MBIE consultation – Removing barriers to overseas products

MBIE is seeking feedback on a package of changes announced by the Government to make it easier to use new building products from overseas.  

The proposed changes to the Building Act 2004 aim to:  

  • make it easier to use products from recognised overseas locations 
  • streamline the recognition of international standards 
  • mandate acceptance of certain overseas building products 
  • remove barriers for making minor changes to an existing building consent 
  • enable minor customisation of pre-approved MultiProof designs when applying for building consent. 

Property Council welcomes the proposed changes given that the current system has entrenched the use of well-known products, lowered competition in the market and has ultimately made it more expensive to build.  

We will be making a submission on the proposed changes and welcome any feedback from our members. Please get in touch with Sandamali to find out how you can contribute. 

Author | Sandamali Ambepitiya

Sandamali arrived at Property Council with a Bachelor of Arts and Law, and experience as an advisor with the Employers & Manufacturers Association.

Conscientious and detailed, Sandamali leads our advocacy in the South Island and Wellington regions. She is also leading our work on the reform of the resource management and building systems and sustainability / seismic strengthening.

An excellent listener, Sandamali is in her element when facilitating stakeholders and members to develop our advocacy positions.


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