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Public consultation on timber standards NZS 3640 and NZS 3602

Powelltown Sawmill Logs

Public consultation on the draft revisions of NZS 3640 Chemical preservation of round and sawn timber and NZS 3602 Timber and wood based products for use in buildings ends on 6 April 2018. Please submit your feedback on the two drafts through the public consultation process.

Shake-up following Kaikoura

Queensgate Shopping Centre cinema demolition December 2016

A construction detail is under the microscope and changes have been made to the standard for concrete construction, NZS 3101.1&2:2006, after the poor performance of some mid-level buildings in the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.

April articles

  • Loop bar warning from MBIE

    MBIE has issued a warning about the use of loop bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units, and published an amendment to Verification Method B1/VM1. The warning and amendment are part of MBIE’s response to the investigation into the performance of Statistics House and the Canterbury earthquakes.

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  • First company accredited by IANZ to test meth-contaminated properties

    Hawke's Bay company Drug Smart has become the first in New Zealand to gain IANZ accreditation to test for methamphetamine contamination. In 2017, Standards New Zealand published a new standard NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties, which required rigorous validation of sampling kits and proof of appropriately trained samplers. Drug Smart is the first company to be IANZ accredited under NZS 8510:2017.

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The building sector

Standards New Zealand was originally established in 1932, following the Napier earthquake, to develop building standards. Involvement in the sector is still as strong as ever. By working closely with the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment, many Standards New Zealand documents are listed as Approved Solutions to the Building Code.

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