16 08, 2016

NSW Affordable Housing – Challenge and Market Failure

By |August 16th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

The time for debating affordability must have passed. It’s time for action. The problem in New South Wales and across Australia. Over the last 15 years, Australia’s housing supplies have failed to meet the needs of an increasing number of households caught in a widening gap between traditional providers. This gap is widening despite attempts to stimulate increased supplies from every source. Social housing supplies have not met the demands

24 05, 2016

PrefabNZ’s 5-year Impact Report – CoLab16

By |May 24th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

The launch of the HIVE Book[1] – commemorating the Home Innovation Village, in Christchurch. This PrefabNZ initiative allowed ten high-quality, sustainable, well-designed prefabricated houses to be showcased and offer speedy housing solutions to the Christchurch community post the 2011 earthquake. The UNIPod[2]. This was a collaboration between PrefabNZ, NZIA, RVA, Lifemark, and VUW’s SOAD. The CoLab launch was of the winning prototype by First Light Studio and completed by many

26 04, 2016

The Australian public remains misinformed about the need to improve constructions performance

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

The Australian public is entitled to better intel in this debate and in the end a better deal from an industry that benefits from so much public indulgence. This week the ABCC debate has culminated in an ideological battle that has seen this legislation voted down in the Australian Senate. The debate has been fought on the one hand about industrial lawlessness, and on the other by safety and the

14 04, 2016

Brickbats Fly While Senate Considers ABCC Legislation

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

Questionable facts and more than a few distractions are sure to be hurled around as all sides try to win or fight the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). The pity is the public becomes none the wiser about why industrial lawlessness must be stamped out in the Australian construction industry. The brickbats that both sides will no doubt exchange seem to becoming more personal and mostly

11 04, 2016

Checking the facts – why the ABCC legislation is important to the Australian construction industry

By |April 11th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|

Political facts and fact checking may fail to properly inform the public of important debates in my view. They allow commentators to ramble on with often uninformed points of view. This leaves the public in the dark about the facts. Re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is far too important a public interest issue to be constrained by the protocols or of the narrow fact selection reported here.

7 04, 2016

Creating a Valuable Modern Construction Enterprise

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

There has been plenty of interest in my recent article suggesting the sorts of questions that budding construction enterprises might get ready to answer as their businesses look the next phase of growth. The conversation around “Is this a business?” is set to continue. There seems to be strong interest in taking the subject further. I believe start up-construction enterprises will be the engine room of the transformations that will

31 03, 2016

Australian Timber Industry lacks a pre-competitive strategy for its future

By |March 31st, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|

This is the second of two discussions about how I see the challenges that lay ahead in the global construction market for the Australian timber industry. These were written exclusively for Forest Wood Products Australia. This article offers ideas that the Australian and New Zealand wood industry may consider for a more prosperous future. I am a big proponent for increasing the use of timber building products in modern construction.

21 03, 2016

Andrew Heaton: What Can Be Done to Revive Australia’s Steel Industry?

By |March 21st, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|

As prices tumble and job cuts mount, the turmoil which has engulfed the steel industry in Australia is plain for all to see. Overall volumes of steel produced have fallen from 7.3 million tonnes in 2010 to 4.9 million in 2015 according to the World Steel Association (world-steel). This puts Australia at 29th position and gives the country an implied world market share of just 0.3 per cent. Though it

8 03, 2016

Is this a Business? If so, What’s the Story?

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

The Australian construction industry is abuzz with new construction enterprises putting their hand up as examples of modern construction, and many of them fit the bill. The challenge for most is to determine what problem are they solving and how will the industry’s customers get a better deal. Many of these businesses are at a point where they need fresh capital to grow. The obvious question then becomes: is this

18 02, 2016

Is Housing Advocacy Leading Government Astray?

By |February 18th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

Politicians are right to be sceptical when they receive unsolicited advice, but some of the advocacy that comes their way is hard to avoid. The cost of living pressures of ordinary households and the debt levels they are being encouraged to subscribe to are just as unsustainable as the debt levels that result from governments that are living beyond our national means. It has never been more important to treat