INSIGHTS FOR BUILDING NEW FUTURES
LESSONS FROM THE PAST, STRATEGIES FOR THE PRESENT

ROTORUA ENERGY CENTRE
25 -26 AUGUST 2022
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Housing and building continue to dominate news headlines and political agendas. The issues are well versed – the real focus must now be how to address them. Constructive brings together the wider sector, and Government to move beyond words and into practical actions for change. 

With housing the debate often begins with the question of what is a decent home? And how can we prioritise the many competing demands? Quality homes, emissions reduction, healthy homes, modern living, affordability, and the effects of climate change are all important dimensions but more often than not, one dimension is highlighted at the expense of all the others. How do we help the country – from the public all the way to policy-makers – better understand the trade-offs and priorities that we really need, those that will make the biggest difference?

Across commercial and residential construction our issues are similar to other western nations. This year we will hear from Master Builders Australia to understand more about their approach and how they weathered the GFC better than us. 
Market conditions are changing and challenging the sector. Issues like procurement, risk management and climate change are still upon us. Added to them are rising inflation, skills and material shortages, the supply chain disruption and resulting cost escalation. These are seriously impacting the sector’s work and wellbeing as customer and supplier relationships are tested. But has a sector we have been here before – as the last few years of boom seem to be easing with the inevitable bust phase of the cycle looming. How do we avoid the issues we have seen in previous cycles before we lose some of the best companies and talent from the sector? This will require hindsight, insight, and foresight to come out stronger over the year ahead. 

DAY ONE AT A GLANCE: 
RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION – LESSONS TO HELP WITH ADAPTING TO CHANGE

For the last 12 years we have seen a continuous increase in work. That has now stopped as the effects of a slowing economy, supply chain disruption, skilled labour shortages, rising costs, consenting delays, and government regulation have pressed down on the sector. Our problems are not unique, similar issues are being felt elsewhere. We ask is there anything we can learn from others, particularly from Australia, and how can we transform our approach to housing and social housing to adapt and emerge stronger than during previous cycles. 

We also look at the myriad regulatory issues impacting the sector, what you need to know and what these changes will practically mean for what and how we build. Emissions reduction joins consenting as significant pain points for many. Constructive will address what we can do differently today, and the changes we need to solve for tomorrow. 

Concern for the mental wellbeing of our workforce will be a particular focus at Constructive. Already a major issue for the sector, what strategies and practical tips can help protect a workforce facing unprecedented pressures. With the allure of higher wages across the Tasman and the border reopened, what can the sector do to retain and reward staff. The need to encourage greater diversity is no longer a nice to have but a necessary step in growing the sector’s workforce. The benefits of adopting a wellbeing approach and promoting diversity will be made.     

DAY TWO AT A GLANCE: 
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION – STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVING THE CYCLE

Issues facing the commercial construction sector – procurement, climate change and waste management, supply chain disruption, cost escalation and business failures – will be explored to derive lessons which can inform new adaptive strategies as acute pressures impact the sector.  

We are looking forward to presenting our annual state of the sector survey, which shows what we have achieved in the past 12 months, while raising the issues being experienced. We’ll focus on what is keeping leaders awake at night – and what they’re doing about it. This year’s survey is especially important to gauge how well the sector is holding up as it faces a marked change in market conditions.  

The Construction Sector Accord is a key structure for government and the sector to work together to improve the sector’s performance. It’s opportune to review progress made since its inception in 2019 and focus on where improvements are needed and discuss where to from here for the Accord as economic conditions, regulatory overload, and workforce conditions place the sector under greater stress.   
   
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We look forward to seeing you at Constructive in August