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Jeff Fahrensohn

Manager Inspections, Auckland Council

Managing the change and quality – Council’s perspective on building control

Jeff has been involved in the building Industry for over 30 years from design and build through to project management. He started his career in building control as a building inspector at Waitakere Council in 1996 and is currently the Auckland Council Manager of Inspections. His team comprises of building inspectors, CCC assessors, swimming pool fencing auditors, BWOF and COA / durability teams. With over 150,000 building inspections and 16,000 CCC issued over the last year, this team takes great pride in making a positive difference to Auckland’s construction quality. Unfortunately with over 25% of building inspections failing, Jeff would like to provide an insight into some of the trends and learnings gained from the building inspectors who are seeing first-hand the issues facing the industry during the current building boom. He will also cover some Council initiatives, both current and future, that have been designed to make consenting easier for our customers. These topics vary from risk based reduced inspection regimes for proven performers and on-line processes such as booking/scheduling inspections through to our CCC document upload portal.

Jeff Fahrensohn
Manager Inspections, Auckland Council

Jeff leads a team of over 150 inspectors who are on track to complete 160,000 inspections this year. During the last few years, Jeff has been involved in numerous working parties including collaborative projects with industry partners, tertiary institutions and other key players in the sector. One of his key focus areas is helping the industry in lifting build quality and building code knowledge. His inspectors have been trained to pro-actively identify potential future issues that could arise during the construction phase before they become a problem and hold up the job. They are now more than ever using their experience to help educate builders willing to improve their knowledge with the aim of lifting build quality and reducing failed inspection rates.
Jeff will be talking about some of these challenges currently seen in Auckland and give an overview of key initiatives Auckland Council are rolling out to help both address these issues and cope with the increasing demand over the next few years.