Honda House the way of the future

When looking into energy efficiency and sustainability in the residential sector it is difficult to go past the Davis housing project study at the University of California. This project aims to investigate the impact that a normal level of energy and car usage could have on the national grid in a community that has the…

Cruise through Huntly

With construction set to begin in September, the detailed design work for the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway is roaring ahead. The public can even cruise through the proposed $458 million section already, with the NZTA animation linked here. As reported in the Waikato Times, the design and construction contract for the Huntly section…

Buyers beware when relying on LIM reports

A recent High Court decision highlights how misconceptions over LIM reports can have costly consequences for purchasers. In Henry v Auckland Council [2014] NZHC 435, purchasers of a property in Bucklands Beach relied on the Council’s LIM report to assure them of the safety of the land. This resulted in them losing their new home.

New difficulties for the Government’s social housing plan

Entering its third term, the Government announced its aim to have 20% of the country’s social housing provided by non-government organisations by 2017 (we covered this here). Yet as this week’s developments have highlighted, this plan faces a number of practical difficulties. The Government confirmed its plans to sell state houses to registered community housing…

Unexpected amendments to the Construction Contracts Act

While the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill mostly includes amendments which had been anticipated by the construction industry (e.g. removing the distinction between residential and commercial construction contracts; extending the CCA to include consultants; trusts for retentions – click here for the Kensington Swan newsflash), the recent supplementary order paper (SOP 52) introduced further changes which…

Retentions protection at last?

The Minister for Building & Housing has introduced a supplementary order paper proposing the long-awaited protection of retention money in construction projects, by way of a new subpart 2A to the Construction Contracts Act 2002. The SOP provides that all retention moneys (whether retained by the client, the head contractor or a subcontractor) must be…

Improving conditions for migrant construction workers in Qatar

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has told Qatar’s emir that the 2022 World Cup host nation must do more to improve working conditions for migrant construction workers (read the Herald article here). There are currently anywhere between 700,000 and one million migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup stadiums (and other mega projects), out of a total…

Secure your site!

Police have urged tradesmen to up their site security, after a number of Auckland construction sites have recently been robbed. Since 20 February, at least six robberies have occurred in the Waitemata area alone, with other areas affected also (see further here). These recent incidents serve as a timely reminder to secure buildings and vehicles…