28 acceptable solutions and 10 verification methods for complying with the Building Code have been amended and will take effect from 1 January.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment said 92 people submitted feedback during the consultation on the 28 amendments & 2 new acceptable solutions during July & August.
Which version of an acceptable solution or verification method to use when submitting a complete application for a building consent, and when:
- Until 31 December 2016: use the existing version
- 1 January-30 May 2017: use either the existing version or the newly published version; but D2/AS1 is extended to 6 August; from 7 August, only the amendment 7 version of D2/AS1 can be used as an acceptable solution
- From 31 May 2017: use the newly published version (the existing version is no longer an acceptable solution or verification method); but D2/AS1 is extended to 6 August; from 7 August, only the amendment 7 version of D2/AS1 can be used as an acceptable solution.
Amendments have been made to the following documents:
B1 Structure: B1/AS1, B1/VM1, B1/VM4
B2 Durability: B2/AS1
C1-C6 Protection from fire: C/AS1 to C/AS7
D1 Access routes: D1/AS1, D1/VM1
D2 Mechanical installations for access: D2/AS1
E1 Surface water: E1/VM1
E2 External moisture: E2/AS3
E3 Internal moisture: E3/AS1
F2 Hazardous building materials: F2/AS1
F4 Safety from falling: F4/AS1
F6 Visibility in escape routes: F6/AS1
F8 Signs: F8/AS1
G2 Laundering: G2/AS1
G3 Food preparation and prevention of contamination: G3/AS1
G4 Ventilation: G4/AS1, G4/VM1
G10 Piped services: G10/AS1, G10/VM1
G11 Gas as an energy source: G11/AS1
G12 Water supplies: G12/AS1, G12/AS2, G12/VM1
G13 Foul water: G13/AS1, G13/AS2, G13/AS3, G13/VM2
G14 Industrial liquid waste: G14/VM1
H1 Energy efficiency: H1/AS1, H1/VM1.
The ministry has 2 more proposed acceptable solutions to publish, E2/AS4 torch-on membrane systems for roofs & decks and E3/AS2 internal wet area membranes, but said they require further development and won’t be published yet.
Attribution: Ministry release.