Building Compliance Terminology

Building compliance is primarily concerned with protecting the people who enter your building by ensuring the safety and essential systems operate as intended.As you probably know the compliance industry has a language all of its own. There are so many acronyms and specialist terms that we thought it wmay be helpful to share some, roughly in the order that you might encounter them over the life of a building.

Building Compliance Jargon

The Building Act 2004

The Building Act 2004 is the legislation that governs the building industry in New Zealand. Contained within the Building Act 2004 are the duties for building owners and managers.

The New Zealand Building Code
The building code gives guidance on how a building and its components must perform. It does not prescribe how the building must be designed or constructed.

Building Consent
A building consent is the formal approval to undertake building work.

Code Compliance Certificate (CCC)
A Code Compliance Certificate confirms that the completed work complies with the building consent.

Compliance Schedule
A Compliance Schedule lists the safety and essential systems in a building and the procedures to inspect report and maintain them.

Compliance Schedule Statement (CSS)
A Compliance Schedule Statement is issued as temporary public notification for the first 12 months after a building is completed. It is then replaced, providing compliance is met, by the first building warrant of fitness.

Form 12A
A 12A is a certificate issued for each safety or essential system. It states that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures listed on the compliance schedule have been complied with for the previous 12 months.

Building Warrant of Fitness (Form 12)
A BWOF is issued after a 12A certificate has been collected for each safety and essential system listed on the Compliance Schedule. It states that the requirements of the compliance schedule have been met for the previous 12 months.

Certificate for public use (CPU)
A certificate of public use certifies that premises affected by building work are safe to be used by the public.

Notice to fix
A notice to fix is a statutory notice requiring a person to remedy a breach of the Building Act 2004.

Independent Qualified Person (IQP)
An IQP is a person approved to inspect certain compliance schedule items and to ensure that the necessary maintenance occurs. The “Independent” description means the person has no financial interest in the building, other than being contracted to undertake the work.

Building Consent Authority (BCA)
Territorial Authorities and councils are to become registered as Building Consent Authorities. BCAs will be responsible for the issuing of all consents, code compliance certificates, notices to fix and compliance schedules.

Strengthening MBIE’s role as building regulator

A recent review showed Building System Performance (BSP) is the regulatory system within MBIE that needs the most attention to improve performance. Following that review, BSP is being transformed to shape the building regulatory system to meet New Zealand’s current and future needs.

General Manager BSP Anna Butler says, “The work MBIE and BSP does matters – building and construction make a significant contribution to our nation’s economy and social wellbeing.”

See the full article on the MBIE Website.

Minimal compliance on quake standards

By Phil Pennington for Radio NZ.

Fewer than 34 multi-storey New Zealand buildings have fully complied with earthquake restraints standards since they were introduced in 1983, including in the Christchurch rebuild, says Restraints specialist Terry Johnson, of Masterton.

Johnson consulted on the Christchurch justice precinct project and said as far as he knew only two of the buildings in the whole rebuild were up to the NZS4219 restraints standard.

Ceilings and services – pipes, ducts, heavy air-conditioning units and the like – were heavily damaged in the Christchurch 2011 and Wellington 2013 and 2016 earthquakes, such as at the BNZ Harbour Quays and Statistics New Zealand quayside buildings.

Typically, such damage accounts for up 70 percent of the cost of repairs after a quake.

Read the full Radio NZ article.

Image is BNZ corporate office, Pipitea, Wellington. Photo: Screenshot / GoogleMaps

Call to consolidate building compliance

Zaryd Wilson for the Wanganui Chronicle

Mainstreet Whanganui has called for a one-stop shop to help landlords understand building compliance requirements. The organisation, which represents businesses and property owners within Whanganui’s central business district, says each particular area of compliance involved dealing with a different organisation or department.

Mainstreet acting chairman Peter Robinson told the Whanganui District Council’s statutory management committee that owners often had to deal with a raft of issues including resource consent, building consent, fire regulations and heritage rules. The organisation wanted a working group formed to help building owners understand what was required of them.

Read the full article in the NZ Herald.