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Developers of deemed high-risk projects in NSW could have the ability to select their own building certifier taken away as part of sweeping changes to the building certification system designed to help fix failings on fire safety, health and energy efficiency.
When The Fifth Estate first wrote on the failing of the building industry to meet minimum standards on energy efficiency, building certifiers were called out as a key reason why standards weren’t being met. They were part of a “sign-off culture”, with the common practice of developers choosing their own private certifiers leading to conflicts of interest.