Building-related standards

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Building System Performance) has sponsored the following building-related standards to be available to view online at no charge.

NZS 4121-2001 coverNZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility: Buildings and associated facilities

This standard provides designers with workable solutions that meet the requirements for making buildings and facilities accessible to and usable by people with disabilities, and which integrate them into the overall building design. It provides a way of complying with the New Zealand Building Code performance criteria related to providing access and facilities for persons with disabilities.

Download the New Zealand standard NZS 4121:2001 [PDF, 3.6 MB]

Copyright in NZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility: Buildings and associated facilities is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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NZS 3902-2004 coverNZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract

This is a 'plain English' standard building contract for use by property owners who want to engage someone to build their house or to undertake alterations or other building work of a simple nature. It is intended to be fair and clearly understood and sets out the rights and responsibilities for all parties.

If you’re a homeowner doing building or renovating that will cost $30,000 or more (including GST), you must have a written contract with your building contractor.

Even if the work costs less than $30,000, it’s a good idea to always have a written contract so that you are legally protected and know what you’re paying for.

Download the New Zealand standard NZS 3902:2004 [ZIP, 2.5 MB]

Copyright in NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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NZS 4218-2009 coverNZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings

This standard helps establish the levels of thermal insulation for houses and small buildings. When read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution H1/AS1, it provides a way of complying with the New Zealand Building Code for the thermal insulation of houses for energy efficiency.

Insulating your home is the most effective thing you can do to keep it warm and save energy and money. If you are looking to build or renovate, you need to make sure any new work complies with the insulation requirements set out in the Building Code. It is often worth spending a little extra and exceeding the minimum Building Code requirements to make your home as warm and comfortable as it can be.

Download the New Zealand standard NZS 4218:2009 [PDF, 2 MB]

Download Acceptable Solution H1/AS1 (external link)

Copyright in NZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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NZS 4514-2009 coverNZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses

Smoke alarms save lives. They are mandatory in residential tenancies. Smoke alarms are likely to be required by any building consent to alter a building containing one or more household units.

This standard provides important information about the placement and audibility of smoke alarms. When read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution F7/AS1 it provides a way of complying with the New Zealand Building Code requirements for warning systems in household units. It also provides information about installing and commissioning externally powered interconnected smoke alarms, which provide a more robust warning system than battery-powered smoke alarms.

Download the New Zealand standard NZS 4514:2009 as a PDF [PDF, 2.4 MB] or view NZS 4514:2009 online

Download Acceptable Solution F7/AS1 (external link)

Copyright in NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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NZS 8500-2006 coverNZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs

Barriers to residential pools reduce drowning of young children, by restricting unsupervised access.

This standard includes methods of assessing the strength of pool barriers. To use these methods to verify compliance with the New Zealand Building Code for residential pool barriers, they must be read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution F9/AS1

Download the New Zealand standard NZS 8500:2006 [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Download Acceptable Solution F9/AS1 (external link)

Copyright in NZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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SNZ HB 3604-2011 coverSNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011

If you are familiar with common methods and details for designing and constructing timber-framed buildings, this handbook will provide a useful reference. It contains a collection of figures and tables extracted from NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, with some associated text. This information is commonly used in the design and construction of timber-framed buildings up to three storeys in height including residential buildings, garages, and decks.

However, you should always refer to the full standard when you require detailed and complete information. When the full standard is read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 it provides a way of complying with the New Zealand Building Code requirements for the structure of certain timber-framed buildings.

Download handbook for Timber-framed buildings SNZ HB 3604:2011 [PDF, 11 MB]

Download Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 (external link)

Copyright in SNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011 is Crown copyright, administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under copyright licence LN001256.

You are permitted to view and print this standard free of charge (subject to printing costs) for your own use. You are not permitted to reproduce or distribute any part of it without prior written permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, unless your actions are covered by Part 3 of the Copyright Act 1994 (external link)

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