Building Code Updates
The Building codes are currently under review. Outlined are a list of the common interest points, whereby the public can offer suggestions and the development of performance requirements can be addressed for future reference:
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- Ensuring that peoples health, safety and well being are enhanced, not diminished, by the buildings they use.
- Address how buildings function as a whole rather than as a collection of individual building elements and features.
- Consider the “whole of Lifecycle” ofa building from construction, running and maintaining through to demolition.
- Consider how buildings may respond to climate change.
- Look how buildings can function effectively within the environment in which they are constructed.
- Aiming to avoid unintended consequences from the changes we are considering.
- Ensure that the Code will continue to encourage innovation.
- Consider how thw building performance standards contribute to economic and social wellbeing.
- Variability and uncertainty in construction processes, as`determined by load standards.
- Safety in use (issues around hot surfaces and substances, slipping, tripping, falling, drowning or collisions). Exposure to high levels of sound from fire and other alarms used for evacuation.
- Indoor Climate (issues including air control, moisture control).
- Sanitation including wastewater disposal, solid waste disposal, industrial liquid waste disposal, personal hygiene, laundering, food preperation, and water supplies. This also includes protection of water supply, distinguishing between drinking and non drinking water systems, and prevention of harmful organisms in stored heated water.
- Features for wellbeing and physical independence. (wayfinding) (Access to,within, and from a building). Protection from noise.
- Buildings with cultural, historical or heritage value.
- Avoidance of Tsunami and flooding (changes to AEP rating 1 (1 in 100 year flood).
- Classifying buildings for tolerable impacts.
- Conservation and efficiency of non-renewable energy for heating water, space and for lighting.
- Promotion of the use of renewable energy and energy-efficient design.
- Conservation and efficient use of materials.
- Minimising waste and promoting recycling.
- Encouraging the use of sustainable materials.