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Building product manufacturers will be given priority when factories reopen.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will announce today how some of Auckland’s factories can be restarted below Level 4.

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Building sites are being infested with bugs due to lack of materials. (File photo)
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It will select the necessary building manufacturers to avoid freezing on housing construction during a. Lack of construction materials across the country

Builder Dave van de Guest has six homes under construction in North Canterbury, and it was decided to order cladding months before the Delta erupted due to ship delays.

“It’s even worse now. We have a job where it’s a two-story place and we ordered this product four months ago and it looks like it probably won’t be in the country until October, which is a The problem is that you have to spend a lot of money on scaffolding and moving a project forward. “

And now other materials made here, such as insulation of pink bits, Are over

Van de Guest said, “If you don’t have insulation, you can’t put lining on your interior walls and so the project stops, so it’s important that, with the punk bits, everyone finds an alternative product. I have what they can use. ” .

“If you imagine that everyone is rushing to another product and that too soon.”

Auckland is a manufacturing center for many construction materials but assembly lines were forced to stop during the lockdown.

To address the shortfall, the government will allow the city to produce four critical products – plasterboard, gypsum plaster, coated steel and insulation.

The MBIE said manufacturers would need high evidence to support their request to resume production.

“This may include evidence of how building products are an important component of residential construction, evidence of limited building product supply in New Zealand, and health and safety measures to reduce the risk of CoV-19 transmission. Evidence of

He said the work would need to be done with a minimum number of safe staff and under Alert Level 4 rules, and would release more information today.

Supply Cooperative for Builders and Trades, CBS Coop, has 600 members on its books nationwide.

Spokesman Mike Blackburn said it was a relief to know that manufacturing for key materials could resume.

“It’s a good move. It’s probably a little too late, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

But he said the sites, which were in short supply, could reopen several weeks before they were created.

“We’ve found builders across the country who are just out of construction and have lost their jobs. I’m not sure how long it will take to grow some of these manufacturing facilities.”

And the disruption is putting economic pressure on the builders.

“Builders who rely on cash flow to run their business will probably find it really difficult for the next two months until they can really catch up again.”

The Building Industry Federation represents firms in the supply chain, and is working with MBIE to reopen the factories.

Julian Les, the federation’s chief executive, said more than 100 manufacturers could resume operations by next week.

“Hopefully, this will mean that the materials will start coming back to the building and construction sector within a week and these people can be re-engaged to start building houses again.”

But it will take time.

“In the case of insulation, you have to restart a furnace and heat it before it can start making punk bits. Other manufacturing processes also take some time, but then the fact is that the distribution The beauty chain needs to rearrange these products. It’s a bit crowded. “

And for architects, every day is important.

Van de Guest builds on a fixed price and says the rise in material prices is affecting its bottom line.

“You make fun of yourself and you realize that I have to make a lot of money from this project to run my business and even less, you know we are not losers but there will be people who Lose the price. “

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