THE National Government is currently in the process of implementing a National Building Code for Solomon Islands.
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) is taking the lead in this process.
A Government statement today said the ‘National Building Code for Solomon Islands’(and its accompanying document the ‘Home Building Manual’) was originally created and published in 1990.
The statement says the 1990 version of the NBC was never legislated however both 1990 versions of the NBC and the HBM became, and remain to this day, important hard copy references for the country’s construction industry.
It is planned that an updated version of the 1990 NBC (to be known as the ‘National Building Code –2021’, or ‘NBC-2021’) will be legislated under a proposed National Building Code Bill which will become the ‘National Building Code Act’ (the ‘NBCA-2021).
It is anticipated that the NBCB will be passed by Parliament by the end of this year.
The statement says MID has already kicked off consultations with stakeholder groups for both the updated Code and the proposed Bill
“Stakeholder feedback is an essential aspect of legislating the proposed building code under the proposed NBCA-2021,” the statement said.
The statement says the overall objective of the Code is to ensure that acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, fire safety, health and amenity, are maintained for the benefit of the community now and in the future.