Association of accredited certifiers launches 8-point plan to reform the building industry

All professionals involved in the design, installation and approval of buildings must be accredited and insured, according to a new eight-point plan to reform the building industry in NSW.

The plan from the Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) calls on the next NSW Government to implement these vital reforms in its first 100 days in office.

The eight-point reform plan is designed to improve accountability in the construction process and better protect owners and residents.

AAC CEO, Jill Brookfield said the recent issues with the Opal Tower in Homebush must lead to these overdue reforms being implemented as a matter of urgency.

“For too long, governments in NSW have failed to act to ensure robustness and accountability in the construction industry in NSW,” Brookfield said.

“Under current regulations there is no requirement for structural or services engineers to undertake inspections of structural or services elements in buildings.

“Currently, the construction sector lacks accountability and fundamental checks and balances. This must change to restore owners’ and residents’ confidence.

“The AAC is writing to all political stakeholders in NSW seeking both support for the platform, and undertakings to promptly implement after the State election.”

The AAC’s eight-point plan includes:

  1. All professionals involved in the design, installation and approvals process must be accredited and insured.
  2. All key personnel in the process who are not accredited must be licensed and be required to prove their competency at regular intervals.
  3. All documents related to the certification of a building should be in a standard form developed by industry and Government.
  4. All persons involved in the certification of any engineering design or technical aspect of construction must issue a certificate on a standard form.
  5. Comprehensive auditing of all accredited or licensed persons.
  6. All parties involved in the building product supply chain need to be accountable for the products they prescribe, specify, purchase and use.
  7. Amend the BASIX scheme to allow applicants to design buildings based on predetermined standards.
  8. Strengthen the administration of building regulation in NSW by bringing building regulations and control functions into one portfolio, reporting to one Minister.
“For more than 15 years, the AAC has been calling on government to mandate the wider accreditation of building professionals,” Brookfield said.
“These reforms are long overdue and must be implemented as a matter of urgency to better protect consumers, restore confidence in the construction industry and improve accountability.”

 


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