Investigations and reviews for safer buildings

We want New Zealand to have safe, healthy, durable homes and buildings. This page provides information about our investigations and reviews for safer buildings.

We need buildings that are fit for purpose and comply with the relevant building standards and requirements. To achieve this, we develop fit-for-purpose regulation that ensures public safety and good quality homes and buildings.

In this section

Building failure investigations

This section sets out information about the investigation of building failures under the Building Act 2004.

Securing unreinforced masonry building parapets and facades

On 28 February 2017 the Government introduced a new requirement for owners of certain unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to secure street-facing parapets and facades, in response to the 2016 Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquakes.

Protection from fire

We provide policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, rules and standards, and implement building legislation and regulations. This includes the New Zealand Building Code and its supporting documents, including Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.

New system for managing earthquake-prone buildings

On 1 July 2017 a new system for managing earthquake-prone buildings took effect under the Building Act 2004.