Information from the Department of Building and Housing, New Zealand.
From March 1 2012, Restricted Building Work comes into effect. This applies to most residential building or renovation work and only a Licensed Building Practitioner can undertake or supervise the work.
If you apply for a building consent after March 1st, you must make sure that the practitioners you use are correctly licensed to carry out the work.
Licensed Building Practitioners include:
Brick and Block layers
Professional Engineers, Architects, Plumbers and Gasfitters are treated as Licensed Building Practitioners and can carry out some restricted Building work.
Why have these changes been implemented? I hear you ask. The answer: So it gets Built Right!
At Structure Wise Ltd, our Designer, Foreman, and experienced senior crew of builders are LBP qualified. Throughout the year this means they are to continually be educating themselves with latest articles on building and building materials and staying updated, attending seminars, and training courses. These are logged in on a website and there are a certain number of points that must be attained each year, by each individual to be able to stay licensed.
As with all occupations, frequently renewing your knowledge, not only keeps you up to date, but it keeps the job itself fresh and exciting. It’s very easy to go day to day with no new input, and suddenly you realise that years have passed and just doing the same old, same old. So this is an excellent system of making sure you are not getting left behind.
Interestingly however, this does not apply to the Commercial or Industrial building sector – only Residential – however we here at Structure Wise Ltd believe these buildings are equally important, and as we fit predominantly into this sector, we have still made this a priority to make sure we are fully qualified.
You are in good Hands with Structure Wise Ltd