Building Code update - November 2020
5 November 2020
MBIE have published updated Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods as part of the November 2020 Building Code update programme.
Surfaces in wet areas must be impervious, easily cleaned, and have ventilation to meet conditions for health and safety.
This Building Code clause requires buildings to be constructed to avoid fungal growth and excessive moisture. Its provisions relate to habitable spaces, bathrooms, laundries and other spaces where moisture may be generated or accumulate.
Its requirements include provisions for:
Record of amendments is a record of changes to the acceptable solutions, verification methods and handbooks.
The Building Code is published in Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 1992.
The Building Code clauses include objectives, functional requirements and performance criteria. These are mandatory provisions that all new building work must comply with.
The acceptable solutions and verification methods provided on this page are deemed to comply with Building Code clause E3.
MBIE has historical versions of the code clause documents which can be located under 'Previous Versions' and 'Version History'. Alternatively if you cannot find the document you are looking for, you can send an email with the year and code clause you are after to email@example.com.
Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (AS and VMs) were called compliance documents. Some still have the “compliance document” title but the AS or VMs they contain are valid and unaffected by the name change.
Standards are frequently referred to in Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. They provide practical information and guidelines for building solutions.
Over 120 building standards used for Building Code compliance are now available for free download.
All standards, including the funded ones, can be accessed through the Standards New Zealand website.
These documents are provided for assistance. They are not intended as a means of establishing compliance with the Building Act or Building Code, and they do not have the same status accorded to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods under the Act.
Guidance on preventing water damage from inadequately sealed penetrations in shower linings.
Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding in relation to each case. Circumstances in one case may differ to others.
This determination considers whether the authority was correct to refuse to grant a building consent. The determination considers whether sufficient information was included in the building consent application.
This determination considers the compliance of a design to install insulation into a skillion roof and the authority's decisions to grant the building consent for that design and a code compliance certificate for the completed work. The determination considers whether the proposed building work would comply with Clause E3 Internal Moisture if the work was completed in accordance with the plans and specifications, and the performance of the building work as constructed with Clause E3.
All products, systems and construction methods that have achieved CodeMark status will be listed here with their most up to date certificate.
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: