Labour decided that wood was a winner…and have proposed tax breaks to assist the industry.
The proposal excited no one except tribal Labour sycophants.
It has also managed to upset other sectors who are asking why not them? And they have a good point.
The ‚Äėpro-wood‚Äô policy announced by Labour at yesterday‚Äôs Forestwood conference is unfair because it disadvantages other building materials, says the body representing New Zealand‚Äôs diverse metals industries, Metals NZ.
Gary Hook, Metals NZ Chief Executive, says Labour‚Äôs policy is picking winners, rather than letting the market decide on the best solution.
‚ÄúThe idea that new government-funded buildings up to four-storeys high must consider wood as a building option undermines the technical expertise of structural engineers, architects and quantity surveyors.
‚ÄúThese professional advisers are the best people to evaluate the most suitable building materials based on the desired product performance and commercial outcomes for a particular project ‚Äď not the government.‚ÄĚ
The policy also feels like a step backwards to the days of more red tape, says Mr Hook.
‚ÄúForcing a wood option to be considered for all government-funded projects at the design stage is inefficient because it will simply add paperwork, delays and ultimately more cost to building projects.‚ÄĚ¬† Read more »