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CIC welcomes review of national building code

January 23, 2019 4:41 pm

The Construction Industry Council has welcomed government’s support to review the National Building Code.

Chief executive, Vijay Naidu says the 29-year-old code needs changes as certain provisions do not meet the current standards of the building industry.

Naidu says the code should be reviewed every five years however the current legislation has not progressed since it was introduced in 1990.

He adds the code needs to be simplified so it is easily understood by construction workers.

“The code itself is more of a technical document that requires a technical person to read and explain. It’s not really readable by a lay man and the other thing about the code is it’s a manual document. Nowadays with technology, we should have soft documents like PDF and Word so that we can edit it, From the CIC perspective, we want it on our website so that people have easy access to it and understand and read.”

Naidu says the code does not meet the standards for the construction of buildings and the materials used.

Director Architect Pacific, Misha Huggett claims some people in the rural areas are not even aware of a national building code.

The CIC today held a one-day workshop to help them support the long term co-ordination of the awareness, training and the sustainability of developing the National Building Code.

Workshop representatives were from both the private sector and the government.