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Australia moves to more energy efficiency, but campaigners see avoidable costs locked in

Public submissions close this week & next on draft changes to Australia’s national construction code relating to energy efficiency.

Submissions close this Friday on residential changes, and on Friday 20 April for draft changes to improve energy-efficiency standards in commercial buildings.

Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council executive director Suzanne Toumbourou said on Monday: “Energy-efficient buildings cost less to light, heat & cool, so more energy-efficient commercial buildings will save Australian businesses money. These very welcome new standards will also reduce carbon emissions, helping Australia meet our obligations under the Paris climate change agreement.”

The draft code also includes new measures to improve compliance with energy-efficiency standards for new homes. However, minimum energy performance standards won’t be changed for residential buildings.
Ms Toumbourou argued that, as technology provides new ways to save energy and for buildings to generate their own energy, while energy bills rise, “this would be a great time to lock in better performance for future homes as well as commercial buildings.”

The Sustainable Built Environment Council & ClimateWorks Australia have released a joint report, The Bottom Line, which shows that stronger energy efficiency standards for residential buildings could save households up to $A150/year in energy costs. They said a 3-year delay in implementing stronger energy performance standards for new homes could lock in $A1.1 billion of avoidable energy costs by 2050.

National Construction Code 2019 public comment draft
Have your say on the changes proposed for NCC 2019
The Bottom Line – household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code

Attribution: Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council release.

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Quiet February for consents, standalone market share slides, Auckland share up

Consents for new homes issued in February fell by 6 from February last year, from 2418 to 2412. The tally for 12 months rose by just 83 to 31,245 (30,162).

For the year, consents for standalone homes fell 1.3% behind the previous 12 months, apartments jumped 29.2%, suburban townhouses & flats 12% and retirement village units 5.3%.

The further shift toward intensification and the growth in Auckland’s share of consents have reduced the standalone share of new housing consents nationally to 67.4% in the February year. Overall floor area was up marginally (0.6%) but the value of proposed new homes (plus additions & alterations) rose 9.3%.

Auckland’s share of consents for 12 months rose from 33.3% in the February 2017 year to 35.4%.

Consents were down 1-2% on Auckland’s borders, north & south, continued to decline in Canterbury and jumped in the Bay of Plenty & Wellington.

The overall picture is of a static residential construction market that covers the net inflow of migrants but not total population growth, and continues the intensification trend which should speed up as Aucklanders take advantage of the new rules for suburbia under the region’s unitary plan.

The figures released by Statistics NZ yesterday show residential consents in Auckland were down by 21 for February to 779 (800) and 8 short of the tally in February 2016. For the year, Auckland consents have advanced by 10% to 11,052 (10,045) after rising 5.6% the previous year.

The total value of residential consents nationally in February rose 5.2% from a year ago to $1.12 billion ($1.06 billion). For the year, the increase was 9.3% to $13.67 billion ($12.5 billion), down from 14%-plus increases in the previous 2 years & 27%-plus in 2013 & 2014.

The national residential consent numbers for February & the February 2018 year (previous February & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes: 2412 (2418), 31,245 (30,162)
Total values & floor areas for new homes: $963 million ($912 million), up 5.6%; 434,000m² (450,000m²), down 3.5%; $13.671 billion ($12.507 billion), up 9.3%; 5.506 million m² (5.475 million m²), up 0.6%
Standalone homes: 1664 (1761), down 5.5%; 21,052 (21,326), down 1.3%

Standalones’ share of annual consents: 67.4% (70.7%)
Apartments: 133 (225), down 40.9%; 3166 (2451) up 29.2%
Retirement village units: 107 (59), up 81.4%; 1950 (1852), up 5.3%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 508 (373), up 36.2%; 5077 (4533), up 12%

Around Auckland by ward, this February & last, and the February 2017 year & previous 12 months:

Region: 779 (800), 11,052 (10,045) – 35.6% of annual total
Rodney: 57 (87), 1015 (868)
Albany: 196 (196), 2385 (2469)
North Shore: 30 (72), 580 (508)
Waitakere: 49 (44), 571 (648)
Waitemata & Gulf: 11 (73), 1301 (859)
Whau: 20 (2), 366 (287)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 117 (33), 800 (673)
Orakei: 22 (71), 222 (303)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 31 (6), 692 (408)
Howick: 69 (51), 648 (520)
Manukau: 64 (14), 722 404)
Manurewa-Papakura: 76 (75), 1044 (1087)
Franklin: 37 (76), 706 (1011)

