Different tales from the prefab space

Over recent weeks there have been two articles in relation to prefab/modular construction. The first is a positive one about the increasing use of shipping containers as housing and retail options, much to the delight of container companies like royal Wolf (article here). The second is a less positive piece on the collapse of ABT…

New legislation addresses ‘earthquake-prone’ buildings

In response to recent earthquakes, the government has responded with legislation aimed at improving New Zealand’s resilience. Hon Dr Nick Smith highlights a key component of the strategy being the development of ‘suitable regulatory requirements for identifying and upgrading those older buildings that are significantly below today’s requirements for seismic resistance’. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)…

Student flat issues – do they ever stop?

  In March 2016, 18 people were injured when a balcony gave way at a student flat in Dunedin. The collapse occurred during a free, impromptu concert put on by Six60, a former Dunedin band who until recently played annually at their Castle Street flat in homage to their student origins. Unfortunately, along with five…

Pop-up Globe gets its onion dome

In February 2016, the world’s first full scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built to stage his plays, popped up in Auckland and created quite a sensation. The 2016 season ran for 12 weeks with 128 performances and sold over 100,000 tickets. It was extended twice due…

Contractor partially successful in leaky homes appeal

A contractor has successfully appealed against elements of a negligence award against them for their work on a leaky apartment building in Auckland in the recent Court of Appeal case of Andrews Property Services Limited v Body Corporate 160361 [2016] NZCA 644. In a 2015 High Court decision (Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Limited…

The Trump Wall (cont.)

  In May last year we commented on this blog on the seemingly impossible suggestion of a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico, outlining the many obstacles to be overcome before the wall could even be considered as a remote possibility. However, President Trump has never let the seemingly impossible stop him and has moved…

Construction investment at record high

For the first time in 12 years, the number of new homes consented to in Auckland exceeded 10,000 (as at November 2016). Over 1156 consents were issued in November alone, making it the strongest month for consents in more than 10 years. The Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Dr Nick Smith, highlighted the importance…

Cutting costs?

New Zealand is experiencing a well-publicised high level of demand for construction services at the moment. But is this increased demand compromising the quality of the homes we are producing? While we would hope not, Amanda Saxton suggests that building inspectors are telling a different story, and are said to be experiencing an increased volume…