New Certified Plans Are On The Way – 12 June 2024

A fresh suite of architect designed plans for New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Business members are on the way, kicked-off with a workshop between NZCB and leading architecture firm Designgroup Stapleton Elliott (DGSE).

The workshop in Wellington at the end of May saw Architects and Project Principals from DGSE sit down with NZCB CE Malcolm Fleming and NZCB members Dave Gunter, Adan Larsen, Mike Craig, Laureen Goodger, and Sacha Gray.

“The focus for the workshop was to get the ball rolling on developing designs for homes that clients can get really excited about, with the key drivers being that the designs are striking, and that buildability, sustainability, and affordability are at the forefront,” Malcolm said.

“Our existing suite of Certified Plans was developed a while ago and there’s a need to refresh this library with designs that are contemporary, affordable and make use of new technologies and design approaches that have come along over the past few years.

“Our members have been keen to see new plans developed, so it’s exciting to get that process started.”

The workshop was hosted by DGSE Principal and sustainability team lead Hannah Andrew, who said DGSE was pleased to be partnering with NZCB on the project.

“We’re really pleased to be working with NZCB on these new plans. Sustainability is central to what we do, and these plans are a great opportunity to offer clients a design that as well as being good for the environment, will look great and won’t break the bank.”

Following on from the Wellington workshop, there will be a series of online sessions between the DGSE/NZCB team to develop the first two designs. The aim is to have these plans complete and ready for all NZCB Business Members to use, free of charge, in the third quarter of 2024.

Once these initial designs have been rolled out, a further series of three plans will be developed in 2025.

The five new plans will be free for all NZCB Business members. The existing library of Certified Plans will continue to be available as an exclusive no-cost back catalogue to those members who were Certified Plans subscribers as at 31 December 2023.

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