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29 Apr 2021
BUILDING CODE UPDATES 2020-2021 - INTERNAL MOISTURE
On the 4th November 2021, the changes to NZBC E3/AS1 and the addition of E3/AS2 become the Acceptable Solutions for Internal Moisture. But it is...
29 Apr 2021
LIST OF WORK SECTIONS WITH NZBC CHANGES - MAY 2021
With the updating of the Masterspec libraries, we thought it may be useful to provide the complete list of work sections that have been updated so you...
28 Apr 2021
BUILDING CODE UPDATES 2020-2021 - TIME TO ABSORB & APPLY
On the 3rd of November 2021, the 12 month transition period ends for the NZBC changes introduced in November 2020. This means the previous editions of...
28 Apr 2021
PROTECTION FROM FIRE UPDATES
This article delivers a summary of a number of the more significant updates to C/VM2 and C/AS2. Minor amendments to C/VM1 and C/AS1 were also made,...
28 Apr 2021
STORMWATER DRAINAGE DESIGN – NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN NZBC E1 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
November 2020 brought a number of updates to the Building Code, including a new Acceptable Solution in the form of E1/AS2 in its newest version,...
25 Mar 2021
UPDATES TO MASTERSPEC INTUMESCENT PAINT – STEELWORK SECTIONS
Late last year the FPANZ (Fire Protection Association of New Zealand) released the Code of Practice COP-03 Version 1.0, Specification of Application...
09 Mar 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR MARCH 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
03 Mar 2021
STANDARDS ONLINE WEBSITE UPDATE
You may be experiencing some problems accessing Standards over the coming days as they are making significant updates to their website. We are aware...
02 Mar 2021
FIRE BARRIERS - FOR VENTILATED CAVITY CONSTRUCTION
Maintaining an unobstructed ventilated drained cavity behind cladding on multi-unit/multi-storey residential or commercial buildings can be made...
18 Feb 2021
ELECTRICAL RELATED FIRES - CAN THEY BE REDUCED?
About 20% of New Zealand building fires are related to electrical systems or devices. So is there anything that could help in new builds and...
18 Feb 2021
TIMBER STANDARD NZS 3604 REVISION PROCESS STARTED
New Zealand's main standard for the design and construction of timber-framed buildings, NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, is being revised,...
09 Feb 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
12 Jan 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR JANUARY 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
08 Dec 2020
MASTERSPEC BEGINS A NEW INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP WITH STEEL CONSTRUCTION NEW ZEALAND (SCNZ)
Masterspec and SCNZ are delighted to announce a new industry partnership to support the structural steel design, fabrication and erection in the New...
26 Nov 2020
STORMWATER DRAINAGE DESIGN – NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN NZBC E1 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
November 2020 brought a number of updates to the Building Code, including a new Acceptable Solution in the form of E1/AS2 in its newest version,...
26 Nov 2020
GREEN STAR UPDATE TO VERSION 1.0
The Green Star Technical Manual v3.2 has been superseded by Green Star Design and As Built NZ v1.0. Also Green Star Office Interiors v3 has been...
24 Nov 2020
GUTTER & DOWNPIPE DESIGN MADE EASY
It is not often that changes to the NZBC Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods provide a windfall that makes life a whole lot easier for a...
29 Oct 2020
LATEST BUILDING CODE 2020 UPDATES
Earlier this year MBIE ran public consultation on proposed changes to a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Despite a number of...
06 Oct 2020
THE STATE OF CONSTRUCTION – BY THE NUMBERS
At Masterspec the amount of specifications live on the platform at any one time has always given us an indication of the health of the industry. In...
29 Sep 2020
UPDATES TO MASTERSPEC SUSTAINABLE & GREEN BUILDING GENERAL SECTIONS
A number of the formal sustainable systems, Living Building Challenge and Green Star, have recently made significant changes to their systems....

THE STATE OF CONSTRUCTION – BY THE NUMBERS

06 Oct 2020

At Masterspec the number of specifications live on the platform at any one time always gives us an early indication of the state of the industry and, as the industry standard, we could be seen as a litmus test for the health of the New Zealand Construction industry. In the preliminary planning and design stages of a project specifiers do the work of correctly attributing products, product performance and the details of products and systems that are to go into the latest projects.
 
These newly created and completed specifications are then issued, with the drawing set, for consent, which occurs some time later, often not for a few months. While the level of consents has become the usual reporting metric for industry and the public, Masterspec activity is our most accurate and earliest indicator for the New Zealand construction industry’s supply chain performance.
 
While recent events over the last year, including COVID and an upcoming election, are said to be creating uncertainty, then you might expect that reflected in the current specification and project numbers that are currently underway. However, the reality is very different.

MASTERSPEC PROJECT & SPECIFICATION NUMBERS.  This September (and similarly for the previous three months) we have seen a record number of specifications started and completed on the Masterspec platform – over 15% higher than the same time last year.. We think this is a positive sign for the construction industry in the immediate to medium term. While this might surprise some economic pundits and outsiders to the industry, we get the feeling that, in talking to our many designers and partner suppliers, most are currently busier than ever, and our own leading indicators confirm that. 

THE UPTAKE OF mDOCS  Recently, another great success for Masterspec has been the uptake of mDocs, our new technical documentation reference library. MDocs allows your practice and Masterspec suppliers to associate technical documentation for reference on both current and future projects with just one click. We launched mDocs expecting there to be a gradual development of the technical documentation ecosystem as we looked to provide everyone with a more efficient way of working. However, since its launch on the 1st of September we have seen an immediate uptake of mDocs by both Users and Product Suppliers alike.

In a few short weeks we have seen over 1,800 documents uploaded to the system by our partners for you to reference. As specifiers we have seen you load over 5000 supporting documents in last 30 days alone to your current projects. And we see those numbers growing as users become accustomed to the new module and continue to grow the content with your own and supplier-based libraries.

THE INCREASE IN NEW PRODUCT PARTNER WORK SECTIONS   2020 has seen an increase in the number of manufacturers and suppliers working with us to create work sections for their key product lines. As you can see from this issue of NOTES alone, we often have 10 or more new sections every month, a number unheard of a year ago, and now have around 1,000 branded Work Sections and growing. This reflects a high level of confidence in the value of being present in the design stage of the construction industry.

We thought we’d bring you these numbers to remind everyone that the construction industry is so far still being underpinned by strong fundamental activity in the design stage. Masterspec is committed to keep developing our roadmap to bring world-class specifications and further digital data connectivity to the New Zealand construction industry.
 

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