Se­lect wisely when choos­ing a builder

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New Zealan­ders are renowned for their de­sire to own their own home and the op­por­tu­nity to build their own home is one many aspire to.

Build­ing a home can be an ex­tremely stress­ful process, par­tic­u­larly if it doesn’t run smoothly.

Many new home own­ers have found them­selves in huge debt or have lost their life sav­ings due to mis­takes and shoddy build­ing prac­tices by ei­ther hir­ing the wrong trades­men, or by at­tempt­ing to take on work them­selves that they are un­qual­i­fied and in­ca­pable of do­ing.

Build­ing a new home, or ren­o­vat­ing a cur­rent one, should over­all be a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence that will leave you with a top qual­ity end re­sult that you are happy with for years to come.

When look­ing for a builder to help you turn your plans into re­al­ity, time needs to be taken to en­sure your choice is the cor­rect one.

You need to be able to trust your builder and be con­fi­dent that your builder has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence and a high stan­dard of work­man­ship.

There are three build­ing in­dus­try bod­ies that gov­ern builders.

Bet­ter pro­tec­tion

If you’re con­sid­er­ing res­i­den­tial build­ing work, since Jan­uary 1 there has been bet­ter pro­tec­tion with new con­sumer pro­tec­tion mea­sures tak­ing ef­fect.

Th­ese changes en­cour­age a pro­fes­sional, no-sur­prises re­la­tion­ship be­tween you and your con­trac­tor. They should also en­able you to make in­formed de­ci­sions about build­ing work. Key changes in­clude: – You must have a writ­ten con­tract for res­i­den­tial build­ing work cost­ing $30,000 or more (in­clud­ing GST).

– If the work is $30,000 (in­clud­ing GST) or more, or if you ask for it, your con­trac­tor must give you in­for­ma­tion about his or her skills, qual­i­fi­ca­tions, li­cens­ing sta­tus, and the in­sur­ance or guar­an­tees they pro­vide in a dis­clo­sure state­ment be­fore you sign a con­tract.

– Your con­trac­tor must also give you in­for­ma­tion about any on­go­ing main­te­nance re­quire­ments, in­sur­ance poli­cies and guar­an­tees or war­ranties once the build­ing work has been com­pleted.

– There’s an au­to­matic 12-month de­fect re­pair pe­riod when con­trac­tors have to fix any de­fects you’ve told them about.

– There are new ways to take ac­tion when war­ranties in the Build­ing Act have not been met.

– Con­trac­tors can be fined if they don’t com­ply with the law.

Th­ese changes re­late to res­i­den­tial build­ing work only. For the lat­est up­dates on the new con­sumer pro­tec­tion mea­sures go to doy­ourhome­work.co.nz.

There are three build­ing in­dus­try bod­ies that gov­ern builders – The Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion, Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders and the Li­censed Build­ing Prac­ti­tion­ers Scheme.

About Cer­ti­fied Builders The Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Inc is a com­mu­nity of crafts­men and was es­tab­lished in 1998 to recog­nise and pro­mote qual­i­fied builders. Un­less the builder is trade qual­i­fied they can­not be­come a mem­ber of the Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion.

One of the main ob­jec­tives of the Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Inc is:

‘‘To pro­vide New Zealand con­sumers with the as­sur­ance that our mem­bers are trade qual­i­fied builders who ad­here to strict guide­lines for stan­dards of work­man­ship and busi­ness prac­tice.’’

Our Aims & Goals

The for­ma­tion of the Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Inc pro­vides benefits for the builder and the con­sumer.

The fun­da­men­tal aim of the As­so­ci­a­tion is to pro­mote the skill of its mem­bers, es­tab­lish­ing a clearly iden­ti­fi­able level of com­pe­tence, con­sis­tency and ex­cel­lence for the build­ing public and the pro­fes­sion. The con­sumer benefits from the knowl­edge that our mem­bers are trade qual­i­fied.

Those who are trade qual­i­fied will con­sis­tently per­form to a greater de­gree of com­pe­tence than those who are not trade qual­i­fied.

When you en­gage the ser­vices of a Cer­ti­fied Builder you get the con­fi­dence that comes with cer­tainty – which is an ex­cel­lent way to start any project. Cer­ti­fied Builders can be found at cer­ti­fied.co.nz Li­censed Build­ing Prac­ti­tion­ers (LBPs)

What are LBPs? In Novem­ber 2007 the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) (for­merly Depart­ment of Build­ing and Hous­ing) es­tab­lished the li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tioner scheme un­der the Build­ing Act 2004.

This scheme sets out a reg­u­lated process where skilled and/or qual­i­fied build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers must demon­strate their abil­ity to meet in­dus­try con­sulted com­pe­ten­cies in or­der to ob­tain the sta­tus of be­ing LBPs.

The scheme has 7 li­cence classes: De­sign, Site (th­ese are on-site su­per­vi­sors or project man­agers), Car­pen­try, Roof­ing, Ex­ter­nal Plas­ter­ing, Brick and Block­lay­ing, Foun­da­tion.

Reg­is­tered ar­chi­tects, plumbers

and char­tered pro­fes­sional en­gi­neers are also treated as be­ing li­censed to do or su­per­vise cer­tain el­e­ments of RBW.

When you need an LBP

If you’re think­ing of get­ting build­ing or ren­o­va­tion work done on your house or apart­ment, you need to check if it’s ‘‘re­stricted build­ing work’’ (RBW). If it is, you’ll need a li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tioner – or LBP – to do it.

Re­stricted build­ing work in­volves the build­ing’s struc­ture, weath­er­tight­ness, and de­sign of fire safety sys­tems.

Be­cause this work is so im­por­tant, it’s only al­lowed to be done by li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers (LBPs). LBPs are as­sessed be­fore get­ting li­censed, and have to main­tain their skills to keep their li­cence.

Re­stricted build­ing work, and the re­quire­ment to use LBPs to do it, was brought in on 1 March 2012 (through changes to the Build­ing Act 2004).

Re­stricted Build­ing Work

Re­stricted build­ing work (RBW) is work that is crit­i­cal to the in­tegrity of a build­ing. It must be done prop­erly to en­sure the build­ing is struc­turally sound and weathertight.

Re­stricted build­ing work can only be done or su­per­vised by trades­peo­ple who have proven they are prop­erly skilled – li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers (LBPs).

It is an of­fence for an un­li­censed per­son to carry out or su­per­vise RBW.

Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder

With an un­sur­passed her­itage of over 100 years, Mem­bers are ded­i­cated to build­ing for New Zealan­ders unique places to live, work and play.

If you’re build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing, you can be sure that you’re deal­ing with qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced builders who take pride in the qual­ity of their work­man­ship.

Why Choose a Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder?

Build­ing with a Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder means bring­ing high qual­ity skills, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate homes and work­places.

Only a Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder can of­fer you the peace of mind of a 10-year Mas­ter Build Guar­an­tee on res­i­den­tial work.

Th­ese are some of the best prod­ucts avail­able on the mar­ket at a very com­pet­i­tive price.

Re­sources: cer­ti­fied.co.nz, mas­ter­builder.co.nz, dbh.org.nz, busi­ness.govt.nz, mas­ter­builder.org.nz.

Bet­ter pro­tec­tion: If you’re con­sid­er­ing res­i­den­tial build­ing work, from Jan­uary 1 this year there has been bet­ter pro­tec­tion. New con­sumer pro­tec­tion mea­sures have taken ef­fect.

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