Leaky Homes in Nelson….

August 1st, 2011

So it seems, yes there are some.

Today’s update (in part here) from the Dept, officially termed “Building Controls Update No.116: Changes to Structure and External Moisture Building Code “ is meant to document just exactly whats going down with relevant changes to the building code.

Published today, Nelson valuers Duke and Cooke  in their weekly regional property update quote …..


and they quote an article from our local paper (front page news actually) in which the “Nelson Mail” headlined….as per the photo.

Here’s what the Dept mentioned today….

Changes to Structure and External Moisture Building Code documents

The Department is introducing changes today to key Building Code documents dealing with Structure (Code clause B1) and External Moisture (Code clause E2). The changes bring the documents in line with the latest Standards, reflect the latest studies and research, respond to changes in building practices and broaden the range of solutions available.

Important documents that the majority of designers and builders use day-to-day, like NZS 3604 and Acceptable Solution E2/AS1, are affected by the changes, which address foundations, structure and the building envelope.

Other documents relate to steel-framed housing, seismic performance of engineering systems in buildings, barriers, and the weathertightness of concrete and concrete masonry construction.

If you work with any of these materials or building elements, you need to be informed about these changes, and read the attached questions and answers about them.

The changes take effect today, on 1 August 2011, with a transition period through to 31 January 2012. During the transition period there will be two Acceptable Solutions or Verification Methods – the old document and the revised one. From 1 February 2012 only the new versions apply.

The Department is planning education on the changes during the transition period.

Consultation in November 2010 to February 2011 drew broad support for the proposals. We thank all those who took the time to make submissions on the proposals, and contributed to their final development.

We urge building officials and practitioners to become familiar with the new versions of these Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods, which can be downloaded at www.dbh.govt.nz/compliance-documents. The barrier guidance document will also be available shortly on the Department’s website (www.dbh.govt.nz)

So there you go, and so, via the latest update I have from the Dept

…. here are the official stats.