BC Update 193: Consultation on amending Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods 2016

Posted: 20 July 2016

BC Update
We are seeking your feedback on proposals to amend Acceptable Solutions (AS) and Verification Methods (VM) for the Building Code. Consultation closes on 31 August 2016.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is proposing to:

  • amend 32 existing Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods
  • update Standards and industry documents that are referenced in Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods
  • introduce two new Acceptable Solutions
    • E2/AS4 for Torch-on Membrane Systems for Roofs and Decks
    • E3/AS2 for Internal Wet Area Membranes.

Changes are intended to update the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods to reflect the latest knowledge and current building practices, and also make editorial changes for clarity.

View the full proposals and information on how to provide feedback (due 31 August 2016).

Amendments are proposed to the following documents:

  • B1 Structure:  referenced Standards, B1/AS1, B1/VM1, B1/VM4
  • B2 Durability:  referenced Standards, B2/AS1
  • C1-C6 Protection from fire: referenced Standards,  C/AS1-C/AS7
  • D1 Access routes:  referenced Standards, D1/AS1, D1/VM1
  • D2 Mechanical installations for access:  referenced Standards, D2/AS1
  • E1 Surface Water:  referenced Standards, E1/VM1
  • E2 External Moisture:  referenced Standards, introduce E2/AS4
  • E3 Internal Moisture:  referenced Standards, E3/AS1, introduce E3/AS2
  • F2 Hazardous building materials:  referenced Standards, F2/AS1
  • F4 Safety from falling:  F4/AS1
  • F6 Visibility in Escape Routes:  F6/AS1
  • F8 Signs:  referenced Standards, F8/AS1
  • G2 Laundering:  referenced Standards, G2/AS1 
  • G3 Food preparation and prevention of contamination:  G3/AS1 
  • G4 Ventilation:  referenced Standards, G4/AS1, G4/VM1
  • G10 Piped Services:  referenced Standards, G10/AS1
  • G11 Gas as an Energy Source:  referenced Standards
  • G12 Water Supplies:  referenced Standards, G12/AS1, G12/AS2
  • G13 Foul Water:  referenced Standards, G13/AS1, G13/AS2, G13/AS3
  • G14 Industrial Liquid Waste:  referenced Standards
  • H1 Energy efficiency:  referenced Standards, H1/AS1, H1/VM1

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