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Sector consultation on proposed revision to NZS 3910:2013 – scope definition

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Standards New Zealand has been commissioned by the New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC), with the support of government agencies, to develop a scope for revising NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for buildings and civil engineering construction. A preliminary scoping workshop was held in Wellington on 23 November 2020 to consider the potential scope of a revision. We are now undertaking sector wide consultation and are seeking input via a short survey, so any revision to NZS 3910 will be widely accepted and fit for purpose.

 

Public consultation open for timber standards NZS 3640 and NZS 3602

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A second round of public consultation on the draft revisions of NZS 3640:2003 Preservation of timber and wood-based products (DZ 3640) and NZS 3602:2003 Timber and wood based products for use in buildings (DZ 3602) has opened. Individuals, organisations, and the wider building and construction sector are encouraged to have their say on the drafts. Public consultation will close on 23 August, 2019.

December articles

  • Sector consultation on proposed revision to NZS 3910:2013 – scope definition

    Standards New Zealand has been commissioned by the New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC), with the support of government agencies, to develop a scope for revising NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for buildings and civil engineering construction. A preliminary scoping workshop was held in Wellington on 23 November 2020 to consider the potential scope of a revision. We are now undertaking sector wide consultation and are seeking input via a short survey, so any revision to NZS 3910 will be widely accepted and fit for purpose.

     

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  • Insulation standard now available for free download on Standards NZ website

    The building insulation standard NZS 4246:2016 is sponsored for free download and is now available on the Standards NZ website. This helps landlords comply with insulation regulations under the healthy homes standards introduced earlier this year.

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November articles

  • Timber standard NZS 3604 being revised - experts invited

    New Zealand's main standard for the design and construction of timber-framed buildings, NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, is being revised. Standards New Zealand is in the process of managing the formation of a standards development committee and technical experts interested in participating on working groups are invited to register their interest.

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August articles

  • Public consultation open for timber standards NZS 3640 and NZS 3602

    A second round of public consultation on the draft revisions of NZS 3640:2003 Preservation of timber and wood-based products (DZ 3640) and NZS 3602:2003 Timber and wood based products for use in buildings (DZ 3602) has opened. Individuals, organisations, and the wider building and construction sector are encouraged to have their say on the drafts. Public consultation will close on 23 August, 2019.

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  • 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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July articles

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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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

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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