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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.

2018/012: Refusal to issue two code compliance certificates for alterations and additions to a house

This determination considers the compliance of alteration and additions to an existing two-storey house that was the subject of two building consents.  The determination considers the compliance of the as-built work and whether the authority was correct in declining to issue code compliance certificates for the work.

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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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2017/061: Proposed demolition of half a duplex building and the compliance of the remaining half

This determination considers whether there was sufficient evidence provided in a building consent application for the authority to grant the consent under section 49 of the Act where half of a duplex is proposed to be demolished. The determination considered whether the proposed building work complies with Clauses B1, B2, C3, E2, and H1 of the Building Code.

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2017/060: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 19-year-old additions and alterations to a house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 19-year-old additions and alterations to a 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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2017/057: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with EIFS wall cladding

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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2017/035: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 18-year-old house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 18-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing the code compliance certificate, and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code, particularly with respect to weathertightness and durability.

2017/013: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 11-year-old additions and alterations to a house

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 house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2016/031: Issuing of a code compliance certificate in respect of thermal insulation to a hot water cylinder and hot water pipework to a house

This determination considers the requirements under Clause H1.3.4 in regards to insulation of a TPR valve and a length of hot water pipework, and Clause G9 in regards to the location of an electrical cable in a duct with the water supply pipework. The determination discusses the application of the relevant Acceptable Solutions and associated Standards as a means of establishing compliance.

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2015/071: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 11 year-old extension and alterations to an existing house

This determination considers the compliance of the building work carried out with Clauses B1 and B2, and discusses whether there is an obligation to comply with Clause E1.3.2 of the Building Code when repairs are carried out to foundations. The determination also discusses whether the building work carried out was exempt under Schedule 1.

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