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Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods provide ways to establish compliance with the performance requirements of the Building Code. The Acceptable Solutions do this by giving specific construction details that are deemed to provide Building Code compliance. The Verification Methods provide methods of testing or calculation that will result in Building Code compliance.

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods are published together in separate documents that each relate to a particular clause or clauses of the Building Code.

'Compliance Document’ had a particular meaning in the Building Act 2004 in relation to documents issued by MBIE. However, through an amendment to the Act in November 2013, that collective term was replaced by the terms ‘acceptable solution’ and ‘verification method’.

Acceptable solutions (AS) and verification methods (VM) had already been in existence within the compliance documents issued by MBIE.

‘Compliance Documents’ will continue to be available until they are updated. The acceptable solutions and verification methods they contain will continue to be an acceptable standard of compliance with the Building Code.

MBIE may change Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods at any time. You should check the record of amendments for these changes, or MBIE's publications Codewords and Building Controls Update.

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The documents relating to each Building Code clause, containing the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods for that clause, are arranged alphabetically. The Backcountry Huts and the Simple House Acceptable Solutions are given after Clause H1 ‘Energy Efficiency’.

Quick links to current Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

B1 Structure | B2 Durability | C Protection from Fire | D1 Access Routes | D2 Mechanical installations for Access | E1 Surface Water | E2 External Moisture | E3 Internal Moisture | F1 Hazardous Agents on Site | F2 Hazardous Building Materials | F3 Hazardous Substances and Processes | F4 Safety from Falling | F5 Construction and Demolition Hazards | F6 Visibility in Escape Routes | F7 Warning Systems | F8 Signs | G1 Personal Hygiene | G2 Laundering | G3 Food Preparation and Prevention of Contamination |G4 Ventilation | G5 Interior Environment | G6 Airborne and Impact Sound | G7 Natural Light | G8 Artificial Light | G9 Electricity | G10 Piped Services | G11 Gas as an Energy Source | G12 Water Supplies | G13 Foul Water | G14 Industrial Liquid Waste | G15 Solid Waste | H1 Energy Efficiency | Backcountry Huts | Simple House | Handbooks

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This page was last updated 14 February 2014.


B1 Structure

B1 Structure (including amendment 12) [PDF 1.30 MB, 88 pages]
Effective from 14 February 2014

B1 Structure (including amendment 11) [PDF 983 KB, 88 pages]
Effective from 1 August 2011 to 14 August 2014

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B2 Durability

B2 Durability (including amendment 8) [PDF 559 KB,  32 pages]
Effective from 14 February 2014

B2 Durability (including amendment 7) [PDF 460 KB, 30 pages]
Effective from 4 April 2011 to 14 August 2014

  • amendment 8 [PDF 616 KB, 20 pages] replacement pages for hard copies
  • amendment 7 [PDF 407 KB, 15 pages] replacement pages for hard copies

 

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C Protection from Fire

Building Code Clauses C1-C6 Protection from Fire [PDF 82 KB, 10 pages]
Effective from 10 April 2012

Effective from 19 December 2013

Replacement pages for hard copies

Commentaries

Effective from 15 February 2013 until 18 June 2014

Commentaries

 

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D1 Access Routes

D1 Access Routes (including amendment 5) [PDF 2.49 MB, 50 pages]
Effective from 10 October 2011

  • amendment 5 [PDF 765 KB, 20 pages] replacement pages for print version
  • amendment 5 [PDF 770 KB, 22 pages] replacement pages for print version purchased before July 2001 from Standards New Zealand

 

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D2 Mechanical Installations for Access

D2 Mechanical Installations for Access (Second edition, including amendment 6) [PDF 462 KB, 30 pages]
Effective from 14 February 2014

D2 Mechanical Installations for Access (Second edition, including amendment 5) [PDF 172 KB, 21 pages]
Effective from 6 January 2002 to 14 August 2014

  • amendment 6 [PDF 615 KB, 20 pages] replacement pages for print version

 

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E1 Surface Water

E1 Surface Water (including amendment 9) [PDF 1.54 MB, 50 pages]
Effective from 14 February 2014

