Mirvac among Sydney developers steering apartment building purchasing to quality transparency

The BAS tool will give the cowboys nowhere to hide and consumers confidence, NSW state government minister Kevin Anderson said

Mirvac among Sydney developers steering apartment building purchasing to quality transparency
Mirvac among Sydney developers steering apartment building purchasing to quality transparency

The NSW Government has announced a collaboration to develop a world-first construction assurance tool to access a residential building’s quality and compliance with construction standards.

The Building Assurance Solution (BAS) will bring together the products and designs certificates of compliance for each building to create a digital DNA that will establish a trustworthy rating for individual buildings, so they can be compared like-for-like.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said developing this digital technology, in partnership with KPMG, NSW Fair Trading and the insurance industry, was part of the drive to transparency in lifting standards in the construction industry.

“We expect this to be a genuinely world-leading piece of work that will help measure the quality and insurability of buildings by identifying which buildings are trustworthy, from measuring compliance with design and construction standards to traceability of materials all the way back to the manufacturer.” Mr Anderson said.
 
“With this information, aspiring homeowners will be able to make better decisions about what could be the most significant purchase in their life, before they buy.”
 
Mr Anderson said the BAS tool will allow the regulator to easily identify and respond to defective products and take action against the riskiest practitioners by knowing which buildings they have worked on.
 
“This tool will show us what products were used, who made them, what testing certifications are held and, who installed and certified building work. Practitioners who build and design in NSW will now have a digital fingerprint that will attach to every project they have worked on,” Mr Anderson said.


 
Mr Anderson said the tool will allow insurers, for the first time, to easily compare buildings so they can better price insurance for buildings and the practitioners who design and construct them. 

“The Buliding Assurance Solution, combined with the requirement for designers and builders to lodge their designs electronically and declare they comply with the building code, will help give insurers confidence to return to the market,” Mr Anderson said.

 

The minister advised KPMG will work with developers, including Mirvac, to demonstrate the application of the BAS tool to their new projects.
 
“Ultimately this tool will help establish NSW as the best place to run a trustworthy construction business, giving the cowboys nowhere to hide and consumers confidence  they’re buying an apartment that will stand the test of time,” Mr Anderson said.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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