IT’S THAT CRAZY end of year time again as we produce our last Build for 2019. There is little time to reflect on the year, but hopefully we can all find time to have a summer break, to pause and check we are heading in the direction we need (and want) to be.
In this Build, we look at some of the changes in the building industry in our feature Changing face of building. This year, government and the construction sector set out a plan to transform the industry through the Construction Sector Accord and the transformation plan (page 40).
They have ambitious goals of working together to tackle issues such as skills and labour shortages, poor risk management, unclear regulations and pipeline of projects and a lack of coordinated leadership.
These are issues that see delivery of poor-quality buildings and companies failing while the building consent numbers are at an alltime high. Addressing these is critical both for the sector and for the ultimate end users of our buildings, now and into the future.
We report on the pipeline of construction work ahead (page 44) and how the Census points to us needing to build houses that suit an ageing population and changing family dynamics (page 47). We also look at the increase in medium-density housing and the technical issues associated with it (page 57).
There is also innovation in building methods. As part of a research project, X-Frame has been designed to reduce waste (see page 54). It is a modular plywood structural frame that uses reversible and reusable connections. At the end of a building’s life, instead of being demolished and becoming waste, the material can be recovered and reused. Will this approach be one of the disruptive changes that the industry needs to meet current and future challenges?
Enjoy reading the latest issue of Build. From the Build team, I wish you and yours a relaxing break and a successful 2020.
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