Number of women in construction doubles since 2013

There has been a significant increase in the number of women joining the construction industry, however, they are still significantly underrepresented, making up just 15% of the trades and construction industry When Rebecca Gornall, Health and Safety Manager at Mansons TCLM Limited, first started her role in commercial construction six years ago she was one of the only females on site. Continue →
Property Trends

Different cities see small drops and gains in house prices

On a national level, house prices have stayed relatively stagnant over the past two months, but that doesn’t tell the whole story according to CoreLogic data for each city across the country Home value growth in New Zealand has completely petered out in the past two months, with values dipping by 0.2% in May, after a minor 0.1% fall in April. Continue →

Clifftop build wins Australian Home of the Year

At the Housing Industry Association’s 2023 national Australia conference, the winners of the 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were revealed, with judges calling this year’s overall winner ‘a once-in-a-lifetime build’ The winners of the 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were unveiled before 550 industry leaders at the awards ceremony held as the final night of the HIA 2023 National Conference on Hamilton Island. Continue →

Aussie developer drops Auckland skyscraper project

ICD Property, the Australian developer working on Auckland’s tallest tower, has decided to exit the project, listing it for sale just months after winning approval Jasmax Architects design for 65 Federal Street ICD managing director Matt Khoo said the developer had decided to sell its first international site to allow it to pursue other projects in Australia. Continue →


Building product regulations on the way

New Zealand-based manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributers will be hit with new obligations to provide building product users with information about how building products contribute to compliance with the Building Code The regulations will commence on 11 December 2023 by which time manufactures and importers must meet their obligations. Continue →
Compliance & Legal

Earthquake-prone buildings can remain occupied

Most seismically vulnerable buildings are not imminently dangerous and can remain occupied while seismic remediation work is planned, funded and undertaken, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) advises The new seismic risk guidance has been developed by MBIE to help building owners and users understand seismic assessments and provide them with the tools to make informed and risk-based decisions about continuing to occupy buildings with low seismic ratings. Continue →

Training & Management

Prize-winning construction business upskills in earthquake strengthening

A Waikato construction company has won one of four major national prizes in Xero’s inaugural Beautiful Business Fund and will be using its $20,000 prize money to train staff for an earthquake strengthening project next year Xero, the global small business platform has awarded four New Zealand small businesses and non-profits a share of the $750,000 global prize pool as part of the inaugural Xero Beautiful Business Fund. Continue →
All News

Earthquake-prone building rules under review

The Government has announced an extensive review of the management of seismic risk in existing buildings to ensure it is being managed effectively and in a workable, proportionate way At a high level, the Review will include: considering society’s expectations and willingness to pay to mitigate the risk of injury and death in an earthquake, and for improving the resilience of buildings over time recommending regulatory responses that balance life safety risks against the costs of regulation and impact on private property owners identifying barriers to meeting regulatory requirements and the types of support or incentives that would help building owners to better manage seismic risk considering how outcomes from seismic risk requirements align with broader Government objectives. Continue →