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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.

2017/076: Refusal of code-compliance for house with monolithic cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 18-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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2017/072: 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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2017/038: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 10-year-old commercial building

The determination arises from the authority’s refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 10-year-old commercial building due to concerns about the compliance of the roof with respect to Clause E2 External moisure, and Level 3 with respect to Clause G4 Ventilation. The determination considers the compliance of the building and the authority’s reasons for declining the code compliance certificate.

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2016/033: Regarding the code compliance of a solid fuel fire appliance installed in a three-year-old house

This determination considers the compliance of a fire appliance installed in a single storey dwelling and whether the emissions are disposed of in a way which avoids creating a nuisance or hazard to an adjacent neighbour in a two storey dwelling.

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2016/026: Determination regarding the compliance of a vapour barrier to a proposed pool house

This determination is concerned with the design of a proposed pool building that is an outbuilding to a dwelling. The determination considers what Building Code clauses apply to pool building, and whether the information provided with the application for building consent demonstrates that the proposed work will comply with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2016/013: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 11-year-old house

This determination considers the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate: the grounds for the refusal were the authority’s concerns regarding the weathertightness and durability of the exterior envelope, the adequacey of barriers to a deck and stairs, surface water disposal, and a change of use. The determination reviewed the reasons given for the refusal and considered whether the items identified in the refusal comply with the Building Code.

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2015/040: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 19 year-old house and 11 year-old alterations with stucco wall cladding

Discussed whether the external building envelop complies with Clause B2 Durability and Clause E2 External Moisture of the Building Code in force at the time consents were issued (under transitional provisions of the current Act section 436(3)(b)(i)).

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2015/032: Refusal to issue a building consent for remedial work to improve weathertightness issues to a house with a code compliance certificate

This determination covered technical issues about a proprietary system provider’s methodologies and technologies relating to liquid and foaming injection timber treatment systems used to slow the rate of decay. Discussed whether timber treatment process is building work, and whether targeted treatment can be exempt from building consent under Schedule 1 of the Act as maintenance. Discussed impacts on bracing capacity, air volatility, and the use of drying skirts. Also mentioned the provision of new plans as opposed to copied plans.

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