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2019/037: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 17-year-old house with a corrugated cellulose fibre cladding system

This determination considers an authority’s refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 17-year-old house principally due to concerns about its compliance with Clause B2 External moisture.  The building owners had commissioned an assessment of the building’s performance which the authority had declined to accept.

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2019/009: Regarding the compliance of proposed carpet flooring to a laundry in an attached garage

This determination considers the compliance of proposed carpet flooring to a laundry space within an attached garage. The authority refused to issue the building consent for the proposal because of concerns the use of carpet in a laundry does not prevent water from penetrating behind linings, and does not avoid the likelihood of fungal growth or the accumulation of contaminants.

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2018/066: Authority’s decision to issue a code compliance certificate for alterations to a relocated house

This determination considers the issue of a code compliance certificate for alterations to a relocated house.  The determination discusses the compliance of the building work with the building consent and with relevant clauses of the Building Code

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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2018/039: Code compliance of a walk-in shower to an ensuite in a 5-year-old house

This determination considers the compliance of a wall to floor junction in a shower with Clauses E3 Internal moisture and B2 Durability of the Building Code.

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2018/034: Refusal of a code compliance certificate for an addition

This determination considers the authority's refusal to issue the code compliance certificate for a substantial addition to an existing studio building. The refusal arose from matters related to Building Code Clauses D1, E2, E3, and F4, but the principle issue was an ongoing dispute about the water from neighbouring properties and a small drain that has been installed to divert some of this water. The determination considers whether the drain formed part of the consented work or not.

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2018/020: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a house with rammed-earth walls

This determination considers the compliance of the second stage of a house built with rammed-earth walls used as a structural element and as a cladding.  The determination considers the compliance of the as-built work, the on-going maintenance of the rammed-earth walls, and whether the authority was correct in declining to issue a code compliance certificate for the work.

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2018/014: Refusal of a code compliance certificate for alterations to a house

This determination considers the compliance of consented alterations to an existing house where some inspections during the construction had not been completed by the authority. The determination considers the compliance of the as-built work and whether the authority was correct in declining to issue a code compliance certificate for the work.

2018/004: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 11-year-old house with monolithic cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 11-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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2017/087: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 19-year-old house with EIFS wall cladding

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

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