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 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...

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...

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...

MX FUEL System of cordless equipment launched in NZ

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The MX FUEL Equipment System from Milwaukee Tools was launched in New Zealand recently. Milwaukee Tools says the ground-breaking cordless system revolutionises the equipment market...

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...

Mitre 10 names new CEO

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Following an international search, Australian retail leader Chris Wilesmith was appointed the new chief executive of home improvement retail co-operative Mitre 10 (NZ) Ltd. Mitre...