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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.

Built to Last programme close to being finalised

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

Following on from our Built to Last speaker line-up story featured in the last edition of News from the Source, the NZIOB has confirmed two additional speakers for an event that will serve as the first leg of a major construction industry double-feature that will take place on Friday 30 October. The second leg being the New Zealand Building Industry Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner.

Registering for events about to become faster and easier

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

The NZIOB National Office staff have been busy working with our IT developer to build a new event registration system onto our existing member database. Instead of being directed to an external third-party website to register for an NZIOB event, members need only log in to the member portal, scroll through the list of events, click Register, and then the registration form will autofill with all your details. Easy!

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.

Creating the stage for the 36th America’s Cup

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

In what has transpired to be a temporary relief from COVID-19 restrictions, July saw the return of the NZIOB’s classic ‘in-person’ site visits, with events simultaneously occurring in Auckland and Wellington on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd of July. The Auckland event involved a tour of the America’s Cup precinct (there are four syndicate bases including Team New Zealand’s).

Cuba St Precinct site visit a sell-out event

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

The Central Region Committee hosted a sell-out site visit to the Cuba Precinct project on 23 July. Highlights of the visit included insight into the retention methods of heritage features, viewing key structural elements, and a behind-the-scenes look into future developments in the area.

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.

Outlook for non-residential construction not all doom and gloom

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

According to Statistics NZ, the total value of non-residential building work consented dropped to just $365 million as the full effects of Level 4 lockdown made themselves felt. But it bounced back up to $553 million in May and $753 million in June, which was the highest level it has been for any month since April last year and up 50% on June last year.