Updates to the Building Code will make it easier to comply
27 June 2019
Updates to the Building Code will be published on 27 June 2019 following MBIE’s public consultation and analysis of submissions.
Buildings will withstand likely loads, including wind, earthquake, live and dead loads (people and building contents).
This clause sets requirements around the combination of loads that buildings, building elements and sitework are likely to experience during construction, alteration and throughout their lives.
The performance requirements outline how buildings should be stable, not degrade and withstand physical conditions to protect lives and other property. It makes due allowance for the intended use of a building, the consequence of failure and other limitations.
Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.
The Building performance team has started work to digitise the Building Code due to growing demands from building professionals who want vital information in a format that is portable, dynamic, feature-rich and digital. We have delivered the first of our Building Code PDF documents (B1, C/AS2, D1 and E2) into our digital reader.
MBIE has historical versions of the code clause documents which can be located under 'Previous Versions' and 'Version History'. Alternatively if you cannot find the document you are looking for, you can send an email with the year and code clause you are after to email@example.com.
Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (AS and VMs) were called compliance documents. Some still have the “compliance document” title but the AS or VMs they contain are valid and unaffected by the name change.
Standards are frequently referred to in Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. They provide practical information and guidelines for building solutions.
Over 120 building standards used for Building Code compliance are now available for free download.
All standards, including the funded ones, can be accessed through the Standards New Zealand website.
If you are familiar with common methods and details for designing and constructing timber-framed buildings, this handbook will provide a useful reference. It contains a collection of figures and tables extracted from NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, with some associated text. This information is commonly used in the design and construction of timber-framed buildings up to three storeys in height including residential buildings, garages and decks.
These documents are provided for assistance. They are not intended as a means of establishing compliance with the Building Act or Building Code, and they do not have the same status accorded to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods under the Act.
The Engineering Assessment Guidelines are used by engineers to carry out seismic assessments of existing buildings.
Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding in relation to each case. Circumstances in one case may differ to others.
This determination considers the code compliance of a frameless cantilevered glass balustrade. The balustrade panels comprise a laminate of two toughened-glass panes with a plastic interlayer. Concerns about compliance of the balustrade were raised when the interlayer did not prevent a panel from collapsing when the glass was broken.
This determination considers an authority’s refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 20-year-old additions and alterations due to concerns about compliance with the Building Code. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusal and whether those items identified by the authority are compliant with the Building Code.
All products, systems and construction methods that have achieved CodeMark status will be listed with their most up to date certificate.
This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: