From Building networks
There’s a lot of publicity today about the Royal Commission’s Report into the CTV building. While the media have focused on the bad news there is some good news in the report. Sure there are some recommendations for improvement with the hope of preventing such a tragedy again and some of it relates to training. But let’s take a moment to focus on a good news segment from the report:
I read this article “Heritage Matters To” on scoop over the weekend and I just couldn’t help but respond. Ben Schrader, urban historian, is critical of the Government’s stance on Christchurch’s heritage building demolition preferring to loose a ‘few’ lives for the sake of preserving history. I don’t support this at all. And thanks Ben because someone has challenged me enough to come forward with a few home truths. Now this may seem ironic from someone like me who has Masters degree in History (among other things) but I can’t bare to think that historic buildings should prevail over building safety.
For years building inspectors have been a much maligned group. No one rocks up to the Council to say “thank you” for an inspection or a building consent for that matter. The public, the trades, and the professionals are usually resentful, some are rude and often misinformed about the rules of the built environment.