Last updated: 21 March 2016
The following organisations may be able to help you with product assurance for your product or system, provide advice and help with product technical statements.
Although there is no single organisation to represent people with product compliance expertise, the following contacts may be useful to you.
We have provided the names of organisations in good faith and as a resource for product manufacturers and suppliers. However, their listing here does not represent any form of endorsement by us.
Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) provides a range of product services including appraisals and testing. BRANZ is funded in part by the Building Research Levy generated from New Zealand’s building and construction industry.
Scion conducts research and development work for wood and fibre based products.
Appraisals for building products, materials or construction systems are conducted by organisations including:
Testing facilities and laboratories
- BEAL – weathertight and thermal testing
- BRANZ – carries out a wide range of product testing including structural, weathertightness, fire resistance, material durability and thermal performance
- Opus Testing – structural testing
- Holmes Solutions – structural testing (including seismic performance), fire resistance testing
- SGS – material testing (including concrete, metal), brick and block testing, testing of roofing and insulation products
- Styles Group – acoustic specialists
- EQ STRUC – structural testing.
Product support and advice
Some professional engineers provide product support:
- The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) – holds the register of chartered professional engineers. It also gives general advice regarding the engagement of engineers.
- The Association of Consulting Engineers – represents engineering consultancy companies.
Some architects also provide support:
- New Zealand Institute of Architects – keeps a list of all members
- New Zealand Registered Architects Board – maintains a public register of registered architects, who are also deemed to be licensed building practitioners.
Other groups that may be able to help: