Editorial April / May 2017

The Tasman Tempest, Cyclone Debbie, tropical torrents – call them what you will, but they have all delivered record-breaking rainfall figures during March and April, putting our stormwater infrastructure under immense strain.

Big change to green building tools in response to the market – By Andrew Eagles

It’s going to be a busy year for us at the New Zealand Green Building Council, with new developments across our suite of rating tools.

Brand-new retentions trust regime and its alternative – are you ready? – By Sam Thyne and Jin Guo

Since the passing of the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 (CCAA), the construction industry has waited with baited breath for the retentions trust regime.

Editorial February / March 2017

A large tract of reserve land in Auckland’s eastern suburbs is pitting Auckland Council against the national government and could set a dangerous precedent for local governance.

Where have all the plumbers gone? – By Greg Wallace

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has been quoted as saying that Auckland needs to be building 70 to 100 houses a day to meet demand. And our largest city is going backwards – currently only about 40 new homes are being built on average each day.

Changes to construction contracts regime – are you ready? – By Karen Kemp and Harriet Quinlan

If you are party to construction contracts that have retentions provisions, chances are you have heard about the new retentions regime to be introduced by the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015.

Editorial December 2016 / January 2017

The Kaikoura earthquake has not only shaken up the South Island, but is likely to place even more pressure on New Zealand’s construction sector.

How would cities look if women built them?

Our urban spaces would be more inclusive environments if more women were actively involved in all aspects of the construction industry, according to National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) president Donna Howell.

Consultants, welcome to the CCA – but what does this mean for contractors? – By Elia Kim and Stuart Robertson

Contracts for design, engineering and quantity surveying have recently come under the auspices of the amended Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA), which may require contractors to review their methods of payment and their insurance positions.