yourself a check-up!

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Last week was Men’s Health Week (June 15-21). Registered Master Builders Association president Darrell Trigg says you look after your vehicles and site equipment...

Year in review

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This year has been significant for our sector. Before we take a well-deserved break, we should take a moment to reflect on what we’ve...

Site theft — the traumatic effects of burglary on clients and builders

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By Building Today writer Jo Bailey In October last year, two weeks before I was due to move into my new home, I took a...

From desire to necessity: Why do we always want more?

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Building Today columnist and Architect Don Bunting wonders if we feel better and more successful if we own the best and largest house we...