The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) opened consultation on Wednesday on proposals to amend a number of acceptable solutions & verification methods, and to revoke the simple house acceptable solution SH/AS1. The consultation period closes on Friday 21 September.
MBIE said in a release the changes were intended to update the documents to reflect the latest knowledge & current building practices, and also make editorial changes for clarity.
Amendments are proposed to the following documents:
- Clause B1 Structure: B1/VM1
- Clause B2 Durability: B2/AS1
- Clause E2 External Moisture: E2/VM1, E2/AS1
- Clause G12 Water Supplies: G12/VM1, G12/AS1, G12/AS2
- Clause G13 Foul Water: G13/AS1, G13/VM2, G13/AS2, G13/AS3
Revoking Simple House:
On revoking the simple house acceptable solution SH/AS1, MBIE said: “SH/AS1 is now 8 years old and is no longer fit for purpose. It has not been updated in a number of years, meaning current knowledge & practices are not reflected, and it is inconsistent with other acceptable solutions.
“Anecdotal evidence is that few architects & designers refer to SH/AS1 because of its limitations on floor & roof shapes. SH/AS1 does not contain any information that is not available elsewhere in acceptable solutions or New Zealand Standards.
Full proposals & consultation MBIE corporate website
Attribution: MBIE release.