Covid-19

Some resources to help you navigate the various Covid-19 alert levels. For official advice please visit Government websites, including covid19.govt.nz.

Building and Construction at Alert Levels 2 and 3

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Alert level 2 information for the building and construction sector

MBIE has updated its guidelines for the building and construction sector for Alert Level 2.

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Workplace operations at Alert Level 2

Level 2 information for all businesses from MBIE.

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Your Level 3 safety plan – what you need to think about

Under alert level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a Covid-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. Important information from WorkSafe.

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Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace

Cushman & Wakefield have produced a comprehensive guide for real estate tenants and landlords on reopening workplaces as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.

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Operating safely at Alert Level 2 – what you need to think about

WorkSafe has laid out its Alert Level 2 guidance as a series of questions and answers that you can go to directly.

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Ensuring the safety of building water systems post-lockdown

As Covid-19 alert levels drop, it is important to ensure the safety of your building water systems before occupancy resumes. Here’s some advice from MBIE.

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Maintaining buildings with specified systems under Covid-19 restrictions.

Advice from MBIE on inspection and maintenance of systems under the various Alert Levels.

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GPG guidance on managing workplaces through all Alert Levels

The Government Property Group (GPG) has been working with a number of agencies to produce guidance which will assist you to manage your workplaces through all Covid-19 Alert Levels. The two documents are ‘Guidance for managing workplaces during Covid-19’ and ‘Workplace principles relating to Covid-19 Alert levels’.

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Reoccupation of unoccupied buildings:
HVAC & hydraulics systems

What needs to be considered when re-starting HVAC and hydraulic systems after lockdown?

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Short video on reoccupation of buildings

Lance Jimmieson from Jackson Engineering talks about the reoccupation of buildings post-lockdown, with emphasis on HVAC and hydraulics systems.

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Alert Level 3 information for businesses

Level 3 information for businesses and workplaces from the covid19.govt.nz website.

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Level 3 Guidance from 16 April

A comprehensive chart specifying the public health and social measures that need to be taken at each alert level (released by the Government on 16 April.)

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Workplace operations at Covid-19 alert levels

New guidance was released on 16 April about workplace activities at different alert levels. This information from business.govt.nz addresses some frequently asked questions as well as examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses.

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Level 3 guidance from MBIE for building and construction sector

Information from MBIE to help you understand what Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3 mean for the building and construction industry. Building and construction work is “any design, manufacture, supply, consent, inspection or building work necessary for the construction, repair or maintenance of buildings and other structures, including siteworks”.

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Personal working from home plan

A comprehensive document from the government on working from home (and setting up teams to work from home) during the lockdown.

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Covid-19 level 4 alert

What the Covid-19 Level 4 alert means for the Building and Construction sector.

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Essential businesses

Clarification from the Government on the businesses that may remain open during the Level 4 Alert period.

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Airborne infectious diseases reduction strategy

Strategies to reduce the transmission of airborne infectious diseases – a paper written by senior engineers at Jackson Engineering. For more papers on HVAC and Covid-19, see here.

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Managing commercial AC in unoccupied buildings

This paper from HVAC expert Lance Jimmieson from Jackson Engineering provides guidance on managing air conditioning systems within unoccupied buildings. For more papers on HVAC and Covid-19, see here.

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Covid-19 & society

Tica Hessing reflects on Covid-19 and society. One of the speakers scheduled for FM Summit 2020, Tica is a Human Geographer and Researcher in all aspects of the future of work and its implications and opportunities for the corporate real estate sector.

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Your guide to perfect PPE

Make sure you’re donning and doffing your PPE correctly by following these steps.

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Response plan for the construction sector

The construction sector will have an important role to play in kick-starting the New Zealand economy when Level 4 restrictions are lifted. To support this, the Construction Sector Accord has temporarily shifted focus from industry transformation to industry resilience and recovery.

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Identifying & managing work risks for essential services

Information from Worksafe.

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Wellbeing: Building resilience

Some practical resilience strategies for coping with these strange times.

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Will Covid change forever the things we touch?

This article looks at how Covid-19 may result in a change in the way we design everyday objects, such as door handles and light switches.

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Fire safety under lockdown

This is what work should be undertaken during the Covid-19 level 4 restrictions according to a position statement issued by the Fire Protection Association New Zealand with consultation with the Ministry of Business and Employment.

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