Compliance and fire safety headline WA building defect response

In responding to the national building defect and cladding issues, Building & Energy has released a consultation paper proposing new regulations and building approvals processes for class 2-9 buildings.

The Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) contains 28 proposals to increase compliance measures in the building industry. The proposals mirror the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence Report, commissioned by the Building Ministers Forum in the wake of a number of well-publicised incidents interstate and overseas with building defects and flammable cladding.

Among the proposals include the introduction of a Building Surveyor Code of Conduct, engagement rules requiring a builder to use a single building surveyor for the entirety of a project, increased powers to the Building Commissioner and possible third-party reviews of various certifications. There is also a strong focus on fire safety, including requirements to give more consideration and responses to feedback or guidance provided to projects by the Fire Commissioner.

The Property Council joined with other industry groups last year to call for a uniform national response to the Building Confidence Report. This included strong support for the recommendations contained in the report and a desire to see state governments move quickly to provide certainty in this space.

We continue to work closely with our national advocacy team to ensure sensible reforms are pursued that reflect the seriousness of the issue with the practical challenges that come with increased regulation in this space. This work will also take local member feedback into account to form our submission and engagement on Building & Energy on this issue.

You can view Building & Energy’s information and CRIS paper here.