Why Be a Member?

THE INDUSTRY VOICE

Precast NZ is the recognised voice of the off site precast industry in New Zealand. Our “About PCNZ” page lists the objectives of the society. As the recognised voice of the industry we are able to use the combined resources of our members to tackle issues of common concern. As the industry organisation, we not only have a more authoritative and powerful voice than individual members, but there are cost efficiencies.

Some of the benefits to members:-

  • Access to quarterly precast sales statistics by regions showing market trends.
  • Your concerns can be addressed at a national level and support sought from the industry body and taken to other forums.
  • Added credibility as a member of the industry body and access to “Certified Plant” status.
  • Able to display PCNZ Logo on your own correspondence, publications etc.
  • Be kept up to date with relevant industry news via email alerts.
  • Participation in Precast NZ promotions, inclusion on web site etc.

We have been able to protect the interests of our industry and exert influence in many forums where individual companies would not be invited.

The list of organisations into which we have made input is extensive. A small sample includes:-

  • Representation on the executive of the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation and through them many bodies of relevance to the construction industry and subcontracting.
  • Representation on the board of the Cement and Concrete Association which has influence on many matters affecting our members, including promotion of damage minimisation structural systems which include the use of precast concrete.
  • Involvement with University of Canterbury and University of Auckland on research and testing programs for precast concrete.
  • Participation in organising the annual concrete conference to ensure precast matters get a reasonable hearing.
  • Involvement with industry documents and standards including NZS3101 Concrete Structures, SA-2009 Joint Subcontract Agreement, Code of Practice for Handling Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete, and others.
  • We have made submission to the Royal Commission, participated in SESOC and DBH committees on matters affecting precast concrete.
  • We are involved in bridge beam standards and testing.

Other areas where we have been active in the interests of our members include:-

  • Ongoing involvement with Department of Corrections to eliminate unfair competition with our members through operating without the normal commercial constraints of funding and financial returns.
  • Representation on industry training organisation BCITO to ensure appropriate training and qualifications are available for our workforce.
  • Submissions on proposed changes to the Building Act and other legislation.

Refer to the Events and News Page for news on some of the activities and forthcoming meetings the Executive is currently involved in.

LEGAL

In addition to the vast amounts of legislation that all commercial enterprises are required to comply with, there is a huge layer that applies to building operations with numerous regulations, standards, codes of practice and potential liabilities from not following accepted best practice. The collective knowledge and experience of Precast NZ members is potentially available to each individual member.

In the unfortunate event of investigation of an accident by the Department of Labour, Precast NZ is available to assist members. Immediate access to advice can reduce the cost to the individual and the fallout to the industry as a whole.

Precast NZ is also able to issue guides on best accepted industry practice. These will also assist members in the event of disputes or legal proceedings.

Precast NZ is very aware of the anti-competitive requirements of the Commerce Act and ensures all meetings and communications are compliant.

WATCHDOG

Following the Feb 2011 Christchurch earthquake there is a risk of changes being imposed based on evidence that has been misinterpreted because of the sheer scope of matters under consideration and the urgent drive for quick answers prior to reconstruction. There is also the problem of changes that are only necessary for a limited range of structures, such as ductile frames, being applied unnecessarily across all uses. Precast NZ had two members involved in the red zone immediately following the earthquake, and further involved in ongoing repair work. Their experience is essential in ensuring changes to regulations and standards do not unnecessarily disadvantage precast concrete. It also is useful in refuting inferences made by promoters of other building materials of poor performance of precast concrete.

ASSOCIATIONS

Precast NZ has close links with the National Precast Concrete Association of Australia (NPCAA). As well as exchange of information with the better resourced Australian association, we have combined meetings every second year, alternating between countries, where members of each body can exchange information and explore matters of common concern.

We also communicate with other relevant international bodies. For instance providing local liaison for a team of American scientists visiting under the auspices of the American PCI and being involved with their investigation of the Christchurch earthquake and their findings.

ACTIVITIES

We reviewed members’ responses to the activities of Precast NZ after 10 years of activity. Views on the relevance and support of 30 current and completed projects were sought. The survey responses were 83% in favour, 16% neutral, and 1% disagree.

This was a useful reminder of the large number and range of activities undertaken as well as an overwhelming vote of support for the activities of Precast NZ on behalf of its members and the industry.