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Costs of concrete versus timber for domestic floors

By Ian Page 1 January 1998, Build 44

Most new houses are built on a concrete slab ground floor. Some surveys indicate that the national average is 80% of new houses built on concrete, although there is some regional variation. The main reason for the dominance of concrete is cost. But on some sloping sites, timber floors can be cheaper.

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Employment high

By Ian Page 1 December 2015, Build 151

Employment levels in the building industry are at an all-time high, and with more work set to come on stream, they are predicted to rise further. The problem is, these people may be hard to find.

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Small building firms’ insights

By Ian Page 1 August 2013, Build 137

Clients that are clear about what they want, designers that provide sufficient detail and better project management by builders would improve the performance of small building firms, a recent BRANZ survey finds.

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The cost of choices

By Matthew Curtis 1 October 2014, Build 144

Some designers and new-build clients are uncertain about the cost and value impacts of incorporating a range of design choices. To help, BRANZ has developed a table showing some price spreads in new homes.

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