Rising costs an issue for Christchurch rebuild

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In Lois Easton’s latest blog, she says “Christchurch has a fantastic opportunity to upgrade its existing homes and improve the lives and health of residents.  Sadly, these extra costs may be pricing some of these interventions out of the reach of homeowners.“

Beacon’s Build Back Smarter project, running in Christchurch for the past two years, is upgrading homes during earthquake damage repair.  These upgrades include things like adding or increasing floor, ceiling and wall insulation, upspec’ing windows to double glazing, improving heating and water heating, and even installing rainwater tanks for greater resilience. 

Lois says, Beacon has run these kinds of projects in other parts of the country, and all the Beacon team themselves potter away at upgrading their homes, so we’ve got a bit of familiarity about the costs involved in this kind of project.  We’ve been increasingly concerned at the high prices being charged in Christchurch for both building work and products/materials.

The Build Back Smarter homes are good illustrations of how builders’ margins and product prices are affecting what improvements can be made to homes.