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How not to waste money? – Manage Your Facilities!

It is no surprise that New Zealand businesses are squandering energy, and therefore money, in the course of their day-to-day operations. A vivid example would be a commercial building running an air-conditioning unit to cool down one part of its structure while trying to heat up another part with a boiler. Many businesses could shave […]

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Hawkins to pay $13.4 million for a leaky school

H Construction North Island – formerly called Hawkins Construction North Island – has been ordered to pay $13.4 million to fix a raft of errors at a leaky, damp, and rotting secondary school in Auckland. Botany Downs Secondary College was built in stages by Hawkins in the 2000s, opening in 2004. As of 2018, it […]

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Flammable Panelling in High-rises

13 high-rise buildings in Auckland are covered in flammable aluminium panelling, but Auckland Council does not foresee any “immediate safety concerns” for the tenants. After the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) requested all councils to identify buildings covered by the same flammable aluminum cladding panels […]

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Construction Begins for Eastern Busway

The pre-construction work for the Eastern Busway, bridging Panmure and Pakuranga has finally begun. Auckland Transport explains that the project will entail the tearing down of fourteen Auckland Council-owned buildings in order to make way for archaeological investigations. According to Auckland Transport, the archaeological work is “particularly important on this project due to the unique […]

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Earthquake-prone Buildings Identified

Auckland Council is anticipating challenges from building owners whose properties are identified as earthquake-prone. From November onwards, proprietors of approximately 1800 earthquake-prone buildings in Auckland are going to receive letters of notification which will inform them of their building’s status. Owners of such buildings will either be added to a national register and undergo the […]

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Auckland Building Costs Increased by 17% In A Year

While New Zealand inflation is running at 2.2%, the building costs in Auckland in the past year increased 17%. According to information provided by Statistics NZ, Auckland building consent costs rose from $1846/sqm in 2016 to $2153/sqm in 2017. The national costs over the same perios rose from $1812/sqm to $1946/sqm only. The surge has […]

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