Building regs reform


The State Government has announced that it plans to lift building construction standards. The Government has declared that builders will owe a ‘duty of care’ to homeowners. It is hoped that this would make it better for home owners to sue builders. This is a retroactive approach (trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted). Most people feel that proactive approach with a return to staged construction checks would be more appropriate,


The Government is talking about ensuring ‘transparency’ is achieved.This seems to mean that they are hoping that it will be clear who is actually responsible if something goes amiss – the architect, the draft-person, the builder, the subcontractor, the home owner?

Industry pundits are sceptical and have commented that the Government has to do far more to clean up the industry.


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