The committee that is developing the new standard (NZS 8510) held its third meeting on 23 August 2016 in Wellington.
MBIE is seeking feedback on proposed updates to one of the Acceptable Solutions and the Verification Method for Building Code clause B1, in relation to testing of 500E ductile steel mesh.
All rental houses must now have compliant smoke alarms. MBIE Tenancy Services expects every landlord and tenant to comply with their obligations.
One of the significant changes to the Residential Tenancies Act is that the government now has greater powers to prosecute landlords whose property breaches basic housing standards.
A key change to the Residential Tenancies Act to help with warmer, drier, safer rental homes is the insulation requirements.
MBIE Tenancy Services and New Zealand Property Investors Federation are holding seminars around New Zealand to educate landlords on the recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Proposed changes to the fencing of swimming pools legislation include mandatory pool inspections, changes to spa pool barrier requirements and new enforcement powers for territorial authorities (councils).
Standards New Zealand has begun work to revise NZS 3640:2003 Chemical Preservation of Round and Sawn Timber and we are calling for information on new treatments and for any amendments to existing treatments.