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Commercial construction activity hit harder by lockdown

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

Non-residential building activity led a sector slump in the June quarter, Statistics NZ data shows. For the three months, residential building volumes fell 19 per cent while commercial and other non-residential work fell 27 per cent. Commercial construction projects were more affected by social distancing requirements than residential builds.

Managing risk in the construction sector

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

The construction sector manages risk every day, but little is known about how risk management practices impact the productivity of the sector. A recent BRANZ-funded survey of the construction sector looked at the impact of a range of risk factors on project errors, delays, and productivity. Survey respondents were also asked about how they manage risk and uncertainty.

Fly the flag for your mates on World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

Fly the Flag is an outward display to the broader community of the important work the construction industry does every day toward improving mental health and preventing suicide. The message is about taking the time out of our day to notice when our mates may be struggling, and that it’s not only OK to have these conversations, but essential!

New dates for updating Building Code

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

From 2021 the Building Code will be updated annually, with only two keys dates for the sector to remember. Consultation will open on the first Monday in April, while changes will be published the first Thursday in November. These dates were chosen to avoid conflicting with school and summer holidays.

Taranaki school construction project to create jobs

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

More than 200 construction jobs will be secured in Taranaki through Government funding for a school expansion project. Green School New Zealand will be supported with $11.7 million from the $3 billion set aside by the Government for infrastructure in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

COVID-19: Building and Construction Sector update

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

On Wednesday evening the government announced four community-transmitted cases in Auckland. The wider city of Auckland has moved back into COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2. In Auckland, construction is able to continue as long as those onsite strictly adhere to Alert Level 3 protocols and hygiene. For the rest of New Zealand, work can continue with Alert Level 2 protocols reinstated.

The case for a digital Building Products Library gains momentum

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

Julien Leys, Chief Executive of the Building Industry Federation, argues that there is a clear need for a digital library for all building products. The risks associated with non-conforming building products have been highlighted by the deadly fires in London’s Grenfell Tower and Melbourne Dockland’s Lacrosse Building.

COVID-19: More funding for schools and a boost to construction sector

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to help schools and support construction firms facing additional costs due to the pandemic. $107 million of this has been set aside specifically for construction suppliers.

COVID-19: New fund to support housing and construction sector

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19. Projects will be supported through sharing some of the increased COVID-19 related risks, with the fund backing developments through Government underwrites.

Construction begins on Wellington’s first base-isolated apartment building

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

Victoria Lane Apartments is a $140 million mixed-use development and one of Wellington’s first major construction projects to start after lockdown. The building will include 24 base isolators, effectively separating the building structure from the ground, and will also be wrapped in a diagonal grid of steel.