Building Industry Insight

with Matthew Duder

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As Managing Director of EBOSS Matthew is close to trends and developments that reveal insight into the future of the NZ building industry.

How Do We Build a Better New Zealand?

by Matthew Duder

Innovative ways to create better communities and improve the performance of existing buildings will be discussed by national and overseas speakers at the Building a Better New Zealand conference.

One of the most important conferences for the sector in 2014, the Building a Better New Zealand conference is being held in Auckland from 3-5th September 2014. It brings together a wide range of industry stakeholders including policy makers, innovators, researchers, industry leaders, designers and manufacturers to focus on research findings and case studies of best practice – review the full prog...

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse on the Auckland Vision (The Development of Auckland 2014 Video)

by Matthew Duder

Speaking at 'The Development of Auckland' event on Tuesday 24th June, Deputy Mayor of Auckland Penny Hulse outlined an update on the Unitary Plan as well as key planning and infrastructure initiatives.

As Chair of the Auckland Development Committee as well as Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse is helping to usher through the Unitary Plan to fruition, to bring all parts of Auckland under one cohesive plan following the city amalgamation. Having received over 9,400 submissions (totalling 93,600 requests) on the Unitary Plan, Auckland Council is preparing to forward all information to the independent hearing...

Alison Reid on the Changing Face and Demographics of Auckland (The Development of Auckland Video)

by Matthew Duder

Speaking at 'The Development of Auckland' event on Tuesday 24th June, Alison Reid, Senior Researcher at Auckland Council, delivered an informative presentation of 2013 Census data.

Auckland's population is growing year on year, driven by natural increase as well as by migration from overseas as well as other parts of New Zealand. Population projections suggest that the city's population could reach 2 million by 2031.  In her presentation to architectural professionals, Alison Reid – a Senior Researcher at Auckland Council – outlined the key trends from the 2013 census relati...

Bob Lamason on the Current Consenting Process (The Development of Auckland 2014 Video)

by Matthew Duder

Speaking at 'The Development of Auckland' event on Tuesday 24th June, Bob Lamason, Senior Building Consent Project Manager, gave an overview of the new structure of the Building Control team and the current consenting process.

In his presentation, Bob gave us an insight into the recent developments within Auckland Council and the Council’s desire to be fully engaged with the industry. Bob references the Council's understanding to embrace technology with site inspectors taking tablets onsite in order to check technical documents and installation guides have been followed correctly in order to give approvals.  He also cov...

Elizabeth Wells on Special Housing Areas (The Development of Auckland 2014 Video)

by Matthew Duder

Speaking at 'The Development of Auckland' event on Tuesday 24th June, Elizabeth Wells, SHA Consenting Manager of the Housing Project Office, delivered an informative presentation entitled 'Special Housing Areas – Opportunities and Challenges'.

With Auckland housing ranked "severely unaffordable" in the International Demographia Report for the 10th year in a row, affordability is a key component of the Auckland Housing Accord.  Put simply, the issue of Auckland's housing crisis stems from supply and demand – the demand for housing is increasing, meaning Council is looking at ways to increase supply. The creation of the Housing Project Of...

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

The first call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for working with the Crown on the development of housing within Christchurch's new Central and Eastern frames has been released this week.

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

Exclusive video of Minister of Housing Hon. Dr Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown speaking at EBOSS's Specified 2013 event. Dr Smith and Mayor Brown addressed the challenges facing architects, designers and construction professionals in the building industry, including the large growth projections and government approaches (both central and local) to meet these.

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

Finally Nick Smith gets support from Auckland City regarding the Auckland Housing Accord.

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

With the increase in 3D design, it's no wonder services like Sketchfab are popping up. Claiming they will do to 3D visualisation what Youtube did for video, Sketchfab provides a simple service to enable designers to publish, share and embed their files in a visual and interactive way on any website.

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...