Safe & Resilient Buildings Conference

Regulation, information and insights to fortify buildings

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Rosemary (Rosie) Kilip, Director, Building Networks NZ
Regulatory imperatives to improve building standards
The true cost of unsafe buildings: Delving into resilient design

Stephen Hogg is a passionate advocate for safer building design and has been instrumental in the redevelopment of Christchurch post-earthquake. He shares his vision for more resilient buildings and presents his experiences in designing innovative fortified buildings along with the true cost of resilient design.

  • Learning from earthquakes and applying new technologies for resilient buildings
  • Understanding the costs and financial feasibility for developing resilient buildings
  • Highlighting case studies of resilient buildings  constructed in New Zealand
Stephen Hogg, Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon
Earthquake protection: Lessons from recent earthquakes

One lesson from the recent Kaikoura and other earthquakes is that owners and tenants struggle to make decisions about building safety and the post- earthquake occupancy of buildings. This is also a challenge when a building is given a % NBS rating, particularly one that is less than the 33% threshold for being earthquake-prone. John Gardiner shares his  research into developing a universal framework to provide decision-making tools to help owners and tenants to decide on occupancy and meet their compliance obligations under the new EPB legislation as well as Health and Safety.

John Gardiner, Managing Director, Building Confidence
Morning break
Regulation update: Understanding the myriad regulations for safer buildings

Adhering to new requirements, and anticipating potential future changes, can be confusing and costly if you don't get it right. Our quickfire regulation update highlights key pieces of new regulation and looks into the crystal ball about the new Government's proposed review of the Building Code and where it might - or should - lead.

  1. Earthquake-prone buildings update
  2. Fire regulation update
  3. Building code review - where should we be heading?
Robert Wright, Head of Building Consenting - Consenting and Compliance Group, Christchurch City Council
Judith Cheyne, Associate, Christchurch City Council
Panel discussion: Opportunities to improve New Zealand building standards – an industry-driven approach

We invite key stakeholders in the industry to discuss the actions following recent natural disasters and the implications and drivers of new regulations to work toward safer New Zealand buildings.

  • What are the drivers of new standards and regulations
  • Code minimum versus best practice of building standards
  • Educating the industry – are attitudes toward safe buildings too blasé?
  • Inspiring innovative ways to improve building standards
Robert Wright, Head of Building Consenting - Consenting and Compliance Group, Christchurch City Council
Stephen Cody, Manager Building Resilience, Wellington City Council
Bruce Kohn, Chief Executive, Building Industry Federation NZ
Lunch break
Building performance and natural disasters
Assessing asbestos and hazardous materials in unsafe buildings
  • Delving into new RMA and HSNO requirements for inspection and removal
  • Key requirements and responsibilities for property managers
  • Case studies of asbestos management plans
Grant Olds, Manager, Asbestos Survey Group
Bridging building, earthquake and people safety
  • Understanding the connection between the Health & Safety at Work Act and the Building Act
  • Delving into requirements for building owners and managers to achieve safe building standards
  • Balancing regulation and practicality - the people side of building safety


Paula Barnett, Director, Bailey-Barnett Ltd & Building Compliance/Facilities Management Trainer
The role of Standards New Zealand in supporting safe buildings

As of March 2016, Standards New Zealand is now a business unit within Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to the transition into MBIE, Standards New Zealand operated as a separate Crown entity since 1932.  What are the future of standards for the building industry and what impact will this have on ensuring that buildings continue to be safe and resilient?

Stanil Stanilov, Team Leader Standards New Zealand , Standards New Zealand (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
Afternoon break
Addressing the threat of non-conforming products to building safety

Resilient buildings must start with resilient products. Estimates of cost incurred when non-conforming products are detected requiring rework, repair or replacement are $95 million for residential buildings only, and $232M for residential and commercial construction.  Regulatory reform offers an opportunity to provide better assurance to the industry that products and materials are fit for purpose. A National Catalogue of products and materials enables a comprehensive flow of conformance information to businesses, regulators and consumers to better inform choices, independently of any particular regulatory solution.  Bruce and Gary discuss the opportunity to strengthen buildings with safe, compliant products and a system that works.


Gary Hartley, General Manager - Customers, GS1
Bruce Kohn, CE, Building Industry Federation
Developing safer buildings and façade: Composite engineering design

Tony shares his experience on the application of composite materials, revealing how they develop more resilient buildings, going beyond legislated  standards with cladding and façades.

