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F4 Safety from falling

Safe design of all barriers inside and outside the building.

F4 confirms buildings are constructed to reduce the likelihood of accidental fall. It requires barriers where people could fall 1 metre or more. The provisions include barriers for roofs with permanent access. It sets the characteristics required of barriers, for example, being continuous for the full extent of hazard, and having appropriate rigidity, strength and height.

From 1 January 2017, the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 deleted clauses F4.3.3, F4.3.4(f), and F4.3.5 relating to swimming pool barriers.

Restricting access to residential pools has further information for pool owners and territorial authorities.

Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.

Updates

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

Current version

These are issued by MBIE to provide one way of complying with the Building Code and must be accepted by BCAs as demonstrating compliance with the related clauses of the Building Code. Using them is not mandatory.

 

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.

Guidance

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.

Related Determinations

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

Related building products

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: