Update from the NZSE


Welcome to my August update.

Call for information on timber treatments

As I mentioned last month, we have 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 to be included in the revised standard. This will enable compliance with B2 Durability of the New Zealand Building Code. There is more information on this in Touchstone as well as a link to the page where you can make comment. We look forward to hearing from you. 

And feedback sought on ductile steel mesh testing

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. 

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods are issued by MBIE and provide one way of demonstrating compliance with the relevant clauses of the Building Code. 

The proposed changes are part of MBIE’s work to ensure Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods reflect the latest research, knowledge and building practices. There is more in Touchstone and a link to the consultation document.

Update on development of standard for testing and remediation of methamphetamine in residential properties

The committee that is developing the new standard (NZS 8510) held its third meeting on 23 August 2016 in Wellington. The committee heard from two guest presenters, considered comments on the first working draft of the standard, and discussed further developments on key parts of the standard being prepared by the five working groups of the committee. There is more in Touchstone.

ISO General Assembly, China

Next month I will be attending the annual meeting of members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which is being held in Beijing, China this year. We will be hosted by the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC). 

As well as the more formal aspects of the ISO General Assembly, such as the election of Council members for the 2017 – 2019 term and the election of the next ISO President, the meeting will encompass sharing ideas and interacting with member bodies from around the world. The theme for this year is ‘Standards promote world connectivity’. There is more information on the ISO website.

I will be in touch again in September.

Best wishes

Carmen Mak


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