Certified Builders leads the way on building law changes

Certified Builders is taking a lead role in ensuring building tradespeople across New Zealand are up to speed on changes to the Building Act and Regulations and what this means for the way they do business, by holding free information seminars in more than 30 centres across the country from 29 September.

The ‘ToolBox’ seminars will cover important information about the law changes, which come into effect on 1 January 2015. The changes will affect most builders and other trades, with the introduction of new requirements such as providing correct pre-contract disclosures to all customers, having written building contracts, and being available to attend to customer-reported defects for a 12-month period.

Experienced licenced building practitioners – together with staff from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, who will be attending a number of the events – will explain the new requirements, the types of information and forms needed to comply, sources for obtaining compliant building contract templates, and the consequences of non-compliance.

Certified Builders Chief Executive Grant Florence welcomed the changes and said educating builders about them is critical to ensure they are able to comply with the new laws and to give them a competitive advantage.

“As a trade association, one of our core roles is to provide ongoing education, training and support to our members to foster best practice and set a high standard of professionalism, which contributes to building consumer confidence and trust in using a Certified Builder.

“As part of our commitment to industry-wide best practice in the context of what are far-reaching legislative changes, we’re going a step further with this nationwide ToolBox seminar, opening it up to all builders and building tradespeople, not just members of Certified Builders,” said Mr Florence.

Approximately one-third of all builders in New Zealand, typically smaller building companies, are members of Certified Builders. A further third of all builders are not members of either of the two building trade associations in New Zealand.

Certified Builders is the only trade association that requires its members to be trade qualified, and holds regular ToolBox seminars for members on a wide variety of topics for ongoing professional development.

To find a ToolBox seminar in your region, or for further information about becoming a member of Certified Builders, visit: www.certified.co.nz

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