When returning to a building site after it has been in lockdown, it is important to know the safety requirements for you and others on site. After any period away, think about the building materials exposed to the weather. Some may have been damaged or exceeded their exposure limits. This can affect building consents, Building Code compliance and product warranties.
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Before a building contract is cancelled in the current situation of locked-down sites and an uncertain future, the wording of the contract should be carefully reviewed.
BRANZ Chief Executive Chelydra Percy says the strength of science is playing out as the world tackles COVID-19, offering fact-based assessments at a time we are bombarded with so much conflicting information.
The government’s big infrastructure spend is good news, but it doesn’t necessarily benefit the small to medium-sized residential building companies doing over 65% of building work. Grant Florence, New Zealand Certified Builders Chief Executive, says this group needs to be heard at the policy table.
The construction industry has been left reeling from the body blow delivered by COVID-19. But this will pass, and being resilient will help navigate the crisis and prepare for recovery and future opportunities.
Remember to think about your team during these challenging times and take the opportunity to prepare a solid foundation for your company’s future once work resumes.
Is science important? The government thinks so, and that’s why the Prime Minister has a Chief Science Advisor. It is a role that is particularly important as New Zealand, along with the rest of the world, battles COVID-19.
A black swan event like COVID-19 and the rhythms of the political cycle may control when major projects go ahead. This just-in-time mentality needs to change, says Graham Burke, Chair of the New Zealand Construction Industry Council, and the government needs shovel-ready work for whenever the economy demands it.
An unanticipated aspect of COVID-19’s impact on the engineering, construction and building materials sector is that it will hurry up disruptive changes in the industry that have long been necessary.