AIB’S TEN POINT PLAN

Better Regulation: A Ten Point Plan From The Australian Institute of Building

The AIB supports a cooperative and productive building and construction environment based on consultation between government, industry and academia through formal mechanisms, and appropriate appointment of risk and responsibility owned by the various parties. It supports a coordinated unified system of regulation for the construction industry based on the following principles:

  1.   Code of Ethics 
  2.   Single Regulatory Agency
  3.   National Construction Code
  4.   Formal Education for Builders
  5.   Licencing of Key Building Professions and Trades
  6.   Registration System for all Builders and Trades
  7.   Building Quality Manager
  8.   Documentation Review
  9.   Building Surveyor Sign Off
  10.   Insurance System   

 More information about each point – click here.

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

We recently met up with the new NSW Government Building Commissioner, David Chandler. Both National President, David Burnell, myself and one of the AIB’s NSW Chapter Vice President’s had an initial free flowing discussion around a number of points including:

  • How the AIB can assist with the reform that David’s Department will be committing to over the next five years
  • The ongoing negative media coverage of the industry and how we can do our bit to put some balance into this issue
  • Some of the key outcomes of the recent Constructing Our World conference in Sydney
  • Key meetings that the AIB has had with Tier 1 firms and their feedback etc

Once David’s future planning becomes more public, I will be sure to pass this on. With the end of the year fast approaching and Christmas mere weeks away we have been preparing for next year and have opened submissions for the 2020 Professional Excellence in Building Awards!!!

In addition, we have launched a dedicated website for our much talked about annual program. Features of the site include:

  • A photo gallery of previous winners and events
  • Links and news for all upcoming state, territory and national awards programs
  • Spotlight on previous Building Professional of the Year winners
  • One stop shop to buy Award function tickets online
  • Copies of past Awards magazines covering both nominations and finalists

See the site here. Many thanks to Awards Coordinator, Abbey Czudek for creating the new site. I believe it is long overdue and will make quite a difference in the way we market and generally communicate the events.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

It seems that my column of two weeks ago about negative media coverage with issues surrounding our profession sparked quite a bit of interest. Make no mistake that we will continue to give this a positive push wherever and whenever we can and equally, bring the issue up with relevant Ministers and others at a senior level.

Just on this note, if you have a positive story to tell from your business and about how you are perhaps making ‘a positive change’, we would love to hear from you and potentially give some coverage to.

In other news, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both the University of Pretoria as well as The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). As we (AIB) continue to explore new opportunities around the globe, we see these two signings as creating stronger ties with not only our neighbours in South Africa but also as the organisation broadens its reach globally. It is hoped that in this vein, we will continue to explore new opportunities for potential accreditation of appropriate teaching institutions (universities) of construction management programs.

Have a great weekend everyone,
Greg Hughes

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

If nothing else, for many it has been an angst filled year with the myriad of issues plaguing the industry at the moment. What we need to do is stop and reflect on some of the positive actions that are taking place post the issues at hand.

As an example, remediation work through recladding has been underway for quite some time on the Lacrosse building in Victoria. Through L.U. Simon, significant and often either unreported or misinterpreted actions by the media has cast what the AIB believes to be an unnecessary shadow over many parts of the industry and specifically, construction businesses themselves.

In another example, Icon’s work on the Opal Tower in Sydney has undertaken many initiatives that are often not reported. These include, but not limited to:

  • There are 392 apartments in the complex
  • 350 apartments were occupied at the time of the incident (late December 2018)
  • Over 370 apartments now available for reoccupation
  • The remaining apartments are subject to investigative works which are required for Icon’s owner Kajima to fulfill their previously committed 20 year structural warranty
  • Structural remediation works were completed 17th July 2019 (10 weeks post approval) and have been overseen by two engineers, a concrete technologist and the Owners Corporation appointed Project Manager. Final inspection of the completed works has also been inspected by the Department of Planning and Government Engineers
  • To date, Icon has spent $29m including dealing with residents and undertaking works
  • Despite constant negative publicity, Icon has remained focussed on the remediation and the resident’s welfare.

I would suggest that the media overall has taken a dim and quite negative view of the issues, without appropriate research etc. It’s time for some positive stories to start emerging. Stories that are both factual and appropriately researched can lead to improvements across the profession. Isn’t it time this starts happening now?

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Firstly this week, a sincere thank you to those supporters of Constructing Our World 2019. The feedback we received was very positive across many stakeholder groups as a conference that addressed (in some cases head on) the real issues affecting the industry at the moment.

My thanks to the many speakers who gave freely of their time as well as to our sponsors including Meriton Group, Bluebeam and Infrabuild who contributed to the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also want to make a special mention of our Conference Chair, Dr Robyn Hardy. Robyn devoted countless hours into making the event what it was. Her passion and sheer determination to pull this together was without a doubt a herculean effort and wraps this up with our utmost heartfelt thanks. Photos from the conference can viewed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincere congratulations must also go to our winners from the National Awards which were held in between the conference. It was a great night, recognising some of the country’s outstanding talent in the building and construction industry. The full list of winner can be found here. The photos from the Awards night can be viewed here.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.
Greg Hughes

BUILDERS PARTNER AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE ON CONSTRUCTION INNOVATIONS

To improve practice, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and its counterpart, Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which would further develop the methodology and technology of building construction.

The pact, which is aimed at making the two bodies have a shared commitment to becoming a stronger professional educator within the construction industry, was signed in Sydney during an event, ‘Constructing Our World’, jointly organised by the New-Zealand Institute of Building, Australian Institute of Building and Singapore Institute of Building.

According to the Australian Institute of Building President, Mr. David Burnell the professionals would work together to raise the level of professionalism in the Nigerian and Australia building industry.

Speaking on the initiative, NIOB President, Mr. Kunle Awobodu explained that the collaboration among members of the two institutes would promote research in the field of construction and also encourage greater participation of members in jointly organised construction events for valuable Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Mr. kunle Awobodu said there were ongoing discussions on collaboration with the New-Zealand Institute of Building and Singapore Institute of Building to create multilateralism for greater collective drive to technologically shaped construction products.

The two parties have also agreed to exchange information relevant to the development of the building construction management profession in Australia and Nigeria to facilitate an understanding of each other’s work.

In his goodwill message to the forum, the High Commissioner of Nigeria in Australia, Ambassador Bello Kazaure Husseini hoped that the bilateral relationship would advance construction innovations in Nigeria.

Recounting his experience after a tour of building construction sites in Australia, the Vice Chairman of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Dr. Samson Opaluwah commended the level of compliance with standards, which, of course, CORBON would not relent at promoting in Nigeria.

NIOB former General Secretary, Mr. Fadil Elegbede expressed satisfaction on the new value the Sydney event has contributed to the construction knowledge of Nigerian professionals despite the cultural differences.

Source: guardian.ng

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!

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

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