The Coalition Government is set to cut red tape in the building and construction sector in an effort to allow more houses to be built, including prefabricated houses.
The changes will enable the mass factory production of "high quality" buildings, slash the likely number of building inspections for factory produced buildings in half and ensure only the location where a prefabricated house is installed requires a building consent - removing the possible need for two separate consents.
In some countries about 80 per cent of newly built homes are prefabricated offsite, but in New Zealand that number is only about 10 per cent. For manufacturers who prove their systems and processes are compliant, there will be a new streamlined nationwide consenting process for prefab buildings to make the process easier.
As part of the changes to the Building Act 2004, the Coalition Government also announced it will introduce minimum requirements for information about building products so that roles and responsibilities for manufacturers, suppliers and builders are made clearer and so that the right person can be held to account if things go wrong.
These changes are part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to make housing more affordable, more accessible, and for every New Zealander to be able to access warm, dry, safe homes and inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and expensive.