Construction and Infrastructure Report – September 2022

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    02 September 2022

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Welcome to the Construction and Infrastructure Report, a round-up of industry news and thought leadership underpinning New Zealand’s construction and infrastructure sectors.

In this issue, we explore the prospect of a construction cooldown raised by the ‘National Construction Pipeline Report 2022’, prepared jointly by the Building Research Association of New Zealand and construction research consultancy Pacifecon.

New Zealand is experiencing a period of significant uncertainty in the building and construction sector. Material price inflation, labour shortages, supply chain disruptions, changes to the Building Code, and credit constraints are influencing the market.

We also take a look at The Construction Sector Accord’s ‘Construction Sector Transformation Plan for 2022-2025’. The Plan outlines various challenges facing the sector and discusses the Accord’s framework for change to achieve its vision of a thriving, fair and sustainable construction industry.

There has been a significant increase in the use of expert evidence in civil proceedings in New Zealand. An ongoing wave of defective building claims before the Court has substantially contributed to this. Our experts reflect on this rise in complex litigation, providing practical advice for expert witnesses involved in contentious matters.

This issue contains seven digital articles. Click the links below to read each one.

Construction cooldown? National Construction Pipeline Report 2022 is released

Giving expert evidence in a construction dispute: Seven fundamental elements of great evidence

Calling international experts: An introduction to giving expert evidence in New Zealand

Residential building supplies market study

Building for Change: The Construction Sector Transformation Plan 2022-2025

Broader outcomes: The Construction Sector Accord’s guidance on achieving long-term public value for Aotearoa New Zealand

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