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2018/042: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a viewing platform

This determination considers the compliance of a viewing platform and associated parking with Clause D1 Access routes, and whether an access route to the platform for people with disabilities was needed. The determination also considers whether the gravel access track and car parking provide reasonable and adequate access in terms of Clauses D1 and B2 Durability.

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2018/036: Compliance of a new swimming pool complex, in relation to access for people with disabilities into the pools

This determination considers whether installation of a hoist will satisfy the provisions concerning access for people with disabilities to the pool.  The determination considers whether members of the public will be admitted to the pool and therefore whether section 118 applies, and whether a waiver or modification of Clause D1 can be granted.

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2018/032: Open risers in an existing building undergoing alterations

This determination considers the authority’s refusal to grant an amendment to a building consent for alterations.  The applicant seeks to remove the requirement to close risers to the single set of stairs providing access to the upper level.  The determination discusses the application of section 112(1)(a) in the circumstances, and the assessment of compliance with Clause D1 Access routes to the extent "as nearly as is reasonably practicable"

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2018/018: Decision to aggregate the floor areas of two buildings in a new development to determine Clause D1 Access requirements

This determination considers the access requirements for a new office building being constructed as part of a development that includes an adjacent hotel.  The determination discusses aggregation of floor areas for the purpose of establishing whether the requirement for a lift is triggered.

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2018/008: Accessible parking facilities for a proposed mixed-use building

This determination considers the compliance of a proposed building in respect of parking provisions for people with disabilities to access the commercial spaces on the ground floor. The building contains mechanical stacking car parks that have been designated for use by residents only.

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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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2017/084: Compliance of new building without a lift with regard to disability access

This determination considers whether a new two-storey building without a lift to the upper level bar/restaurant complies with Clause D1. The determination also discusses the relationship between the criteria in the Building Code and the New Zealand Standard NZS 4121: Design for Access and Mobility in relation to buildings requiring a lift.

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2017/025: Access and facilities for people with disabilities to a hypothetical public dive pool

This determinatino considers whether an accessible route is required for a deep water pool that is part of a public swimming pool facilties. The determination discusses the requirement for an accessible route, both in terms of the deep water pool only and also in terms of it being one of a number of pools within the facility, and the normal activities carried out in those pools.

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2016/050: Regarding whether proposed alterations to a three-level office building require a lift to satisfy requirements for persons with disabilities

This determination considers whether a lift is required to a three-level office building as part of alterations to the existing building. The determination discusses the requirements of section 118, the effect of unit titles, the performance requirements of Clause D1, and whether there is sufficient information on which to conclude that compliance to the extent required by section 112 is achieved in that it would not be reasonably practicable to install a lift.

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2016/036: Regarding access for people with disabilities to the lower level of a new rowing club building

This determination considers whether a lift is required to the lower level of a proposed two-storey rowing club building. The determination considers compliance against the relevant Acceptable Solution and what constitutes reasonable and adequate access for people with disabilities to the lower level. The determination also considers access to areas adjacent the building.

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