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Costs to reach minimum

By Dr Julie Bennett 1 December 2016, Build 157

A field test of housing in several New Zealand locations found most didn’t meet University of Otago minimum housing standards. So what would it cost to bring them up to scratch, and what do landlords think?

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House values outstrip incomes

By Matthew Curtis 1 February 2017, Build 158, Feature article

Using World Bank measures, our housing is unaffordable to severely unaffordable in urban areas. With household incomes rising more slowly than house values, this situation looks unlikely to change any time soon.

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Scaffolded sites safer

By Nick Helm 1 December 2017, Build 163

Recent BRANZ-commissioned research shows the use of scaffolding on single-storey builds has made sites safer but highlights the opportunity to review regulations and improve industry guidance.

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Award for affordable housing in Nelson

By Steve Richards 1 June 2008, Build 106, Feature article

Last year, a novel rental housing scheme in Nelson, owned and managed by Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, won the Community Development category of the NZ Master Builders Federation House of the Year awards. This was a welcome boost for trustees grappling with the problem of housing affordability.

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