John Thwaites

16 November 2011 –Former Victorian Deputy Premier and sustainability champion John Thwaites has been appointed as chair of the Australian Building Codes Board.

Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said: “Mr Thwaites’ work on building sustainability and climate change issues through the Green Building Council, Monash University and Maddocks law firm made him an ideal person to lead the ABCB through the key challenges ahead.

“The ABCB will also benefit from Mr Thwaites’ broader experience in relation to planning and local government, particularly with his former portfolio responsibilities of health, planning, and the environment, water and communities.”

The ABCB is responsible for developing a nationally consistent approach to building and plumbing regulations through the National Construction Code.

Outgoing chair is Graham Huxley who has held the role since 2006.

“Mr Huxley has successfully guided the ABCB through one of its busiest periods of building regulation reform. These achievements include implementation of the COAG initiated NCC, energy efficiency provisions for commercial and residential buildings, improved access for people with disabilities, as well as responding decisively to a number of natural disasters,” Senator Carr said.