Building Supply Update & Upcoming Workshops

Christmas is fast approaching, and I hope you have all planned a relaxing break with friends and family. As we head into 2022, many of us will be looking to have a fresh outlook and ready to tackle any challenges coming our way. Summer is here, and this is a great time to unwind and check in on colleagues and socialise together. 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and good wishes for the New Year. 

Building Supply Resources
We understand the current challenges for our members in acquiring building supplies.

The Construction Accord has now offered new resources to support the construction sector in meeting ongoing supply chain challenges:

MBIE has re-released guidance on product substitution. The guidance provides key points to consider when thinking about using building products different from those originally requested and specified. See the guidance on MBIE’S Building Performance website.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) has published a series of articles on managing your supply chain. They range from basic information on setting up, to the latest updates, to advice on digitising and strengthening your supply chain.

Building suppliers are estimating a further 12% increase in the cost of their materials over the next six months, according to the latest research from building products experts EBOSS. EBOSS conduct surveys from the construction industry to determine the current outlook of the sector. Click here to complete the current survey.

Commerce Commission Study
In reaction to the current building supply market, the Commerce Commission has announced a study into the building supply market. The Commission is required to consider any factors that may affect competition for the supply or acquisition of key building supplies used to build the major components of residential buildings. The major components of residential buildings included in the study are foundation, flooring, roof, walls (structural and non-structural, interior and exterior) and insulation. 

The purpose of the market study is to look at whether competition is working effectively within the residential building supplies industry and, if not, what might be done to improve it.

The Commission expects to release a draft report for consultation around July 2022 and its final report by 6 December 2022.

E3 Amendment 7 – Update & MBIE Workshop 
A reminder that changes to E3 are now in effect. Master Builders has been working with Floor NZ, to understand the changes to E3 and how this will affect our members. There has been some confusion around what is and is not acceptable flooring solutions, and we wish to provide guidance where possible.

The intent for the changes to E3 was to align the Building Code with overseas countries, such as Australia and the UK and not to prevent the use of many everyday flooring products already in use in New Zealand. Consent may still be approved for many flooring products already commonplace in New Zealand, however for some products where you are submitting them as an alternative solution, you may need to provide supporting documentation that the joining, or entire system being used is what provides the protection against watersplashes, rather than just the flooring product itself.
 
Additionally, some in the industry are being informed that timber and vinyl plank based products are not able to meet compliance. This information may be misleading as MBIE’s position was that this is not the intent of the changes, and that Alternative Solutions provide the pathway for the consent of these products.

Please note however, that an acceptable solution by one council does not secure approval for other councils.

MBIE have offered to do a virtual workshop with members about the changes and what these mean for you. We have received some interest, if you would like to attend, please email advocacy@masterbuilder.org.nz to register. This will be taking place in January, and details of the date/time will be confirmed with MBIE shortly. 

Design Workshop - Construction Diversity Roadmap 
Diversity Works NZ has completed research on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the construction sector for the Construction Accord. To put the research into action, they are launching a design workshop series, where workers from the construction industry can have physical input into the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roadmap. Diversity Works NZ especially encourages participation from construction contractors, specialist trades and small organisations.

This roadmap will future proof the construction industry and support the recruitment and retention of a more diverse workforce. 

Workshops are held on the following dates: 
 
Auckland    
February 9th    9.30 am – 4.30 pm
February 10th    9.30 am – 4.30 pm
February 11th     9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Wellington    
February 16th     9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Christchurch    
February 17th     9.30 am – 4.30 pm

This is a great opportunity to make positive contribution to the industry and Diversity Works NZ recognises it is important that the roadmap is created by and for the people who work in the sector.
The workshop is designed to be fun and engaging, whilst also getting the hard work done. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to take park in the design workshops, then please email Dave Watson, Programme Delivery Manager at dwatson@diversityworksnz.org.nz with the following details: 

  • The date and location that you can attend
  • Your contact details
  • What organisation you are from and your role there

Dave Watson will then confirm your attendance and provide further details from there.

Kia Kaha. 
David Kelly