The Construction Industry Council (CIC) welcomes the support by the Fiji Government to review the National Building Code, the focus of a workshop scheduled for Wednesday 23rd January at Novotel outside Suva.
“The National Building Code is the premium document for all licensed builders, engineers, architects, surveyors. It defines the minimum standards for the construction of buildings and the materials that are used in the construction industry,” said the President of CIC, Gordon Jenkins.
Workshop facilitator is New Zealand architect Rhys Gwilliam who brings 30 years of experience in managing projects throughout the South Pacific including Fiji, with his most recent work being a member of the World Bank team that prepared the Post Disaster Needs Assessment for Tropical Cyclone Winston. Gwilliam will be in Fiji until January 27th.
He has been engaged by the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) through ADB to undertake a diagnostic study on the capacity of Pacific Island Countries to apply their building codes and provide guidance on future assistance initiatives related to building codes updates. The Fiji Building Code is the first Pacific Island Code to be reviewed by the Study team.
Gwilliam said that the workshop has been organised to enable Fijian building professionals and Government regulators to provide guidance to PRIF on future assistance initiatives related to building codes updates, capacity building, training and promotion that will help ensure that future buildings constructed in Fiji are better built and more resilient
“A successful outcome from the workshop would be for it to provide a pathway to update the code, offer ways it can be implemented and how to make people aware of its contents, especially in the construction industry,” Gwilliam said.
The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility is a multi-partner coordination, research and technical assistance facility for improved infrastructure in the Pacific. PRIF members are the Asian Development Bank, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, European Union, European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, World Bank Group, and the US Department of State.
Jenkins has promised CIC support in providing long term coordination of the awareness, training, and sustainability of developing the National Building Code from its newly established office on the campus of the Fiji National University in Samabula.