What are we building and how has it changed?

Author:
Shane Martin, David Norman
Source:
Auckland Council Chief Economist
Publication date:
2018

Consents for new dwellings are the highest they’ve been for 14 years and are approaching the highest ever, which is welcome news against a backdrop of a housing shortage of 46,000 dwellings.

The mix of dwelling type has changed significantly, and the average dwelling size has plummeted, mostly due to budget constraints encouraging a switch from stand-alone houses to townhouses and apartments, but also due to changing patterns in apartment and townhouse size.

Multi-unit dwelling construction requires a skill-set that differs somewhat to that required for stand-alone homes, and is more akin to non-residential building. With the recent surge in non-residential building activity, this suggests we will see non-residential and more complex multi-unit developments competing for workers.

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