Building Act reforms
The Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and
Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which represents the first of a suite of reforms to the
Building Act 2004, was passed by Parliament on 3 June.
The Bill seeks to lift the efficiency and quality of building work,
provide fairer outcomes if things go wrong, and support the building sector to shift to new and more
effective ways of working. The Bill will help support productivity improvements by lifting efficiency
and quality of building work and to improve trust and confidence in the
building regulatory system.
The Bill has two parts: the first part amends the Building Act 2004, and
the second part makes consequential amendments to other legislation. The changes to the first
part are in five categories:
(i) strengthening the existing product certification scheme known as
(ii) creating a new scheme for modern methods of construction;
(iii) better information for building products and methods;
(iv) improved offences and penalties; and
(v) expanding the use of the Building Levy.
A key change that could significantly speed up the building consenting
process is a new modular component manufacturer scheme allowing offsite building manufacturers
who meet specific requirements to be certified, allowing them to sign off their designs
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is consulting with
the sector to develop new regulations to support the modular component manufacturing scheme,
CodeMark changes and the new building product information requirements.