Posted: 28 September 2018
At the start of September MBIE met with the Building Advisory Panel (BAP) to discuss key projects and issues impacting the building and construction industry. The 11 panel members have a wide range of experience and knowledge and provide MBIE with independent strategic advice. The meeting covered a wide range of topics. This included risk and liability, improving the building consent process, strategies for communicating with and getting feedback from industry, a close look at work MBIE is doing on building products, and the construction skills strategy.
The construction skills strategy aims for the government to collaborate with industry to drive a rapid and sustainable shift that delivers the right people, at the right time, with the right skills, to meet New Zealand’s current and future construction needs. Expect to hear more about the work happening in this space.
Engagement with the sector is at the centre of a number MBIE projects. The Smarter Pathways project is taking a user-centric view of the ways to comply with the New Zealand Building Code. There needs to be a clear way to demonstrate compliance for a range of construction methods and housing types. MBIE has asked designers, builders, councils and construction students to take part in interviews and workshops across the country. The ideas and knowledge shared through these workshops and interviews will help MBIE to plan the next steps for the project.
MBIE is currently reviewing the CodeMark Scheme regulations to respond to known issues with the scheme. CodeMark is a product certification and assurance scheme. MBIE is proposing to make some changes to the CodeMark regulations and expects to seek key stakeholder feedback on the proposals for change in early October. If you are interested, keep a look out for a news article on Building Performance.
Finally, in mid-September the Building Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes highlighted gaps in current legislation for managing buildings after an emergency. The Bill introduces an end-to-end process for emergency building management into the Building Act and looks at why buildings fail in an emergency. You can read more and make a submission on the Bill by visiting the Parliament website.
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