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2018/047: Code compliance of barriers to a pool

This determination considers whether the barriers to a small heated pool comply with Clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools. The determination also discusses the waiver and modification provisions within the Building Act.

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2018/017: Compliance of an indoor swimming pool without a barrier

This determination considers the compliance of a pool that is wholly enclosed within a dwelling but that doesn’t have a physical barrier to restrict access by unsupervised children. The determination discussions the exemption from the requirement to have a barrier that was granted under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act, and the relationship with the current provisions for barriers to residential pools under the Building Act.

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2018/006: Code compliance of sliding doors that form part of a barrier to a pool

This determination considers the compliance of a barrier to a swimming pool that includes the exterior wall of the house with five sliding doors in it.  The determination assesses the barrier against the performance requirements of Clause F9 of the Building Code (Means of restricting access to residential pools), and considers whether the area encompassed by the proposed barrier is the immediate pool area.

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2018/005: Automatic pool covers for swimming pools complying with Building Code Clause F9 and section 162C of the Building Act

This determination considers whether automatic pool covers that comply with the ASTM Standard F1346-91 comply with Clause F9 (Restricting access to residential pools) of the Building Code and section 162C of the Building Act. The determination also discusses waivers and modifications, and exemptions that have been granted under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 to allow the use of pool covers.

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2017/082: Compliance of deck balustrade as part of swimming pool barrier

This determination concerns the balustrade to a deck above an immediate pool area and the compliance of the barrier in relation to a set of external stairs from the deck to the pool. The determination considers whether the deck itself is included within the immediate pool area and whether the stairs are a climbable projection.

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2017/078: Compliance of physical barrier to residential swimming pool

The determination considers whether the barrier to a swimming pool and spa pool complies with the Building Code to the extent required under section 162C of the Act.  The barrier was considered to be compliant with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act at the time of construction and a code compliance certificate had been issued, but it later failed an inspection carried out under the new special provisions for residential pools.

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2017/045: Compliance of a barrier to a swimming pool

This determination considers the compliance of a number of features in a barrier to a swimming pool, including a bifold window that was installed as part of alteration for which a code compliance certificate has been issued.

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