Advocacy: Building Advisory Panel Updates

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DATE 17 June 2019

FINAL PrefabNZ submission: MBIE Building Legislative Reform Consultation

PrefabNZ notes that MBIE has successfully picked up on a number of building consent related points that have been advocated for over the past 18 months, eg.

  • Building product versus building work / method
  • Single consent for single (transportable) building
  • Clarity around ‘reasonable grounds’
  • In-factory self-inspections
  • A more flexible Multiproof
  • A quality-focused approach for consenting offshore manufacture

The prefabrication sector is committed to work with MBIE on co-designing the proposed Manufacturer Certification Scheme and ways to implement successfully. Read the submission here

DATE 2 May 2019

Building Triangle download here and the web-link to explain the Building Code here

DATE 23 April 2019

PrefabNZ Member Morning Meetup for building legislation reform in Auckland and Wellington.

  • PrefabNZ will respond to section 2 on Building products and methods - with focus on questions 2.23 to 2.26 on offsite construction and a proposed new manufacturer certification scheme.

DATE 3 April 2019

BSP General Manager Update

Last issue I discussed an upcoming consultation on a number of proposed changes to address issues in the building regulatory system.

Very soon we’ll be asking for your feedback on changes in the areas of building products and methods, occupational regulation, risk and liability, building levy, and offences and penalties.

The Building System Legislative Reform Programme consultation is your opportunity to tell us what you think of the work to date. It’s significant and complex. But it’s about lifting quality in the building sector so that things go right the first time, and there are fairer outcomes if they go wrong.

Alongside this project, Building System Performance’s work programme this year is all about supporting improvements to the building system while ensuring buildings are safe, healthy and durable. There are five priority projects in total, including the Building System Legislative Reform Programme outlined above. The others are:

  • Construction Sector Accord
    Establishing a mutual commitment between government and the construction sector to work together to transform the industry for the success of New Zealand.
  • Building System Strategy
    Developing a Building System Strategy to set a clear direction for New Zealand over the next 10–15 years. The strategy will define the vision, goals and performance framework for how performance will be measured across the building system.
  • Skills Strategy
    The plan was launched on 4 October 2018, and focuses on government and the building and construction sector working together so that skilled people are available to meet the needs of the construction workforce.
  • Building Code Delivery Framework
    Strengthening the management of the Building Code so it is consistently updated, sets clear minimum performance requirements, and allows for sector innovation and best practice.

These priority projects support three outcomes:

  • partnering with industry to improve performance
  • defining a long-term measurable strategy for the building system
  • enabling and supporting the sector to respond to challenges.

This work is needed if we’re to make sure the building regulatory system is efficient, future-focused and encourages innovation.

And if you haven’t already, you can still provide feedback on the proposed changes under the Building Code biannual update programme. Changes include support for more densified housing solutions and the Healthy Homes requirements, as well as new means of testing claddings.

The consultation is open until 5 April 2019.

Anna Butler

GM Building System Performance (BSP)

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

DATE 13 March 2019

TO Building Advisory Panel


To support your discussions with industry and member organisations, below are the headlines and more detailed points that relate to the items discussed at your 8 March 2019 BAP meeting.

Government is supporting improvements to the building system so New Zealand has safe, healthy and durable buildings, and the right people with the right skills. They want to partner with industry to improve the building system and boost performance. As a sector, we need to get involved and do our part to lift quality. In April look out for the public consultation on some big changes to building law – find out what it means for you and have your say. Also in April, a joint agreement between government and industry on how to transform the industry is expected to be launched by the Minister.

  1. As a steward and the central regulator of New Zealand’s building system, BSP has a role to play in promoting safe, healthy and durable buildings.
  2. Government’s plan for New Zealand is for an economy that is growing and working for us all; and to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families.
  3. BSP has a busy work programme this year with five priority projects, and other emerging and system priorities.
  4. The priority projects will enable and support the sector to respond to challenges, define a long-term measurable strategy for the building system, and promote partnership with industry.
  5. Together these projects support improvements to the building system and the Government’s plan for New Zealand. They focus on:
    • having clear roles and responsibilities so people know what they have to do
    • making sure people have the right information to make good decisions and do their jobs well
    • holding the right people accountable if things go wrong.
  6. Over 700 people across the sector met with BSP last year helping them to understand the regulatory opportunities to lift performance.
  7. The priority projects are:
    • Construction Sector Accord
    • Building System Strategy
    • Building System Reform Programme
    • Skills Strategy
    • Building Code Delivery Framework.

8. Government and the building and construction sector are working together to improve skills and ensure skilled people are available now and into the future.


9. As a result of discussions and feedback from the sector, a cross-agency Construction Skills Action Plan was launched last October. It has six components covering:

  • Government procurement requirements around training for large construction projects;
  • The promotion of construction-related careers and qualifications through creating Job and Skills hubs, partnering with industry, supporting employer recruitment through Mana-in-Mahi (Strength in Work), and expanding the Skills for Industry partnerships;
  • Helping the sector with short-term work force needs through the review of Immigration Construction and Infrastructure skill shortage list.

10. It’s expected this work will see an additional 4000 people in construction-related careers and qualifications over the next three years (2018-2021).


11. The Construction Industry Accord establishes a mutual commitment between government and the construction sector to work together to transform the industry for the success of New Zealand.

12. An Industry Development Group of building and construction sector leaders is developing the Accord to agree on a joint commitment to transform the industry. The Accord will outline industry challenges, key priorities for change (government and industry), and industry’s contribution.

13. The Acco rd is expected to be launched in April 2019.


14. Major building law changes are proposed for building products and methods, occupational regulation, risk and liability, the building levy, and offences and penalties.

15. It focuses on improving regulation and information for building products and methods (including off-site manufacturing). Occupational regulation looks at improvements to the Licensed Building Practitioner, engineers, and plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers scheme. And rebalancing risk and liability, how it is allocated and customers are protected is also a focus. Risk and liability aims for fairer outcomes when things go wrong, complimenting work in building products and occupational regulation to lift quality so things go right in the first place.

16. It will also include reducing the rate of the Building Levy, and updating offences and penalties.

17. Feedback will be s ought on the proposed changes in public consultation in April 2019. Legislation is planned to be introduced in 2020.


DATE: 10 April 2017 (BAP talking points PDF download here)

On 10 April 2017 MBIE announced the new members of the Building Advisory Panel.

  • Dr Helen Anderson (Building Advisory Panel Chair) – Chair of BRANZ, Councillor Institute of Directors
  • Richard Aitken – Executive Chairman of BECA Group Limited
  • Connal Townsend – former Chief Executive Property Council of New Zealand
  • David Kelly – Chief Executive Registered Master Builders, Chair Construction Industry Council
  • Pamela Bell – Chief Executive PrefabNZ
  • Steve Evans – Chief Executive Residential and Land Development, Fletcher Building Limited
  • Geoff Hunt – Chief Executive Officer Hawkins Group Limited, Chair Construction Strategy Group
  • Andrew Reding – Chair BIM Acceleration Committee
  • Peter Fehl – Director Property Services, University of Auckland
  • Dean Kimpton – Chief Operating Officer, Auckland Council
  • Janine Stewart – Partner, MinterEllisonWatts, Construction Division

The Panel will provide MBIE’s Deputy Chief Executive of Building, Resources & Markets with independent strategic advice on issues facing the construction sector. It will provide guidance, advice and direction on the ways that MBIE can support an innovative and high-performing sector.

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