In New Zealand, the focus has largely been on delivering individual
dwellings rather than building quality,liveable neighbourhoods. This is
shifting, however, as the amount of medium-density housing increases.
Significant investment in time and money is going into making our buildings and communities more resilient to seismic events and the increasing frequency of climate change-related extreme weather events.
Statistics show New Zealand society is becoming older and ethnically
more diverse, which has implications for our housing. There is a need
for more suitable housing for ageing people keen to downsize and for
those from cultures that prefer multi-generational housing.
There have been far-reaching changes in the layout and look of New Zealand schools, but more attention is needed to the indoor air quality. Now, with BRANZ’s Warmer, drier healthier buildings project, research teams are studying indoor air quality and monitoring ventilation.
What does the report card for the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme say now it has been up and running for over 10 years? Yes, there is room for improvement, but it has an important role in lifting buildings standards.