MBIE and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) have jointly released two new geotechnical engineering guidance documents as part of the Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Practice series.
How water pipes under slabs are installed depends on the compliance path being used – AS/NZS 3500.4:2015 Plumbing and drainage – Part 4: Heated water services or Acceptable Solution G12/AS1.
Within a set of construction documents, the designer should have clearly identified the materials and components to be used in the building.
Seismic restraint details for storage water heaters are given in:
Screw bolts are a commonly used option for the fixing of bottom plates or bracing panel hold-downs to a concrete slab or foundation wall.
The recent Kaikoura earthquake is a timely reminder of the need to ensure good performance of non-structural and secondary structural elements.
Standards New Zealand and the P2295 committee are seeking feedback on a draft amendment to NZS 2295:2206 Pliable, permeable building underlays.
MBIE has published Amendment 14 to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods for Building Code clause B1. The amendment clarifies how testing of Grade 500E ductile steel mesh must meet AS/NZS 4671:2001 Steel reinforcing materials.
MBIE is seeking feedback on proposed new Acceptable Solutions to support changes to residential pool barrier requirements made by the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016.
At its meeting on 1 November 2016, the committee developing the standard (NZS 8510) received a presentation from the toxicologist who was the lead author of a report to the Ministry of Health.