Safe Buildings Conference


As the Canterbury Earthquakes emphasised the considerations of safety and performance of New Zealand’s buildings, the Safe Buildings Conference has provided a forum for industry to learn, examine and debate the issues surrounding how new standards of safety can be achieved.

For 2013 the 3rd Annual Safe Buildings Conference delegates will explore a wider range of issues such as:
• The latest developments from Canterbury
• The progression of New Zealand’s building law reform
• How safety is influenced by a variety of factors such as fire, floods, leaky buildings remediation, heritage and sustainability
• Discussions of the ability of accreditation and certification to elevate confidence in industry, as well as how to work together to balance compliance with costs.

In a world where extreme events test the resilience of our buildings on an increasingly frequent basis, safety will continue to be a critical characteristic of our buildings. Register today to secure your place at this form and contribute to the wave of change. 


Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Robert McClean, Senior Heritage Policy Advisor, NZ Historic Places Trust


Heeding lessons of the past: The CTV Building

In November 2012, the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry’s final report on the collapse of the CTV Building was presented to Government. This opening address will provide an overview of parts I & II of the Report and an exploration of the learnings in part III, as well as discussing the implication for future compliance for safe buildings.

Kelvin Reid, Barrister, Canterbury Chambers


An insurance perspective on unsafe buildings

Hear from Rachael as she explores the impact of unsafe buildings on the ability to secure insurance and offset possible future risk.
• Macro view: An insight into the global insurance market
• The impact of the Canterbury Earthquakes on insurance availability in the region
• Cost of insurance and challenges in securing it
• Implications for insuring safe buildings throughout the rest of the country

Rachael Pettigrew, Branch Manager - Wellington Risk Management, Marsh


Morning tea


The evolution of the Building Act

In this legislative update, Anita and Helen will bring you up to speed on the latest developments in the Code shaping compliance standards for safer buildings.
• Building Amendment Bill (No. 4): Rationale and progression
• Protecting the consumer: Implications of liability and responsibility
• Implications for existing buildings
• CTV Report: Implications for safe buildings legislation

Anita Lee, Solicitor, Kensington Swan
Helen Brown, Associate, Kensington Swan


Panel discussion: Will accreditation instill greater confidence in the building and construction industry?

The stipulations of the Licensed Building Practitioners’ Scheme and Regulation 18 of Building Regulations emphasise the importance of end to end accreditation as one means of raising standards for the industry. However, qualifications and registrations are not always indicative of compliance competency - a trait which is crucial in ensuring continued safety of our buildings and those occupying them. Our panellists will draw upon their expertise to discuss:
• What is the purpose of accreditation systems?
• Long term thinking: The value of an accreditation system for the growth of the industry
• What must be done to ensure accreditation can be achieved and maintained?

Andrew Kear, Group Manager Standards Leadership, Building & Construction ITO
John Hudson, Building Control Services Manager, Upper Hutt City Council
Richard Toner, Chief Building Officer, Wellington City Council




Case study: Practical applications for seismic safety

Andrew will discuss the design & construction of New Zealand’s first seismically resilient multilevel commercial timber building. Completed in the Nelson campus of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in 2011, the building incorporates damage avoidance design and has timber lateral load resisting components. Andrew will share present subsequent design and research that extends these ideas in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake.

Andrew Irving, Director, Irving Smith Jack Architects


Case study: Technical challenges in rebuilding Briscoes Salisbury St

Briscoes’ Salisbury Street building was one of the harder hit by the February quake - with only shallow foundations to support it, the building was deformed dramatically by liquefaction. This called for the engineers in charge of rebuilding it to take on board a raft of new considerations to make sure the new store was not only fit for reoccupation, but would stand a better chance of surviving similar events in future. In this session Zoran provides an insight into the trials and tribulations involved with raising the quality of safety for the store.
• Lessons from past techniques: Looking at the behaviors of the building during the Canterbury Earthquakes
• Employing best practice: Realising the latest innovations for safer earthquake prone buildings
• Meeting code requirements

Zoran Rakovic, Principal Structural Engineering, Xona Consultants


Afternoon tea


Panel Discussion: Bankrolling compliance

There is no disputing the significance of ensuring our buildings are safe, but for the majority of business owners the commercial realities of doing so can make this a daunting task. Analyse how the players in this game can work together to achieve this goal.
• Tracking trends: What’s influencing the increasing cost of safety
• Safety necessities vs. desirability: balancing priorities with ability to offset risk
• Team effort: What can territorial authorities, central government, building owners and industry do to aid this?

