30 January 2020 e-News

Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched The Government has announced a new action plan to help lift the workforce and productivity to build houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals throughout the country. Continue reading

We've rebranded

Exciting news. Just as people and companies evolve, so do brands. We’ve grown ours over many years and we’re now taking a bold step forward with a new name. The Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) will become the Association of Consulting and Engineering. We will also be known by the new acronym of ACE New Zealand. Continue reading

The Construction Sector Accord requires total commitment

This blog post is written by Paul Evans, ACENZ Chief Executive The Construction Sector Accord was launched earlier this year to transform the industry. The shared initiative between the government and the construction sector included a commitment from the government to develop a more visible pipeline of work and procurement practices that are fair, efficient and predictable. Continue reading

Document Automation Pilot for Short Form Agreement

ACENZ, Engineering New Zealand and LawHawk are working together to test automation of our common industry documents, such as the Short Form Agreement (SFA). Early indications are that an automated solution could achieve time savings of 75% or more.   Continue reading

Vector Needs You!

Vector have recently found a large number of buildings being constructed too close to power lines, poles, switches and transformers. It is very important that all buildings and structures comply with the Electrical Code of Practice for Safe Electrical Distances (NZECP34). This is enforced by WorkSafe and protects people, property, vehicles and the network. Continue reading

Heritage EQUIP announcement

Heritage EQUIP is a nationwide programme that provides funding and advice to the private owners of heritage buildings that require earthquake strengthening, and, as you may already know, the Government recently announced new strengthening incentives specifically for heritage building owners in regional centres. Continue reading

Construction Directory open to new entrants

The Construction Directory is the Ministry of Education’s national panel of 100 pre-qualified main construction contractors for capital works projects over $500,000. The Directory was originally released to the market in mid 2017 and become operational in August 2018.  We communicated in the original tender process and confirmed at regional supplier briefings that the Directory would be opened to potential new entrants on an annual basis. Continue reading

UN Environment guide for sustainable procurement incmudiçng EFCA_FIDIC contributions

A new guidance document produced by UN Environment on Procuring Sustainable Buildings and Construction has been released. FIDIC provided input into the document – specifically in the section Calling for Tenders. Continue reading

Temporary Works Procedural Control: Good Practice Guideline (GPG)

The newly established Temporary Works forum (TWf) have developed the following draft guidance document to the New Zealand Construction Industry, providing a consensus view on how to execute good procedural control of the risks posed by temporary works throughout their lifecycle. Continue reading

MBIE Business Uptake of ICT project - 2018 End of Year update

It has been a busy year for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Digital Economy team working on the MBIE Business Uptake of ICT project. MBIE want to thank you for your input to date – it has been integral to the evidence base, key insights and design of the pilot project that was run this year.  In wrap up the project’s trial phase, MBIE wanted to give you a quick update on progress and our plans for the New Year. Continue reading