Safety and quality
We want New Zealand to have safe, healthy, durable homes and buildings.
We need buildings that are fit for purpose and comply with the relevant building standards and requirements. To achieve this, we develop fit-for-purpose regulation that ensures public safety and good quality homes and buildings.
Leading practitioners from the engineering profession will host six Training Seminars during October, to promote increased consistency of seismic assessments of existing buildings throughout New Zealand.
Following the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake, MBIE commissioned an expert Panel to investigate the factors that led to the partial floor collapse that occurred at Wellington’s Statistics House during the earthquake.
On 28 February 2017 the government introduced a new requirement for owners of certain unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to secure street-facing parapets and facades, in response to the 2016 Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquakes.
Building sector participants should manage their own building and housing obligations.
MBIE provides policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, rules and standards, and implements building legislation and regulations. This includes the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) and its supporting documents, including Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.
From 1 July 2017 the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (the Amendment Act) takes effect.
In 2008, New Zealand ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The convention is implemented through the cross-government New Zealand Disability Strategy and its underlying New Zealand Disability Action Plan 2014–2018.
New pool safety legislation came into effect on 1 January 2017.
As the building regulator, MBIE monitors current and emerging trends in the building sector, including the lessons to be learnt following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Applying lessons from Canterbury to improve management of risks from natural hazards