Report

Bespoke residential housing demand and construction innovation

5 Nov 2014
Description

Examines the drivers of demand for bespoke housing, the impact of building firm size and the barriers to innovation, and thus productivity, in New Zealand residential construction.

Executive summary
This report examines the drivers of demand for bespoke housing, the impact of building firm size and the barriers to innovation, and thus productivity, in New Zealand residential construction. NZIER interviewed home buyers that commissioned new builds, builders, and other industry stakeholders. The engagement was informed by research and economic benchmarking of housing in Australia and the USA. NZIER did not engage regulators or review regulations; this was outside of the report scope.

The report was prepared for BRANZ and the Building and Construction Productivity Partnership who are concerned with:

  • the slow speed of supply due to the types of houses demanded (i.e. bespoke/ tailored homes)
  • low productivity in housing construction, which creates the risk that the demand for new houses cannot be met in a timely manner.

The research had two sets of questions, one relating to bespoke and standardised housing and the other to small and medium sized enterprises.

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2014
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