2019 NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The 2019 National Professional Excellence in Building Awards were held last Thursday 19 September at the Four Season Hotel in Sydney.

The night was packed with great entertainment by Walangari and Let’s Groove Tonight’s Chris and Emma in addition to lots of networking and celebrating the best in the industry.

A special mention to the 2019 Building Professional’s of the Year:

 

Michael Kilcar from Watpac Construction for his ANSTO M099 Nuclear Medicine Facility project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clayton McDowell from Team UOW fro his Desert Rose House Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The full list of National winners can be found here.
  • The National Magazine can be read here.

(Photos will be uploaded to our Facebook Page in the coming week).

Congratulations again to all the National Winners!

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

While we have been talking extensively about the upcoming AIB conference which is just weeks away, are you aware that the National Awards are nestled right in the middle of the conference – at the same location? Take a look at this short video piece:

This year will be special with an outstanding band to entertain and dance to after the presentations as well as something uniquely Australian (without giving too much away!) Tickets can be purchased here, however I suggest you get in quickly so as not to be disappointed.

In the meantime, you must make the effort to come along to Constructing Our World (September 19/20). The conference promises to deliver great value for money with a very, very strong line up of speakers and forums. We have purposely priced the event to attract as many people as possible across many disciplines in the industry.

Constructing Our World provides one of your best opportunities this year to receive the latest update on what is happening in terms of the inquiries into building quality and government plans. Our team have set aside time on the second day to provide this important update and allow Q & A’s. It will also be an opportunity for you to consult with those working hard on behalf of the industry to input into the proposed legislative and other changes governments are considering. Many of the speakers will be touching on subjects related to the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Report including CPD, defects and building standards.

Plus, we will hear from one of Australia’s most respected financial writers on the state of our industry and its prospects for the short and medium term. I really hope to see you there and in doing so, supporting your organisation.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

The busy schedule for institute activities has now seen the conclusion of our Chapter rounds for the Professional Excellence Awards presentations. We have completed the July events with award presentations in Melbourne and Sydney, and our PE winners across all events have now been grouped for the National Judging that commenced on 29th July following the NSW Chapter dinner.

The last month has seen the passing of two senior AIB Life Fellows. The first was the passing of Don “Billy” Cockram MBE LFAIB a VIC Chapter member, MBAV President and past AIB National President on Tuesday 18 June at the age of 94. I was not available to attend the service due to travel commitments away from Melbourne, but a number of AIB members including Don Sarah a past AIB National President who travelled from Adelaide. Don had remained a close friend of “Bill” from the commencement of their respective building careers. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his wife Caroline, and their three daughters Lulu, Licky and Alex and the extended Cockram family at this time of condolence.

It was also sad news that our esteemed member from the WA Chapter, John Doust AM LFAIB passed away on Monday 22 July at the age of 87. John had recently attended the WA Chapter dinner, to present the John L Doust Annual Honorary Award for 2019 to Fraser Hudson for the Best Dissertation by a final year Curtin University Student of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) Course. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Benson (son) and Carina (daughter), as well as the extended family at this sad time of condolence.

Insurance Issues for industry

This week we have been invited to contribute to an industry round table to address the Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) challenges currently facing the certifier / building surveyor sector. This important consultation process supports the working group in NSW led by John Tansey. States and Territories are finalising an options paper, led by NSW and Queensland, that will form the basis of the options for consultation.

The BMF has tasked Senior Officials with reporting back to the BMF on the outcomes of consultation on the options in September. This invitation comes directly off the recent BMF attendance by the AIB and I am looking forward to again work with Darren Pavic of BRIC on this important consultation as Indemnity Insurance changes are impacting many areas of our industry.

So, the AIB are clearly involved advocating for our membership as this unfolds.

Presidential duties in the last period has included:

  • Informal committee meeting with Gerry Keating the incoming QLD Chapter President and Sean Kelly the retiring QLD Chapter President to update on institute activities around the country;
  • Attending the QLD Chapter Awards dinner in Brisbane;
  • Attending the HK Chapter ACM, and industry group meetings in Hong Kong;
  • Attending Professional Interviews for members and fellow upgrades in both the HK Chapter and Macau Branch in Hong Kong and Macau;
  • Attending an informal update meeting with two SIBL board members in Singapore including briefing and promotion of the COW International Building conference in Sydney;
  • Attending a catch-up meeting with John Gelavis – Executive Director MBA WA and Greg Hughes;
  • Attending the WA Chapter awards presentations in Perth;
  • Attending a regulator introduction with meeting with Kevin Anderson and staff in Sydney;
  • Attending the NSW Chapter ACM in Sydney;
  • Attending a Building Ministers Forum meeting in Sydney;
  • Attending the VIC / TAS Chapter awards in Melbourne;
  • Attending the NSW Chapter awards in Sydney;
  • planning and teleconference meetings for the Institute as part of National Council governance;
  • meeting prospective partners to discuss initiative around AIB promotion;
  • Attending the funeral service for John Doust in Perth on behalf of the National Council.

