Name: David Sharp
From: New Zealand
Industry: Construction

David Sharp joined BPIC (Building Products Innovation Council)  in January 2008 following  21 years with BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand)  to lead an ambitious project to establish a uniform method in tracing the life cycle of various building products as part of the AusLCI (Australian Life Cycle Inventory) project.

David returned to New Zealand and BRANZ in early 2010.

David originally trained as a builder and his formal qualifications are in Construction Management. His experience with BRANZ included building forensics, management of BRANZ Appraisals Group, Business Development and establishing BRANZ presence in Australia.

In 2006 David established BRANZ Sustainability Team in Sydney, and was involved in the “Study into the Suitability of Sustainability Tools as Part of a National Implementation Model” for the ABCB (Australian Building Codes Board).

In 2010 David Chaired the ABCB National Construction Code Working group tasked with incorporating the plumbing code into the National Construction Code that was successfully released in May 2011.

David has been involved with BRANZ reconnaissance team following the Canterbury Earthquakes and assisting MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment with the roll out of Product Assurance Framework. David was a member of the reference group that recently completed the review of CodeMark in Australia being undertaken by the ABCB.

David recently led and completed a research project for Forest and Wood Products Australia that developed a prefabricated timber flooring system for residential construction.

Currently David is part of the BRANZ team that is developing an Acceptable Levels of Workmanship Guide for MBIE to support changes to the Building Amendment Act.