BSP General Manager update – Codewords 83

Posted: 29 March 2018

Three months in to 2018 and MBIE’s Building System Performance branch is well underway with its comprehensive work programme to deliver on Government commitments and sector requirements, including KiwiBuild goals.

The work BSP is doing to support KiwiBuild should also deliver reforms to the building regulatory system that will improve its effectiveness and efficiency. The only way we can successfully deliver our programme of work is working collaboratively with you, the sector. 

Part of working with the sector is the advice we get from our Building Advisory Panel. The panel had its first meeting for the year earlier this month. The 11 panel members have a wide range of experience and knowledge and provide MBIE with independent strategic advice about issues facing the construction sector. The panel is particularly interested in working with MBIE on skills and efficient consenting – two of seven priority areas for BSP in 2018. The other five areas are occupational regulation reform; rebalancing risk, responsibility and liability; a products review; smarter compliance pathways; and a review of the Building Levy. 

MBIE recognises a skills strategy for the building and construction sector is a top priority for our Minister to address capacity and capability issues in the construction workforce. There is a particular focus on developing a workforce capable of delivering KiwiBuild goals. The type of skills needed in this space could look quite different to the current mix in the sector – to build at the scale and speed required for KiwiBuild will require new ways of working.  The building and construction sector has a role to play here and MBIE has been and will continue engaging with the sector on this important work. 

You will have seen a lot of commentary recently about how prefabrication could support KiwiBuild goals. Prefab NZ held a conference in March, with attendees hearing from both Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa and Housing Minister Phil Twyford, as well as other speakers. The conference provided a lot to think about, particularly on compliance – and all attendees received a copy of MBIE’s Pathways to compliance chart.

The chart supports the industry to better understand how CodeMark and MulitProof can be used to demonstrate compliance with the Building Code. This work sits in our efficient consenting priority, where we are identifying different approaches to building consent and ways to support new and innovative ways of building.

Easter’s almost here, so enjoy the break if you’re having one – hopefully we’ll get a few more days of sun in before autumn arrives in full.

Read Codewords issue 83

Anna Butler
GM, Building System Performance

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