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Whoever is in government at the end of the month will have an opportunity to overhaul the state’s building laws to significantly improve the quality of residential construction in NSW. Cynical readers of recent history might question if either side of politics will take advantage of that opportunity. Yet the chance is there, provided the politicians can be pressed to take it. The chance arises because of the widespread acceptance, in the wake of the Christmas Eve cracking of the Opal Tower, that dramatic measures are required to ensure people can buy and live in apartments that won’t crumble around them.