Finally, the culmination of our Professional Excellence Awards program is just over 5 weeks away. The program this year sits in the middle of our international building conference Constructing our World in Sydney. We have this week listed two special offerings to allow you to capitalise on both the awards celebrations and the CPD opportunities within the conference.

These last-minute packages just released yesterday include a single Day + Dinner discount pass that gives you the choice to attend either Day 1 + Dinner or Dinner + Day 2. For busy builders who can’t take 4 days from a work week to enjoy the full program and site tour packages.

The second package is a corporate ticket to allow a business to share conference sessions among a group of individuals from the same company over the two-day program. A company with two tickets could effectively have 10 different individuals involved across the conference and dinner activities so no-one takes more than 4 hours out of their work week. All session materials and follow up information collected by attendees can also be distributed across the entire company after the conference.

Conference program details and bookings are made on-line using our secure platform provided by ConLog click here to go to the Constructing our World website.

Our program will cover the themes of People, Performance and Politics. Come on Day 1 to get some of the latest thinking that is transforming our building methodology around CPD – staying on top of your game, educating a workforce in South Africa, mental health in the workplace and strategic people planning that grows a business. Then the after-lunch program highlights process and innovation topic with a number of case studies and live examples of how the challenges in construction are being overcome by building smarter.

Day 2 opens with Politics and Finance information that includes the Financial Outlook in our Asia Pacific region presentation by James Kirby – Finance Journalist and Analyst. The New Zealand challenges, future of codes and standards and issues with government regulation as well as a panel discussion on the state of our industry and current regulation issues as impediments to building. The final session after lunch gathers the next generation of builders to offer their perspective from within our industry as recent entrants. Young Builders from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore will each share on the legacy they are receiving and why they accept or reject current practices in favour of being leaders in the next wave of successful building professionals.

This conference should not be missed, as it satisfies the majority of our annual CPD requirements in one place at one time. (an important yardstick for our regulators is active CPD on current industry and practice) We will also include updates on regulations and early advice we have received, through our work as advocates and contributors on behalf of the Building Industry in all building jurisdictions around Australia.

We are communicating regularly with those outside our professional network that an AIB member is a Chartered Building Professional who understands the need to deliver a consistent, professional service to both the building industry, and the end consumer.

This month, before the tickets are sold out, I would encourage busy builders to book and attend both the National Award Dinner, and at least one day of the International Constructing Our World Conference held in Sydney next month.

I am in Auckland next week with our CEO – Greg Hughes for our annual AIB and NZIOB planning and information meetings while attending the NZIOB Building Awards.

I look forward to seeing you soon at an AIB event!

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

 

 

 

Well it has been quite a roller coaster ride over the last couple of weeks in a political sense when it comes to the myriad of issues that have and continue to plague the building industry at the moment. What I am particularly pleased about is the fact that the AIB not only continues to be invited to the table at the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) as well as other forums, but consulted on our views across many issues.

I have been working hard with National President, David Burnell in visiting state and territory regulators as well as relevant Ministers and importantly, keeping the lines of communication open with Federal Minister for Industry, Science & Technology Karen Andrews. The AIB is generally pleased with the outcomes of the last BMF and sees that the bolstering of the resources at the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to support a greater buy in from states and territories with the implementation of the Shergold Weir Report is a good step.

The 24 recommendations in the report have not surprisingly gained more traction in some states than others and the advent of the ramping up of coordination work of the ABCB in this area should be seen as a positive step forward.

I wanted to also take this opportunity to remind you that as a member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), we continue to work hard with this body to develop public comment/views that are often picked by media both domestically as well as internationally. I am also working with the team from ACIF to look at more targeted comment quotes in media releases from member groups such as the AIB that are relevant to the particular subject matter. We have a long history with ACIF and look forward to working with them further in refining our work together.

