Building controls update 109

Issue 21 – October 2010

Consultation on protection from fire, warning systems, protection from noise, signs and medium-density housing

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) is calling for submissions on proposed changes to:

  • protection from fire (code clause C)
  • warning systems (code clause F7)
  • protection from noise (code clause G6)
  • signs (code clause F8)
  • medium-density housing (protection from fire and noise).

The consultation period closes on 26 November 2010.

The proposed changes are part of the Government's drive to make it easier for everyone to access, understand, and comply with the New Zealand Building Code and hence to 'build it right first time'.

What is proposed?

The DBH is proposing changes to the New Zealand Building Code, Verification Methods and/or Acceptable Solutions for fire, noise, and signs. A new Acceptable Solution for fire and noise requirements in medium-density housing and a revised Acceptable Solution for warning systems are also proposed.

The proposals are intended to:

  • simplify and clarify fire design, while maintaining the current standard of fire safety; make the consent and inspection process more straightforward
  • align the Acceptable Solution for warning systems with the proposed changes for fire protection
  • improve the quality of life for apartment and multi-unit dwellers by reducing noise problems and align our standards to levels used in much of the world
  • modernise signage to bring New Zealand into line with international practice
  • make it easier to design good quality medium-density housing by bringing together essential information for fire safety and noise protection into a single document.

For more information or to ask a question call DBH on 0800 242 243 or email

Summarised from Building Controls Update 109, Department of Building and Housing, 8 September 2010.

Published in building.