As the focus turns to improving resilience, BRANZ has assessed the costs of some common measures to make houses more resilient.
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The building materials used in roof and wall claddings continue to change over time. What are the current trends?
Steel’s popularity as a structural element is rising, and there’s scope for more use of prefabrication. These are two of the trends BRANZ has identified for commercial building construction.
The cost of maintaining a home can be high, but delaying essential work means it will cost much more in the long term. There’s evidence many properties aren’t being kept up to scratch.
Costs can be lowered and accidents avoided if time is spent thinking about safety at a project’s design stage. This can range from the number of employees and the materials used, through to putting in permanent safety systems.
The affordability debate often focuses on policy and the demand-end responses, but for the building industry, the more important questions may be what should affordable houses be like, and how can we lower the building cost?