Building Act Amendment Bill

EBSS Press Release: Report shows MBIE intends to flout Supreme Court ruling on earthquake prone buildings

An EBSS report ‘Don’t mention the law’, on MBIE’s proposed regulations and methodology for identifying earthquake prone buildings, shows that the Chief Executive, David Smol, intends to flout a landmark Supreme Court decision. The law provides that the earthquake prone building test is against performance in a defined moderate earthquake. The Supreme Court, in a 2014 decision, ruled that the…
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More MBIE nonsense on the lives saved OIA request

In a recent update ‘Document confirms Minister’s estimate of lives saved by seismic policy was fabricated’ we explained how MBIE had hidden, for nearly five months, the document that showed how the estimate of “335 lives saved over the next 100 years” was calculated.  The document was an embarrassment because it showed that the estimate relied on the absurd assumption…
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Document confirms Minister’s estimate of lives saved by seismic policy was fabricated

When Nick Smith, the Minister of Building and Housing, announced his new seismic strengthening policy proposals on 10 May 2015 he said that it would save 330 lives over the next 100 years. This contrasted starkly with the estimate of 24 lives saved in MBIE’s cost benefit analysis that was prepared as part of the 2012 review of seismic strengthening…
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Press release: Seismic policy lives saved estimate a fabrication

 “The claim by Nick Smith,Minister of Building and Housing, in a recently released Cabinet paper, that 335 lives will be saved by the new seismic strengthening policies over the next 100 years, grossly overstates the true position,” Ian Harrison Chair of  EBSS says. MBIE’s  analysis of the life safety benefits, which is based on sound scientific evidence, shows that just…
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Minister’s response to EBSS Select Committee submission inaccurate and a distraction

On Tuesday 4 August the Minister of Building and Housing, Dr Nick Smith, reacted to a NBR request for his view on MBIE’s delay in issuing a determination on the earthquake prone building test case. His response attacked what we had to say to the Select Committee about the roles played by the NZSEE (and MBIE) in the implementation of…
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Select Committee releases ‘interim report’

On Tuesday the Local Government and Environment Select Committee released an ‘interim report’ on the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill. The report details a raft of changes outlined in Minister Dr Nick Smith’s speech last month. As we suspected, these changes still miss the mark on what is wrong with the current system. We will be publishing a detailed analysis…
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Minister’s new clothes update: ‘the dog ate my homework’

The classic schoolboy excuse for failing to hand in homework looks credible compared to the excuse that MBIE has made for not provided us with documents requested under the Official Information Act. In our analysis (the Minister’s new clothes) of the new seismic strengthening policies announced in The Building Minister’s speech in May we pointed out some ‘schoolboy’ errors  and…
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