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New BRANZ resources and publications


Guideline December 2018

Information of interest in the December issue of Guideline includes:

  • What building work, if any, can be done before a consent is issued;
  • Single steps in an access route - an update on information given in the November Guideline; and
  • Awnings and Schedule 1 exemption.


Build magazine issue 169

The feature sections for the December issue of Build Magazine focus on comfortable indoor environments and access and egress. The Right Stuff section has articles on:

  • Built-up members;
  • Sloped dragon ties;
  • Lintels under gable ends;
  • Designing a domestic plumbing system; and
  • Bracing blocks and wings.


New bulletins

Three new bulletins have been published:


Roof ventilation fact sheets

Four new roof ventilation fact sheets have been published:


Two new study reports published


Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Acceptable solutions and verification methods amendments - 30 November

The following acceptable solutions and verification methods have been amended as at 30 November 2018:

B1/VM1: referencing a new standard for designing composite steel-concrete structures and a new technical specification for durability for steel structures.

B2/AS1: now includes durability requirements for steel structures and components.

E2/VM1 and E2/AS1: amended to include extra high wind zones, and clarification of testing requirements for weathertightness performance of claddings.

G12/VM1, G12/AS1 and G12/AS2: references amended standards for jointing of common stainless steel pipework.

G13/AS1, G13/AS2, G13/AS3 and G13/VM2: references an amended standard relating to testing of drains and inclusion of vacuum drainage systems.

Transition information: The previous acceptable solutions and verification methods will continue to comply until 31 March 2019 inclusive.

For more information on these amendments, see BC Update 243 (30 November 2018).


Other news and publications 


WANZ changes to WGANZ

The Window Association of New Zealand (WANZ) is now the Window and Glass Association of New Zealand (WGANZ).


Safe work with precast concrete

Worksafe New Zealand has published a new set of guidelines called "Safe work with precast concrete". The guidelines offer advice on handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete elements in a safe manner.


Six ACP CodeMark certificates removed 

Building Controls Update 241 (12 November 2018)

Building Controls Update issue 241 gives important information about the withdrawal and revocation of six CodeMark certificates relating to aluminium composite panels (ACP).