Posted: 29 January 2019
Looking back, 2018 was a big year for Building System Performance as we worked to improve the building regulatory system. This year, our focus continues to be on ensuring New Zealand has an efficient system that encourages innovation, while making sure buildings are safe, healthy and durable.
In the first quarter of the year, you will have the opportunity to take part in public consultation on a number of legislative changes as part of the Building System Legislative Reform Programme. This consultation is your opportunity to comment on our proposals to address issues in the building regulatory system, specifically in the areas of Risk and Liability, Building Products, and Occupational Regulation. These proposals represent the biggest change to the building regulations since the Building Act was introduced in 2004, and may result in a long-term programme of change in the sector.
Read more about the Reform Programme in this issue of Codewords.
Last year BSP committed to making more regular improvements to the Building Code. Using sector feedback, the Building Code was updated at the end of November in the first of our regular
Bi-Annual Building Code System updates. These updates will now take place each year in June and November following public consultation so the Building Code is continually enhanced and does what it’s intended to do.
Finally, the Building Performance online learning site has been live for almost a year and new courses continue to be added to support sector education. The most recent updates to the site are three courses for geoprofessionals. You can find out more about the courses in this issue of Codewords, and by visiting learning.building.govt.nz.
There is a lot to achieve in 2019, but I feel confident that BSP and you in the sector are ready to tackle the challenges.
GM Building System Performance (BSP)
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment