Standards and other referenced publications

Last updated: 12 December 2017

Many Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods refer to Standards and other publications. These provide practical information or guidelines, often including 'how to build' solutions.

When a Standard or referenced publication is published or revised, we review it to determine whether it is suitable to be used in the Acceptable Solutions or Verification Methods. Depending on the outcome of the review, we may cite the entire Standard or publication, or parts of it in an Acceptable Solution or Verification Method. We may also cite the Standard or publication subject to certain modifications.

For the purposes of New Zealand Building Code compliance, acceptable reference documents include only the quoted edition and specific amendments as listed in the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.

Places where the reference documents are quoted are more specifically identified by paragraph or table, in the reference list contained in each Acceptable Solution and Verification Method.

Standards are created by the organisation Standards New Zealand. Standards are developed by technical committees, often in partnership with Standards Australia.

Standards are referred to by the abbreviation NZS followed by a unique identifying number and date, for example NZS 4211:2011. Dates in brackets indicate that the Standard or publication was reviewed and reissued without change that year. AS/NZS refers to a Standard developed jointly between Australia and New Zealand.

You can find more information on the development of Standards, and how to purchase copies of them through Standards New Zealand.

List of referenced publications

The Building Code handbook contains a full list of all the publications referenced in the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. This includes publications produced by:

  • Standards New Zealand
  • Standards Australia
  • British Standards Institution
  • New Zealand publications (other than Standards, for example Building Research Association of New Zealand, or Chemical Industry Council Incorporated)
  • Australian publications (other than Standards, for example Australian Building Codes Board)
  • International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG)
  • Government departments and agencies
  • International publications (for example International Standards Organisation, Geneva)

MBIE has sponsored the following Building Standards and Handbook, which are now free to download from the Standards New Zealand website.

  • NZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility: Buildings and associated facilities
  • NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract
  • NZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – housing and small buildings
  • NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses
  • NZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs
  • SNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011

Building-related Standards on the Standards New Zealand website has further information.

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