  • Utilising composite materials when designing for developing resilience – understanding when composite materials are effective
  • Managing seismic and legislated requirements with composite materials with a focus on recladding façades
  • Learning from international case studies of composite engineering design to develop excellence
Tony Stanton, APAC Engineering Manager, Gurit
Case study: Proactive earthquake strengthening – future-proofing the DIA building

Carboglass is responsible for the strengthening of Wellington’s DIA building, replacing 26 ton of concrete with composite material. Zac shares the challenges of ensuring earthquake compliance and meeting the fire standards of the Building Code.

  • Understanding the challenge of creating a composite  with a high level of fire safety
  • Fostering collaboration in the building industry to drive innovation with new materials
  • Working with a stringent future Building Code – how can you future-proof your building materials?
Zac Haar, Foreman, Carboglass
Summary remarks from the chair & networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Achieving common ground: perspectives from key stakeholders

The second morning of the Safe & Resilient Buildings Conference focuses on highlighting the key perspectives and responsibilities when managing unsafe buildings. Hear from those invested in improving the industry standards of safe and resilient buildings and take the opportunity to learn from the other side of the façade.

The building inspector: New builds, retrofits and new standards
  • The role of the building inspector in providing building safety
  • Considering key hazards contributing to unsafe standards: asbestos, fire and earthquake vulnerability
  • Post-emergency building assessments and considerations
Mike Scott, Executive Manager, Miyamoto International New Zealand
The construction perspective: Challenges and experiences seismically upgrading Wellington buildings
  • Construction considerations and key challenges in strengthening buildings
  • Industry response and improvements in methodology and technology in the future
  • Highlighting case studies in Wellington commercial buildings - how to achieve true building resilience
Dan McGuinness, Director, LT McGuiness
Morning break
The insurer: Managing the buildings' insurability
  • Addressing the current insurance landscape and the developments with recent natural disasters
  • How natural catastrophe insurance markets work and is New Zealand out of favour?
  • The cost of insurance and challenges in obtaining coverage
John Lucas, Insurance Manager, Insurance Council
Panel: Safe buildings – managing expectation and responsibility

Building, managing and maintaining safe buildings for community and business is a shared responsibility involving both the private and public sector. Our panellists discuss imperatives for collaboration to mitigate the chain of responsibility with unsafe buildings and the expectations of the community and building inhabitants.

  • Encouraging greater collaboration in the industry to collectively manage the risks of unsafe buildings
  • How can the industry ensure that safe buildings are future-proofed?
John Lucas, Insurance Manager, Insurance Council
Mike Scott, Executive Manager, Miyamoto International New Zealand
Dan McGuinness, Director, LT McGuinness
Lunch break
Reaching building assessment standards
Expert insight: Improving fire protection standards in commercial buildings

New Zealand has some of the highest standards when it comes to fire protection regulation and fire safety standards. Acknowledging the impact that fire can have to contribute to an unsafe building, our expert gives advice on how to ensure that you go above and beyond compliance, with particular focus on commercial buildings.

  • Highlighting new fire regulations and their impact on commercial building
  • Understanding the driving forces behind New Zealand’s fire safety standards and why they’re among the most stringent in the world
  • Avoiding a major disaster in our buildings – safety implications to prevent the worst
Christine Duncan, Fire Engineer, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment
Safe and sustainable buildings: Can we have it all?

There is a growing trend of incorporating higher standards of sustainability when retrofitting and rebuilding, with particular focus on meeting green building standards and lowering operational costs. This session analyses the safety of sustainable buildings and asks the key question: can we have resilient and sustainable buildings?


Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Building Council
Afternoon break
Safety implications of non-compliant products

There have been recent cases of non-compliant building, products that greatly increase the risk of an unsafe building, and in some cases, lead to its demolition. Our expert delves into the risks and safety implications of non-compliant products and the opportunities to develop other materials, e.g. composites, to allow them to meet New Zealand’s stringent building standards.


Nick Marston, Team Leader Materials, BRANZ
Resilience from the outset: Safety in design
  • Applying the safety in design principles creates safe buildings
  • Considering alternative materials and structural design to ensure long-term building safety
  • Utilising new technologies like BIM to aid building safety and future developments
Rosemary (Rosie) Kilip, Director, Building Networks NZ
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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