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PrefabNZ Members and Partners support delivers change

Scott Fisher CEO PrefabNZ

The recent Government announcement regarding the proposed changes to the Building Act highlights the important work of PrefabNZ, which can only be done with the support of members and partners. The proposed changes echoes most of the suggestions outlined in PrefabNZ’s submission and this highlights the role of PrefabNZ in advocating for change in the industry.

The proposed changes will see faster building consents through a manufacturer certification scheme, which will streamline the consenting process for prefabrication and off-site manufacturing.The certification scheme will mean a building consent is needed only for the installation of a prefabricated home. The announcement proposes major changes to New Zealand’s building laws to improve the quality of building work. These are the most significant reforms since the current Building Act was introduced in 2004. Click here for the latest details of the review.

But our job with this work is only partly done, and with member and partner support we will continue to help shape the landscape of offsite manufacturing. Legislation will be drafted early in 2020 followed by Select Committee hearings which PrefabNZ will participate in. Draft regulations will follow and again PrefabNZ will represent members in shaping those. The implementation phase will see PrefabNZ helping officials develop detail of how this works in practice and implementing the changes.

PrefabNZ is also active in the Review of Vocational Education and is helping to shape the two Workforce Development Councils covering Construction and Manufacturing. The outcome will be the development of a skilled workforce that meets the needs of the industry. We are also working closely with the new agency Kainga Ora – Building Better Homes and Communities who will provide a critical role in delivering the much needed scale to the sector which will encourage further investment in offsite manufacturing.

The PrefabNZ team looks forward to continuing this work and representing the sector in 2020 and would like to thank members and partners for their support.

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