Transforming the Building Industry
This research aims to transform the current conservative, constrained and fragmented building industry into a productive, innovative industry for the 21st century. Under the overarching theme of innovation, the research will focus on three areas: new technologies, appropriate upskilling of labour, and improving processes with a focus on whole-of-building, whole-of-life performance.
The research will:
improve the quality and functionality of new buildings through the use of technology and education to improve housing stock
use new technologies and education to reduce the cost of building, thus meeting future demand for affordable housing
co-innovate with numerous industry organisations and upskill the labour force to increase the likely uptake of innovation
draw on values embedded in mātauranga Māori in upskilling the Māori labour force.