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New BRANZ resources and publications


Building Basics Series Insulation published

The second edition of Insulation in the Building Basics Series has been published. This book describes the statutory requirements for insulation and the different types of insulation available in New Zealand. It gives guidance on installation of insulation and health and safety issues. The book also examines window and glazing types and technology.


New bulletins

Two new bulletins have been published:


Build Magazine Issue 171

The 1 April 2019 issue of Build Magazine has been published. The two features in this issue are passive fire protection and building information modelling (BIM). The Build Right area of the magazine has an article on site management of framing materials and the Design Right area of the magazine discusses head flashings, hydraulic neutrality and understanding the differences between air barriers and vapour barriers.


Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Consultation on far-reaching building sector reforms to open in April 2019

In early April, MBIE will release a discussion paper detailing proposed reforms for the building sector. The reforms aim to address a number of long-standing problems in the building sector ranging from low productivity and inefficient practices and processes, to skills and labour shortages, to poor health and safety. See Codewords 89 for more information.


Consultation on amending Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods June 2019 update

Building Controls Update 246 gives a summary of the updates being proposed to 12 Verification Methods and Alternative Solutions and seeks feedback on these proposed changes (feedback closes on 5 April). The most significant changes are in 4 areas:

  • A new Verification Method (E2/VM2) that references a test method which will enable cladding solutions for buildings up to 6 storeys. 
  • A new light steel frame solution for low-rise buildings.
  • Alignment of Acceptable Solution G4/AS1 with Healthy Homes changes.
  • The information from the Simple House Acceptable Solution for foundation design on expansive soils to be moved to B1/AS1 when SH/AS1 is revoked.


Other news and publications 


The first NZ Wood Deign Guide has launched

The Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association (WPMA) has announced the launch of its first NZ Wood Design Guide called Fire Design Guide. The next guide that will be published is the Prefabrication Guide, which is currently out for public comment.


Review of the Tauranga City Council

The review of the Tauranga City Council (Bella Vista development) has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


MBIE learning site launches new modules

The MBIE online learning website has three new modules that deal with Rapid Building Assessments (RBA). THe modules cover introduction to RBAs, RBAs in the field and tier 2 refresher.


BIM In New Zealand conference

The BIMinNZ conference is being held in Wellington on 8 May 2019. You can find out more information or register here.


New Zealand Metal Roofing Manufacturers Code of Practice

The NZ Metal Roofing Manufacturers (MRM) have published version 3.0 of the NZ Metal Roof and Wall Cladding Code of Practice. The new version was published on 1 February 2019.


Fire performance of external wall cladding systems

A new guidance document has been published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) called "Fire performance of external wall cladding systems". The guidance is a response to significant high rise fire events around the world. MBIE has reviewed current methods used to demonstrate compliance of external wall cladding systems with building regulations' fire safety objectives.