Building standards provide best practice guidance

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A diverse range of businesses use standards to keep our homes and buildings safe. This article looks at standards that provide best practice guidance for the building industry.

There are over 650 building-related New Zealand standards. Many provide guidance for designers and builders on how to comply with the New Zealand Building Code – all of which benefit industry and New Zealand communities.

Building standards cover many areas including contractual arrangements, timber-framed buildings, windows, insulation, access, managing flood risk, and building terms.

  • Contractual arrangements – three standards help those in the building sector to establish contractual arrangements that deliver a wide variety of building and civil engineering projects:
    • NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction
    • NZS 3916:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering – Design and construct
    • NZS 3917:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering – Fixed term.
  • Owner’s building contract agreements – NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract provides a standard form of building contract agreement for owners who are making their own building arrangements. NZS 3902 now contains an electronic Microsoft Word form that can be filled in by all parties to the contract. The Word form contains an update of Section 3 of NZS 3902, which is used for the contract details.
  • Timber-framed buildings – NZS 3604:2011 provides the building sector with the most cost-effective, efficient way for designing, building, and inspecting a house, to meet the performance requirements of the Building Code.
  • Windows – NZS 4211:2008 Specification for performance of windows provides a specification for testing so that windows can be labelled as complying with predefined wind zones.
  • Thermal insulation – NZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings specifies the thermal insulation requirements for housing and small buildings.
  • Improving access – the iBook Improving Access for People with Disabilities helps DIYers and tradespeople to improve building access for people with disabilities. It is based on NZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility – Buildings and associated facilities, SNZ HB 4102:2011 Safety in the home, and MBIE’s Building work that does not require building consent. Building Act 2004. Third edition 2014.
  • Managing flood risk – NZS 9401:2008 ensures local authorities, central government, communities, engineers, and developers consider all elements of flood risk when making important land use decisions.
  • Building terms – iBook Glossary of building terms offers NZMP 4212:1998 Glossary of building terminology in iBook format from iTunes.

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