New Zealand Green Building Council chief executive Alex Cutler has been elected Chair of the 36-member Construction Industry Council, a pan-industry grouping that represents most of the country’s building trade organisations.
She succeeds Pieter Burghout, a foundation member of the organisation, who is resigning as BRANZ Ltd chief executive to take up the position of Canterbury operations general manager with Fletcher Building.
Ms Cutler says the industry is currently faced with a number of issues. Among them are housing affordability, a review of the Standards setting process, the materials construction markets inquiry, security of payment in the event of building company liquidations, a gathering crisis in respect of skills availability for the Christchurch rebuild and the projected surge in Auckland house building.
“The council’s aim is to be a conduit for exchanges between the industry and the public sector on these issues in a bid to find solutions which advance government and consumer objectives, while enhancing the commercial vitality of the industry,” Ms Cutler says.
Boom and bust
“Boom and bust economic cycles lie at the heart of a number of problems the industry faces, with a potential large upturn on the way.
“This lends some urgency to resolving these issues in a manner that sets a good platform for future stability of the building and construction sector.”