Constructive 2018: Cutting
to the chase…

Industry transformation is happening. After two Constructive Forums we are now seeing
new approaches and technologies being applied right here in New Zealand. 

While only two years ago technologies like 3D printing and modelling were seen as futuristic,
today they are a reality on many of our building sites. This year, Constructive will focus on the
practical application of these technologies on building sites throughout the country. 

As an industry we are not waiting for solutions. We are taking control and implementing the
transformation the sector needs. There has been great progress across many areas, and more
is still to come. 

This year's Constructive Forum is only a few months away. Our sector leaders will be sharing
the changes and innovations that are making a difference. The Government is poised for action.
We are committed to change. Are you also up for the challenge? 

Register for Constructive 2018.


Prefabrication and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are now more commonplace
in the sector. But we are also seeing a rise in technologies such as 3D printing, smart
materials, augmented reality and virtualisation to name but a few. 68 percent of this year’s
entries in the Registered Master Builders Commercial Project Awards talked about using
new technologies:  

38 percent of the projects entered into this year’s awards utilised pre-fabrication,
improving speed, design, and reducing cost. Prefabrication, from a safety point of view,
also reduces the time staff need to work at heights and provides less physically challenging
environments. This in turn opens the sector up to a wider workforce. 

25 percent used BIM. This collaboration and management software has strengthened
partnerships, embedded innovation and ensured efficiency. 

26 percent
also used 3D printing and modelling, particularly in the planning process.
Things are moving so fast very soon this will also be commonplace in the construction
process as well. 


With the collapse of high-profile construction projects in the latter half of 2017,
minimising risk has never been more important. There are no silver bullets here.
But again, our sector is not waiting for others to solve this issue. Nearly half (43%)
of this year’s award entries have worked to de-risk the construction process by ensuring
contractors are engaged and involved  early in the process. This enables discussions
around constructability and potential build risks at the outset. We are also working
with Government, who are looking how to rebalance risk and  liability, to improve
the way they manage pricing and risk in the sector.

A number of initiatives are underway to help raise the profile and lift the attractiveness
of our sector to more diverse groups. 

LookSee Build NZ introduced 50 construction professionals from around the world to
prospective employers in Auckland earlier in the year. Many are now being offered
permanent roles. 

We have also worked with Government to ensure immigration policy will not hinder
the sector’s growth. The KiwiBuild Visa will also help address the current skills shortages.
It is limited to only between 1,000 and 1,500 migrants at a given a time – so we will
keep a close watch on this.

The industry is also working to build a strong pipeline of local talent. We are working to
ensure the Government’s education reforms have a strong focus on on-the-job learning
and the ability to continue to learn over your career. 

BCITO has launched a new campaign to promote the sector more broadly. This includes
developing strategies for more diversity in the sector, including women and other ethnic

Today only 2.5% of school leavers go straight into an apprenticeship. BCITO has
developed a new app to help teachers and students build up credits while at school
so they can step straight into an apprenticeship. They are also trialing a new initiative
to better equip our young people for a career in the sector. You also need to play your part.
The industry needs more employers to take on apprentices. 

In 2017, the CEOs of New Zealand’s most prolific commercial construction companies
 formally agreed to standardise their approach to on-site health and safety policy,
engagement and induction. This effectively minimises conflicting policies, rules and
on-site expectations between different contractors. The CEOs of Leighs Construction,
Hawkins Construction, NZ Strong, Arrow International, Russell Group,
Dominion Constructors, Fletcher Construction and Naylor Love were all part of
 the original agreement. This agreement is now being used more broadly across the sector. 

Following this success this group has now come together to advocate on broader
construction sector issues. RMBA is overseeing its formation. Called the
Vertical Construction Leader’s group, it will cover a number of broader
policy issues, including risk transfer, procurement, KiwiBuild, and retentions. 


KiwiBuild is still a key priority for the sector. We are working closely with the new division of MBIE
 as is builds its capability. RMBA is actively talking to Ministers and officials about the role
we can play to coordinate the build of these homes. We are confident RMBA members alone
 can build 1,000 additional homes within a year if they are given the certainty.
We are actively working with the Government to put New Zealand companies at the heart of the solution.