| Wani Roslan |
THE Building Control Order will be implemented soon to state clearly the responsibilities of every individual in the building process, including consultants, contractors, developers and owners.
Under the Order, if the duty of care is breached and health and safety are compromised, that person or party shall be held accountable.
The impending implementation of the Order by the Ministry of Development (MoD) will come in the wake of the official launching yesterday of the Brunei Darussalam Standard Book 12:2014 (PBD 12:2014) – Building Guidelines and Requirements which seeks to ensure good practices in the local building industry.
The guidelines will be subject to periodical review according to the current needs of the local industries to keep abreast with progress in the industries, according to the text of speech of Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Development, at the event.
His speech was read by his representative Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) at the MoD during the launching ceremony at the MoD’s training centre in Berakas.
The 3rd edition of PBD 12:2014 is the outcome of collaboration between the Authority for Building and Construction Industry (ABCi) Division with the Architects Division of Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA). They started more than three years ago to review the PBD 12:2014 documents through consultations with stakeholders including, Qualified Persons. The review was based on benchmarks and regulations practised in Singapore and Malaysia.
“Building practices, construction techniques and technology keep changing and evolving. It should cater to our Green Building Initiative, we must also be ready to allow for such changes,” according to the Minister of Development.
He highlighted that in Brunei, there were houses destroyed by fire due to faulty wiring, houses sinking or collapsing because of weak foundation or built on slopes or at the foot of a hill, new development that causes distress to neighbours, buildings that age well before the normal ‘wear and tear’ period as well as houseowners, building and property owners who complain about the sub-standard quality of building that were handed over upon completion.
“Precisely for the above reasons, to remove anxiety and to bring peace of mind, we are launching this revised 3rd Edition of PBD 12:2014, as well as to ensure that the law is applied in fairness to all, the regulations are applied uniformly and consistently to all and not misinterpreted in different ways, to minimise personal preferences, ensure that creativity and innovation is not stifled by rigid and prescriptive regulatory restrictions and the regulations are all encompassing with widest application possible and to make the system more efficient and effective.”
He said that the PBD 12:2014 will change to be relevant with the times so as to enhance the effectiveness of the building regulation system and remain flexible to allow for innovative ways to reduce unnecessary burden to those subject to the regulations.
He said the MoD believes PBD 12:2014 can make excellence a habit especially in providing professional services and saving time and resources. It will also create better relationships between all stakeholders, clarify and separate responsibilities between the government agencies and the private sector, he said.
With the PBD 12: 2014, the minister hopes for an increasing quality in submission of plans and improvement in the overall quality of buildings.
“Quality means doing it right when no-one is looking. Quality is everyone’s responsibility,” he added.