Builders upbeat but wary of red tape

Apprentices fight it out at the Certified Builders Annual Conference. According to chief executive Grant Florence, many more apprentices will be needed over the next 12 months.

The building boom and increasing compliance requirements were hot topics at the Certified Builders conference in Hamilton at the weekend.

Certified Builders was established in 1998 to recognise and promote qualified builders. A builder must be trade qualified to become a member of the Certified Builders Association.

Chief executive Grant Florence said the conference was held “with a background of much higher building activity to what we’ve had over the last three or four years”.

“There’s an overall much stronger optimism that we had around the conference,” he said.

Statistics New Zealand figures last month showed construction activity surged 12.5 per cent in the March quarter in both residential and non-residential building.

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