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BuiltReady guidance released

Faster consents possible.

MBIE has released new and updated documents and step-by-step guides for BuiltReady, the voluntary certification scheme for modular components. Products with BuiltReady certification must be accepted as being Building Code-compliant by building consent authorities (BCAs).

MBIE says that: “A BCA will only need to assess and inspect non-modular building work such as foundations and site work, which could significantly reduce the consent processing time and associated costs.”

BuiltReady certification can be used in conjunction with MultiProof and the CodeMark product certification scheme. MBIE says that BuiltReady manufacture-only certification used in conjunction with a Multiproof design for a whole building could reduce the consent timeframe to 10 working days.

You can find more details here.




Benefits of greenery around housing

Health gains identified.

American researchers compared health data on two groups of 60 million people, specifically related to Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and Parkinson’s disease. They then looked at the amount of greenery, park space, lakes, rivers and ponds where the participants lived. All the types of nature exposure were associated with a decreased risk of Parkinson's hospitalisations, and more green space was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's.
While the diseases selected might seem very specific, neurological disorders such as these are a leading cause of disability and one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

    The findings are just the most recent in a considerable body of research showing that green spaces in the areas we live can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health.

    You can find more details here.




    Waste management planning to be mandatory

    Building Act amendments coming.

    The Government has announced a series of proposed amendments to the Building Act to help the country achieve its climate change goals.

    The changes will include:

    • making it mandatory for a waste minimisation plan to be prepared for certain building or demolition work
    • making energy performance ratings mandatory for new and existing public, industrial and large multi-storey apartment buildings
    • changing the principles and purposes of the Building Act, to clarify that climate change is a key consideration

    A bill introducing the changes will be introduced to Parliament in 2023. The changes will be phased in over time.

      You can find more details about the details here.




      Government extends healthy homes deadlines

      An extra year given to comply.

      The Government has pushed out the deadlines for final compliance with the healthy homes standards that apply to rental housing:

      • Between 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2025, all private rentals must comply with the healthy homes standards within certain timeframes depending on when the new tenancy starts or is renewed. (The final deadline for private housing was originally set as 1 July 2024.)
      • All houses rented by Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) and registered Community Housing Providers must comply by 1 July 2024 (previously 1 July 2023).

      You can find more details about the details here.




      BRANZ H1 tools updated

      Resources to aid compliance.

      A range of updated tools and resources to help industry comply with H1/AS1 and H1/VM1 5th edition, Amendment 1, has started being uploaded to the BRANZ website.

      The resources available right now include:

      • H1 Calculation Method Tool
      • H1 Schedule Method Tool
      • Construction R-values for common construction options. This is available as a spreadsheet for PCs, with a Mac version coming soon.

      The Construction R-values tool is the first element to be released from the 6th edition of the BRANZ House Insulation Guide. Coming shortly is the full online text of the Guide, and a video giving user guidance.

      You can find more details and download the tools from the BRANZ website.