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Upcoming consultations from MBIE's Building Performance Team

As we continue to battle against the impact of COVID-19, we’re taking the opportunity to look at how we can build better, prepare for the future and bring New Zealand more in line with international standards.

We have a number of consultations coming up in the next six months, which will cover updates to the Building Code, CodeMark, Building for Climate Change, and much more. Our priorities in the Building System Performance team continue to be around supporting the construction of quality medium- and higher-density housing, reducing carbon emissions in the sector, and improving the ability of buildings to withstand the future effects of climate change. You’ll see these priorities reflected in much of the work that we are doing.

There are a lot of changes on the horizon, but this isn’t about adding red tape or making things complicated – it’s about making things more efficient, and ensuring what we build is high quality and sustainable.

We hope this early heads-up will give you time to prepare, so that you can get involved and have your say in the consultations that matter to you.

We will inform people via email when these consultations open - they will all be on MBIE's “have your say” page if you would like to make a submission.

Upcoming consultations in the next six months

Annual Building Code Update
Once a year we consult on changes to the Building Code. This year’s changes will focus on increasing energy efficiency by introducing new climate zones; increasing insulation requirements; weathertight testing of cladding for buildings up to 25m; and natural light requirements for apartment buildings.

Building for Climate Change - next steps
We listened to your views during last year’s public consultation, and we’ve refined the Building for Climate Change frameworks to reflect what we learned. This consultation will be a chance for you to tell us what you think about the updated version.

Launching an Operational Protocol for standards
This information document will outline how we will prioritise our support in updating standards, and will be released alongside the Building Code updates. It will provide clarification on the requirements for standards to be cited in the Building Code. It will also address how Building Performance can best support the sector to ensure all building and construction standards are kept up to date.

Licensed Building Practitioner scheme
This consultation will seek feedback on the current LBP licensing structure, supervision and minimum standards of competence to understand whether there are any issues that need to be resolved.

Regulations to support changes to building laws.
This consultation will seek feedback on proposed regulations to support a new modular component manufacturer certification scheme; new building product information requirements; and changes to CodeMark.

Regulatory regime for engineers
This consultation will seek feedback on a proposed new regulatory regime for engineers

If you have any questions or need more information about what’s coming up, please let us know. In the first instance you can email info@building.govt.nz.

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