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Building consents surge 5 per cent in October

30 November 2015The number of new homes being approved rose by 5 per cent in October, but is still down from a July surge in building consents. Statistics New Zealand released the latest figures for residential building consents this morning that show 2,349 new dwellings were consented, nearly three-quarters of them new houses. The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland is at its highest level since December 2004, and its partly due to a growth in the consents for new apartments. There were 804 new dwellings approved in Auckland in October, an increase of 214 from October 2014. Two nearby regions also...

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Changes to Health and Safety legislation

6 November 2014

These submissions are made on behalf of the timber preservation industry.

The industry is a user of hazardous substances to treat timber for durability in service. The substances used are typically classified as;

3.1C flammable substances – preservatives carried in white spirit 6.1B toxic substances

Subsidiary classifications can apply as well, such as Class 9. Our submission focuses on the following;

1. Inventory
2. Management of health and safety risk
3. Safety Data Sheets
4. Emergency management plans
5. Test certification
6. Approved handler

Why Wood Works

6 November 2014

Auckland Today - September / October 2014

Timber is construction’s material mainstay, playing a strong role in building since the 1800s, based on its natural qualities of strength, durability and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Residential Construction Sector Market Study – Submission by NZTIF

6 November 2014

This submission from the New Zealand Timber Industry Federation outlines cost savings of around $1,000 – $1,500 that could be achieved for a typical 180m2 home by using alternative grades of timber that cost less than the grade commonly used at present. The reasons why these savings are not currently being attained have been identified as product specification barriers and lack of allowable substitution, and the layout of NZS 3604 Timber Framed Construction not requiring Specific Design.

The Federation claims that cost savings can be achieved if simpler rules and processes allowing substitution of timber grades within a design ...

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Restructuring of the local timber industry likely

6 November 2014

The New Zealand Timber Industry Federation believes that there will need to be changes to the structure of the Nelson and Marlborough saw milling industry in order for the sector to grow in the face of some real challenges.

“The ability of Saw Mills to get a secure and constant supply of logs to cut has been a major problem in the region and has forced some operations to take a long look at their production focus” says NZTIF CEO, Brent Coffey.

The shortage of logs has been driven by high export demand, especially from China. New Zealand raw log...

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Log Shortages Will Strangle Local Sawmilling

6 November 2014

New Zealand sawmillers are being strangled by continuing log shortages.

High export demand for logs in China and other Asian markets is creating a widespread shortage of logs for processing here says the New Zealand Timber Industry Federation, and there’s every reason to believe these shortages will continue over the next few years.

Since 2008 New Zealand log exports have increased by 240% and international forestry commentators are saying that the level of demand for logs in China (which accounts for 70% of our log trade) will continue...

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High dollar could hurt timber gains

24 January 2013

The forestry and timber industry may be poised for a recovery amid signs of improvement in the Kiwi and US construction markets, but industry players say it could be a delicate one.

According to industry figures, timber exports from New Zealand appear to have bottomed, with $774.5 million worth of cut lumber sold overseas in 2012, up from $770.4m in 2011, although more timber was sold at a lower unit price.

That's poised to pick up in the year ahead, according to forecasts from the Timber Industry Federation, as construction activity picks up due to the Christchurch earthquake rebuild and...

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RECOVERY AT LAST

3 September 2012

The timber industry can expect a slow but tentative, domestic market led recovery from this springtime. By the end of summer quite significant shortages in some lines will emerge, which will push prices up by an average of 10%, enough to return the industry to profitability.

Recent stats indicate we are starting to bounce off the bottom.

Timber exports are lifting and building industry demand, measured by consents, is firming nicely.

Sales to the domestic market have been hovering at all time lows with the March quarter still 40% down on 2007 levels.

The timber industry can expect a slow but...

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