August 2022 Issue


Sloan: Greater design oversight needed to deal with developer ‘gold rush’

An international architect and urban planning specialist is calling for the reinstatement of a century-old government agency to provide strategic design oversight as New Zealand’s […]

BCITO is key to new approach to remedy construction skills gap

UCOL reported to Te Pukenga recently on new blended programmes of study that use an authentic blended delivery approach, including face-to-face, self-directed and workplace learning. […]

Time flies — but it’s been a privilege!

Time flies, and it is hard to believe that my time as RMBA president will come to an end when I hand over the batten […]

Research on Wellington reclaimed land provides seismic treasure trove for engineers

New research into the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake’s impact on reclaimed land in Wellington’s waterfront is giving engineers invaluable information for improving infrastructure design. University of […]

Property Council celebrates a strong step towards unlocking Build to Rent housing

A bill is to be introduced to Parliament this month which will allow owners of certain types of new and existing Build to Rent properties to claim […]

Constructive Forum to bring Government and building sector together

Housing and building continue to dominate news headlines and political agendas. The issues are well recognised, and the real focus must now be how to […]

Unique insurance scheme supports Kiwis as risk of landslides increases

More New Zealand home owners are scrambling for their insurance documents as the country is increasingly battered by severe weather events. Storms, floods, landslides and […]

Commerce Commission supports industry’s call for national building products catalogue

Recent Commerce Commission findings have included a strong recommendation for the establishment of a centralised digital national key products registry to increase trust and confidence […]

Re-roofing highlights H1 limitations

Roofing Association NZ (RANZ) chief executive Graham Moor is happy that H1 Energy Efficiency changes have been delayed, but says re-roofing an existing house highlights […]

RMBA supports Government infrastructure funding, affordable housing fund

The Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement for $179 million infrastructure funding to incentivise the building of an estimated 8000 homes […]

Building Code H1 insulation changes deadline extended in response to industry concerns

Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) building system performance general manager John Sneyd explains the decision to extend the time to comply with new […]

New phase emerging in NZ timber market

Northpine general manager Bruce Larsen predicts that the timber market will be much more in balance by the end of the 2022-23 financial year, and […]