Select wisely when choosing a builder
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.
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.