Residential consents this February & last, and the February 2017 year & previous 12 months, in a selection of provinces:

Northland: 115 (131), 1237 (1261), down 1.9%
Waikato: 264 (294), 3469 (3512), down 1.2%
Bay of Plenty: 166 (226), 2630 (2055), up 28%
Wellington: 239 (133), 2432 (1711), up 42.1%
Canterbury: 375 (361), 4962 (6319), down 21.5%

Total & non-residential:

Total construction consents rose 12.6% in February to $1.68 billion ($1.42 billion), and 10% for the year to $20.855 billion ($18.956 billion).

Non-residential rose 28.3% for the month to $526 million ($410 million), and 11% for the year to $6.756 billion ($6.086 billion).

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables.

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Applications open for Institute of Building scholarships

The Institute of Building’s charitable trust has opened 2 $10,000 scholarships up for applications in the second year they’ve been offered.

Gina Jones.

Trust chair Gina Jones said the scholarships were first to recognise, encourage & financially support recipients from a trade, technical or professional role who are proposing to pursue a project linked to building through research, practice or professional development.

“These scholarships were established to encourage aspirational thinking that has the potential to increase the building industry’s performance, and we are particularly interested in applications from those in industry & training who have a project that will introduce improvements to the industry.

“We’re looking for applicants with a project that has the potential to advance some aspect of design, construction or management of buildings in New Zealand, and thereby enhance the quality of our built environment.”

A panel of 3 of the institute’s past presidents will choose the recipients.  Entries close on 30 June and the winners will be announced at the institute’s awards on Friday 24 August.

The inaugural scholarship recipients were Gerard (Ged) Finch, a post-graduate student from the School of Architecture & Design at Victoria University of Wellington, and Professor Robyn Phipps from Massey University, Auckland.

Mr Finch said the scholarship transformed his research into the potential for prefabricated construction to eliminate building & construction waste, attracting interest from both academic & industry bodies: “Winning this scholarship was a vital step & huge motivator to push the research to the next stage and has literally changed my career path.”

The trust has a fundraising programme aimed at paying the scholarships from earnings rather than from capital, based on standout events. The trust has organised a fundraising luncheon with Sir John Kirwan on Friday 15 June, the day before the All Blacks play France at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Link: NZIOB Trust awards

Attribution: Institute release.

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Home consents get lift in January, though Stats NZ calls it flat

When Statistics NZ released the monthly building consent figures on Friday, it described the number of consents for new homes in January as “relatively flat”, after taking its seasonal adjustment into account.

There are several ways to look at this statistic, but “flat” is not a description that ought to be top of the list.

The 1916 consents for new homes issued in January were a higher January total than in any of the previous 13 years, and higher than in 16 of the last 18 years.

January is the traditional quiet month. A rise in January consents doesn’t mean consents will be higher through the rest of the year, but this January’s rise indicates a stronger market in standalone homes and 2 of the 3 intensive residential sectors.

Standalones were up 10% on the previous January but the annual figure fell slightly. Apartment consents (the most volatile market segment) were up over 16% for the month and have risen 34% over 12 months. Retirement village consents were halved for the month and, for the moving annual total, have been just short of the previous year’s tally. Suburban townhouses & flats were up on both counts, by over 23% for the month and nearly 10% for the year.

The higher January consent figure came off the back of a rise in consents through 2017 – consents exceeded 2700 in 6 of the previous 10 months, and 3000 in 2 of them. In 2016, consents exceeded 2700 in 4 months.

Using the seasonal adjustment smoothing mechanism, January matched December and was down slightly on October, and well short of the figures for those busier months – August, September & November.

It’s now 7 years since the residential construction market bottomed. As the global financial crisis took effect from late 2007, the consent level for new homes held up in January 2008 but hit its lowest level for that month in 45 years in 2009, falling to 812 consents. 2 years later the market still hadn’t picked up and January consents were down at 867.

The present level is more than double that, but despite a gradual rise in consents the number of new homes is still barely matching the net inflow of migrants, let alone natural population growth.

