Fiji PM: Building Codes For Construction To Be Optional

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Bainimarama says public has choice of adhering to standards

By Luke Rawalai

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 15, 2016) – Government says members of the public will be given a choice on whether or not they wish to adhere to its proposed building codes.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the comment in Vanua Levu yesterday.

He said Government would adopt a building code recommended by the Fiji Institute of Engineers to build public structures including schools, hospitals and civil servant quarters.

Speaking during an interview in the North, Mr Bainimarama said members of the public would be given a choice on whether they wanted to adhere to the code or not.

However, he said it was advisable for those wishing to rebuild their homes to adhere to the proposed code.

"In fact there was a building code but it has never been put on the table because someone said it was too expensive especially for people in the rural areas," he said.

"People tend to tailor- make their construction plans according to what they have in their pockets often diverting from the code.

"People will be given a choice on whether they want to adhere to the code or otherwise."

Mr Bainimarama said members of the public receiving Government's housing assistance would be given a pamphlet containing the building code.

"It is up to them on whether they want to integrate the code into their building structures or otherwise," he said.

"We hope that they do adopt the code into their structures as it will ensure they have cyclone durable homes.

"The code will also be given to NGOs and aid donors that are keen on being part of restoration works in the country, but it is up to them whether they want to adopt the code or otherwise."

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