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Education & Plant Visits
Staff Training
Subcontract Agreement SA-2017
Retentions
Notable Publications
Legal Resources
Precast and Concrete Organisations
Construction Related Links

Education & Plant Visits
Concrete NZ Precast and its members welcome the opportunity to interact with educational organizations.

Visits by groups of students can be arranged by contacting a Concrete NZ Precast member in your area. Alternatively, you can contact Concrete NZ Precast.

Many members have brochures available and are happy to supply them as a teaching resource. Various documents available from this web site or via links to other organizations may also be of use.

It may be possible to arrange a guest lecture from a member of the Concrete NZ Precast Executive.

Staff Training
Well trained, qualified and experienced operatives are an asset to any industry. Concrete NZ Precast is committed to supporting training through the BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organization).

Concrete NZ Precast has representation developing training modules for precasters. A video covering safe operation in a precast plant has been produced by Stahlton and is available by contacting Concrete NZ Precast.

Refer to the Technical section for additional resources (Link to Technical page)
The following are a few of the useful links of the many that are available.

Subcontract Agreement SA-2017
This Subcontract agreement was developed by representatives of subcontractors and Registered Master Builders. It was first issued in 2009, and updated in 2017 to comply with changes to the Construction Contracts Act.

It is aimed at ensuring obligations and responsibilities are identified by providing more information prior to entering into a binding contract thus reducing later disputes. It is only available in electronic format which has recently been upgraded to improve ease of use by head contractors. It is recommended that all subcontractors insist on use of this agreement.

The initial document provided by the contractor for signing will normally be biased in the contractor’s favour and disadvantage the subcontractor. It is not binding unless you agree to it and there is no reason not to amend it to reflect more balanced terms.

Retentions
The updated Construction Contracts Act requires retentions to be held in trust. This limits the ability of head contractors to use subcontractor retentions as unsecured interest free long term finance as was previously the case. The justification used for holding retentions was as an incentive for the subcontractor to remedy defects and to provide funds for the contractor to carry out that work if the subcontractor did not complete their work or remedials.

The reality is that the timing of progress payments ensures there is always going to be funds available to be held if the subcontractor does not perform. It is recommended that all subcontractors negotiate either no retentions to be held, or reduced levels of retentions and a realistic term for them to be held.

Notable Publications

  • Little Book of Concrete
    This National Precast Concrete Association Australia (NPCAA) publication takes a fresh look at precast concrete and what it can offer. It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating building. It can be downloaded free, or hard copies ordered.
  • National Precaster Magazine
    The magazine of the National Precast Concrete Association Australia (NPCAA) always provides interesting reading and ideas. Their web site also provides access to other useful resources.

Legal Resources

  • Commerce Act 1986
    The Commerce Act (and its Schedules and amendments) applies to all commercial activity. An organisation such as Concrete NZ Precast comprising members that are competitors, must take particular steps to ensure its activities do not contravene the anti-competitive requirements.
  • Commerce Act - Trade Associations
    The Commerce Commission has published a useful fact sheet.
  • Construction Contracts Act 2002
    This Act applies to all construction projects and covers matters concerning payments. Strict compliance with this Act and its procedures are necessary to ensure remedies are available to subcontractors in the event of disputes. The 2015 amendment made a number of changes including the requirement for retentions to be held in trust.

Precast and Concrete Organisations

Construction Related Links