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New regulator appointed to bolster building standards

New regulator appointed to bolster building standards

by Emma Ryan | September 24, 2019 | 1 minute read

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has named a new assistant commissioner - technical, whose responsibility will be to deliver improvements in building performance and compliance across the state.

Yvonne Pengilly
September 24, 2019

Yvonne Pengilly has been selected as the new assistant commissioner - technical, bringing with her an extensive background in building and construction matters. 

Throughout her career, Ms Pengilly has worked in all facets of the industry, including trade contracting, contract administration, project, design and development management, and has held titles such as project superintendent, regional manager and company director.

In addition, she is a licensed open builder and has held board positions with two state regulatory authorities and was an electoral committee member of Master Builders Queensland (MBQ), according to a statement from the QBCC.

“I have seen the industry from all perspectives, and have worked with people at all levels from across the state and further afield,” Ms Pengilly said.

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“My focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in building performance and compliance as our construction methods and materials move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”

In her role at the QBCC, Ms Pengilly will be responsible for leading more than 200 staff, from across a range of teams which regulate building standards and quality. The role will also see her head up the QBCC’s work to ward off serious building defects seen in southern states, such as with the Opal and Mascot towers.

“QBCC inspectors are authorised to enter building sites, including high-rise construction sites, to conduct random inspections of building work," she said.

“Our inspectors can issue on-the-spot instructions to rectify, well before a tenant sets foot inside the building.

“We will be using all the tools available to us, including the country’s toughest non-conforming building products laws, to reassure Queenslanders that our buildings meet standards and community expectations for safety.”

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