BRANZ has recently completed a website for universal design of new and existing homes in New Zealand.
BRANZ Maps, available free from the Toolbox on the BRANZ website, can be used to obtain information about a particular site.
The requirements for timber weatherboards are found in NZS 3602:2003 Timber and wood-based products for use in building Table 2, 2A.1, which covers permitted species, grade and/or treatment required and the maximum moisture content and applies to all weatherboards whether stained or painted.
There is a note in Table 8.5 of NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings that requires an additional trimming stud to lintels when using brick veneer cladding so that the wall ties have something solid to be fixed to.
The latest statistics for Weathertight claims are out. These show the total number of claims, claims progress in pie charts, and how many active claims are with each territorial authority.
The latest determinations are out.