BC Update 236: Consultation on amending Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods 2018

Posted: 8 August 2018

BC Update
MBIE is seeking your feedback on proposals to amend a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods, and to revoke the Simple House Acceptable Solution SH/AS1. The consultation runs from Wednesday 8 August 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018.

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

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

  • Clause B1 Structure: B1/VM1
  • Clause B2 Durability: B2/AS1
  • Clause E2 External Moisture: E2/VM1, E2/AS1
  • Clause G12 Water Supplies: G12/VM1, G12/AS1, G12/AS2
  • Clause G13 Foul Water: G13/AS1, G13/VM2, G13/AS2, G13/AS3

Revoking Simple House

MBIE is also asking for feedback on the proposal to revoke the Simple House Acceptable Solution SH/AS1.

SH/AS1 is now eight years old and is no longer fit for purpose. It has not been updated in a number of years meaning current knowledge and practices are not reflected, and it is inconsistent with other Acceptable Solutions.

Anecdotal evidence is that few architects and designers refer to SH/AS1 because of its limitations on floor and roof shapes. SH/AS1 does not contain any information that is not available elsewhere in Acceptable Solutions or New Zealand Standards.

View the full proposals and information on how to provide feedback on the MBIE Corporate website

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