The Australia Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter Is calling for a code of conduct for property developers to boost quality across the housing sector.
The Chapter has released a comprehensive policy response to Queensland’s Building and Construction Developer Review, which is examining the role of developer financial and operational capacity, ethical behaviours and work practices within the building and construction industry.
It calls for public and transparent registration and traceability, minimum education and skills requirements, industry standards and codes of conduct in a tiered system.
Chapter President Amy Degenhart said the Institute was in favour of greater transparency and regulation for developers, but it was mindful that the sector played a critical role in much-needed housing affordability and
“As architects are a profession bound by a code of conduct similar to what is being proposed for developers, we’re eager to collaborate with the development industry in meeting these new challenges, while working to ensure that design, diversity, and timely-delivery flourish rather than flounder,” she said.
“Genuine good design is an investment in the future, as it transfers value from one generation to the next, and Queensland architects have worked hard to ensure its citizens have not been deprived of quality design and the tangible benefits it delivers.”
The Institute has recommended a nuanced approach to developer licencing and regulation, including minimum industry standards and disclosure requirements for financing, while avoiding a double up of legislation where current controls are functioning well.
“I’d like to acknowledge that Queensland has fared comparatively better than our southern neighbours through the recent challenges confronting the development and construction industry – accounting for nearly a third of our economy – but there’s certainly room for improvement. The complexities of building and development require the expertise of professions, and architects welcome any initiative that delivers better outcomes for our communities as well as our clients and contractors”.
The detailed policy response can be found here.
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