The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has released the Guide to tolerances, materials & workmanship in new residential construction 2015, which supports the new consumer protection measures in part 4A of the Building Act that came into law on 1 January.
The guide sets standards of work expected for key aspects of new home construction. It covers roof & wall cladding, windows & doors, flooring, wall & ceiling linings, cabinets & benchtops, plumbing, drainage & electrical fittings. It’s been written with advice from the construction industry and represents currently accepted standards.
Building & Housing Minister Nick Smith unveiled the technical guidance at the Certified Builders’ Association conference in Christchurch on Friday: “These quality measures are needed alongside our other initiatives to increase housing supply & affordability. There is a risk with the build rate up from 14,000 to 25,000 homes/year that standards will slip. We are investing in record numbers of new building tradespeople and tightening up on standards to ensure we get both the quality & quantity of new homes that New Zealand needs.
“This new resource provides clarity for builders & homeowners on the standards of work expected. It complements the new consumer protection requirements that the Government introduced on 1 January. These regulations provide for a defect period of 12 months with an obligation to remedy. This guidance gives better information on what constitutes an acceptable level of workmanship.
“The guidance covers common areas of dispute, like what degree of slope on a floor is reasonable or when a crack in a driveway is unacceptable. It will help resolve problems more quickly by giving clarity about what tolerances are acceptable.”
Link: Guide to tolerances
Attribution: Guide, ministerial release.