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BC Update 158: Changes to AS/VM for Protection from Fire

Posted: 1 July 2014

BC Update
Amendments to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Method for Protection from Fire and Backcountry Huts to give practical solutions to compliance issues.

This Building Controls Update is a periodic news bulletin for the building sector.

After consultation with the sector earlier this year, we have implemented practical solutions to remedy compliance issues that designers and councils were finding when they applied C/AS1-C/AS7 and C/VM2 to building designs.

The existing Commentary documents can continue to be used to support the new Amendments and we are working on updating and improving the Commentary’s. A Building Controls update will be issued to notify you of this publication.

These changes will simplify construction and reduce compliance costs but will not reduce fire safety.

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: