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2015/042: Regarding whether a compliance schedule is required for a substation containing smoke detectors

Discussed definition of a ‘building’ under section 9 and the meaning of ‘intended to be occupied’ in relation to an NUO (network utility operator). Also discussed the definition of a specified system in relation to smoke detectors connected to security systems, and the meaning of ‘contribute to the proper functioning of the building’ and ‘functional requirement’ in section 7.

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2015/026: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix and whether a prefabricated unit is a building or a vehicle

Discussed whether the prefabricated unit is a vehicle, and whether it falls within the definition of a building under section 8 (1) (a) of the Building Act. Also discussed whether the relocation of the unit constituted building work and could be subject to a notice to fix.

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2013/055: Regarding the issue of notices to fix in respect of two units and a deck


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