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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding in relation to each case. Circumstances in one case may differ to others.

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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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2017/071: 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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2017/068: Amendment to a building consent for an apartment building with tiled decks

This determination considers the authority's refusal to grant an amendment to a building consent for remediation of tiled decks. The matter turns on whether the acoustic mat as part of the proposed tiling system will comply with Clauses G6 and B2.

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2017/053: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house clad with rusticated fibre-cement weatherboards

This determination is concerned with the compliance of the building envelope to 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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2017/052: Refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for recladding a 22-year-old building

This determination considers two applications made for a certificate of acceptance for the recladding of an existing building: the work has been undertaken without a building consent having been issued. Both applications were declined by the authority. The determination considers the compliance of the work itself, the basis on which the work was done, and whether the authority was correct to decline the applications.

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2017/051: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 10-year-old house with brick veneer cladding

This determinatin considers the compliance of the building work, and whether there were reasonable grounds for the authority to issue a code compliance certificate. The determination also discussed inspections undertaken by the authority as a means of providing reasonable grounds on which to issue a code compliance certificate.

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2017/050: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 12-year-old house completed under the supervision of a building certifier

This determination considers the compliance of a 12-year-old house that had been built under the supervision of a building certifier, but where a code compliance certificate had not been issued. The authority had issued a certificate of acceptance for the work, but the current owners were seeking a code compliance certificate in its place. The determination considers which certificate was appropriate to issue in the circumstances.

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2017/049: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 11-year-old alterations to a house with mixed cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 11-year-old alterations to a house built in the 1960s. 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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2017/041: Whether proposed barriers to a timber walkway and proposed wharf will satisfy Clause F4 Safety from falling

This determination is concerned with the compliance of proposed barriers to a wharf and a walkway. The determination considers whether the proposed barrier to the wharf would be incompatible with its intended use.

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2017/031: The code compliance of a proposed shower area in a new house

This determination considered the detailing of the window and the surfaces required to comply with Clauses E3.3.2 and E3.4.5 of the Building Code, and the compliance of the window as a whole with Clause E3.3.6.

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