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2016/052: Regarding the compliance of a relief drain from the safety valve to a hot water cylinder in a three-year-old house

This determination considers the compliance of a PVC foul water drainage system to a house where the TPR valve from a hot water cylinder drained into the foul water system.  The hot water cylinder was connected to a solid fuel wetback and a solar water heater as uncontrolled heating sources.

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2016/051: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 6-year-old house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 6-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing the code compliance certificate, and whether the information provided in a building surveyor's report was adequate to establish that the building work complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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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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2016/049: Regarding the refusal to issue code compliance certificates for an 18 to 20-year-old house with monolithic cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 20-year-old house. This determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing the code compliance certificate, and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2016/048: Section 112 requirements to remediate the fire separation between units in an apartment complex, and compliance of the proposed solution

This determination concerns construction defects that were exposed during building work undertaken to remediate weathertightness issues. The determination considers the code-compliance of the use of intumescent sealant without plasterboard patches for penetrations in intertenancy walls, and discusses the application of section 112 of the Act in respect of the defects in existing construction including those not exposed as part of the proposed building work.

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2016/047: Regarding the refusal to issue code compliance certificates for an 18-year-old house with a 14-year-old extension

This determination is concerned with the compliance of the 18-year-old house and 14-year-old extension. 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.

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2016/046: The refusal to grant an amendment to a building consent for the use of imported composite slate roofing tiles on a house

This determination concerns the substitution of a concrete tiled roof to a house with composite slate tiles where the substitution was the subject of an amendment to the consent. The determination considers the amendment and whether the authority was correct to refuse it. The determination also considers the compliance of the slate tiles as installed.

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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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2016/044: Regarding the code-compliance of pool barriers to a swimming pool and including a pool room

This determination discusses the Building Code obligations in Clause F4 for a proposed pool barrier that would include a pool room. The determination considers the area enclosed by the proposed barrier in respect of restricting access of children under the age of six to the immediate pool area as required by Clause F4.3.4(f).

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2016/043: Regarding the compliance of weatherboards as installed to a house

This determination arises from a dispute regarding the installation of cedar weatherboards in a manner that is not in accordance with the building consent or with the manufacturer’s instructions. The determination considers whether the weatherboards as installed comply with Clauses E2 and B2 of the Building Code.

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