E1 Surface Water (including amendment 8) [PDF 1.43 MB, 48 pages]
Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

  • amendment 9 [PDF 674 KB, 14 pages] replacement pages for print version
  • amendment 8 [PDF 346 KB, 14 pages] replacement pages for print version

 

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E2 External Moisture

E2 External Moisture (Third edition, including amendment 6) [whole document - PDF 10 MB, 200 pages]
Effective from 14 February 2014

  • amendment 6 [PDF 874 KB, 28 pages] replacement pages for print version


    E2 External Moisture (Third edition, including amendment 5 and errata 2) [whole document - PDF 14 MB, 198 pages]
    Published 24 December 2011, effective to 14 August 2014

     

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    E3 Internal Moisture

    E3 Internal Moisture (including amendment 5) [PDF 783 KB, 22 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    E3 Internal Moisture (including amendment 4) [PDF 574 KB, 20 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 5 [PDF 690 KB, 14 pages] replacement pages for print version
    • amendment 4 [PDF 98 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print version
    • amendment 4 [PDF 103 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print version purchased before July 2001 from Standards New Zealand

     

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    F1 Hazardous Agents on Site

    F1 Hazardous Agents on Site (including amendment 1) [PDF 224 KB, 16 pages]
    Effective from 1 July 2001  

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    F2 Hazardous Building Materials

    F2 Hazardous Building Materials (including amendment 2) [PDF 103 KB, 9 pages]
    Effective from 1 December 2000

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    F3 Hazardous Substances and Processes

    F3 Hazardous Substances and Processes (Second edition) [PDF 124 KB, 14 pages]
    Effective from 22 March 2007  

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    F4 Safety from Falling

    F4 Safety from Falling (Third edition, including amendment 1) [PDF 394 KB, 22 pages]
    Effective from 21 June 2007  

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    F5 Construction and Demolition Hazards

    F5 Construction and Demolition Hazards [PDF 140 KB, 11 pages]
    Effective from July 1992

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    F6 Visibility in Escape Routes

    F6 Visibility in Escape Routes (Third edition, including amendment 3) [PDF 473 KB, 26 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    F6 Visibility in Escape Routes (Third edition, including amendment 2) [PDF 185 KB, 24 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 3 [PDF 854 KB, 12 pages] replacement pages for print version
    • amendment 2 [PDF 79 KB, 6 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    F7 Warning Systems

    F7 Warning Systems (Fourth edition) [PDF 244 KB, 16 pages]
    Effective from 10 April 2012

    F7 Warning systems (including amendment 7) [PDF 143 KB, 20 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 until 9 April 2013

    • amendment 7 [PDF 112 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    F8 Signs

    F8 Signs (Second edition, including amendment 3) [PDF 720 KB, 32 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    F8 Signs (Second edition) [PDF 536 KB, 30 pages]
    Effective from 10 April 2012 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 3 [PDF 588 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    G1 Personal Hygiene

    G1 Personal Hygiene (including amendment 6) [PDF 594 KB, 34 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011

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    G2 Laundering

    G2 Laundering (including amendment 2) [PDF 143 KB, 16 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 

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    G3 Food Preparation and Prevention of Contamination

    G3 Food Preparation and Prevention of Contamination (including amendment 1) [PDF 173 KB, 14 pages]
    Effective from 1 July 2001 

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    G4 Ventilation

    G4 Ventilation (Third edition, including amendment 3) [PDF 598 KB, 28 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G4 Ventilation (Third edition, including amendment 2) [PDF 363 KB, 26 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 3 [PDF 686 KB, 18 pages] replacement pages for print version
    • amendment 2 [PDF 81 KB, 6 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    G5 Interior Environment

    G5 Interior Environment (including amendment 2) [PDF 117 KB, 16 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011

    • amendment 2 [PDF 108 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print versions
    • amendment 2 [PDF 113 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for rint versions purchased before July 2001 from Standards New Zealand

     

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    G6 Airborne and Impact Sound

    G6 Airborne and Impact Sound (including amendment 2) [PDF 362 KB, 14 pages]
    Effective from 1 December 1995