John Hudson, Building Control Services Manager, Upper Hutt City Council
Richard Toner, Chief Building Officer, Wellington City Council
Robert McClean, Senior Heritage Policy Advisor, NZ Historic Places Trust


End of Day One & Networking Drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair

Zoran Rakovic, Principal Structural Engineering, Xona Consultants


Best practice guidance: Protecting buildings from fire

The impact of fire is grossly underestimated by most people. Although infrequent, fires present a significant threat to building occupants, business continuity and asset value. To minimise fire risk to occupant safety and building damage, Martin introduces you to:
• The benefits of performance-based design to protect buildings and occupants from the impacts of fire
• The new Protection from Fire Building Code clauses: Key points of difference and the thinking behind them
• The industry benchmark for best practice Documentation of Fire Designs and how this benefits the building industry

Martin Feeney, Principal, Holmes Fire


Increasing resilience to flooding in New Zealand

With the majority of New Zealand towns and cities located on flood plains, it is vital that our buildings are prepared to withstand such events and that new proposed developments are encouraged not to build in the flood plain.
"Greater Wellington Regional Council works with the communities to manage flood risk from the region's rivers and streams. We develop flood plain management plans, provide a free advice and consultation service, maintain and build flood protection works, work with the community to improve the environment and recreational opportunities and provide flood warnings" Gain insight into GWRC’s Floodplain Management Plan, which focuses on 'keep[ing] the people away from the river' rather than ' the river away from the people' and 'giving the river space where appropriate within a defined agreed river corridor".
• Floodplain Management planning approach; long term strategy, improving security and quality of life, better flood preparedness, future development considers flood risk
• Define and agree the flood problem, solutions, option selection process
• Elements in each option: emergency management, district plans, stopbanks, river channel maintenance
• Resilience Building: Advising communities on flood-proofing their homes

Graeme Campbell, Manager Flood Protection, Greater Wellington Regional Council


Morning tea


Leaky buildings: Options for remedial action

• At what point do you repair and at what point do you demolish?
• What are the costs?
• Are there any upsides?

Philip O’Sullivan, Director, Prendos


Getting your foot in the door: Navigating compliance processes for heritage buildings

The purpose of a building is first and foremost to be used; however the legislation protecting heritage buildings is often seen as a barrier to the upgrades needed to bring them up to code. Robert aims to streamline this process by sharing some tips for territorial authorities.
• An insight into best practice assessment of heritage buildings
• Clarifying “alternative” options in consents applications
• Making refit cool

Robert McClean, Senior Heritage Policy Advisor, NZ Historic Places Trust




An added layer of complexity in safety upgrades

Discover how redeveloping a heritage building influences the approach to delivering on safety.
• What do we want to achieve?
• Aesthetic/preservations considerations
• Working through consents
• Marrying the two: Employing the latest techniques to acknowledge the past and prepare for the future

Alison Dangerfield, Heritage Advisor – Architecture, NZ Historic Places Trust


Quality assurance: Making sure you get what you pay for - the Steel Construction Industry Experience

With an increasingly open economy, New Zealand’s construction industry finds itself importing structural materials and fabricated product from a wider range of sources than before. But how can you be sure the pieces are contributing to a stronger puzzle?
• Understanding what’s in place and who holds the cards currently
• Establishing means to monitor what comes in
• The benefits of getting your supply chain on side – how can you do this?

Alistair Fussell, Manager, Steel Construction New Zealand


Does sustainable = safe?

There is a growing expectation that buildings be developed, refitted or retrofitted to incorporate new standards of sustainability – but how do these additional standards measure up in terms of safety? This session draws upon examples to provide a critical analysis of whether green buildings can also be resilient buildings, as well as:
• Structural upgrades: A sustainability opportunity
• Building to last: How do you recycle a building at the end of its original use? What are the implications for safety?

Patrick Arnold, Director, eCubed Building Workshop


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference


Building Law Update

9.00am-12.30pm, 19 April 2013 I Amora Hotel, Wellington 

As a result of the Canterbury Earthquakes, New Zealand’s building legislation is undergoing sweeping reform in order to increase the safety standards of our buildings. This half day workshop is your chance to work through the changes to date with an expert facilitator and learn how such changes may affect your day to day practices.

Ashley will focus on:
• Key changes to the Building Act and associated governance documents
• Recent case law developments
• Responsibility and accountability in the building and construction industry
• Interaction with related legislation
• On the horizon: future reforms

Ashley Cornor, Senior Associate, DLA Philips Fox
Ashley has been a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at DLA Phillips Fox since 2003. He acts for a range of local authority and applicant clients in areas such as proceedings under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Building Act 2004. He appears in the Environment, Coroners, District and High Courts on a regular basis.

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