Submissions made to the Local Government and Environment Committee regarding the Building Amendment Bill No. 4 summed up the issues well:
There is no accountability for manufacturers of building materials and products, said one submitter.
We remain unable to fathom why product manufacturers are not identified as part of the regime when all other parties are (councils, owners, builders and designers, said another.
Obviously, these submissions are largely from our construction sector/building practitioners but they raise valid and important points.
In response, Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson gives off the impression that these issues do not concern him or his National-Act Government in the slightest.
Therefore the concerns regarding building materials are not addressed in either of his building Bills No. 3 and 4, although they had played an significant role in the leaky building saga.
Hence the leaky home problem should “more correctly” be called “the rotting framing problem” as Paul B put it in his comment to my blog on Building Matters (1) published on Friday August 3.
To help understand building matters and the feelings of New Zealanders, it is important to note some of the following comments made to my blog last week:
KJT said: When are you going to stop blaming builders, who were only following the specs they were given.
Haven’t seen any of them being made to pay out, or the deluded politicians, who relaxed regulation, to allow dodgy suppliers and other thieves to prosper.
I agree with warranties, but they should also apply to materials manufacturers and those who specify them and how they are used.”
Draco.T.Bastard said: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you don’t meet the building code but if you follow the building code you lose the manufacturer’s warranty on the product. Can anyone say Product not fit for purpose?
Herodotus said: Who protects the industry from the manufacturers of building materials ?
From comments above there appears a real reluctance from the Government or governmental bodies towards these manufacturers.
I will make sure to bring these views to the attention of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, which is currently hearing submissions on the bill.
These views will be valuable to us while shaping our position as to how to get these concerns addressed.
Note: Building Matters (3): CCC is no longer CCC: will that concern you? Will be released later this week.