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  Building Activity

BuildingAct.gifBuilding activity is defined by consented building work in the Auckland region. Building consents provide information on the number of projects, value and floor area. Distances are measured over the road network.

In this part of atlas, spatial distribution and trends in building activity are presented in graphs and maps for two main groups of buildings (residential and non-residential) and two distinct forms of construction in the building life cycle (new builds and alterations).


Construction of New Residential Buildings » 
Greenfield, in-fill and brownfield development and redevelopment of houses,
apartments and flats.
View new residential buildings data


Alteration of Existing Residential Buildings » 
Extension and refurbishment of houses, apartments and flats.
View residential building alterations data


Construction of New Non-Residential Buildings » 
Greenfield, in-fill and brownfield development and redevelopment of of farm,
industrial, commercial, educational, health, social, cultural and religious buildings.
View new non-residential buildings data


Alteration of Existing Non-Residential Buildings » 
Extension and refurbishment of farm, industrial, commercial, educational,
health, social, cultural and religious buildings.
View non-residential building alterations data


Residential buildings

Residential buildings contain one or more dwellings. A dwelling is defined as a self-contained unit of accommodation. Two types of residential buildings can be distinguished: 

  • Houses - comprising all types of houses (detached, semi-detached, terraced houses, houses built in a row). Houses are ground-oriented, which means that each dwelling has its own entrance directly from the ground surface.
  • Other residential buildings - comprising all residential buildings other than ground-oriented residential buildings as defined above (apartments, flats). 

Non-residential buildings 

Non-residential buildings are used for all other purposes than residential use. They feature a tremendous diversity in use and sizes. Several types of non-residential buildings can be distinguished: 

  • Farm buildings.
  • Industrial buildings, factories and storage buildings
  • Commercial buildings - shops, restaurants, taverns, offices, administration buildings, hostels, boarding houses, hotels and other short-term accommodation.
  • Educational buildings.
  • Health buildings, hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Social, cultural and religious buildings.
  • Miscellaneous buildings.