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​MBIE BSP BAP work programme update

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The following update is from the Building Advisory Panel (BAP) within the Building Systems Performance (BSP) division of Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) – released 7 December 2018. PrefabNZ Members are represented on the BAP through PrefabNZ CEO Pamela Bell.

CONSTRUCTION SKILLS ACTION PLAN

1. Government wants to improve the capability of the construction workforce.

2. A cross-agency Construction Skills Action Plan (Action Plan) was launched on 4 October 2018 with six initiatives. It’s being overseen by a Ministerial Group.

3. The Action Plan needs Government and industry to work together so people with the right skills will meet industry demands at the right times.

4. BAP is leading a stocktake of sector-led skills initiatives to identify where industry can provide greater leadership as well as where Government can support and leverage industry effort.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ACCORD

5. The Construction Industry Accord is a priority for the Minister for Building and Construction, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the Minister for Economic Development and the Minister for Infrastructure.

6. The Accord will demonstrate a commitment between government and the construction industry to support work to grow the industry. Industry representatives to work on the Accord with the government may be established as a sub-group of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

7. The Accord is expected to be jointly launched by government agencies and industry in an event at Parliament by April 2019.

HOUSING DENSIFICATION

8. MBIE is improving the consent system and compliance pathway for medium and high-density residential builds. The Building Code is being reviewed to make sure it contains clear expectations and solutions for this type of development.

9. MBIE is looking for a medium to high density residential development to trial a modified compliance pathway and process using flexi-Multiproof.

10. Information to help developers will be published in February/March 2019. Any changes to the Building Code will be made during MBIE’s Bi-Annual Building Code System Update. They’re in June and November each year.

OFFSITE MANUFACTURING

11. The current consenting system for offsite manufacturing can be improved to support modern methods of construction.

12. MBIE is considering options, which could include a factory certification-type scheme and the clarification of the definition of building work in the Building Act.

DIGITAL CONSENTING

13. MBIE is looking at the use of technology to improve the efficiency, transparency, consistency and user-friendliness of the general building consenting process.

14. MBIE is working to establish where it should play a role in supporting the use of digital technology to improve the building consenting process.

PRIVATE BCA

15. MBIE is considering how the private Building Consent Authority (BCA) model could support the Government’s goals for public and private housing as part of the More Efficient Consenting (MEC) programme.

16. The feasibility, benefits and risks of the private BCA model within current legislative settings are being assessed, as well as the potential for Housing New Zealand to become a private BCA to support the consenting of its own build programme.

BUILDING SYSTEM LEGISLATIVE REFORM PROGRAMME

17. There has been significant progress in the Building System Legislative Reform programme.

18. Policy projects in the programme that require legislative amendments include risk and liability, occupational regulation (focusing on updating the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme and licensing for safety critical engineering work), and regulation of building products and their use.

19. Proposals to rebalance risk and liability next year will include:

·options to limit BCA liability, to create a stronger incentive for other players to take more responsibility for their part in the building process

·requirements that would increase the uptake of Guarantee and Insurance Products (GIPs) for homeowners.

20. The Building Products project will address gaps in the regulatory settings for building products. Interventions may include requiring manufacturers and suppliers to provide a minimum standard of information about their products, clarifying roles and responsibilities across the system in relation to products, and enabling a robust and credible CodeMark product certification scheme.

21. The occupational regulation project is taking a targeted approach to occupational regulation to improve confidence in some system practitioners, including LBPs and engineers. It will provide the public assurance of skills, knowledge and competence in practitioners, as well as clarifying practitioner responsibilities. The work will focus on improvements to the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme, occupational licensing of safety-critical engineering work, and the statutory review of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006.

22. A public consultation to get feedback on the legislative reform programme changes will take place in the first quarter of 2019.

See more about the work of MBIE’s BAP here

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