Home' Special Magazines : Hastings Special Contents New rules introduced this year aim to tighten
up the home building trade, but will still allow
laymen to indulge in some DIY.
R estricted building work
legislation, which came into
effect in New Zealand on March 1,
means most residential building
work now has to be carried out or
supervised by a licensed building
The change affects all building
consents applied for from March
1 and specifies that jobs must
be completed by practitioners
correctly licensed to do the work.
Practitioners include designers,
carpenters, roofers, external
plasterers, brick and blocklayers
and foundations specialists.
Practitioners licensed to carry
out restricted building work have
to prove their experience and
qualifications and pay annual
subscriptions to the Department
of Building and Housing, who
provide identification cards.
Professional engineers, architects,
plumbers and gasfitters are
treated as licensed building
practitioners and can carry out
some restricted building work.
Not all work that requires a
building consent is restricted
building work, only work critical
to the integrity of a building, to
ensure the building is structurally
sound and weather tight.
This means the Kiwi DIY
culture will not be eliminated,
says builder Kevin Rosson, as
homeowners can still do work
and maintenance on their home.
Restricted building work will be
identified by the designer when
they fill in their Memorandum,
or Certificate of Design, at the
Examples of building work that
requires consent, but is not
necessarily restricted building
work are: fitting new sanitary
fixtures where there were none
before, such as a kitchen or
ensuite, installing a woodburner,
domestic swimming pool, or
insulation to external walls, or
erecting a domestic wind turbine.
As well as certifying tradespeople
under the new regulations, the
card can also show homeowners
they are getting quality in any job.
Along with the changes to
building regulations, comes
Home Health Check Month,
an initiative led by Homestar,
the government-backed rating
tool for New Zealand homes.
The organisation is providing a
free online home health check
interactive test at homestar.
org. nz, which covers areas such
as insulation, heating, water-
use, waste management and
Information from the test
generates a report suggesting
specific to each individual home.
Homestar director Krista Ferguson
said a study by Otago University
showed that home insulation
could provide a health benefit-
cost return ratio of 2 to 1.
“ This study showed that for every
dollar spent on insulating old,
cold houses, there is close to a
two dollar benefit in terms of
health saving, from not ending up
in hospital, or in less time off work
or school,’’ she said.
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In all the excitement of buying a
property, whether bare land or
an existing house or in having
a new house built, people
often forget to approach a
lawyer either until something
goes wrong or until they are
compelled to – because a
solicitors cer tificate is required
for a bank or building company
or a land transaction is
It is often a matter of the person
that is approached first – the
salesperson, the banker, the
builder, the mor tgage broker
which determines who else is
approached – and when.
The banker will want to lend
you as much money as possible
if you measure up as a good
customer, but will want to
lend you nothing if you do not
measure up in his or her eyes.
The salesperson and the
broker want a commission and
sometimes they earn ever y cent
of it, but not always from the
person who pays it.
Lawyers are independent. They
want to do their best for those
that pay them, their clients.
People assume that lawyers cost
money, but more often than not
they save more than they cost.
With the buying of sections and
the building of houses, lawyers
can perform a useful role even
if it is just to reassure you that
all is well or
to deal with the lawyer on the
side of the builder or the land
developer - becaus e there is
bound to be one.
Major problems faced by
those building a house include
delays, items that need
replacement or completion and
cash flow problems, especially
when the lender of funds needs
a valuation or when the builder
runs shor t of money, as many
A building project should be
exciting and rewarding, but it is
a massive under taking and can
get ver y stressful. Investment in
an hour of legal time early on
could be the cheapest par t of
the project cost, but the most
SEE YOUR LAWYER FIRST
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