Building and construction consultations

From time to time we seek public comment on a specific issue relating to the building industry through a formal consultation process. This page lists our consultations relating to building and construction.

Current consultations

To see what Building-related consultations are currently open go to Have your say(external link).

Closed consultations

To see all closed consultations relating to building go to Have your say(external link).

The following consultations are closed and will be available for 2 years from their close date.

To access older building and construction consultations, please contact our Building System Performance branch.

Contact us(external link) on the Building Performance website has our contact information.

Consultation proposing to publish a new edition of Fire Acceptable Solution – C/AS2 2018

Closed 30 November 2018

We are proposing to to publish a new edition of Fire Acceptable Solution – C/AS2.

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Consultation CodeMark Scheme Regulations

Closed 22 October 2018 

We are consulting on the following proposals to update and change the Building (Product Certification) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations) for the CodeMark Scheme (CodeMark).

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Statement of proposals for amending Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods 2018

Closed 21 September 2018

Consultation document: Proposals to amend Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods 2018 [PDF, 721 KB]

We proposed:

a) amending the following Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods, including changes to referenced Standards:

  • B1 Structure: B1/VM1
  • B2 Durability: B2/AS1
  • E2 External Moisture: E2/VM1, E2/AS1
  • G12 Water Supplies: G12/VM1, G12/AS1, G12/AS2
  • G13 Foul Water: G13/AS1, G13/VM2,G13/AS2, G13/AS3

b) revoking the Simple House Acceptable Solution SH/AS1.

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Fees review for electrical workers

Closed 20 July 2018

EWRB discussion document [PDF, 367 KB]

We consulted with licensed and registered electrical workers on a review of fees for all electrical workers registration and licensing.

After the last review of fees in 2013, fees for electrical workers were set to below cost to balance an accumulated surplus in the Electrical Workers’ account. This surplus resulted from over-recovering costs of activities. Once this surplus was reduced, it was necessary to increase fees for electrical workers to recover costs that were incurred due to lowering fees in 2013.

As well as this, we wanted to improve registration and licensing services, develop and enhance competency training, and maintain IT systems. While these initiatives will add new costs, they are necessary to deliver better value to electrical workers, and ensure they are best equipped to provide New Zealanders with safe and effective electrical work.

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Fees review for licensed building practitioners

Closed 20 July 2018

LBP discussion document [PDF, 369 KB]

We reviewed the fees and levy for the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme. We proposed increasing fees in a small number of categories to ensure the scheme can continue to run effectively and efficiently.

The fees and levy have not been changed since the scheme was introduced in 2007 and as the LBP scheme has continued to develop, costs of running the scheme have increased.

The proposed fees changes related to licence application and licence renewals. Assessment fees would remain unchanged, and are based on the class of the licence.

We also proposed removing the administration fee and introducing a new annual charge payable at the time of licence renewal. This annual charge would comprise a licence renewal fee and a levy.

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Intention to amend the Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings

Closed 26 February 2018

Consultation paper: Intention to amend the seismic assessment of existing buildings: Technical Guidelines for Engineering Assessments [PDF, 486 KB]

We proposed to amend 8 engineering equations in the Concrete Buildings section of the Seismic Assessments of Existing Buildings – Technical Guidelines for Engineering Assessments.

The amendments relate to seismic assessments of existing buildings constructed with reinforced concrete. They were identified as part of a review of the concrete buildings section of the Engineering Assessment Guidelines.

While this review is not complete, it's important the engineering sector and other interested people are aware of these amendments. The section is available from www.eq-assess.org.nz/part-c/c5/(external link).

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Building code verification method B1/VM1 update and proposed loop bar ban 2017

Closed 20 November 2017

Statement of proposal [PDF, 354 KB]

We proposed to:

  • update Verification Method for B1 Structure (B1/VM1) to cite the latest version of NZS 3101:2006 Concrete Structures Standard : Part 1–The Design of Concrete Structures, (ie Amendment 3)
  • update Verification Method for B1 Structure (B1/VM1) to replace sections of NZS 3404.1:1997 Steel Structures Standard to reflect current practice for steel fabrication and construction
  • ban the use of the loop bar (also known as ‘pigtail’) connection detail associated with the support of precast concrete flange-hung double-tee flooring units.

The proposed amendments were part of our response to the investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 14 November 2016 Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquakes and recommendations from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

Modifications to the referencing of NZS 3404.1:1997 are not related to the Statistics House investigation, but a timely update that will ensure B1/VM1 remains relevant to the steel industry.

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Fire safety residential community housing proposals

Closed on 11 September 2017

Draft design guide [PDF, 2.2 MB]

We consulted on the fire safety residential community housing design guide, taking into account the differing needs of occupants.

The proposed design guide was developed following stakeholder feedback on the 2012 edition of revised Acceptable Solution C/AS1-7. Stakeholders noted that the current Acceptable Solution C/AS3 provided a ‘one size fits all’ approach, without considering the differing levels of care and mobility of occupants in residential community housing and their ability to self-evacuate in the event of a fire. The stakeholders considered this to increase costs and reduce amenity value.

A categorisation method was developed in the proposed Design Guide that takes into account the differing needs of occupants and each category has a gradual increase in the level of fire safety.

We received input from Community Housing Aotearoa, NZ Disability Support Network, Disabled Persons Assembly, Housing NZ, Ministry of Heath, Accessible Properties, the New Zealand Fire Service and building control officials to develop this proposed Design Guide.

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Fire safety proposals

Closed 14 July 2017

Consultation document [PDF, 1.2 MB]

We consulted on the following proposals aimed at improving fire safety regulations for New Zealand buildings:

  • increased flexibility in the use of internal surface finishes
  • clarify Building Code requirements for structural performance in fire
  • update the Verification Method and include more safeguards for tall buildings
  • support Alternative Solutions for fire designs by issuing guidance.

The new proposals were aimed at making fire safety requirements easier to understand and apply, promoting innovation in fire safety engineering and design, and supporting collaboration between building professionals.

We received input from the New Zealand Fire Service, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, building control officials and architects. We worked with international fire engineering experts to develop the proposals.

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Earthquake-prone building regulations and methodology

Closed February 2017

Discussion document: Proposals for Regulations under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 [PDF, 900 KB]

We consulted on the regulations and a methodology to set a new approach for identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings.

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Pool inspection and retailer notices

Closed 21 October 2016

Consultation document: Regulatory instruments under the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill consultation document [PDF, 481 KB]

We consulted on proposed requirements to be made by regulatory instruments under the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill. These requirements were:

  • manufacturer and retailer notices
  • fees we will charge independently qualified pool inspectors (IQPIs)
  • certificates of period inspection for IQPIs.

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The Bill proposes to repeal the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and instead include pool safety provisions in the Building Act 2004.

Read the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill(external link)