Issue 39 – June 2012
NZS 3910:2003 Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction is the most widely used standard form of contract conditions in New Zealand. It provides a standard form of general conditions of contract written in plain English to incorporate into construction contract documents. It was developed for New Zealand industry sectors by New Zealanders who are experts in their fields. These experts include consulting engineers, contractors, builders, lawyers, and local government representatives.
We advised in the February 2012 edition of Touchstone that a revision of NZS 3910 is underway and that a committee meeting was held on 1 March to continue the review of the Standard to meet the scoping committee's themes agreed in 2011. The goal of that meeting was to review the progress of the committee's four working groups. Working group leaders summarised the progress made on their themes and all changes were discussed by the committee as a whole.
A lot of work has been done within the working groups this year. Parts of the draft have been reworded to meet the scope that was agreed at the start of the project, including updating them in line with the latest legislation and trends within the sector. A committee meeting held in May reviewed the working groups' progress. An additional meeting will be held on 5 July to complete the revision of the changes before the draft is released for public comment – planned for August/September.
A brochure containing more information about the history of NZS 3910, the benefits of using it, and its revision is available here.