Advanced Series

Brought to you by BOINZ and Heaney & Partners

To sharpen and fine tune your building surveying career, the Advanced Learning - Workshop Series is the ideal step on the learning pathway for more experienced building surveying professionals, including current and future leaders in the sector.

BOINZ and Heaney & Partners are partnering to bring you this Advanced Series made up of four advanced half-day courses across two days at the Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Parade, Wellington, delivered by experienced industry professionals.  An online option will depend on available participant space.

Combining theory and practice, each course stretches beyond Acceptable Solutions to examine key principles - Building Act and Building Code requirements - and their application to real, more complex situations.

A Q&A Panel and Networking event will be held at the end of day one.


Member enrolment in the full series, including panel/networking event, is open: $1,836.00 ex GST.

Members can enrol now in the full series by contacting

Member enrolment in individual courses opens in July 2024: $540.00 ex GST per course.

Opening enrolment dates for non-members and online participants will be advised, as availability allows.

Series Programme

Day One, Wednesday, 9 October 2024

Satisfied on Reasonable Grounds, 8.30am - 12.30pm
Chris Randell, Jayson Ellis, Kerry Walsh, Frana Divich
This workshop uses case studies and applies examples as it introduces the concept of satisfied on reasonable grounds, sets out the legal framework and standards, and addresses: 

  • reasonableness and objective evaluation
  • evaluating evidence
  • credibility
  • challenges and limitations
  • best practice and documentation
  • the importance of transparency.

Accessibility 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Kerry Walsh
This workshop delves into advanced concepts and practices that extend beyond the scope of D1/AS1 and G1/AS1, empowering participants to address evolving challenges in the field of accessibility. Topics include:

  • Real life - getting in and about with a disability
  • Overview of Code clauses D1 and G1 with regard to accessibility
  • Understanding Sections 112 and 115 accessibility requirements
  • More complex, real life worked examples
  • Can I waive accessibility requirements on a new build?
  • How best to document and record decisions.

Panel Q&A chaired by Heaney & Partners' Frana Divich and networking event, 5.45pm - 7.15pm
An event designed to facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences among facilitators and participants.

Day Two, Thursday, 10 October 2024

Natural Hazards 8.30am - 12.30pm
Jayson Ellis
Making robust decisions when a building consent is subject to a Natural Hazard can be challenging, particularly when you have limited or restricted knowledge, information and tools at hand. This workshop will challenge your thinking and approach while highlighting tools and considerations to help you determine:

  • the use of your policy, procedure and systems
  • whether a Natural Hazard exists
  • how and when to use the Building Act 2004
  • when to engage input from a third party
  • the use of other relevant legislative requirements and tools, eg District Plan, MBIE Determinations
  • how best to document and record decisions.

Weathertightness - beyond E2/AS1 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Chris Randell
This workshop delves into advanced concepts and practices that extend beyond the scope of E2/AS1, empowering participants to address evolving challenges in the field of building envelope performance.  Topics include:

  • Industry amnesia/What is in a facade?
  • Environmental factors - your district
  • Understanding E2/VM1 and E2/VM2
  • Understanding a VM1 report
  • Assessing alternative solutions
  • Is interstitial moisture an E2 or E3 problem?


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