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Guide to construction tolerances released

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has released the Guide to tolerances, materials & workmanship in new residential construction 2015, which supports the new consumer protection measures in part 4A of the Building Act that came into law on 1 January.

The guide sets standards of work expected for key aspects of new home construction. It covers roof & wall cladding, windows & doors, flooring, wall & ceiling linings, cabinets & benchtops, plumbing, drainage & electrical fittings. It’s been written with advice from the construction industry and represents currently accepted standards.

Building & Housing Minister Nick Smith unveiled the technical guidance at the Certified Builders’ Association conference in Christchurch on Friday: “These quality measures are needed alongside our other initiatives to increase housing supply & affordability. There is a risk with the build rate up from 14,000 to 25,000 homes/year that standards will slip. We are investing in record numbers of new building tradespeople and tightening up on standards to ensure we get both the quality & quantity of new homes that New Zealand needs.

“This new resource provides clarity for builders & homeowners on the standards of work expected. It complements the new consumer protection requirements that the Government introduced on 1 January. These regulations provide for a defect period of 12 months with an obligation to remedy. This guidance gives better information on what constitutes an acceptable level of workmanship.

“The guidance covers common areas of dispute, like what degree of slope on a floor is reasonable or when a crack in a driveway is unacceptable. It will help resolve problems more quickly by giving clarity about what tolerances are acceptable.”

Link: Guide to tolerances

Attribution: Guide, ministerial release.

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Academy campaigns for better construction industry training

Published 21 May 2008

The New Zealand Institute of Management & the Academy of Constructing Excellence have joined forces to develop a new training initiative for the construction industry.


The Diploma in Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction can be studied as a 10-month course or in separate modules. The second course starts at the end of July.


The academy used research from 3 sources to show the need for such industry training:


“The Council for Infrastructure Development estimates that New Zealanders are 30% less productive than Australians, a fact which is echoed by the Organisation for Economic Co]operation & Development, whose recent measures of labour productivity show New Zealand to be fourth from the bottom of a league table of comparable nations.


“The construction sector is one of the largest & most important in the economy, employing over 7% of the workforce, and represents a national investment of over $280 billion. It is also one of the least productive.


“The Centre for Advanced Engineers reported last year that there was a general decline in the construction industry, and that industry providers & their clients were struggling to cope with a ‘hot market’ and the shortfall in skills & resources. The centre also found clients were concerned about the impact of defects increasing, with just 31% of projects rated as acceptable in 2006, compared to 78% in 2005. Plus, the number of projects achieving construction targets on time had decreased from 53% in 2005 to 23% in 2006.”


Academy director & course tutor Amanda Warren said: “We tell all chief executives & heads of human resources who are keen to send their people on to the course to be prepared to have their businesses transformed. Our approach is a collaborative one – utilising the principles of best practice management – which empowers people, so it’s essential that support for the new ideas generated on the course comes from the top. Otherwise the participants cannot help implement change and businesses won’t improve.”


NZ Strong Ltd managing director Shane Brealey, who helped design the course, said: “Worldwide, there has been little advance in the way the construction industry operates since the pyramids & ancient cathedrals were built. The master-servant model prevails, and with it an abundance of wasted material, time & labour.


“We have an opportunity in New Zealand to learn from experiences overseas and add our unique Kiwi flavour to find industry-leading solutions. The diploma course brings together the best of international expertise within a forum of progressive local construction leaders focused on identifying breakthrough gains.”


Naylor Love Ltd managing director Trevor Kempton quoted recent figures from Business & Economic Research Ltd: “If the construction industry improved efficiency by 10% it would result in a 1% increase of the New Zealand gross national product, as well as an increase of revenue of $350 million to the Government & $1.5 billion to clients. So there is a real incentive for the industry to support any initiatives like the diploma course, whose aim is to improve productivity & performance.”


Website: Academy of Constructing Excellence


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Attribution: Academy release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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AUT to launch master’s in construction management

Published 24 April 2007

AUT’s Engineering School is introducing a master’s degree in construction management, with the support of industry & academic support from Salford University’s School of Construction & Property Management.

Establishment director Tony Lanigan & programme leader Vasantha Abeysekera said it was the first degree of its kind in New Zealand and would be an invaluable career development opportunity.

The construction industry identified demand for “professional managers who are not only technically competent in building & engineering but also able to manage the complex interactions of today’s building projects”.

The degree is aimed at construction professionals, including engineers, quantity surveyors & architects. Block papers will be intensive, delivered over a few days. An individual paper will have 3 blocks/6 months and other papers will be delivered weekly over a 2-month period.

Dr Lanigan & Dr Abeysekera said the international support, Salford University, was the UK’s leading university in this field. Professor Mel Lees, who’s a chartered quantity surveyor and heads Salford’s School of the Built Environment, will speak at the degree launch on Thursday 10 May.

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Attribution: AUT release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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