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Dale Alcock says builders in WA “would be crazy to discount in this environment because they don’t need to”.

Rising rates won’t hit home building in WA or Victoria, ABN Group says

Perth’s undersupply of housing relative to demand is so great that prices will keep rising “substantially”, the country’s second-largest home builder says.

  • Michael Bleby

This Month

Scott Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Builders reports a ‘rubbish’ 80pc slump in profit

The pressures on construction contractors are acute in a regional market such as south-east Queensland, where they continue to compete for limited resources.

  • Michael Bleby
An office project at 2 Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne, that NPM completed for ASX-listed GPT Group.

Sydney construction firm NPM calls in administrators

The construction, design and refurbishment firm completed commercial projects for some of the country’s biggest property groups.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Increased focus on all-electric buildings   and powered by renewables will help us reach net zero with more certainty, says Davina Rooney, CEO of Green Building Council of Australia.

As timber buildings go up, emissions come down

The growing use of engineered wood products allows for less embodied carbon in buildings, but that alone won’t make construction clean.

  • Michael Bleby
Former building company Dome director Scott Wilcox.

I’m not responsible for Dome collapse, former director says

The former head of a high-end building company put into liquidation last week says he’s not to blame - and that his offers to help the company were rejected.

  • Michael Bleby
Late to pay bills? We’re no worse than others, the country’s largest contractors say.

Big builders argue against new federal payment rules

The Australian Constructors Association says the industry is no worse than any other at paying its bills, but the author of a key 2017 report disagrees.

  • Michael Bleby
Boral and the broader cement and concrete industry are particularly vulnerable to climate change, investors say.

Greenwash clash as funds hit Boral board over lowered carbon targets

A group of funds led by HESTA and AMP are demanding Boral reinstate its 2030 emissions reduction target. Boral says that would be akin to greenwashing.

  • Hannah Wootton
Dome Building Projects last year completed this luxury home in Erica Avenue, Glen Iris, designed by Pandolfini Architects.

Melbourne builder Dome goes into liquidation as $6.5m loan unravels

While there are some signs that home builders are through the worst of the crunch, many remain vulnerable.

  • Michael Bleby

Why apartment developers will struggle to hire builders

With construction booming in social infrastructure such as health and education, the residential sector will need to do more to attract builders.

  • Michael Bleby
The huge Windermere estate has been partially completed by Country Garden.

Defaulting Country Garden sells huge Melbourne estate to Frasers

China’s biggest private developer offloads Windermere estate in Melbourne to Frasers for around $250 million as the company moves closer to leaving Australia.

  • Larry Schlesinger
David Devine’s Royale Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise is under construction.

Why Gold Coast apartments are now doubling in price

Developer Allen Sammut says average prices for large apartments in his Surfers Paradise beachfront project have doubled since June 2021.

  • Larry Schlesinger
WA builder BGC has been accused of blame-shifting by Fletcher Building over Iplex pipe leaks in a large number of new homes built between 2017 and 2022.

Fletcher Building accuses BGC of blame-shifting in plumbing nightmare

CEO Ross Taylor says Fletcher has not been drinking its “own Kool Aid”, with poor installation by WA plumbers the issue in high leak rates in new homes.

  • Simon Evans
Construction workers are getting higher pay rises than many other sectors.

A third of property companies struggling to hire in key roles

While there are some signs of labour market pressures easing, property professionals are still getting better pay rises than most other sectors of the economy.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Slowdown in home building costs to help ease inflation

The sharp slowdown in the rate of growth in home building costs should help counteract some of the inflationary impact of higher rents and reduce the risk of further rate rises.

  • Nila Sweeney
Rebuilding: Simonds Group says it has made the necessary changes to meet a changing market.

Simonds turns a quarterly profit after two years of losses

The ASX-listed builder says it is diversifying into other areas to make up for weakness in the traditional consumer-focused house-and-land market.

  • Michael Bleby
Friends Adam Jones and Ringo Thomas co-founders have banked $1.5 million for their structural design start-up CLT Toolbox.

BlueScope, Aconex co-founder back mass timber products start-up

A Melbourne start-up has banked $1.5 million to develop structural design software to bring mass timber into the mainstream.

  • Tess Bennett
The two-bedroom apartment in original 1972 condition at 17D/50 Whaling Road in North Sydney sold at auction for $2.427 million.

Why buyers looked past the flaws in this unit – and paid $2.4m

The shabby apartment needed at least $200,000 to fix it up. But rather than hide its faults, the agent hit buyers over the head with its problems. And it worked.

  • Michael Bleby
More big battery projects have got the go-ahead this year than wind or solar projects.

AEMO, CEOs in call-to-arms on clean energy build-out

The nation’s energy market operator will urge developers to exploit all available government schemes to get projects into construction, and get community backing.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith and Mark Ludlow
‘Terrible for morale’: Negative cash flow affects many companies, Hutchinson Builders chairman Scott Hutchinson says.

One in three big home builders are losing money: RBA

Building companies are haemorrhaging cash as the construction sector battles rapidly rising wages and material costs.

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  • Michael Read and Michael Bleby

This construction material is a time-bomb. No one seems to care

The use of versatile but porous concrete was common in post-war Britain. But its use for load-bearing purposes is a global phenomenon whose potential vulnerabilities are spread far and wide.

  • Feargus O'Sullivan