Simpli and BRANZ research


A step forward to support a better future for consenting in New Zealand.

We are pleased to announce Simpli will be working with BRANZ on new research into the future of consenting in New Zealand.

Simpli and BRANZ share a common ambition around the potential of new technologies to transform the way that building consenting takes place in New Zealand. Both Simpli and BRANZ recognise the importance of digital technologies in moving the industry forward in New Zealand. As part of this, better consenting processes and systems can lift productivity and support the industry to deliver much needed new homes and buildings across the country.

Simpli has extensive reach across New Zealand with its systems up and running across 19 building consent authorities. Working with Third Bearing Limited, this research will draw on Simpli’s real-world expertise and investigate how improved integration between third party technology and building consent systems could improve the efficiency of the building consent process. The research will also draw on insights from Councils outside of the Simpli group.

The potential benefits of improved integration are far reaching.
There is the ability to automate parts of the consenting process for simpler, faster consenting.
Better information will also improve understanding of the performance of the industry as a whole and help manage the risk within it.
Imagine, for example, being able to see at a glance, trends in use of particular materials and designs and where they are employed.

The research will work through three key phases:
1. What technology currently is in place? What is used now and how could it potentially be used?
2. Looking to the future, what could online consenting in New Zealand look like? What are the issues that need solving and the barriers to overcome?
3. Identifying which steps come first and what are the top priority changes to online consenting systems.

We are excited to be kicking off the research next month and aim to be able to share our initial findings in May 2020.