Commerce Commission compliance advice letter on J-Frame LVL

Posted: 27 June 2017

Building Controls Update 217
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Update: Minor corrections have made to this BC Update to more accurately describe the form of the Commission’s action, and clarify some other wording.

On 9 June 2017 the Commerce Commission issued a compliance advice letter regarding the labelling of J-Frame Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL).

The Commerce Commission stated in that compliance advice letter that J‐Frame laminated veneer lumber, manufactured by Juken New Zealand Limited (JNL):

  • did not meet the requirements of NZS 3640
  • was incorrectly labelled as H1.2
  • may not have complied with AS/NZS 1604.4 because it does not carry an “E” label signifying that it is an envelope treatment.

The Commission’s compliance advice letter is about labelling and makes no judgment about the durability and performance characteristics of Juken's J‐Frame product or whether it is fit for purpose.

This advice is intended to clarify the position of building consents involving J‐Frame following the Commission’s compliance advice letter.

J‐Frame has a BRANZ appraisal and a CodeMark certificate. These are unaffected by the Commerce Commission's compliance advice letter. This means that J‐Frame is certified for use where the H1.2 hazard class applies. If JFrame is specified in plans for a use in situations where the H1.2 hazard class applies then a Building Consent Authority is obliged to accept this, on the basis of the CodeMark certificate.

If consented plans specify “H1.2” and a Code Compliance Certificate has not yet been issued then a minor variation to the consent will be needed if the builder uses (or proposes to use) J‐Frame.

Minor variations to building consents: Guidance on definition, assessment and granting has further information.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: