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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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2015/024: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 12 year-old house completed under the supervision of a building certifier

Discussed as title and whether a comparison to the wharenui (marae buildings) exemption is appropriate. Also provides a general framework for modifications or waivers under section 67 of the Act, and methodology for deciding whether it is “reasonable” to grant a modification, for example, by reviewing the extent and possible consequence of the non-compliance with a specific performance clause, or reviewing for consistency with the purpose and principles of the Building Act.

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2015/005: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 12 year-old house completed under the supervision of a building certifier

Where a building certifier registered under the former Act ceased operating before the code compliance certificate was issued. Discussed whether there is sufficient evidence to establish the building work complies with the Building Code that applied at the time the building consent was granted, and what is the appropriate regulatory action by the authority and what certificate is to be issued.

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