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2018/053: Compliance of an aluminium and glass barrier with Building Code Clause F4 Safety from falling

This determination considers the performance of a proprietary aluminium barrier installed on a timber-framed veranda in an existing house.  The determination considers the performance of the barrier in respect of its strength, and the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate in respect of the work.

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2018/002: Decision to issue a notice to fix for a retaining wall

This determination considers whether a retaining wall without a barrier at the top complies with Clause F4 Safety from falling.  The determination also discusses the interpretation of section 42A(2)(c) of the Building Act and whether the building work to construct a retaining wall was exempt from the requirement to obtain a building consent.

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2017/077: Whether retaining walls require barriers to comply with Clause F4

This determination considers whether the retaining walls without barriers would comply with Clause F4 Safety from falling. The determination also discusses whether the building work to erect the barriers was exempt from the need for a building consent under Schedule 1.

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2017/063: Whether a barrier is required for a retaining wall to a residential property

This determination considers whether a barrier is required to a retaining wall in order to comply with Clause F4 safety from falling, and the authority's intention to issue a notice to fix. The determination also discusses whether building work completed after the code compliance certificate was issued required building consent or whether it was exempt.

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2016/45: Regarding whether a safety net will satisfy Clause F4 Safety from falling, to a timber walkway along the shoreline

This determination considers a raised pedestrian walkway located adjacent a harbour, and the compliance of a horizontal safety net proposed by the authority as a means of satisfying Clause F4 Safety from falling.

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