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Suicide in New Zealand’s Construction Industry Workforce report

Suicide in New Zealand's Construction Industry Workforce (ER40)This report presents the results of a study that analysed the content of coronial reports for suicides in the New Zealand construction industry through the lens of factors drawn from the wider suicide research literature.


Build Magazine issue 172 published

The June 2019 issue of Build Magazine has been published. The 2 feature sections for issue 172 are:

  • Exceeding the minimum - Designing homes above the minimum requirements of the Building Code makes them better to live in, often for little extra cost. Designers and builders have a role to play helping their clients understand this.
  • Canterbury today - Canterbury and particularly Christchurch look very different today with innovative low-rise buildings incorporating the latest in seismic technology, dominating the freshly arisen city.

This issue also contains practical articles dealing with stabilising floor joists, on-site management of wall claddings, and a detail for a timber slatted deck with an aluminium sliding door.


Two new External Research Reports published

Two new External Research Reports have been published:


Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


New fire acceptable solution effective from 27 June 2019

MBIE will be publishing a new Acceptable Solution for fire this year. The new C/AS2 covers the C clauses in the Building Code, and replaces the Acceptable Solutions C/AS2 to C/AS7. C/AS1 remains unchanged. The new C/AS2 will come into effect 27 June 2019, and has a transition period of three months. For more information see Codewords 90.


Other news and publications 


Healthy homes standards gazetted

The final healthy homes standards were announced on 13 May and are now available on the New Zealand legislation website. The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties and will be law from 1 July 2019.


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.


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.