Did you hear the news today – oh boy…. If you didn’t hear the broadcast listen to the RadioNZ item HERE Its kind of sad how long it take journos to catch up with what is happening out here on the ground in the NZ housing market. I am surprised that they needed an OIA to figure out that MBIE does not record.
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I have had an interesting reflection while teaching Building Law. How well do you know the Rules in order to see how far they can be bent or got around? We need the knowledge of the Rules first We need to know the “WHY” behind the Rules - why is that rule there?
MBIE have republished the CS Handbook – please see the attached. It has a whole new look and feel but just a few little changes. No show stoppers. But at least you will have the latest version of the document. SS1 Cross reference under to the new C/AS1 – C/AS7 Acceptable Solutions SS8 New description
Here we go folks here is the new amendment hot off the press.
If you saw this on the news today you may wonder where you can find the report. Well here is the link. Residential Construction Sector
Hot off the press, yet long awaited is the review of the rules around swimming pool and spa fencing. Although I have heart felt empathy for anyone who may have lost a child to drowning, the rules around pool fencing are old fashioned and way over due review (in my opinion).
Thinking of you all as most of us are winding down into the pre-Christmas week. What an interesting year 2012 has been. I don’t believe that 22/12/2012 will see the end of the world doomsday style. I believe there have been shifts in our thinking, awareness and choices in 2012 that has either prepared us
There’s a lot of publicity today about the Royal Commission’s Report into the CTV building. While the media have focused on the bad news there is some good news in the report. Sure there are some recommendations for improvement with the hope of preventing such a tragedy again and some of it relates to training.
A simple set of questions for you to ponder: What do you like about the building controls regime? What do you dislike? What would you change of you could? I like that there is a set of rules to keep us safe. For example, the core principal of the Building Warrant of Fitness is sound.
As I look back over 17 years of teaching building law (in one form or another) I notice how often we are asked to “bend the rules”. For example: Someone is selling a house and did not realise (all the years they have lived in it) that it did not have a Code Compliance Certificate.
What is the point in investigation into disasters? A Royal Commission is set up, time and money invested in getting to the bottom of what went wrong. Media reports sensationalise the issues and initiate a witch hunt of their own. The personal stress for those involved cannot be quantified and all for what?
This year I have facilitated sessions on changes to the Building Act. The main focus has been on Compliance Schedules. The sections of the Act are insignificant in number compared to the amount of work involved to get the job of an updated Compliance Schedules.