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2018/064: Regarding whether the fire safety design of a proposed 185m high mixed-use tower building complies with Clauses C1-C6 by means of C/VM2

This determination considers the fire safety design of a proposed tall building and whether compliance with Clauses C1-C6 has been established by means of Verification Method C/VM2.  The determination discusses the scope of the Verification Method, how compliance is established by way of the Verification Method, and the compliance of the proposed design – in particular the lack of isolated interconnection between the lobby containing the designated fire fighters lift and the stair that is the means of egress and which firefighters use to access the floor of fire origin.

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2018/060: Refusal to grant building consent for retrofitting polyisocyanurate insulation in a house

This determination considers the code-compliance of retrofitted rigid foam insulation board to insulate the walls of an existing house.  The determination considers whether the proposed insulation board will satisfy certain clauses of the Building Code to the extent required by the Building Act.

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2018/028: Decision to issue a notice to fix for the means of escape from fire in a building

Note: This determination is subject to appeal.

 

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to issue a notice to fix in respect of locks to doors that are providing the means of escape to a commercial building containing food and retail outlets.  The determination considers whether the locked doors provide adequate means of escape from fire when the building has no occupants.

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2018/007: Compliance of door thresholds to a proposed gymnasium in a school

This determination considers the compliance of door thresholds to a proposed gymnasium in a school where the threshold incorporates a change in level of 20mm between the external and internal surfaces.  The determination assesses the detail against the Acceptable Solutions D1/AS1, C/AS4 and E2/AS1 and discusses the terms “stepped threshold”, “weather stop” and “isolated step”.

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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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2017/064: Dangerous building notice for a building

This determination considers a dangerous building notice that was issued as a result of notification from the New Zealand Fire Service, and whether there was sufficient evidence to reach the conclusion the building was dangerous. The determination discusses the authority's reliance on the notification issued under the Fire Service Act, the restriction on use for sleeping accommodation included in the notice, and the requirements identified in the notice.

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2017/023: Compliance of the substitution of automatic fire sprinkler systems for heat detectors in a basement carpark

This determination considers the compliance of a Type 6 automatic fire sprinkler system in a basement carpark with Clause C4.3. The determination discusses whether heat detection is required, or if the installed Type 6 automatic fire sprinkler system satisfies the Acceptable Solutions as heat detection. The determination discusses whether there are any significant differences between a sprinkler system and heat detectors that would affect life safety.

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2016/042: Regarding the compliance of a detached building containing two self-contained units

This determination considers whether the building in its proposed use will comply with the Building Code in regards to fire safety, laundering, and food preparation.  The determination discusses the proposed use of the building and whether there will be a change of use under the Regulations.

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2012/075: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix and the amendment of a building consent for a 4-storey commercial building

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2012/074: Change of use provisions of the Building Act for the alteration of part of a house to a second kitchen

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