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!

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

RECORD INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND THE NEW NORMAL, 2019 AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE WARNS

 

 

A new wave of investment and reform is needed to ensure Australia’s infrastructure continues to support our quality of life and economic productivity over the next 15 years, according to the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit published today by Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor.

“Changing and growing demand, and a mounting maintenance backlog is putting unprecedented pressure on the infrastructure services each and every Australian relies on. The current infrastructure program must do more than plug the immediate funding gap, but instead deliver long-term changes to the way we plan, fund and deliver infrastructure,” said Infrastructure Australia Chair, Julieanne Alroe.

“Rather than a short-term boom, the historic level of activity we are seeing in the sector must, and is likely, to continue for the next 15 years and potentially beyond. This must be the new normal if we are to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead,” Ms Alroe said.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit presents a forward-looking view of our infrastructure challenges and opportunities over the next 15 years and beyond. It is the second national Audit Infrastructure Australia has undertaken, after the first was published in 2015, and examines the infrastructure needs of the Australian community and industry – covering the major infrastructure sectors of energy, transport, telecommunications, water – and for the first time, social infrastructure and waste.

“Since the last Australian Infrastructure Audit we released in 2015, Australia’s governments have made important progress to promote reform, improve planning and address infrastructure gaps. More than $123 billion of construction work has commenced since 2015, with a committed forward pipeline of over $200 billion. However, there is much more to do to ease the pressures of growth, catalyse development and enable our businesses to compete on a global stage,” Ms Alroe said.

“The 2019 Audit finds that infrastructure in our four largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth – is failing to keep pace with rapid population growth, particularly on the urban fringe. With our population projected to grow by 24% to reach 31.4 million by 2034, our largest cities are expected to see pressure on access to infrastructure.

“The dominance of infill development in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will require investment in high capacity public transport, enhancements to existing energy and water infrastructure, improved shared spaces and a renewal of inner city health and education services.

“In contrast, the growing outer suburbs of the other major cities, including Perth, where greenfield development will dominate, is are expected to see pressure on their road networks, as well as expansion of utility networks, new shared and recreation spaces as well as cultural facilities.

“The costs of inaction are significant. If investment were to stop, the cost of road congestion is projected to grow by $18.9 billion to $38.7 billion in 2031. This impacts quality of life, as well as our economic productivity and competitiveness as a nation,” said Ms Alroe.

The 2019 Audit puts the community at the centre of infrastructure planning, using user-focused measures of access, quality and cost, it also highlights how service quality varies greatly for Australians depending on where they live.

“Infrastructure quality is high in our urban centres, including our smaller cities and regional centres. However unlike our larger cities, there is often little choice of the types of services that people can access. These centres are also growing as regional service hubs as smaller towns shrink and people relocate to these larger centres. This in turn places greater importance on high quality transport links,” said Ms Alroe.

“Improvements in digital connectivity have helped, providing access to new services like on demand transport and electric vehicles, while improving access for people in regional areas through tele-health and improved communications. However, we need to do more to ensure small towns and regional communities also benefit from these advancements.

“Satellite cities – such as Wollongong, Newcastle, Geelong, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast – benefit from high levels of infrastructure access and quality as a result of their proximity to their larger neighbours. While these cities have the capacity to support growth, additional investment will be needed to ensure services are of an appropriate scale to support increased population.

“Poorer access to infrastructure services in our remote communities is reinforcing disadvantage. In many parts of the country, service provision falls below what is acceptable for a highly developed nation, including remote communities experiencing social housing overcrowding, limited access to drinking water, inadequate transport and poor telecommunications, which in turn translates to poorer health standards and quality of life for their residents.

“For industry, well-targeted infrastructure investment is critical to support international competitiveness. Our supply chains, and key inputs like water and energy, are well understood products of infrastructure, however the health and education of the workforce are highly dependent on social infrastructure and subsequently so too is national productivity,” Ms Alroe said.

New analysis of the Household Expenditure Survey conducted for the Audit found the average household spent over $314 each week on infrastructure in 2015/16 – or $16,000 annually.

“Australians earning the lowest 20% of incomes across the country spend around a third of what they earn on infrastructure. This is above a level that would be considered affordable.

“Australian’s perceptions of affordability are mixed, and often perceptions do not align with actual service costs. While concerns about rising energy prices are widely held, the proportion of household incomes spent on energy is relatively low, 2-6%, in contrast to transport which accounts for between 10-22%.

“Data on infrastructure affordability is poor and outdated, and more needs to be done to provide transparency to the community on infrastructure access and quality,” said Ms Alroe.

The 2019 Audit also finds that constant and rapid change is creating challenges for the way we plan, design and deliver infrastructure.

“A clear challenge that emerges from the 2019 Audit is that our current tools are not well placed to deal with many of the new infrastructure problems we are facing in today’s rapidly changing environment. Our population is growing and changing, the structure of the economy is shifting, our communities and environment are experiencing weather extremes, and rapid technology change is fundamentally reshaping our day-to-day lives.

“Growing social, economic and environmental interdependencies have added complexity to planning, delivering and operating our infrastructure.

“Projects across Australia are getting larger and increasingly complex, and will require new approaches if they are to be effectively delivered. So-called mega projects – projects larger than $1 billion in value – are becoming the default, increasing the burden on the sector, and in some cases exceeding industry capacity. If we are going to continue to be productive and accommodate change, we need to grow industry skills and capacity.

“The 2019 Audit finds that engagement with customers and the broader community on project planning, needs to increase across most sectors and jurisdictions. A failure to engage can carry substantial costs to projects, and it is estimated that around $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects was delayed, cancelled or mothballed due to community opposition over the past decade.

“Better engagement with communities and businesses can help to establish a social licence for projects as it provides an opportunity to incorporate their feedback through project planning and delivery. Establishing genuine community buy-in for need to reform must be a priority for government and industry alike as we embark on a new era of investment and reform to meet Australia’s changing and growing infrastructure needs,” Ms Alroe said.

Consultation

Infrastructure Australia is calling for feedback and submissions in response to 136 challenges and 44 opportunities identified in the 2019 Audit. Submissions will be open until 31 October 2019.

Submissions are accepted via the Infrastructure Australia website, and will inform the approach and recommendations for reform identified in the forthcoming Australian Infrastructure Plan. Submissions identifying projects and initiatives for the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List are also open until 31 August.

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