Masterspec
03 Jun 2021
HOW MUCH DOES MASTERSPEC COST?
With seven different libraries to choose from, Masterspec has all you need to create a quality, New Zealand construction specification for any design....
11 May 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR MAY 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
29 Apr 2021
BUILDING CODE UPDATES 2020-2021 - INTERNAL MOISTURE
On the 4th November 2021, the changes to NZBC E3/AS1 and the addition of E3/AS2 become the Acceptable Solutions for Internal Moisture. But it is...
29 Apr 2021
LIST OF WORK SECTIONS WITH NZBC CHANGES - MAY 2021
With the updating of the Masterspec libraries, we thought it may be useful to provide the complete list of work sections that have been updated so you...
28 Apr 2021
BUILDING CODE UPDATES 2020-2021 - TIME TO ABSORB & APPLY
On the 3rd of November 2021, the 12 month transition period ends for the NZBC changes introduced in November 2020. This means the previous editions of...
28 Apr 2021
PROTECTION FROM FIRE UPDATES
This article delivers a summary of a number of the more significant updates to C/VM2 and C/AS2. Minor amendments to C/VM1 and C/AS1 were also made,...
28 Apr 2021
STORMWATER DRAINAGE DESIGN – NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN NZBC E1 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
November 2020 brought a number of updates to the Building Code, including a new Acceptable Solution in the form of E1/AS2 in its newest version,...
25 Mar 2021
UPDATES TO MASTERSPEC INTUMESCENT PAINT – STEELWORK SECTIONS
Late last year the FPANZ (Fire Protection Association of New Zealand) released the Code of Practice COP-03 Version 1.0, Specification of Application...
09 Mar 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR MARCH 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
03 Mar 2021
STANDARDS ONLINE WEBSITE UPDATE
You may be experiencing some problems accessing Standards over the coming days as they are making significant updates to their website. We are aware...
02 Mar 2021
FIRE BARRIERS - FOR VENTILATED CAVITY CONSTRUCTION
Maintaining an unobstructed ventilated drained cavity behind cladding on multi-unit/multi-storey residential or commercial buildings can be made...
18 Feb 2021
ELECTRICAL RELATED FIRES - CAN THEY BE REDUCED?
About 20% of New Zealand building fires are related to electrical systems or devices. So is there anything that could help in new builds and...
18 Feb 2021
TIMBER STANDARD NZS 3604 REVISION PROCESS STARTED
New Zealand's main standard for the design and construction of timber-framed buildings, NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, is being revised,...
09 Feb 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
12 Jan 2021
NEW PRODUCT PARTNER SECTIONS FOR JANUARY 2021
In case you missed our Masterspec NOTES at the beginning of the month, here is a list with reference links for the new Product Partner work sections...
08 Dec 2020
MASTERSPEC BEGINS A NEW INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP WITH STEEL CONSTRUCTION NEW ZEALAND (SCNZ)
Masterspec and SCNZ are delighted to announce a new industry partnership to support the structural steel design, fabrication and erection in the New...
26 Nov 2020
STORMWATER DRAINAGE DESIGN – NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN NZBC E1 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
November 2020 brought a number of updates to the Building Code, including a new Acceptable Solution in the form of E1/AS2 in its newest version,...
26 Nov 2020
GREEN STAR UPDATE TO VERSION 1.0
The Green Star Technical Manual v3.2 has been superseded by Green Star Design and As Built NZ v1.0. Also Green Star Office Interiors v3 has been...
24 Nov 2020
GUTTER & DOWNPIPE DESIGN MADE EASY
It is not often that changes to the NZBC Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods provide a windfall that makes life a whole lot easier for a...
29 Oct 2020
LATEST BUILDING CODE 2020 UPDATES
Earlier this year MBIE ran public consultation on proposed changes to a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Despite a number of...

COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR THE SPECIFIER

23 Apr 2020

In this article our Managing Editor Alex Shaw suggests how using the information at this link can help ensure your project fulfils its obligations to provide safe working conditions on site and ensure the correct documentation.

Communication is the key
We are all in this together, so working together is going to be essential to making things work under COVID-19 construction restrictions. In order to work together without proximity, we need good communications between Principal, Consultants, Contractor and others. Ensure the right cooperative environment is created to mutually resolve, in a timely manner, the issues that will crop up.

Disseminate Information
To ensure everybody is on the same page disseminate the relevant information from what is listed here. It should be issued for information only, at this point do not make it part of your Contract or Specification. Effectively the Government response to COVID-19 has resulted in an effective change in law. The guides, protocols and standards listed here (and elsewhere) are virtually sanctioned by Government, and most will be administered and interpreted by WorkSafe.

Principal's Site Health and Safety Plan
If the Principal has an existing plan or intends to write one, this should be referred to in the Masterspec section 1220 PROJECT, clause (1.9 unmodified) PRINCIPAL'S SITE HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN. This clause does not need further amendment. These plans are sometimes required for non-residential sites/buildings that remain occupied during construction. The plan will need to be updated to incorporate COVID requirements.

Contractors Health and Safety Plan
The Contractors Health and Safety Plan, referred to in the Masterspec section 1260 PROJECT MANAGEMENT, clause (1.36 unmodified) HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN, will now need to incorporate COVID requirements. No amendments to the Masterspec standard health and safety clauses is necessary as the wording is enough to encompass the compliance with relevant documents like the COVID, guides, protocols and standards.
Ensure the Contractor has a H&S Plan in place before opening the site. Along with the Principal review the H&S Plan.

Designer Site Observation
For levels 3 & 2, avoid going to site unless absolutely necessary. Use digital options when possible and practical. If unavoidable, follow the Contractor's H&S requirements and general COVID-19 guidance. Don't go if feeling unwell. Site meetings must be digital meetings.

Increased Cost and Time
It is quite possible that some increased construction costs and time will occur. How these should be treated will depend on the Conditions of Contract used. Most Contracts do not cover a pandemic and the results that we are experiencing, however some Contracts, like NZS 3910, indirectly do. In most cases, such a situation would necessitate a negotiated solution, possibly leading to issuing of variations and/or extensions of time. Legal and/or expert advice may be necessary.

 

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