Building news

BOINZ forum highlights future of standards for building and construction

BOINZ2018 booth

Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) held its Senior Building Control Officers’ (SBCO) Forum this month at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre with a group from Standards New Zealand in attendance. The annual forum is designed to bring together SBCOs to share information, discuss current issues, and identify solutions, using a mixture of case studies, expert panels, and presentations on technical content.

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.

September articles

  • Withdrawal of steel standard

    The New Zealand Standards Approval Board revoked NZS 3404.1:2009 Steel structures standard – Part 1: Materials, fabrication, and construction at its meeting on 5 September 2018 following a request from the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) and supported by the Building System Performance branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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August articles

  • BOINZ forum highlights future of standards for building and construction

    Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) held its Senior Building Control Officers’ (SBCO) Forum this month at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre with a group from Standards New Zealand in attendance. The annual forum is designed to bring together SBCOs to share information, discuss current issues, and identify solutions, using a mixture of case studies, expert panels, and presentations on technical content.

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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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March articles

February articles

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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