By engaging us to review plans and specifications before submitting for building consent approval we can reduce or totally eliminate the risk of future litigation.
Each of the 37 technical building code clauses has an associated document containing technical solutions called Compliance Documents which contain Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. If building work is carried out in accordance with a Compliance Document the work is deemed to comply with the building code.
For example building code clause E2 External Moisture has a comprehensive set of construction details for installing external cladding and roofing of a variety of different types. These construction details are what designers commonly use to design building work because the details are automatically accepted by councils and other building consent authorities as evidence of building code compliance.
For a free downloadable copy of the compliance document E2 External Moisture click here:
The building code is contained in the first schedule of the building regulations. Building regulations are made under and in accordance with the Building Act 2004 (the Act).
The building code sets out performance standards that all building work must meet. It covers aspects such as stability, durability, fire safety, access, moisture, safety of users, services and facilities and energy efficiency which are set out in 37 separate technical building code clauses. Three additional building code clauses contain general provisions such as classified uses, interpretation and building importance levels.
The 37 technical building code clauses are performance based, which means that buildings must perform in accordance with each of the relevant building code clauses. Each of the 37 technical building code clauses contains:
All building work in NZ must comply with the building code, whether a building consent is required for the building work or not.
Each of the 37 technical building code clauses also has an associated document containing technical solutions called Compliance Documents which contain Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. If building work is carried out in accordance with a Compliance Document the work is deemed to comply with the building code.View/Download building code clauses View/download the Compliance Documents
The evidence of the last fifteen to twenty years of the NZ construction industry’s mistakes leads us to one fundamental conclusion: It is better to try and get it right first time rather than re-visit the mistakes later at considerable cost to building owners, tenants, designers, contractors, sub-contractors, councils, government, insurers and lenders.