Statistics NZ released the monthly migration figures last week, showing a net inflow still above 70,000/year, although a new measure introduced last year gets the total down to 64,500.

That new measure defines migrants using their travel history and the “12/16-month rule”, a measure that requires a follow-up rather than reliance on the card filled in at the border on arrival.

The national consent numbers for January & the year to January (previous January & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes:  1916 (1752), up 9.4%; 31,251 (30,123), up 3.7%
Total values & floor areas for new homes: month – $769 million ($619 million), up 24.4%; 351,000m² (322,000m²), up 8.9%; year – $11.626 billion ($10.625 billion), up 9.4%; 5.522 million m² (5.476 million m²), up 0.8%
Standalone homes: 1380 (1253), up 10.1%; 21,149 (21,277), down 0.6%
Apartments: 135 (116), up 16.4%; 3258 (2430), up 34.1%
Retirement village units: 49 (98), down 50%; 1902 (1915), down 0.7%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 352 (285), up 23.5%; 4942 (4501), up 9.8%

Auckland residential consents for January compared to January 2017, the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months, and the percentage increase for the year (and month for the region):
Region: 718 (512), up 40.2%; 11,073 (10,032), up 10.4%
Rodney: 46 (55), 1045 (861), up 21.4%
Albany: 130 (194), 2385 (2455), down 2.9%
North Shore: 78 (17), 622 (455), up 36.7%
Waitakere: 55 (18), 586 (648), down 9.6%
Waitemata & Gulf: 5 (4), 1363 (965), up 41.2%
Whau: 24 (7), 348 (293), up 18.8%
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 94 (22), 716 (660), up 8.5%
Orakei: 19 (8), 271 (240), up 12.9%
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 55 (25), 667 (423), up 57.8%
Howick: 31 (15), 630 (520), up 21.2%
Manukau: 34 (17), 672 (441), up 52.4%
Manurewa-Papakura: 106 (50), 1043 (1079), down 3.3%
Franklin: 41 (80) 745 (992), down 24.9%

All construction for January compared to January 2017, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.42 billion ($1.108 billion), up 28.2%; $20.677 billion ($19.055 billion), up 8.5%
Non-residential: $1.389 billion ($1.086 billion), up 27.8%; $20.255 billion ($18.572 billion), up 9.1%

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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Housing consents hold above 31,000/year, non-residential up 8%

Stats NZ said today building consents for new homes stayed just above an annual rate of 31,000 in December. In Auckland, the 10,867 consents were the highest level since 2004 and up 8.4% on 2016.

After 1752 consents nationally in January, consents were above 2100 every month and above 3000 twice.

The numbers of retirement village units, townhouses, flats & other units consented in Auckland in 2017 were records. There were also plenty of apartments consented, but not as many as in the early 2000s.

Stats NZ construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said: “Over a third of all new homes in New Zealand were consented in the Auckland region last year, which is in line with Auckland’s share of the New Zealand population. This is the first time since 2004 that the proportion of new homes consented in Auckland exceeded their share of the population.”

The 5549 multi-unit buildings consented in Auckland in 2017 were:

  • 2442 apartments – 75% of all apartments consented nationally
  • 868 retirement village units – a record high and accounting for 44% of all retirement village units consented nationally
  • 2239 townhouses, flats & units – a record high and accounting for 46% of all townhouses, flats & units consented nationally.

In contrast, only one-quarter (5318) of all new standalone house consents were for Auckland.

Non-residential up 8%

Building consents for all non-residential buildings including offices, education buildings, storage & cultural buildings were up 8% to $6.5 billion for the year.
Ms McKenzie said social & cultural buildings and hotels were the main contributors to the increase in value: “3 big projects consented last year were the NZ International Convention Centre, Auckland’s Aotea Centre and Turanga (Christchurch’s new central library). These boosted the category known as social, cultural & religious buildings.”

The non-residential building types with the highest value movements were:

  • social, cultural & religious – up $257 million to $630 million
  • hotels, motels & other short-term accommodation – up $208 million to $457 million
  • factories & industrial buildings – up $193 million to $662 million, and
  • education buildings – down $202 million to $1 billion.

Ms McKenzie said the decrease in the value of education buildings consented was mainly due to the boost of education-related consents in Auckland & Otago in 2016.

