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Winners of the Auckland Architecture Association (AAA) Visionary Architecture Awards 2015 were announced with twelve projects awarded for their exceptional visions for the future.

The property and construction sectors have New Zealand's fastest job growth rate and will outstrip all other sectors in the next two years, says a recruitment specialist.

Mt Maunganui firm Shaw Builders has taken out the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year for a well-designed mansion on the beach, along with the sought-after Craftsmanship Award and the Westpac New Home over $2 million category.

Two years after a shake-up in the way house insurance is calculated, concerns remain over how well people understand the change.

Value of buildings labelled with an earthquake-prone 'yellow sticker' in Wellington have dropped by 45 percent.  Researchers who studied the effects of the stickers on a building's value said, since the Canterbury quakes, buyers were much more interested in how safe a building was and the potential cost of strengthening it.

The Interlace housing scheme in Singapore, designed by Ole Scheeren of OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, has won the coveted World Building of the Year award at the 2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Renovating your home can not only transform it but create profit when you sell. But if you spend to much on your renovation project, you could overcapitalise and end up with a bigger mortgage than what the house is worth.

 Before you embark on any renovation, you need to estimate your costs and work out how much value your renovation will add. So how do you work out how much to spend?

Buying house insurance is a minefield, thanks to the Christchurch earthquakes. It's estimated by CoreLogic, the property data company, that nearly half of Kiwi homes are under-insured. As many as 750,000 Kiwi home owners, according to CoreLogic, risk being unable to rebuild a home of the same quality, or not at all, should the house be destroyed.  But almost five years on from the first Canterbury earthquake on September 10, 2010, a glimmer of light has appeared, with a small number of insurers inching back towards the old-style replacement policies.

Auckland could take another 86,400 dwellings in the next eight years without any risk of over-building according to Westpac Institutional Bank's outlook for Auckland residential construction, which also raised issues with the quality of new residential dwellings.

Designed by Sheppard & Rout Architects, Young Hunter House in Christchurch cuts a dashing figure, but good looks are not the reason for this building’s growing fan base.

As a practice, we had been very keen to do a timber building, particularly within the context of the Christchurch rebuild,” says architect Jasper van der Lingen. “We were joined in this by Kirk Roberts and were aware that the University of Canterbury was conducting research into Precast Seismic Structural Systems (PRESSS) technology utilising post-tensioned timber.

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