20 years ago:
• Unit Standards were being registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by the BCITO to provide a path into construction management for apprentices or already qualified tradesmen.
The Standards were to form part of a Diploma in Construction Management, though candidates for the qualification first had to undertake training in core generic areas.
BCITO chief executive Trevor Allsebrook said the BCITO was planning the promotion of construction management unit standards in schools and in the industry.
15 years ago:
• The new RMBF web-based computer system was up and running from the Federation’s head office in Wellington, and available for members to use.
Included in the members’ section were things such as Standard Forms of Contract, information about deals from various suppliers, including Telecom Mobile and Caltex, and House of the Year information.
RMBF chief executive Chris Preston said the new system had been operating for some time, and he believed it was highly functional and delivered a number of benefits to members.
10 years ago:
• Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove announced the Government’s plans to further broaden the DIY licensing exemption that was initially agreed in 2006.
RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout said the Minister was running the risk of jeopardising the integrity of the whole licensing regime, and that he hoped common sense would prevail in getting back to a policy framework that underpinned quality in the industry rather than undermining it.
“The suggestion is that DIYers be allowed to build more simpler Category 1 homes as long as they’re more heavily inspected by local authorities, and having that recorded on the LIM report,” Mr Burghout said.
“But, just like we don’t allow DIYers to connect their own wiring to the mains, DIYers should be supervised by an LBP when it comes to structural work and work on the building envelope, both of which are integral to weathertightness. It’s as simple as that.
“This is about building quality, it is about consumer protection, and it is about ensuring we have an industry that aspires to higher levels of professionalism.”
5 years ago:
• Canterbury builders embraced the RMB PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year by submitting the most entries for a single region in the competition.
Residential entry numbers in Canterbury were up 60%, and RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn said the numbers exceeded expectations given the current climate in the industry.
“Builders in Canterbury have had a tough couple of years, but this increase signifies a positive step forward for the city’s rebuild,” he said.
“It shows us that Registered Master Builders know that showcasing the homes they’re building is a vital component of their marketing, and benchmarking themselves against their peers is a great way to gain recognition.”