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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.

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2017/074: Requirement for fire resistance of a timber deck

This determination considers whether the structure without fire resistance complies with Clause C3 of the Building Code.  The determination discusses whether the structure as constructed satisfies C/AS1 and whether it complies as an alternative solution.

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2017/073: Compliance schedule requirements and the classified use of three proposed commercial poultry sheds

The determination considers whether the correct classified use for the proposed poultry sheds is "industrial" or "outbuilding", and whether the operational systems are specified systems and whether a compliance schedule is required.  It also considers whether the requirements for access and facilities for people with disabilities apply to the poultry sheds.

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2017/072: Compliance of the ventilation system and the installation of kitchen appliances to a café kitchen

Note: This determination is subject to appeal.

This determination is about matters associated with the fitout of a café kitchen located on the ground floor of a three-storey building.  The determination considers the installation and compliance of solid fuel cooking appliances installed in the café kitchen as part of the consented work, and the compliance of the ventilation system to the kitchen.

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2017/071: Code compliance of a proposed house with steel framing and polyisocyanurate insulation board

This determination considers the code compliance of a proposed steel-framed house that uses rigid foam insulation board to insulate the walls and roof: the house was the subject of an application for building consent.  The determination considers whether the insulation board satisfies certain clauses of the Building Code, and also whether the documents submitted in support of the application for building consent were adequate.

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2017/070: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 20-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/069: Notice to fix concerning the installation of a solar water heating system

This determination considers a notice to fix issued for the installation of a solar water heating system without building consent being obtained. The matter turns on whether installation of the system including the solar collectors was exempt under Schedule 1.

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2017/068: Amendment to a building consent for an apartment building with tiled decks

This determination considers the authority's refusal to grant an amendment to a building consent for remediation of tiled decks. The matter turns on whether the acoustic mat as part of the proposed tiling system will comply with Clauses G6 and B2.

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2017/067: Notice to fix for three shipping containers transported to site and joined together for use as a shed

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to issue a notice to fix for three modified shipping containers transported to site and joined together to form a shed. The determination considers the definition of "building" and "building work", and discusses the content of the notice to fix.

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2017/066: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 19-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 19-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the building work complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/065: Notice to fix for building work carried out without building consent in relation to relocated structures

This determination considers the definitions of building under section 8 and building work under section 7, and whether the relocated structure is a building for the purposes of the Building Act. The determination also discusses the particulars of contravention/non-compliance described in the notice to fix with regard to building work carried out without building consent.

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