Building Industry Insight

with Matthew Duder

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Matthew is General Manager for EBOSS and close to trends and developments that reveal insight into the future of the NZ building industry.

Short Course on Sustainability in Christchurch and Auckland

by Matthew Duder

A two-day short course on one of the industry's most important topics – sustainable building – will be running in Auckland and Christchurch in June, held by Otago Polytechnic.

Now more than ever, construction professionals are realising the environmental consequences of the way we plan and design new buildings.   The 'Creating Living Buildings' short course offers a full understanding of sustainability in our industry and looks at how using a strategic approach using clear goals pays dividends.  It examines collaborative delivery methods – including an introduction to t...

Christchurch Inner-City Development Request for Proposals

by Matthew Duder

Together the East and North frames have a gross land area of 14.6 hectares, of which just under half will be offered up for development. The new community will comprise around 750 medium density homes in a mix of four to six storey townhouses and apartments. "The Crown will build the central park, as well as the Margaret Mahy Family Playground and streetscape, and provide serviced Super-Lots to h...

Nick Smith and Len Brown on Planning for Housing Growth in NZ and Auckland (Video)

by Matthew Duder

On the 26th of November EBOSS held its annual SPECIFIED event at the Auckland Town Hall, providing building product suppliers with an overview of insights spanning the architectural industry. Speakers included BIM leaders, principals from leading large and small architectural firms as well as central and local government leaders speaking on the challenges of projected building growth. One of the r...

Auckland Council Unanimously Support Auckland Housing Accord

by Matthew Duder

See the press release from Nick Smith's Office.  Where do you think the Special Housing Areas will be? Council’s Adoption of Housing Accord Another Step Forward Hon Dr Nick SmithMinister of Housing 10 September 2013 Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed Auckland Council’s unanimous support for the Auckland Housing Accord to urgently increase the supply and affordability of housing in Auck...

Win a Double Pass To The Form Forum — Retail Futures

by Matthew Duder

EBOSS and The Designers Institute presents The Form Forum; an invite-only annual event series that incorporates a series of themed design presentations and product showcases from New Zealand's leading design brands.

The Form Forum — Retail Futures is the launch of The Form Forum annual event series in Auckland and focuses on the evolving and pivotal role that design plays in the transformation of retail. Up to 21 LBP points will be allocated for this event. The event will showcase design installations from a number of brands including Metro GlassTech, Advance Flooring, Alubond, ASSA ABLOY, Bestwood, Dulux, GI...

Sketchfab Brings 3D Visualisation to the Web

by Matthew Duder

Sketchfab allows users to present an interactive preview of the file using standard HTML5. The platform supports 27 file types (including .dwf & .3ds) and users can easily rotate, pan and zoom, as well as share, like and comment. Go ahead and give it a try - Use of the service is free with an upload limit of 50MB, while a premium plan is available from USD 15 a month.

Exclusive 2013 Architectural and Design Documentary Series

by Matthew Duder

Urbanized, a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, included in the EBOSS 2013 architectural documentary series. With the success of the EBOSS invite-only 2012 architectural documentaries, we will be screening a range of recent feature films in 2013 on all kinds of subjects that includes architecture, design and urban planning. The evenings will be held from April to December throu...

Tūhoe's Living Building commences

by Matthew Duder

Work began this month on New Zealand’s first living building.Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane, has been designed to have no environmental impact, be integrated into its surrounding landscape and to give back to the world around it. It will be the most advanced sustainable building in New Zealand.Tūhoe Chairman Tamati Kruger said the decision to build the ...

New houses hit four year high

by Matthew Duder

  October has seen the highest number of new dwellings being consented since four years ago, with a total number of 1,639, including 168 apartments (129 retirement village units), Statistics NZ announced today.The total value of consents issued for all buildings (residential and non-residential) was $984 million, up 34% from October 2011.Compared with October 2011:The total value of residential bu...

Understanding Kiwibuild - 100,000 homes in 10 years

by Matthew Duder

Last month David Shearer launched Labour's proposed programme to assist with the issue of housing affordability.Instead of waiting for the market, Labour's plan is to build 100,000 affordable entry-level homes over a ten year period, with two-thirds of the houses built in the first five years located in Auckland.Is the $300,000 benchmark achievable? To produce a two bedroom, 90 sq metre, two-store...

Breathe - The New Urban Village Project

by Matthew Duder

New Urban Village and the Breathe competitionDesigns for Christchurch’s inner cityChristchurch City Council, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and Ngāi Tahu are hosting an international competition to design and build a new neighbourhood in the Central City.The winning design will be built on a site on the corner of Madras and Gloucester streets. As an exemplar of quality sustainabl...

Kevin McCloud's Open Letter to Christchurch

by Matthew Duder

Open letter to ChristchurchRebuilding Christchurch brings an opportunity most cities never get: to breathe new life into the Central City, to recreate Christchurch as a world leading exemplar of sustainable, modern living. Since I was brought on board as a judge in the upcoming Breathe design competition, I’ve been carefully following plans for the city’s redevelopment and the resulting conversati...