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Guide to designing accessible public buildings released 28 January 2019

A guide to designing accessible public buildings was released today. Permanent or temporary disability affects about one quarter of the population at any one time and everyone should be able to access and use public buildings with their normal level of support.

Horse coach manufacturer fined for unlicensed electrical work 17 December 2018

A manufacturer of horse coaches has been prosecuted for undertaking electrical work that he was not licenced to carry out, with the help of his cousin.

Time is running out for landlords to meet the insulation requirements 14 December 2018

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) monitoring report released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicates the number of landlords insulating their rentals is not as high as it needs to be to achieve full compliance by the 1 July 2019 deadline.

Licensed building practitioner has licence cancelled for 10 years 14 December 2018

A licensed building practitioner (LBP) who underquoted work on an Auckland home by nearly $250,000 has been disciplined by the Building Practitioners Board (the Board) for carrying out building work in a negligent or incompetent manner, failing to provide a record of work, and bringing the LBP scheme into disrepute.

Latest Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) released 12 December 2018

MBIE released the latest Housing Affordability Measure data at midday today. HAM is an experimental housing affordability measure consisting of two indicators, one that tracks affordability for potential first-home buyers and one that tracks affordability for renters.

Changes to Electrical Worker and Licensed Building Practitioner fees 04 December 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) ran a consultation in June to review the fees and levies for the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme and Electrical Workers (EW) licensing and registration fees. From this process, new fees will be set in place from 21 January 2019.

Report released that outlines progress towards the identification of potentially earthquake-prone buildings 28 November 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a report that outlines progress towards the identification of potentially earthquake-prone buildings.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's decision on aluminium composite panel (ACP) CodeMark certificates 12 November 2018

All six of the original aluminium composite panel (ACP) CodeMark certificates suspended in July, have been removed from the CodeMark register, with each certificate either being revoked by MBIE, withdrawn by the manufacturer, or reissued as a new certificate following revision.

Construction Skills Action Plan released 04 October 2018

The Government has announced a plan to deliver the right people, at the right time, with the right skills, to meet current and future needs in the construction sector.

Fraudulent behaviour has Licensed Builder Practitioner’s licence cancelled 04 October 2018

The Building Practitioners Board (the Board) has cancelled a Licensed Building Practitioner’s (LBPs) design licence for fraudulent behaviour, and ordered him to pay costs toward the inquiry.

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