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Construction Sector Accord


The Construction Sector Accord (the 'Accord'), established in April 2019, is a shared commitment between government and industry to create a high performing construction sector for a better New Zealand. It aims to increase productivity, raise capability, improve resilience and restore confidence.

The Construction Sector Transformation Plan delivers on the pledge made in the Accord to develop an action plan to transform building and construction to a high performing sector. The three-year Transformation Plan has eight workstreams.

As of early 2022, planning is underway for the next iteration of the Transformation Plan.

BRANZ has been involved in several different aspects of the Accord and the Transformation Plan. This includes leading the Environment workstream; participating in the Accord Covid-response leadership group; and participating in the Building Sector Working Group of the Regulatory Environment workstream. BRANZ also funds research, through the Building Research Levy, of direct relevance to the Accord’s work, including measurement/evaluation approaches to measure Accord outcomes. See for example the work on construction sector performance measurement.

BRANZ’s CEO, Chelydra Percy, was invited to lead the Environment workstream following the decision for the Accord to add this workstream in 2020. This workstream was scoped from the perspective that good work is happening across the sector to address some of the environmental issues. What has been missing though was coherency around how the sector can work together to contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental and climate change goals. It was therefore concluded that two things were needed:

- A review of the environmental challenges and opportunities for the sector, which is the paper Environmental challenges, opportunities and transitions for construction in Aotearoa New Zealand and

- A Construction sector environment roadmap for action. This Roadmap was seen as an important step that the Accord could take to identify what actions need to happen to begin the steps towards the 2050 climate and environmental goals that Aotearoa New Zealand has signed up to.

The Roadmap identifies four significant priority areas with a series of actions under each:

- Changing mindsets
- Scaling up
- Incentivising and aligning
- Demonstrating impact

Planning for the next iteration of the Accord’s Transformation Plan includes the particular role or actions the Accord will have driving forward the Roadmap. BRANZ will now work to identify actions it will take to support the implementation of the Roadmap.

We invite you to explore the Roadmap and identify what actions you can support, contribute to or lead. You can contact the Accord by emailing accord@mbie.govt.nz or BRANZ on accord.environment@branz.co.nz