Seeking your feedback on proposals for BuiltReady scheme rules

We are seeking your feedback on proposed amendments to the BuiltReady scheme rules, which are made by MBIE’s Chief Executive under the Building Act 2004 (the Building Act).

Specifically, we are seeking feedback on:

  • incorporating use of the BuiltReady brand for scheme participants
  • mandating use of MBIE’s manufacturer’s certificate template for registered manufacturers.

This document provides some context for the proposed amendments to the scheme rules and suggested questions.

A draft of the proposed amendments to add Schedule 1 of the BuiltReady scheme rules is available in the appendix at:

BuiltReady is a voluntary modular component manufacturer scheme that shows a manufacturer designs (where applicable) and manufactures modular components that comply with the New Zealand Building Code. Building consent authorities must accept a current manufacturer’s certificate as establishing compliance with the Building Code, so long as it is issued by a manufacturer certified and registered to design and manufacture.

The BuiltReady scheme rules (the scheme rules) apply to the scheme parties, which are:

  • the modular component manufacturer (MCM) certification accreditation body (the accreditation body), an organisation appointed by MBIE to accredit certification bodies to the MCM scheme
  • MCM certification bodies (also referred to as MCMCBs), which are the third-party organisations that evaluate modular component manufacturers for certification
  • manufacturers of modular components (also referred to as MCMs) that hold current MCM certification.

This consultation will be of interest to the scheme parties and also to:

  • building consent authorities, which must accept modular components detailed on a BuiltReady manufacturer’s certificate from a certified and registered modular component manufacturer as Building Code compliant (when used in accordance with the conditions on the BuiltReady manufacturer’s certificate)
  • manufacturers of modular components interested in applying for BuiltReady certification
  • other users including designers, builders and consumers.

As per sections 272ZI and 272ZJ of the Building Act, there are offences related to misrepresenting yourself as a BuiltReady scheme party if that is not the case. These offences can incur penalties up to $1,500,000. Due to this, it’s important to us that the industry and relevant parties find the rules around both the branding and manufacturer’s certificates clear and workable. 

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Last updated: 15 November 2023