New Zealand is currently experiencing a housing shortage and the building and construction industry is building at a record level. This pressure carries the risk of declining quality in construction. Recent examples of quality issues range from poorly installed insulation, to badly poured concrete slabs and problems with steel reinforcing.
This programme will help eliminate quality issues by identifying the most common problems and the possible solutions to them. More importantly, it will look at why the industry is not making the necessary changes and explore ways in which they could be encouraged to do so.
'Quality' in buildings can be defined around three key parameters:
The critical success criteria of this programme are:
To find out more about the Programme, please contact the Programme Leader, Matthew Curtis.
Research under this programamme include:
What is quality in buildings?
The purpose of this project is to develop a definition of acceptable quality in different building types. This includes both compliance and aesthetic quality. The project will initially focus on generic quality problems, and then look at quality problems specific to particular types of buildings. Base data will come from a new survey on housing construction quality. The project will also assemble a panel of experts to help decide how we identify and assess quality.
Identifying the most common quality issues using a building pathology approach
At present information about quality issues is held privately or in hard-to-access databases. The purpose of this project is to see if it is possible to develop an improved source of information about quality issues and building failures. The data will then be analysed to identify the quality issues that most commonly lead to building failure - what is known as a "building pathology": approach. This information will make it possible to provide the industry with advice on the issues that need to be addressed.
Prioritising quality: identifying key quality issues
Quality issues can range from relatively minor problems to those that are likely to have serious long-term impacts. This project will identify the quality issues that cause the most concern, both from the point of view of owners, and in terms of a building's long-term durability and usability.
We understand why the previous work to solve common quality issues has not been successful
Finding ways of encouraging the industry to adopt new ways
Industry buy-in is essential to eliminate quality issues. However, it is human nature to resist change - particularly when we don't understand the reasons for it. This project will look at the factors that make it more likely those working in the industry will adopt new practices and processes.
Evidence around quality issues - what can industry data source tell us?
Significant data is collected on the building and construction industry by a range of agencies and organisations across New Zealand. However, these individual datasets only ever tell one part of the whole story about the industry, with limited ability or infrastructure to connect data to derive new insights from it. This project explores opportunities to join existing datasets to gain these insights around building industry quality issues, and second identify ‘quick wins' available to improve performance.
We have determined the best way to reduce the incidence of common quality issues
Work on projects to address this critical success criteria are being developed and will begin in early 2017.
Work on projects to address this critical success criteria are being developed and will begin in 17/18.
Work on projects to address this critical success criteria are being developed and will begin in 17/18