Updates to the Building Code will make it easier to comply
27 June 2019
Updates to the Building Code will be published on 27 June 2019 following MBIE’s public consultation and analysis of submissions.
Requires the safe supply, storage, reticulation and delivery of hot and cold water.
This clause requires buildings provided with water outlets, sanitary fixtures or sanitary appliances to have safe and adequate water supplies (including where hot water is necessary). It sets out requirements to avoid scalding, injury, leaks, contamination, illness and the prevention of legionella growth.
For example, water for human consumption, food preparation, utensil washing or oral hygiene must be potable and protected from contamination. Where a non-potable water supply system is installed for personal hygiene, it must be installed to avoid illness or injury and be clearly identified.
Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.
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.
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.
Help for designers and building owners planning commercial building toilet layouts (includes privacy and accessibility).
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 compliance of a washing machine with Clause G13 Foul water of the Building Code. The determination also considers the compliance of an instantaneous water heater without a safe tray with Clauses E3 Internal water and G12 Water supplies.
This determination considers the installation of a tempering valve to an existing hot water system in a house that was being altered: the alteration involved the replacement of both a wood burner and wetback water heater. A tempering valve was installed as part of the alteration and the determination considers the compliance of the existing hot water system to the extent required by section 112 of the Act.
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: