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New BRANZ resources and publications


New medium-density housing fact sheet



Build Magazine issue 165 published


  • Issue 165 of Build Magazine has now been published. The two main feature areas for this issue are medium-density housing and the future is now (looking at the use of technology in the building industry, including robotics and artificial intelligence).


  • The practical technical information in this issue covers the following areas.


    1. Off-the-form concrete surface finishes;
    2. Pressure on air seals;
    3. Veranda rafter fixings;
    4. Roof to wall junction detail; and
    5. Lifts in houses.


New and withdrawn bulletins


  • Three new bulletins have been published:



Guideline March 2018



    1. Gas hob clearances and splashbacks;
    2. Relocating and/or relocatable buildings;
    3. Coating smooth surfaces;
    4. Winder stairs and handrails; and
    5. Extra high wind zones - additional requirements for low-risk buildings.


 Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Amendment to verification method B1/VM1


  • On 3 April 2018 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published an amendment to B1/VM1 (amendment 16) and issued a warning about the use of loop bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units. See Codewords 83 for more details.  


Loop bar warning


  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a warning about the use of loop bar details (that do not comply with NZS 3101 Concrete Structures Standard) in flange-hung, double-tee precast concrete flooring units. More information can be found in Building Controls Update 230.


New standard published - SNZ TS 3404:2018



 Other news and publications


Pathways to compliance - for products, building designs and methods



New Fire Safety design guide launched



New Asbestos Quick Guides


  • Worksafe New Zealand has published 4 new asbestos safety quick guides, aimed primarily at the building and construction industry - working with or near asbestos - guides for builders, electricians, painters and plumbers.