Govt to review building code

The Government’s promising to review the building code to bring it in line with other developed countries.

The OECD and the International Energy Agency have criticised New Zealand’s lack of stringency, which they blame for the poor quality of our housing stock.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford says he’ll be setting up a review in the next few months.

“We ask a lot of the building code. It should be a living document that is constantly updated to help homes be warm, dry and energy efficient,” he says.

Mr Twyford says his Government’s 100,000 KiwiBuild homes will constructed to a standard above the current code, to set an example.

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