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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding, but only in relation to each case.

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2017/035: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 18-year-old house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 18-year-old house. 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.

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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2016/055: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 14-year-old house with EIFS cladding

This determination concerns the compliance of a 14-year-old house with EIF cladding. This 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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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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2016/046: 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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2016/035: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 19-year-old house with brick veneer and weatherboard claddings

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 19-year-old brick veneer 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.

2016/027: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 14-year-old alterations to plaster-brick house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 14-year-old additions to a plastered brick veneer house. This determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing the code compliance certificate, and whether the alterations comply with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2016/024: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 21-year-old house with corrugated steel wall cladding

This determination considers the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate based onits concerns regarding the weathertightness and durability of the exterior envelope. The determination reviewed the reasons given for the refusal and the authority's actions in regards to its inspection, and considered whether the building work complies with the Building Code.

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2016/006 Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with brick and weatherboard claddings

This determination considers the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate; the authority’s concerns were largely to do with the weathertightness and durability of the exterior envelope.  The determination discusses the authority’s refusal to inspect the building work and whether there was sufficient evidence of compliance in order to issue a code compliance certificate.

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2015/083: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 16-year-old house

This determination considers the authority’s decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate: the grounds for the refusal were the authority’s concerns regarding the weather-tightness and durability of the exterior envelope, and the performance of a concrete floor slab and the subfloor space beneath with respect to structure and durability.  The determination reviewed the reasons given for the refusal and considered whether the items identified in the refusal comply with the Building Code.

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