Building regulator sponsors public access for five building standards and a handbook


MBIE’s building regulator has sponsored five commonly used building standards and a handbook. Providing this access is another way MBIE is making the building system easier to use and will help people to do the right thing.

Practitioners have told MBIE’s building regulator the cost of standards can be a barrier for them to follow the rules. It is hoped sponsoring these standards will lead to better practices, safer homes and buildings, and increased compliance with the Building Code.

MBIE’s new building-specific search engine Building CodeHub is another tool making it easier to access standards and other resources for designing and constructing buildings that comply with the Building Code.

The sponsored building standards and handbook which can now be downloaded from the Standards New Zealand website are:

  • NZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility – Buildings and associated facilities provides solutions for making buildings and facilities accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
  • NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract is a plain English standard building contract.
  • NZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings helps establish the levels of thermal insulation for houses and small buildings.
  • NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses provides information about the placement and audibility of smoke alarms.
  • NZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs describes barriers for residential pools including ways to assess their strength.
  • SNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011 is a handbook that contains figures and tables to help design and construct timber-framed buildings up to three storeys high.

You can access the standards from the Standards New Zealand website, or from Building CodeHub.

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