New Zealand Construction Group Launches New Guidelines

New Industry GuidelinesThe Construction Industry Council in New Zealand launched a new set of design guidelines as the next essential tool for the construction industry.

PowerPac Group says these new guidelines aim to complement equipment such as caution signs in improving work in the construction areas, as well as streamlining project coordination among involved parties in various building and infrastructure plans.

Aside from those benefits, CIC Deputy Chairman Teena Pennington believes the new guidelines will support efficient risk management and enhance a company or individual’s understanding of regulatory policies and client project requirements.

Good Timing

With the increasing use of technologies like building information modelling, an update to CIC guidelines takes place at the perfect time, according to CIC Chairman David Kelly. The council’s updated standards represented the collaborative work done by particularly experienced engineering and architecture professionals, Kelly noted.

Another reason for the updates in standards and guidelines involved the current building boom in the country. Construction activity for 2016 will reach a peak growth of 20 per cent, or $3 billion, higher than at the end of 2014 and 30 per cent higher than the peak growth in 2007.

Economic Impact

The New Zealand economy rose 3.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 year over year, partly because of a construction boom, Bloomberg News reported. In particular, a surge in housing-related transactions and construction materials such as cement and glass has fuelled a rapid pace of annual growth since 2014.

These figures may have prompted the building sector to update best practices within the industry to sustain this level of growth. The CIC said the construction industry in New Zealand comprises over 53,500 businesses with a work force of 232,000 people.

As the construction industry in New Zealand progresses, it seems fitting that companies and industry groups are taking certain steps to keep up with change and remain competitive.