One of the core tenets of The Viva! Project is housing affordability. With housing availability and house prices reaching crisis point, especially in Christchurch, there is a need for systemic changes in the way we build and renew our housing stock. A wide swathe of issues need to be researched and discussed, encompassing strategies to reduce costs of land, financing, development overheads, construction, household operation and maintenance.
See our overview of the issues in our new Affordability Paper (also available under the Resources heading above).
We will continue to investigate the issue of building costs and use this resource as a knowledge repository. We’ll keep you posted on updates.