She said the increase in hotels, motels & other short-term accommodation consented coincided with a rise in international visitors: “Hotels in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & the Queenstown-Lakes district have contributed to this increase.”

The national consent numbers for December & the 2017 year (previous December & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes: 2169 (2205), 31,087 (30,066)
Total values & floor areas for new homes: $953 million ($989 million), down 3.6%; 392,000m² (405,000m²), down 3.2%; $13.454 billion ($12.532 billion), up 7.4%; 5.493 million m² (5.47 million m²), up 0.4%
Standalone homes: 1424 (1580), 21,022 (21,310)
Apartments: 240 (138), 3239 (2403)
Retirement village units: 175 (193), 1951 (1952)
Suburban townhouses & flats: 330 (294), 4875 (4401)

Auckland residential consents for December, compared to December 2016, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Region: 876 (740), 10,867 (9930)
Rodney: 58 (60), 1054 (866)
Albany:  53 (170), 2449 (2288)
North Shore: 105 (28), 561 (451)
Waitakere: 35 (43), 529 (676)
Waitemata & Gulf: 6 (9), 1362 (1041)
Whau: 33 (14), 331 (297)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 53 (112), 644 (667)
Orakei: 14 (15), 260 (242)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 20 (129), 637 (416)
Howick: 42 (22), 614 (522)
Manukau: 225 (21), 655 (460)
Manurewa-Papakura: 94 (59), 987 (1066)
Franklin: 38 (58), 784 (938)

All construction for December compared to December 2016, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.468 billion ($1.612 billion), down 8.9%; $20.354 billion ($19.03 billion), up 7%
Non-residential: $485 million ($595 million), down 18.5%; $6.499 billion ($6.019 billion), up 8%.

Attribution: Stats NZ tables & releases.

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Auckland jump pushes home consents over 31,000/year, standalone share drops further

Consents for new homes jumped over the 31,000/year mark in November after being stuck in a 30,000/year band for most of the previous year.

Stats NZ said today the number of new homes consented in Auckland hit a 15-year high of 1450 in November, boosted by apartments. You can check the numbers around Auckland’s 13 wards below.

This rise in Auckland helped lift the national total of new homes consented to a 13-year high.

Consents for new homes & upgrades nationally for the year were worth $930 million more than for the previous 12 months.

Stats NZ construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said: “In November, Auckland home consents reached their second-highest level on record. This is beaten only by October 2002, when nearly 2000 new homes were consented due to a much larger spike in apartments.”

Nationally, 3262 new homes were consented in November (3005 in November 2016), including the highest number of townhouses, flats & units on record – 577 – and a 9-year high of 543 apartments.

“November is typically the month with the highest number of new homes consented, as people try to get plans approved before Christmas,” Ms McKenzie said.

“November’s rebound in home consents was driven by apartments, which tend to fluctuate a lot and were particularly low in October.
“Looking at the longer-term picture, building consents for apartments & townhouses have seen double-digit growth year after year, while consents for standalone houses have levelled off.”

Standalone homes’ share of total consents for the year fell from 70.4% in November 2016 to 68%.

The national consent numbers for November & the year to November (previous November & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes: 3262 (3005), 31,123 (30,399)
Total values for new homes:  $1.118 billion ($1.001 billion), $13.49 billion ($12.561 billion)
Standalone homes: 1870 (1886), 21,178 (21,391)
Apartments: 543 (407), 3137 (2692)
Retirement village units: 272 (205), 1969 (1918)
Suburban townhouses & flats: 577 (507), 4839 (4398)

Auckland residential consents for November, compared to November 2016, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Region: 1450 (1188), 10,731 (10,137)
Rodney: 89 (55), 1056 (909)
Albany: 255 (286), 2466 (2274)
North Shore: 25 (26), 484 (566)
Waitakere: 66 (84), 537 (664)
Waitemata & Gulf: 388 (155), 1365 (1125)
Whau: 34 (19), 312 (307)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 36 (104), 703 (699)
Orakei: 67 (42), 261 (297)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 138 (21), 746 (306)
Howick: 127 (25), 594 (546)
Manukau: 90 (129), 451 (465)
Manurewa-Papakura: 88 (116), 952 (1062)
Franklin: 47 (126), 804 (917)

All construction for November compared to November 2016, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.881 billion ($1.607 billion), up 17.1%; $20.498 billion ($19.029 billion), up 7.7%
Non-residential: $549 million ($411 million), up 33.6%; $6.609 billion ($5.98 billion), up 10.5%.

