Episode 77 - Embracing Change with NSW Building Commissioner – Mr David Chandler OAM

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from NSW Building Commissioner, Mr David Chandler OAM.

In this episode we talk about:

  • David was born in New Guinea and shares some valuable experiences from his childhood.

  • Travelling between attending boarding school and heading home which was near the Kokoda Trail.

  • The beginnings of David’s career in construction in multiple industry areas.

  • His involvement in the construction of Parliament house and being appointed Construction Director at the young age of 34.

  • We discuss Vocational Education vs University.

  • Some of the missing practical skills David is now seeing emerge in the construction industry.

  • How David came to be the NSW Building Commissioner, and his openness and honesty on his LinkedIn posts.

  • The benchmarks which need to be met so everyone can go home safe.

  • David says, ‘Safety is always paramount and the first priority.’

  • The strong correlation between an unsafe site and non-compliant construction.

  • David’s advice for new builders entering the market.

  • Receiving the Order of Australia Medal.

  • Outside of work, David enjoys golf, cooking, fishing, wine and spending time with his 6 x Grandchildren.

  • The biggest changes David would like to see during his time as NSW Building Commissioner.

  • David’s perspective on the remediation of contracts required to fit our current climate.

  • David’s predictions for job sites in the future.

  • The global eco-system in construction, with Australia capturing only 2% of the 12 trillion dollars spent per year.

  • Buildings are getting smarter and, how these aspects are being embedded into construction.

  • Advances in technology including electric cranes and smart lifts.

  • David shares a success story when dealing with ‘Bob’ the Building Certifier.

  • The transformation David has seen when quality and assurance is reached.

Sit back and enjoy this helpful interview with NSW Building Commissioner, Mr David Chandler OAM


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