We’re building bigger 40 years on

According to Statistics New Zealand media release: –

“Fewer homes are being built now than in the 1970s, but they are much bigger. ”

The number of homes we’re building is lower than in the mid-1970s, but we’re building more in terms of total floor area,” business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. “This is because houses are now so much bigger than they used to be.”

Consented homes nowadays are over 60 percent bigger than they were in the 1970s.

For comparison, in the year ended August 1974:

  • 38,000 new homes were consented
  • the average floor area was 110 square metres
  • the total floor area consented was 4.2 million square metres.

 

In the year ended August 2004:

  • 33,000 new homes were consented
  • the average floor area was 181 square metres
  • the total floor area consented was 5.9 million square metres.

In the year ended August 2016:

  • 30,000 new homes were consented
  • the average floor area was 182 square metres
  • the total floor area consented was 5.4 million square metres. “

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