Attribution: Stats NZ tables & release.

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KGL unveils plans for Hamilton East refurb

KGL Property unveiled plans this week for a $6 million refurbishment of the 1970s-built 1

Clyde St in Hamilton East, to start in mid-2018.

In an innovation by the founders of outdoor gear retailer Torpedo7 Ltd, Luke Howard-Willis & his father Guy, the renovations on Clyde St will create what they think will be the largest modern, shared office space in Hamilton.

The Howard-Willises sold a majority stake in Torpedo7 to The Warehouse Ltd in 2013, and exited completely early last year. 2 months later they bought 1 Clyde St from Hill Laboratories Ltd, which moved to new headquarters in the former NZ Post building on Duke St, Frankton – also owned by the Howard-Willises’ KGL Property.

KGL Property entered a joint venture early this year with Foster Construction Ltd and the partners will work together on the Clyde St refurbishment project.

Foster’s commercial manager, Leonard Gardner, said:  “The building’s main structure will stay as is, but we’ll strip it right down to the concrete and reclad it with modern construction materials. In addition to a new modern look inside, we’ll also install new mechanical & electrical kit through the building. The internal & external facelift will also keep in character with Hamilton East’s unique community & the surrounding buildings.”

KGL commercial property manager Ray George said: “Hamilton East has been revitalised over the past few years, making it the perfect location to host a shared office space.

“The neighbouring Deloitte building opened in 2009, Ebbett Prestige’s Volkswagen & Audi dealership opened opposite in 2015 and the Mavis & Co Café integrates into the precinct’s design. The location gives access to the Waikato River as well as to local amenity such as parks, river walks, cafes & gyms.

“A shared office environment is a great option for businesses as it allows them to expand quickly without the large capital costs of setting up an office with associated infrastructure. The interaction within the common open plan environment also facilitates cross-pollination of ideas.”

The 3-storey building, with 2700m² of floor area, will be able to accommodate 200-

225 staff on site. One of the floors will be the shared space, and the other 2 will be leased to corporate tenants.

Attribution: Company release.

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Construction rising but more slowly

The rise in building work put in place dipped again in the year to September, as it did in 2015.

It still rose – by 10.4% for all buildings, 13% for residential – but those increases were down from a total 17.3% increase for all construction in 2016 and a 20.2% increase in 2014, and from 19.3% for residential in 2016, 26.2% in 2014.

In current dollar terms, residential work in the 12 months to September was worth $13.6 billion ($12 billion the previous 12 months). Total work was worth $20.93 billion ($18.95 billion in the previous 12 months).

Statistics NZ said the volume trend for all building work was 0.6% below the series peak reached in the September 2016 quarter. (This series began in the December 1989 quarter, so doesn’t include the mid-1970s residential building boom seen in building consent statistics).

For the September quarter, the value of residential work rose 9.7% from a year ago to $3.6 billion ($3.29 billion), and the total rose 6.4% to $5.5 billion ($5.18 billion).

Methodology to change

Statistics NZ said it would raise the value threshold used to determine which building project activity is modelled from consent data, and which activity is surveyed in the quarterly building activity survey, in the December quarter. “This change will reflect recent inflation in construction industry costs. This will not affect any activity already being surveyed, only the data source for new projects being monitored, and will therefore not cause any revisions to historic value of building work put in place statistics.”

Statistics NZ will publish more information about these changes at its next release on the value of building work put in place, for the December quarter, to be published on 7 March.

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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Victorian taskforce detects cladding blindspot, but 8 hospitals are being reclad

A cladding taskforce the Victoria government established in July has found extensive compliance issues. And, as products became more prevalent & visible, “a general complacency or blind spot occurred as to the risks”.

Outside the taskforce’s report, state planning minister Richard Wynne said in a release that cladding had to be replaced at 8 hospitals and another 12 hospitals remained “under assessment”.

The state government established the taskforce to investigate the extent of non-compliant external wall cladding on buildings statewide, and make recommendations for improvements to protect the public and restore confidence that building & fire safety issues are being addressed appropriately.