A reminder that tickets for both Constructing Our World as well as the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards are now on sale.

Both these events promise a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, be a part of a significant international conference and help celebrate the best of the best from around the country and in South East Asia when it comes to professional building excellence.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes

DAVID CHANDLER OAM APPOINTED NSW BUILDING COMMISSIONER

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 1 August 2019

DAVID CHANDLER OAM APPOINTED NSW BUILDING COMMISSIONER

 

Home owners will be better protected following the appointment of building and construction expert David Chandler OAM as NSW Building Commissioner.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the appointment of Mr Chandler was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to implementing the biggest overhaul to building laws in the State’s history.

“David has more than 40 years’ industry experience, which will be invaluable as we move to restore confidence in the building and construction industry,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know there are national challenges affecting the industry, but this new appointment will play a key role in protecting NSW homeowners and driving critical reforms.”

The Building Commissioner will be responsible for the investigation and disciplinary action for misconduct in the building industry while overseeing the end to end licensing and auditing across the building industry.

The Commissioner will also drive legislative reforms of the building industry, including consultation with industry.

This will include legislation to be introduced later this year requiring building practitioners to be registered, a new duty of care to make it easier for home owners to seek compensation against negligent building practitioners, and ensuring all buildings are designed and constructed to plans that comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the Building Commissioner’s priority will be to continue the extensive work that has already been started by the NSW Government to reform the building and construction industry.

“David will lead the implementation of this reform and will advise the Government on additional reforms that may be needed to ensure better protections for homeowners and purchasers, and lift building standards across NSW,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Chandler has welcomed the opportunity to work with the Government to strengthen the building and construction industry.

“Recent events have reduced community confidence in how buildings are designed and constructed and how they perform, but I welcome the leadership and commitment being shown by the Government to implement change that will strengthen the construction industry foundations in NSW,” Mr Chandler said.

Mr Chandler will start in the position on 14 August 2019.

 

MEDIA: Beau Mitchem │Premier │0418 151 808

William Sparling │Minister Anderson │0408 576 636

2019 NSW PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The New South Wales Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 26 July at Dockside Darling Harbour.

The night was packed with great entertainment, networking and celebrating the best in the industry. Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 New South Wales Building Professional of the Year –  Michael Kilcar from Watpac Construction for ANSTO MO99 Nuclear Medicine Facility project.

 

 

 

 

The full list of NSW winners can be found here

2019 VIC PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The Victorian Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards Friday 19 July at the RACV City Club.

The night was packed with great entertainment, networking and celebrating the best in the industry. Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 Victorian Building Professional of the Year –  Edward Roydhouse from Lendlease for his One Melbourne Quarter project.

The full list of VIC winners can be found here

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE – BMF JULY

The AIB was invited to participate this week within a smaller group of Industry associations attending the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) in Sydney along with 11 other industry and employer groups as a follow up to the last meeting held in February 2019.

We had a short agenda which included presentations and discussions around Professional Indemnity insurance and Professional Standards. The second agenda item was to receive an update and report back on the Building Confidence Report Implementation.

I am happy to report that the meeting commenced with opening remarks from the Chair, The Hon Minister Karen Andrews MP, confirming a breakthrough with agreement on the eve of the meeting that included all states and territories committing to a high level of support for a national approach to implementation of the Building Confidence report.

Key points of agreement involve:

  • The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) getting support to roll out the implementation of Shergold-Weir recommendations;
  • Ministers confirmed commitment to a national approach;
  • Recognition that States will continue to work in local jurisdictions in parallel to address and progress the paths to remediation already identified as issues needing attention now;
  • The new work plan for the ABCB is comprehensive and Industry Representation will be required to support the work of the Building Codes Board.

Other significant presentations around Professional Standards confirmed the requirement for better outcomes which involve industry associations having individuals who are committed to professional practice. The meeting encouraged all associations to stop an inward focus on members and grow an outward focused consumer outlook.

Industry Associations will only be part of the solution if they have features that strengthen the skills and support of members. There will be a need for professional standards being linked to registration of individuals. Monitored supervision and discipline mechanisms within associations will be needed to understand their member activity and gather data on the types of services being offered to the consumer.

Association governance and reliable data will play a part in the risks between clients, and consumers. This can then better inform the market around insurance matters, liability exposure and this conceptual change to focus on customers that will bring insurance premiums and excess levels into an area that allows better assessment by insurance providers.

