BC Update 226: Making building Standards easier to access
15 December 2017
MBIE is making it easier for people to access building-related documents.
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Provides early warning systems to alert people to an emergency.
This clause ensures buildings are provided with appropriate means of warning people to escape to a safe place in an emergency.
It requires warning systems that provide adequate time for people to reach a safe place; for fire detection in all household units; and other appropriate warning for fire and other emergencies.
Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.
This Standard provides important information about the placement and audibility of smoke alarms. When read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution F7/AS1 it provides a way of complying with the New Zealand Building Code requirements for warning systems in household units.
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.
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 the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate for a house; the authority’s concerns were chiefly to do with the weathertightness and durability of the exterior envelope. The determination discusses the authority’s reasons for the refusal, and whether there was sufficient evidence of compliance in order to issue a code compliance certificate.
Considered the application of sections 17 and 112 of the Act, and the compliance of the proposed fire alarm system. Discussed compliance of the building as a whole after the alterations ‘as nearly as is reasonably practicable’ with respect to means of escape, and how the approach involves the balancing of sacrifices and difficulties of upgrading against the advantages of upgrading. Discussed use of MBIE guidance and “gap assessment”.
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: