The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is overhauling its building arm and that has raised fears this will distance it from companies and councils.

Several senior managers' jobs in the Building Systems Performance group are being disestablished, but job numbers are not being cut. The unit is one of seven groups within the ministry.

Industry insiders said it appeared the ministry aimed to focus more on making policy and less on hands-on work such as giving technical advice to councils. One council source said such advice was "really useful" and helped avoid having to go through a more time-consuming system, called determinations, to settle difficult building issues.

There was also a concern the focus on policy would come at the expense of monitoring, enforcement and sending ministry people out to meet contractors and councils.

The overhaul is being led by Building Systems Performance general manager Anna Butler, who came from the Ministry of Social Development last year.\Industry urges regulatory review

Meanwhile, the Building Industry Federation has urged the government to urgently review the Building Code and regulatory systems.

The federation said it might be time to look at border controls to try to hold back a flood of non-conforming building products (NCPs).

"While commendable action was taken in New Zealand months ago to tighten fire safety provisions and cover-off the problem that seems to have arisen in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, the use of NCPs continues unchecked."

Source: RadioNZ