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New BRANZ resources and publications


Passive design

The second edition of the LEVEL Sustainability Series book Passive Design has been completely updated.  The knowledge coming from BRANZ research in recent years has been included, and new building products or materials have been considered.  There is new information in areas such as insulation, warm roofs and thermal mass, and resources such as Window Energy Efficiency Rating Systems (WEERS) that can be employed to improve the performance and sustainability of our dwellings. The book is $36.00 and the ePUB is $30.00.


Two new External Research Reports published

Two new External Research Reports have been published:


Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Building system legislative reform programme - summary of submissions

Submissions closed on 21 June 2019. Click here to read a summary of submissions and a discussion paper. 


Public consultation is open for NZS 3640 and NZS 3602

A second round of public consultation on the draft revisions of NZS 3640:2003 Preservation of timber and wood-based products (DZ 3640) and NZS 3602:2003 Timber and wood based products for use in buildings (DZ 3602) has opened. Individuals, organisations, and the wider building and construction sector are encouraged to have their say on the drafts. Public consultation will close for feedback on 23 August, 2019. Click here for more information.


MBIE funds over 120 building standards for free download

To remove barriers to achieving compliance in the building system, over 120 building standards are now available for free download. See Building Controls Update 250 for more information.


NZ Metal Roof and Wall Cladding Code of Practice (COP) updated

The MRM Code of Practice was updated on 1 August 2019. The following major revisions have been made:

  • The main clause Testing has been substantially revised to give more practical guidance for testing in accordance with the NZ MRM COP;
  • The main clause Safety has been substantially revised and updated to reflect the HSWA 2015;
  • The sub-clause Fixing Aluminium has been substantially revised to better reflect good trade practices and manufacturers' recommendations.

There have also been a number of other less significant changes.


Other news and publications 


New determinations

Links to a new set of determinations have been added - 2019/021 - 2019/029.


Reform of vocational education

The Government has announced the reform of the vocational education and training system in New Zealand - see the new announcement website for more information.