Masterspec
12 Jan 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS 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The Green Star Technical Manual v3.2 has been superseded by Green Star Design and As Built NZ v1.0.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....
01 Sep 2020
AMENDMENTS TO STRUCTURAL STEEL STANDARD AS/NZS 5131
AS/NZS 5131: 2016, Structural Steelwork - Fabrication and Erection is cited in NZBC B1/VM1, 5.0 Steel. This new Amendment A1, which has just been...
04 Aug 2020
WHAT ON EARTH IS EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING
This month Masterspec has added more clauses to the electrical sections about earthing and equipotential bonding of conductive elements of the...
02 Jul 2020
NEW GENERIC WORK SECTION 7765 - ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGING STATIONS
Masterspec's new generic section, 7765 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, responds to increasing EV ownership and NZTA's coordination of NZ's...
30 Jun 2020
REPLACEMENT STANDARDS FOR CEILINGS & SPRINKLERS
There have been quite a few new and amended Standards since the beginning of lockdown. Two major replacement Standards you should know about...
30 Apr 2020
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL SYSTEMS (SIPS) - AN ALTERNATIVE BUILDING SYSTEM
Masterspec introduces a new generic section 3876 STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL SYSTEMS (SIPS) (available in Standard, Basic,
23 Apr 2020
COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR THE SPECIFIER
Masterspec's Managing Editor Alex Shaw suggests how using the information at this link can help ensure your project fulfils its obligations to provide...
31 Mar 2020
SCHEDULING FUNCTIONALITY INCREASED TO INCLUDE SLIP RESISTANCE
To help reduce repetitive content and streamline the user experience, a new schedule section 1278SR SCHEDULE OF SLIP RESISTANCE TESTING has been...
31 Mar 2020
PROPOSED BUILDING CODE UPDATES - CONSULTATION REPORT APRIL 2020
MBIE are proposing changes to a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods which can be viewed in their consultation document....
17 Mar 2020
MASTERSPEC TOOLS FOR REMOTE WORKING
With the challenges facing everyone in the coming months it’s likely to be busier than ever for many Masterspec users. Here are some of the Masterspec...
17 Dec 2019
BUILDING CODE NOV 2019 UPDATES - INTERIM CHRISTMAS REPORT
On 28 November 2019, the transition period started for updates to six Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Masterspec has almost completed...
17 Dec 2019
NEW GENERIC SECTION 7455 STORMWATER SOAKAGE SYSTEMS
The section relates to the design, supply and installation of stormwater soakage systems for residential and non-residential applications. Stormwater...
16 Aug 2019
UPGRADED EDITOR ON NEXTGEN2
We have been working on improvements to the editor function on NextGen2, and the new upgrade will go live from the weekend of the 17th of August. You...

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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