The public is looking for businesses and individuals to have standards and ethics backed by data that produce improved standards of construction.

Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance discussions involved the recognition that the reality for insurance providers currently is that every dollar collected in premiums when called on to respond to a problem pays out three times the premium collected. Insurance providers have therefore taken a view that the industry is unstable around confidence and this has led to the premium increases which reflect the recent claims history.

For PI insurance to remain viable the insurers and underwriters need real data and improved outcomes from industry. Insurance is provided to the market for specialist practitioners, building constructors and home owners on a prudential basis and the lack of data feeds into the market deterioration.

The Insurance Council representatives welcomed the news of a National Implementation around Building Confidence. A positive step is the news that state and territory action is occurring in parallel on rectification commencements in a climate that includes carved out for cladding exclusions. This improvement and action that de-risks any current installation will be a factor that encourages insurers to reassess and reduce premium and excess values for PI cover in the future that will be offered to practitioners.

I am encouraged that the discussions reflected the outline points offered by the AIB in February 2019 around the need for the BMF to tackle:

  • State and Federal ministers who work cooperatively as the lead regulators;
  • Universal adoption and use of NCC volumes 1-3 across all jurisdictions;
  • National Licencing for all building practitioners;
  • Adopting an industry wide approach to continuing professional development as a requirement for all licence holders.

The AIB looks forward to playing a continuing role in the new work of the ABCB implementation team and updating our earlier discussions with both Ministers and departments through their Senior Officers Group (SOG) and the Building Regulators Forum (BRF).

Finally, I have attached the communique from the federal government that highlights the work that is earmarked to be worked up with the Australia Building Codes Board (ABCB) over the coming months and beyond.

Also attached is the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) media release which was distributed today regarding events over the last couple of days. The AIB is not only a member of ACIF but significantly contributes to its public comment. ACIF is regularly picked up by both Australian and international media and is a strong voice for the profession.

I wish you a pleasant weekend,

National President
David Burnell FAIB 

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM COMMUNIQUE

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met today in Sydney to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector. Ministers also met with industry representatives and discussed matters including professional indemnity insurance and implementation of the Building Confidence report.

Building Ministers agreed to a national approach to the implementation of the Building Confidence report. It was noted that many issues are historical and will continue to be addressed as the need arises. However, Ministers acknowledged the issues of the past won’t cripple the future of the sector and, to that end, Ministers committed to work together to build a stronger building and construction sector in Australia.

Building Ministers will strengthen the Australian Building Codes Board

The strategic plan of the Australian Building Codes Board will be recast to better reflect the current challenges in the building sector.

The Australian Building Codes Board will be expanded to include greater representation and engagement from industry.

States and territories retain responsibility for building and construction matters

The Commonwealth will continue to help facilitate on the clear understanding that the states and territories have powers and responsibilities to regulate building matters. States and territories will take responsibility for their individual paths to remediation and rectification.

All jurisdictions support a national framework to address the issues identified in the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report

To achieve this an implementation team will be established, for a period of time, as part of the Australian Building Codes Board. The implementation team will be tasked with developing and publicly reporting on a national framework for the consistent implementation of recommendations of the Shergold Weir Building Confidence report, as well as the design, construction and certification of complex buildings.

Industry are invited to contribute to the development of the framework through in-kind secondments to the implementation team.

The national framework will be responsive to the most efficient mechanism to achieve the desired outcome and will result in amendments to the National Construction Code (NCC) and/or the development of other guidance as required.

Adoption of the framework and ultimate implementation of the Building Confidence report recommendations will remain the responsibility of the state and territory governments.

States and territories will work towards a coordinated approach to professional indemnity insurance

To achieve this a professional indemnity options paper, developed in collaboration between New South Wales and Queensland, will be released for targeted consultation with insurers and the building industry. The options paper will set out a pathway for professional standards schemes and alternative insurance options. Outcomes of consultation will be reported back to the Building Ministers’ Forum by September 2019.

The building ministers called on insurers to meet their existing obligations and lift their exclusions on professional indemnity insurance following this strong action by states and territories.

Silicosis

Building Ministers noted their continuing concern about the re-emergence of the illness of silicosis and the devastating impact that this disease has on sufferers and their families. Ministers agreed to support the work being pursued by the COAG Health Council and Work, Health and Safety Ministers to reduce and respond to instances of silicosis.

