Have an enjoyable break
On behalf of the Standards Council and all of us here at Standards New Zealand, I would like to wish you an enjoyable, relaxing, and safe holiday season. Thank you for your support during 2014 and we look forward to working with you again in 2015 … more
New Building Regulations come into force 1 January 2015
This month, the Government released the new Building (Residential Consumer Rights and Remedies) Regulations 2014 which will come into force on 1 January 2015. They contain new consumer protection measures which are outlined in Part 4A of the Building Act 2004 … more
Submissions on the Standards and Accreditation Bill
The Commerce select committee is receiving submissions on the Standards and Accreditation Bill until 15 January 2015 … more
We have several tips in Touchstone this month on safety over the holiday break. These include playground safety for children; making sure you buy an effective sunscreen; and the benefits of using safety glass over untreated glass.
New standard on recommended practices for electronic storage of information
A new standard AS/NZS ISO 15801:2014 Document management –Information stored electronically – Recommendations for trustworthiness and reliability defines recommended practices for electronic storage of business or other information in an electronic form. As such, complying with its recommendations is of value to organisations even when the trustworthiness of the stored information is not being challenged … more
Amendment to NZS 3122 – Specification for Portland and blended cements (General and special purpose)
We have just published an amendment to NZS 3122. This amendment introduces requirements for sampling and testing to cover all Portland and blended cements supplied into the New Zealand market. It covers properties, test method, source, and frequency. A provision has been added to restrict the total alkali content to assist in reducing the risk of damage from Alkali Silica Reaction … more
Standards out for public comment
We have several draft joint household and similar electrical appliances and electric motor-operated hand-held tools standards out for public comment and a New Zealand standard DZ8100:2014 Dairy herd testing.
Publications in early 2015
In early 2015, we plan to publish a number of revised standards including NZS 4246 Energy efficiency – Installing insulation in residential buildings and NZS 2403 Code of practice for deep geothermal wells.