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Government consults on Building Act reform

Government consults on Building Act reform

Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson has released a discussion document outlining proposals for the Building Act. “Without compromising quality and safety, these are major proposals that will move us to the next generation of building control,” Mr Williamson says. The discussion document and consultation follow a review of the Act, and are part of the Better Building Blueprint, a series of measures that will make it easier and cheaper for New Zealanders to bu...
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LGNZ welcomes proposed reforms

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes proposed reforms to the Building Act but warns against cherry picking some of the proposals because these parts may be easier to implement. LGNZ regulatory spokesperson Dianne Hale says the current law is too complex, costly and prescriptive. “This reform is long awaited, but it’s critical the components to achieving quality buildings are advanced together — they will not work in isolation and we want the whole package advanced, ...
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Registered Master Builders supports LBP streamlining plans

Registered Master Builders supports LBP streamlining plans

The Registered Master Builders Federation is pleased the Government has followed through on its promise to streamline the application process for the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme. Application to this scheme, which has been through a number of machinations over the past few years, will now be simpler, faster and cheaper for builders. Chief executive Warwick Quinn says the RMBF has always supported a licensing regime for construction in New Zealand. “The removal of red tape ...
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Bunnings opens first purpose-built trade centre

Hardware chain Bunnings has demonstrated its commitment to the construction industry with the opening of a new trade centre in Auckland. The Bunnings Trade Centre in East Tamaki was officially opened last month by motorsport personality Craig Baird. Bunnings New Zealand general manager Rod Caust says the opening of the new centre shows how highly the company values its trade customers. “Ensuring that our trade customers are well serviced is incredibly important to us, and the opening o...
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$1.3 million energy savings on the cards for Christchurch Civic Building

$1.3 million energy savings on the cards for Christchurch Civic Building

System will enable building to generate its own electricity A building designed to save $1.3 million in energy annually through its innovative Tri-Generation system, and having 85% of its hot water heated by solar power has received a 6 Green Star - Office Design rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) — with the highest score ever achieved by a New Zealand office building. The Christchurch Civic Building, which is nearing completion on Worcester Street, is officia...
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Weathertightness — estimating the cost

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) carried out a review of the approach to the weathertightness problem in 2009. The first part of the review was to identify the scope of the issue. PricewaterhouseCooopers (PwC) was contracted by the DBH to carry out research, analysis and modelling to provide a re-estimate of the size and cost of the leaky homes problem. The result was the report Weathertightness — estimating the cost. Building Today presents a Q&A analysis of the report, and commen...
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