ACT Builder Licensing Exams

Ministers noted the work of the ACT in introducing examinations for Builders’ Licenses, and agreed that the Commonwealth would seek information from Australian Skills Quality Authority on planned audits of building and construction qualifications, the potential to include these in the ASQA’s work plan, expediting this where necessary and will invite ASQA to the next meeting of the BMF to report on this.

Technical specification for permanent labelling of Aluminium Composite Panels

Ministers also welcomed the release of a consultation paper by Standards Australia on a technical specification for permanent labelling of aluminium composite panels (ACPs).

Energy efficiency

Ministers also agreed to the development of enhanced energy efficiency provisions for residential buildings in the National Construction Code, informed by the COAG Energy Council’s trajectory for low energy buildings. The ABCB will shortly release a paper for public consultation on options for implementing these provisions in the NCC.

NCC out-of-cycle amendment

The BMF signalled their intent to undertake an out-of-cycle amendment to the NCC to introduce enhanced fire safety measures for early childhood centres in high-rise buildings. These changes will be progressed in coming months through a public Regulatory Impact Assessment.

Next BMF meeting

The BMF will meet again in December 2019.\

BMF Industry Roundtable

INDUSTRY GROUPS CALL FOR URGENT AUSTRALIA-WIDE ACTION ON BUILDING REGULATION

 

 

 

 

Background

Australia’s fragmented approach to regulatory enforcement and compliance with building regulations requires a renewed commitment to national action to maintain public confidence in our built environment. The concerns of the signatories are characterised by the following:

  • Australian and international insurers are introducing strict cladding-related exclusions in mandatory professional indemnity insurance products for building practitioners in the building supply
  • The discovery of major defects in buildings has significantly reduced the ability of those building owners to find an insurer willing to accept the
  • State and territory governments have not taken a consistent and comprehensive approach to undertaking and completing audits of existing high-rise buildings with combustible cladding, nor developed a remediation
  • Governments are taking an inconsistent and fragmented approach to implementing reforms described in the Shergold-Weir report, which was released 18 months

Though some action has been taken to amend the National Construction Code (NCC) and effectively eliminate the use of many types of combustible cladding on new building facades, the response of state and territory governments to dealing with cladding on existing buildings has been patchy and inconsistent.

The building, construction, property and insurance industries have continued their calls for state and territory governments to adopt a consistent and best practice regulatory response to the challenges presented by combustible cladding.

Positive action has been taken in some jurisdictions, however other states are lagging and the continued inconsistency in the approach across governments is manifesting in the crisis confronting building practitioners in the building supply chain. This has led to significant increases in professional indemnity premiums and a reduction in cover via exclusions on combustible cladding and non-conforming building products.

Building surveyors, engineers and architects are now struggling to obtain the insurance they need to do their job, which in turn could seriously affect future building or construction activity.

Consumers, building owners, building practitioners and their insurers need certainty and confidence in building regulation. Building and construction, when combined with the property sector, is the nation’s largest industry, provides the most full-time jobs and is a vital engine of economic growth. The economy must not be put at risk by the failure to provide certainty through a consistent approach in dealing with these issues.

The entire building and construction supply chain risks being further impacted by this continued uncertainty, and industry participants want to work cooperatively with governments to rebuild that confidence.

We urge the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to work together in providing certainty through a uniform national approach to dealing with these matters.

What needs to be done
As organisations representing the building, construction, property and insurance industries, we urge the Federal Government to play a leadership role and bring together all state and territory governments to:

  1. Develop and implement a consistent and best practice Australia-wide response for risk assessment and a rectification strategy for existing buildings with combustible cladding with an agreed timetable that reflects the urgency of the issue. This will reduce confusion, clarify the scale of the challenge and support a viable professional indemnity insurance market that provides the coverage needed by industry participants and building
  2. Establish a joint government-industry task force to oversee urgent and consistent implementation of all Shergold-Weir report recommendations across all

 

Signed:
Property Council of Australia
Insurance Council of Australia
Ai Group
Australian Construction Industry Forum
Master Builders Australia

Media contacts:
Ai Group: Tony Melville 0419 190 347
Insurance Council of Australia: Campbell Fuller 0407 170 500
Master Builders Australia: Ben Carter 0447 775 507
Property Council of Australia: Matt Francis 0467 777 220
Australian Construction Industry Forum: Stella McKinney 0423 663 544