Houston — You have a problem…..

By Ken Collins 25/06/2010

It’s nice to know, well actually a little worrying to know, that New Zealand building owners aren’t the only ones to neglect maintenance work on their buildings.

A recent article in New Scientist Magazine (15679px-Aerial_View_of_the_NASA_Ames_Research_Center_-_GPN-2000-001560 May 2010) had a small piece on the problems faced by NASA. Yes, even the best let their major assets deteriorate.

With NASA again expected to develop new technologies for space flight, a report to the US National Research Council identifies that may of their labs, including wind tunnels, need repairs and upgrades. With the exception of a new science building at Goddard, over 80 percent of the research laboratories at these facilities are more than 40 years old and need significant annual maintenance and upgrades. Some apparently don’t even have adequate electricity or heat. Clearing the overall repair and maintenance backlog is estimated at US$ 2.46 billion! Up from US$ 1.77 billion in 2004.

Another posting at Parabolicarc.com discusses the issues here.

Closer to home……

A BRANZ study in 2005 into the condition of New Zealand housing stock showed that in order to repair and maintain significant defects an average of $3700 per house was needing to be spent. With between 1.5 and 1.6 million homes in NZ at that time, the total repair bill would be about NZ$ 5.7 billion.