18 02, 2016

What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand?

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

In the first of two no-holds-barred pieces, both exclusive to Australasian Timber, about the changes that lay ahead in a global construction market, David provides a context for what this means for southern hemisphere timber building products. The first piece – What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand? will be featured in the February edition of Australasian Timber, the first cab off the rank for our

17 02, 2016

Construction Companies Something to Watch in 2016

By |February 17th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

2016 will be a big year for construction company stories. The market's competitive dynamics are now starting to change. The share price of some our major Australian construction businesses would signal that they are fully priced and show no great prospects for a leap in shareholder value any time soon. Most are trading around their 10-year averages ... READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

21 01, 2016

Productivity key to a better Construction Future

By |January 21st, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

The coming year must see Australian construction lock in the potential of a more lawful industry and address the challenge of measurably lifting its productivity and effectiveness. Australian construction costs are amongst the highest in the world. These costs stand out when compared to those of our immediate regional neighbours. Being more competitive in the Indo-Pacific construction market will increasingly define our industry’s future success. Construction is often dismissed as

11 11, 2015

A case to disrupt the traditional developer multi-unit housing delivery model

By |November 11th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

It may be time to consider new ways that future multi-unit supply may be enabled - ways that challenge the current developer delivery model to either do better or give way to alternate providers who will better meet the public's needs. READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

27 10, 2015

Time for Construction to get serious about Regional Trade

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been working pretty hard on regional trade agreements over the last few years. The most current are the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). And then there are the India and Indonesian FTAs in the pipeline. So what does Australia’s construction industry plan to do about it? READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

16 10, 2015

BIM is a bit like sterile seed – good for a crop

By |October 16th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|

Industry e-news Sourceable ran another article on BIM. It's good to see a few BIM sceptics poking their heads up. See my thoughts and a link to the article below. CLICK HERE FOR DAVID CHANDLER ARTICLE CLICK HERE FOR SOURCEABLE ARTICLE

6 10, 2015

Sourceable news constantly echoes forlorn stories about the problems facing construction in Australia these days

By |October 6th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|

My article on Undermining 200 years of public confidence in Australian Construction drew many responses. Some from consumer advocates, some from ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

1 10, 2015

Submission into Construction Technologies by the Victorian Government

By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

The Victorian Government recently called for submissions on the state's construction future. Attached is an edited copy of David Chandler's submission which was made in conjunction with Dr Mary Hardie of Western Sydney University and Associate Professor Willy Sher of Newcastle University. CLICK HERE FOR SUBMIITED ARTICLE (Edited)

10 08, 2015

Are Construction Contractors Taking on too Much Risk?

By |August 10th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

At a National Infrastructure Summit organised by the Australian Financial Review in June, Lend Lease chief executive officer Steve McCann told the audience that contractors around the country were being forced to take on too much risk on public sector infrastructure projects, and that a trend to place more risk onto contractors was driving up pricing, impacting productivity and leading to a higher cost society ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED

10 08, 2015

Bill Shorten: Out of Touch and Out of Date

By |August 10th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

Shorten is just hanging on by the grace of Labour’s left, mainly the CFMEU, these days ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE