Because it’s that time of the year when you are busy finishing off projects with real Christmas deadlines looming, I thought I would take this opportunity to do an end of year review of building compliance with you. This is a chance to stocktake activity that you have commenced in 2017 and see what needs to be finished off before the New Year starts (or soon thereafter).
So here we go with a quick check-in:
Building Compliance Check-In
- Are any of your projects still stuck in consent processing phase at Council? What’s the holdup? Inquire with the designer as to the Request for Further Information (RFIs) – what did Council want the designer to change or add to and what is the turnaround on that response. Will it happen before Christmas?
- Which projects were started under building consents in 2017 that need to be finished with Code Compliance Certificates (CCCs) and have they got them? If not, download that application form from the relevant Council’s website, collect up documentation such as energy work certificates and PS3 and PS4s and get this in the Council system ASAP for processing in the New Year.
- Which projects were under temporary Certificates for Public Use (CPUs) that also need to be closed off with a final Code Compliance Certificate (CCC)? There are a number of implications for trading under a CPU alone (insurance, lack of BWOF checks) so the sooner you get the CCC the better.
- Do any of your building stock come up for a BWOF renewal over December- January? This can be ugly as the shortened weeks lead to difficulties in getting the support, IQP checks and 12As sorted. Do a stocktake on this and make some arrangements to plan ahead.
- Do you have any new projects / designs on the books for 2018 that need an FM run over them? Often the FM component is left too late to factor in, making it challenging post-construction to carry out activities such as IQP checks, cleaning and maintenance work. Best off to get the FM view on the design team from the get-go to avoid some nasty disruptive and costly modifications later on.
If you would like to talk any specific issue through or seek guidance, please call our friendly team to book in a session. We will be open until 22 December and resume again on 5 January 2018.
The Building Networks has enjoyed our association with FMANZ in 2017. Paula Barnett has joined our team and you will see her input as well as mine in the new year. Paula has been a member of the Wellington FMANZ branch and presented at the gathering in November. She is also the voice behind our recently launched FM series on our Bnets Online school to refresh your mind in a simple digestible way on building compliance that affects the FM role. Check it out here.
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