The NZCIC Design Guidelines have been in existence for twenty years and are well supported by the construction industry. The Guidelines are an invaluable industry tool – for clients/owners, architects and designers, specialist professional services, builders, and subcontractors.
These Guidelines have been prepared by the New Zealand Construction Industry Council and serve the following purpose:
• To clearly define and communicate to all parties involved in a project.
• Responsibilities each party has through all project stages .
• The interactions and coordination required between all parties.
The Guidelines underwent a recent minor revision in late 2022 to reflect the strategic imperatives of both NZCIC and the government on the topic of sustainability in construction. The last major revision of the Guidelines was undertaken in 2016.
The Guidelines have influenced positive change in the sector and, through generous industry support of knowledge and expertise, they have remained current.
The new digital process
The 2023 review sees the Guidelines hosted on a digital platform. This will offer users increased functionality, and ease of use. The new digital home for the NZCIC Guidelines Responsibilities Schedule will be the industry owned Masterspec, a Construction Information Limited (CIL) product with a subscriber base of 1,950 construction practitioners.
Formerly a static PDF document called the CIC Guidelines, the new NZCIC Guidelines Responsibilities Schedule has been transformed into a dynamic online tool, accessible at no cost to users, specifically tailored for the New Zealand construction industry. This cloud-based platform fosters seamless real-time collaboration among multiple parties, simplifying the way construction projects are managed and executed.
Existing Masterspec users will have access to the Guidelines. If you are not a Masterspec user, you can access the Guidelines by creating a free account from this page. There is no charge for using the Guidelines and you do not need to become a subscriber of Masterspec.
The 2023 review further develops existing activities such as Health and Safety and Building Information Modelling and introduces new areas including Sustainability and Māori Design Processes. The 2023 review has been undertaken in partnership with Ngā Aho, the national collective of Māori design professionals.