The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is seeking feedback on proposed new acceptable solutions to support changes to residential pool barrier requirements made by the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016. Consultation closes on Friday 16 December.
The amendment act repeals the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and includes pool safety provisions under the Building Act 2004. It also creates new building code clause F9, which relates to residential pool barriers. Changes under the amendment act take effect from 1 January 2017.
The 2 new acceptable solutions are F9/AS1 Barriers for residential pools and F9/AS2 Covers for small heated pools.
The existing building code clause F4 requires swimming pools to have barriers that restrict access by young children. The schedule to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act is an acceptable solution for clause F4. Proposed AS1 will largely reflect the schedule to that act.
The ministry said the main differences between the existing & proposed acceptable solutions relate to:
- safety covers for spas & hot tubs – the amendment act provides that a safety cover can be used as a barrier. The proposed acceptable solutions contain specifications for safety covers
- door alarms – the amendment act provides for door alarms to be used to help ensure doors are kept closed. The proposed acceptable solutions contain specifications for door alarms
- boundary fences – acceptable solutions are proposed for boundary fences so, if the fence is high enough, owners will not need to ensure the other side of the fence remains clear
- doors that open toward a pool area – the proposed acceptable solutions would make doors that open towards a pool area acceptable if the door closer is strong enough to restrict access by a young child.
Attribution: Ministry release.