Posted: 12 June 2020
Kia ora koutou
Welcome to issue 95 of Codewords, a special bumper issue covering everything we've been working on over the past few months!
My name is John Sneyd, and I'm the new General Manager of the Building Systems Performance Branch at MBIE. It has been a very unusual induction starting in the middle of a global pandemic, but so far I’ve been incredibly impressed with the way my new team have kept our key projects moving forward throughout the lockdown and the subsequent lowering of COVID-19 alert levels.
The lockdown was obviously a very challenging time for people across the industry, especially for those of you who had to leave building sites and projects at short notice. It's now clear though that the building and construction sector is going to be a key part of New Zealand's economic recovery, and I'm very much enjoying being back after previously working for several years in the old Department of Building and Housing.
There's lots of great work happening at the moment, but the most exciting piece of news in recent weeks has definitely been the Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2020 being put before Parliament.
The changes in the Bill will be great initiatives for the building and construction industry; the Bill introduces a specialist framework for modern methods of construction, speeding up the consent process for things like offsite manufacturing and prefabrication. It will also introduce minimum product information requirements and strengthen the product certification framework to improve confidence in the CodeMark scheme.
We've also had plenty of other work that is starting to bear fruit, including the release of a number of new exemptions to building consents, a reduction in the building levy and some additional protection for subcontractors through the retention money regime.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Codewords.
GM Building System Performance (BSP)
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment