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Purchase NZIQS Handbooks


NZIQS has two handbooks available for purchase by members, students and the public. These handbooks are recommended textbooks for many of the quantity surveying courses in New Zealand.


The Quantity Surveyor’s Handbook (5th Edition, April 2016)

A reference tool for the practical application of measurement, costing and administration of building works for the New Zealand construction industry.

This 5th edition has been extensively revised and is now available in an interactive PDF format with search facilities and website links to further information.The revision includes significant additional content and has been structured in three parts (1) Measurement (2) Trade Materials and Labour Constants and (3) Practice Administration.

Some of the additional content has been supplied by QV costbuilder, an online subscription based platform that contains the latest construction cost information and data.

For the latest credible construction costs, go to


Elemental Costs of Building Projects (revised 2017)

A standard for the preparation of cost analyses and for the uniform recording of cost information intended for use in elemental cost planning. The 2017 edition includes the addition of Element #28 - Other Development Costs, a revision of the layout for Element #17 - Heating and Ventilation Services and some other minor changes to provide consistent naming of elements in each section of the handbook.


PDF version
How to order printed copies
Terms and Conditions


Handbook PDF Version

The PDF versions of both the QS Handbook and Elemental Analysis are available FREE to all NZIQS members.

NZIQS members can download The Quantity Surveyor’s Handbook PDF version free from this members-only webpage

You will be asked to login first to access the webpage. See instructions here on how to register and login to the NZIQS website.


Non-members can purchase the PDF copy for the following amounts


Quantity Surveyors Handbook $20 (incl GST)

Elemental Analysis of Building Projects $15 (incl GST)


Please email to receive your PDF copy. You will be invoiced and the PDF will be sent on payment of the invoice.

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Please note this handbook has copyright provisions and you may not forward the PDF copy onto any other person.


How to order printed copies

The Quantity Surveyor’s Handbook

A printed copy of The Quantity Surveyor’s Handbook will be available for delivery w/c 13 June 2016 at the following price:

                Member price                     $45 (incl GST) – limit one copy per member

                Non-member price             $65 (incl GST)


Elemental Analysis of Building Projects 

A printed copy of the Elemental Analysis of Building Projects is available for purchase at the following price:

                Member price                   $25 (incl GST) –limit one copy per member

                Non-member price           $40 (incl GST)

To order your printed copy please email your name and addres to



The cost of the books includes delivery by standard post (3 -5 days). If you request an urgent delivery, you’ll be charged an extra $10 courier fee for one copy within New Zealand - note there is an additional charge for Rural Courier Delivery.

You will receive an invoice for your order, and delivery will be made once this invoice is paid.



© New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (Inc.) 2016

Except as provided for in the Copyright Act 1994, no part of these publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.


The Quantity Surveyor’s Handbook editor invites you to send any general feedback and suggestions for the next revision to QS Handbook Editor.

Terms and Conditions

All prices are in NZ$

NZIQS is a New Zealand Incorporated Society and all transactions will be billed in NZ$

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