Stresses on supply chains due to Covid-19 cause officials to pull back from supporting warmer housing.

Pandemic disruptions force up prices, inflation and wait times which delay urgencies to raise New Zealand living conditions.


Institute of Architect’s chief executive Teena Hale-Pennington wants to match and go beyond international standards. Their ability to put new standards into place depends on the availability of materials and supplies.

“I think we ultimately will get the outcome that we’re all looking for, it’s just going to take a little bit slower, more cautious start.” Hale-Pennington expects housing to lag behind any upgraded standards for commercial buildings.


New Building Code


Changes in the Building Code will be announced at the end of November as new standards are put in place in response to Government climate change moves.

The Institute of Architects and Green Building Council’s chief executive Andrew Eagles says this is absolutely essential because our Building Code is woeful by international standards. Eagles expresses concern that it has already been two years living with supply chain issues, and we can’t afford to sit and wait another two years. “And further, there’s going to be even bigger changes three years later.”

The annual health benefits of better insulation have been put to at least half a billion dollars.

The Green Building Council believes buyers can cope with the tougher Building Code as extra costs pay for themselves over time.

The Council believes that the bold approach requires a change in direction away from the current ways of designing and constructing buildings and that a longer transition period would be expected with a phased implementation approach.





Adapted from Phil Pennington, Supply strain stresses hit building standards change