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Product Certification (CodeMark)

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CodeMark: a certification scheme for building products

Product certification (CodeMark) is a voluntary scheme that provides an easily-understood and robust way to show that a building product or system meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

A CodeMark-certified product or construction method must be accepted by any building consent authority as complying with the Building Code, as long as it is used as specified.

Achieving CodeMark is of particular benefit to manufacturers and suppliers of products that are innovative, new to the market or would have serious consequences if they failed. CodeMark can also give them a clear marketing advantage.

Lower levels of product assurance may be enough for other building products or systems, especially if they are already well used and accepted in the New Zealand building industry.

The product certification scheme was established by the Building Act 2004 and is administered by the Department of Building and Housing. It has been developed jointly with the Australian Building Codes Board.

The scheme operates under the CodeMark brand name on both sides of the Tasman. However, products must still be certified separately for New Zealand and Australia because there are differences in the two countries’ building codes.