Government law changes to allow faster consent, more prefabs, take effect

  • BuiltReady program will streamline consent for offsite manufacturers with fewer inspection requirements
  • Enhanced CodeMark product certification will improve confidence in Building Code compliance of building products, including offsite fabrication and pre-engineered products
  • Legislative changes which introduce a new voluntary certification scheme for manufacturers of modular or pre-fabricated components and strengthen New Zealand’s construction product certification scheme came into force today, said the Minister for Building and Construction and Housing, Megan Woods.

    “This government’s top priority is securing our economy for New Zealanders and helping our businesses thrive. That’s why we’re constantly looking to create efficiencies to drive construction, reduce construction costs and generate less waste.

    “These programs both provide faster consent for quality-assured homes and buildings. Greater use of prefabricated methods and products will help us maintain momentum to deliver the homes New Zealand needs and reduce costs,” said Megan Woods.

    The new BuiltReady program will allow manufacturers of offsite buildings that meet certain requirements to be certified to sign their own designs and/or constructions. BuiltReady modular components will be deemed to comply with the Building Code.

    “Homes built offsite benefit from reduced construction costs, experience fewer delays and produce significantly less construction waste which we know dominates our landfills in New Zealand. BuiltReady offers manufacturers the option of a streamlined consent path specifically designed for their needs.

    “The changes to CodeMark will provide assurance that those who evaluate and certify products are doing their job well. This will help build trust and adoption of the program which creates consented efficiencies for buildings that use innovative or high-risk products,” said Megan Woods.

    Legislative changes for the BuiltReady program and the revised CodeMark program take effect today. The BuiltReady program will be open to applications from certification bodies in late 2022 and open to applications from manufacturers in 2023

    Notes to Editor

    BuiltReady and changes to CodeMark were passed as part of the Building (Construction Products and Methods, Modular Components and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021, alongside provisions for new building requirements. information on construction products. New construction product information requirements will come into force in December 2023. These legislative changes will require that a minimum level of information be made public about construction products, including how they are expected to contribute building code compliance and how they should be used.

    The Building Product Certification System, known as CodeMark, is a voluntary system that allows building products and construction methods to be certified as meeting Building Code requirements. Building permitting authorities should accept a CodeMark certificate as proof of building code compliance. The changes include new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) registration requirements for product certification bodies and completely revised scheme rules to give the MBIE better oversight of the scheme.

    The certificate registration fee of $180.30 (excluding GST) applies to any new certificates issued after September 7, 2022. This will only apply to new CodeMark certificates and not revisions to current certificates.

    MBIE develops training and guidance information for certification bodies, technical experts, assessors and industry stakeholders to ensure that all program participants understand the new program requirements and transitional provisions. The MBIE has also developed new program rules, which provide details to program participants about their roles and responsibilities, the operating process and the evaluation criteria.

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