How satisfied is your (residential) client?

BRANZ has recently released the 2013 Home Satisfaction Survey, the third survey in a series which aims to assess how new home purchasers view the performance of their builder. The main finding was 91% of homeowners were most satisfied with overall quality of their home. This is down slightly from 93.6% in the last survey.  …

Further health & safety considerations for contractors in Christchurch

Concerns have been raised about homeowner and contractors’ exposure to asbestos as a result of the Canterbury rebuild. Health and safety auditor WorkSafe New Zealand has been reported as investigating how Fletcher EQR (a Fletcher Construction business unit that works with EQC to repair earthquake damaged homes) handles situations when asbestos is encountered while undertaking…

Call from IPENZ for more accountability for engineers

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) chief executive Andrew Cleland released an opinion piece calling for a law change to allow non-registered engineers to be investigated by the professional body. As it stands IPENZ is the registration authority for a chartered professional engineer statutory regime which allows only those registered to use the…

Discussion document released around health and safety reforms

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released a discussion document last Thursday which outlines proposals for the new health and safety regulations. The regulations will support the new Health and Safety at Work Act, which is expected to come into force in April 2015. One proposed change that is particularly relevant to the construction…

Setback for Mainzeal creditors

The outcome of a recent Court of Appeal decision is that two companies related to the Mainzeal group, Richina Global Real Estate Limited and Isola Vineyards Limited, have resisted being placed into liquidation (read the report here). The case is interesting in terms of considering the circumstances in which a liquidation order will be made…

Imported building products

In the budget last week the Government announced that it would temporarily remove duties on imported building products to assist reducing the costs of building. It is estimated that this will reduce the cost of building a new house by $3,500. This has generated a reasonably positive response particularly from builders in the residential sector. …

CERA releases programme of work for Christchurch rebuild

Following requests from the construction sector for greater transparency, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and MBIE  have released the schedule for public sector organisations’ rebuild intentions in Christchurch. The Programme of Work contains information about the major public sector construction projects in Canterbury, and details information from the following lead agencies: Canterbury District Health Board,…

Further development on retention trust accounts

Another supplementary order paper (SOP) proposing an amendment to the Construction Contracts Act has been issued by the Green Party this week. The SOP also proposes to qualify the status of retentions monies under construction contracts and the basis on which they are held. This SOP differs to the SOP introduced by Clayton Cosgrove. In…

Challenges of bidding on PPP projects

The Linking Melbourne Authority has released footage of the final proposals being received from the three shortlisted consortia for the East West Link project, which will be a city-shaping tunnel. The video is a dramatic demonstration of the high bid costs that consortia can face in order to be awarded these contracts. The proposals comprise…