The building code is contained in the first schedule of the building regulations.  Building regulations are made under and in accordance with the Building Act 2004 (the Act).

The building code sets out performance standards that all building work must meet. It covers aspects such as stability, durability, fire safety, access, moisture, safety of users, services and facilities and energy efficiency which are set out in 37 separate technical building code clauses.  Three additional building code clauses contain general provisions such as classified uses, interpretation and building importance levels.

The 37 technical building code clauses are performance based, which means that buildings must perform in accordance with each of the relevant building code clauses.  Each of the 37 technical building code clauses contains:

  1. Objectives - The social objective that completed building work must achieve
  2. Functional requirements - What the completed building work must do to satisfy the social objective
  3. Performance criteria - Qualitative or quantitative criteria with which buildings must comply in their intended use.

All building work in NZ must comply with the building code, whether a building consent is required for the building work or not.

Each of the 37 technical building code clauses also has an associated document containing technical solutions called Compliance Documents which contain Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.  If building work is carried out in accordance with a Compliance Document the work is deemed to comply with the building code.

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