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New BRANZ resources and publications


Building Basics Series: Your Business

The second edition of Your Business in the  Building Basics Series has been published. This book outlines the key things a builder starting their own business needs to think about - many of which are legal requirements. This revised edition reflects changes to legislation since the first edition was published.


Build Magazine Issue 171

The 1 April 2019 issue of Build Magazine has been published. The two features in this issue are passive fire protection and building information modelling (BIM). The Build Right area of the magazine has an article on site management of framing materials and the Design Right area of the magazine discusses head flashings, hydraulic neutrality and understanding the differences between air barriers and vapour barriers.


Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Draft standard for comment - Steel for the reinforcement of concrete

DR AS/NZS 4671:2019 is open for comment. The closing date for comments is 31/05/2019. 


Consultation on far-reaching building sector reforms to open in April 2019

In early April, MBIE will release a discussion paper detailing proposed reforms for the building sector. The reforms aim to address a number of long-standing problems in the building sector ranging from low productivity and inefficient practices and processes, to skills and labour shortages, to poor health and safety. See Codewords 89 for more information.


Other news and publications 


Healthy homes standards gazetted

The final healthy homes standards were announced on 13 May and are now available on the New Zealand legislation website. The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties and will be law from 1 July 2019.


The first NZ Wood Deign Guide has launched

The Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association (WPMA) has announced the launch of its first NZ Wood Design Guide called Fire Design Guide. The next guide that will be published is the Prefabrication Guide, which is currently out for public comment.


New Zealand Metal Roofing Manufacturers Code of Practice

The NZ Metal Roofing Manufacturers (MRM) have published version 3.0 of the NZ Metal Roof and Wall Cladding Code of Practice. The new version was published on 1 February 2019.


Fire performance of external wall cladding systems

A new guidance document has been published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) called "Fire performance of external wall cladding systems". The guidance is a response to significant high rise fire events around the world. MBIE has reviewed current methods used to demonstrate compliance of external wall cladding systems with building regulations' fire safety objectives.