As the election looms, I note that those vying for our votes have seen an opportunity for a full-scale political attack on the process and costs of building in this country.

Depending on who you listen to, we will be repealing the Resource Management Act or conducting a review (yes, another one), this time into the costs of construction.

Like many of us, I’m not sure that a review is necessary.

Anyone who works close to the building and construction industry, including those of us who have built a home or a commercial building, will tell you that the issues are obvious for all to see.

A quick Google search will highlight the fact that particle board is more expensive in New Zealand than Australia. You’ll get a similar result if you search for timber framing too.

Flooring? Same result. So, you might be surprised to hear me say that the cost of building materials is not the problem.