The fire that ripped up the Grenfell apartment tower in London in June, moving vertically via the external cladding, resulted in a confirmed 71 deaths. 350 people were evacuated from the building.

But the alarm bells were raised in Melbourne’s Docklands 3 years ago, when the same thing happened in the Lacrosse apartment building – that time without any deaths.

The Victorian taskforce has found systems failures had led to major safety risks & widespread non-compliant use of combustible cladding.

An audit by the Victorian Building Authority after the Lacrosse fire confirmed the extent of non-compliance.

The taskforce said in its interim report, out last Friday: “We found the failings identified by the Victorian Building Authority in 2015 were not merely administrative, or paper-based, but were significant public safety issues, which are symptomatic of broader non-compliance across a range of areas within the industry.

“The problem of widespread non-compliant cladding can be attributed to 3 factors: the supply & marketing of inappropriate building materials, a poor culture of compliance in the industry, and the failure of the regulatory system to deal with these issues.”

The taskforce tapped into the expertise of industry professionals & organisations through a stakeholder reference group, and summarised their submissions:

  • inadequate compliance & enforcement and low risk of consequences to deter breaches of the law
  • competitive commercial pressures which incentivise the taking of shortcuts
  • over-reliance on the building surveyor role as an assurance mechanism
  • inadequate onsite inspection, supervision & quality assurance
  • inaccurate & potentially misleading labelling &/or marketing of products
  • complexity, ambiguities & poor understanding of the application of the national construction code and how to comply with it
  • variations in regulations & codes and their inconsistent interpretation over time regarding combustibility tests & use of panels
  • a widely held view that combustibility standards in the national construction code are too onerous and stifle new product innovation
  • substitution of non-compliant products between the approval & construction phases
  • incorrect, inadequate or misleading documentation, including product certificates
  • poor quality workmanship, or inexperienced professionals, highlighting a general need to increase skills & capabilities among building practitioners, and
  • poor understanding of performance-based solutions, evidentiary requirements & inadequate oversight.

The taskforce said aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core were of particular concern: “This type of cladding has been implicated at Grenfell & Lacrosse and is combustible. Rendered expanded polystyrene cladding is also of concern.”

Australia’s national construction code requires that external walls of buildings, 3 storeys & above, must be non-combustible. This includes cladding affixed to or forming part of an external wall.

The taskforce identified up to 1400 buildings as most likely having aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core or expanded polystyrene.

The state government said no building had required an evacuation order, “provided certain safety measures are met while rectification works are carried out, such as alarms, sprinklers or evacuation procedures”.

But the government directed its building authority to inspect more worksites & buildings, including a statewide audit of residential buildings likely to have combustible cladding.

And the state’s health & human services department said an audit of 1100 buildings had identified 8 hospitals where non-compliant cladding must be replaced. Another 12 hospitals remained “under assessment”.

1 December 2017: Victorian cladding taskforce, interim report
Lacrosse Tower fire, Melbourne Docklands 2014, city surveyor’s report

Attribution: Taskforce & ministerial releases.

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Sharp drop in apartment consents, standalones & total static

Statistics NZ highlighted a sharp drop in apartment consents yesterday when it issued building consent figures for October, but that’s only a small part of the total market, and a volatile one at that.

Most significantly in a comparison with October last year, consents for standalone homes were static and the total for the October year was also static – still in the range of 30-31,000.

Consents for standalone homes & retirement village units were down slightly for the year, apartments & suburban units were up by about 500 each.

The national consent numbers for October and the year to October, compared to October last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes: 2549 (2575), down 1% ; 30,866 (30,225), up 2.1%
Total values for new homes:  $1.23 billion ($1.14 billion), up 7.7%; $13.36 billion ($12.46 billion), up 7.2%
Standalone homes: 1806 (1802), up 0.2%; 21,194 (21,369), down 0.8%
Apartments: 78 (229), down 65.9%; 3001 (2555), up 26.4%
Retirement village units: 220 (174), up 26.4%; 1902 (2034), down 6.5%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 445 (370), up 20.3%; 4769 (4267), up 11.8%

All construction for October compared to October last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.86 billion ($1.74 billion), up 6.6%; $20.2 billion ($19.05 billion), up 6.2%
Non-residential: $584 million ($526 million), up 11.2%; $6.47 billion ($6.1 billion), up 6.1%.

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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