News from the building and construction industry of interest to New Zealand property owners.

Predictions of the building boom peaking this year have been pushed out to 2020, according one of the industry's foremost reports.

This year's national construction pipeline, a forecast by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), predicts the construction boom will last longer than expected, remaining above $30 billion for at least the next five years.

New building consent data shows Auckland still falling well short of the numbers required to meet demand.

New Zealand residential building consents fell 7 per cent in June as fewer new homes were consented in the month, although new permits were still up an annual 4.7 per cent.

Some 30,453 new houses, apartments, townhouses, and flats were consented in the year ended June, up 4.7 per cent on the previous 12 months, Statistics NZ says.

Fixing and replacing non-conforming building products could be costing more than $200 million a year, according to new research.

Building research body BRANZ has released a report looking at the feasibility of starting an electronic tracking system for building products.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is overhauling its building arm and that has raised fears this will distance it from companies and councils.

Several senior managers' jobs in the Building Systems Performance group are being disestablished, but job numbers are not being cut. The unit is one of seven groups within the ministry.

The Government is promising to build 34,000 homes in Auckland over 10 years.  Of that, 13,500 will be social housing and 20,600 will be sold on the open market, some priced at "affordable" levels.

Only 7200 new residences were built in Auckland last year, barely half the number needed and only slightly up on the last two years, an expert says.

New Zealand residential building consents dipped in March after a strong rise in February.