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    G7 Natural Light

    G7 Natural Light (including amendment 2) [PDF 480 KB, 20 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G7 Natural Light (including amendment 1) [PDF 159 KB, 13 pages]
    Effective from 1 December 1995 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 2 [PDF 572 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    G8 Artificial Light

    G8 Artificial Light (including amendment 2) [PDF 481 KB, 18 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G8 Artificial Light (including amendment 1) [PDF 103 KB, 11 pages]
    Effective from 1 July 2001 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 2 [PDF 647 KB, 12 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    G9 Electricity

    G9 Electricity (including amendment 6) [PDF 450 KB, 19 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G9 Electricity (including amendment 5) [PDF 296 KB, 16 pages]
    Effective from 30 September 2010 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 6 [PDF 575 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print version

     

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    G10 Piped Services

    G10 Piped Services (including amendment 7) [PDF 457 KB, 24pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G10 Piped Services (including amendment 6) [PDF 154 KB, 22 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 7 [PDF 586 KB, 14 pages] replacement pagesfor print versions
    • amendment 6 [PDF 99 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    G11 Gas as an Energy Source

    G11 Gas as an Energy Source (including amendment 5) [PDF 454 KB, 20 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2104

    G11 Gas as an Energy Source (including amendment 4) [PDF 418 KB, 18 pages]
    Effective 30 September 2010 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 5 [PDF 586 KB, 14 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    G12 Water Supplies

    G12 Water Supplies (including amendment 9) [PDF 1.60 MB, 72 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G12 Water Supplies (including amendment 8) [PDF 1.52 MB, 68 pages]
    Effective 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 9 [PDF 808 KB, 30 pages] replacement pages for print versions
    • amendment 8 [PDF 373 KB, 18 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    G13 Foul Water

    G13 Foul Water (Second edition, including amendment 5) [PDF 2.10 MB, 62 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G13 Foul Water (Second edition, including amendment 4) [PDF 2.09 MB, 60 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 5 [PDF 673 KB, 18 pages] replacement pages for print versions
    • amendment 4 [PDF 247 KB, 10 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    G14 Industrial Liquid Waste

    G14 Industrial Liquid Waste (including amendment 5) [PDF 754 KB, 30 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    G14 Industrial Liquid Waste (including amendment 4) [PDF 531 KB, 28 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to August 2014

    • amendment 5 [PDF 598 KB, 18 pages] replacement pages for print versions
    • amendment 4 [PDF 106 KB, 12 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    G15 Solid Waste

    G15 Solid Waste (including amendment 3) [PDF 422 KB, 18 pages]
    Effective from 30 September 2010

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    H1 Energy Efficiency

    H1 Energy Efficiency (Third edition, amendment 2) [PDF 194 KB, 30 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011

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    Backcountry Huts

    Backcountry Huts [PDF 74 KB, 12 pages]
    Effective from 14 July 2009

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    Simple House

    Simple House Acceptable Solution [PDF 2.47 MB, 202 pages]
    Effective from 31 March 2010

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    Handbooks

    Building Code Handbook

    Building Code Handbook (Third edition, including amendment 13) [PDF 2 MB, 226 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    Building Code Handbook (Third edition, including amendment 12) [PDF 1.17 MB, 216 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 12 [PDF 668 KB, 126 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    Compliance Schedule Handbook

    Compliance Schedule Handbook (including amendment 3) [PDF 661 KB, 58 pages]
    Effective from 14 February 2014

    Compliance Schedule Handbook (including amendment 2) [PDF 319 KB, 56 pages]
    Effective from 10 October 2011 to 14 August 2014

    • amendment 3 [PDF 682 KB, 26 pages] replacement pages for print versions
    • amendment 2 [PDF 146 KB, 20 pages] replacement pages for print versions

     

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    Previous versions of Compliance Documents are available for reference.

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    These Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods are protected by Crown copyright, unless indicated otherwise. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment administers the copyright in these documents. You may use and reproduce the documents for your personal use or for the purposes of your business provided you reproduce the document accurately and not in an inappropriate or misleading context. You may not distribute the document to others, or reproduce it for sale or profit.

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