11 Jul 2019

Building standards now available online for free

2:50 pm on 11 July 2019

More than 120 building standards used for the Building Code can now be accessed and downloaded for free online.

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This follows on from a pilot that funded five important building Standards and a handbook in 2017.

The standards presently range in cost from $5.50 to $550.

Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa said these standards helped ensure New Zealand buildings and homes were safe and well-constructed.

"They will help building professionals and homeowners with methods for designing and constructing timber framing in buildings and selecting appropriately treated timber used in building work.

"They will also help engineers with earthquake loads on buildings."

Ms Salesa said the government was dismantling road blocks in the building sector.

"I have listened to the building and construction sector, and professional groups who access these standards regularly, and to New Zealand's homeowners.

"They want to do the right thing but say financial barriers make it hard."

Ms Salesa said MBIE will be able to cover the costs for providing these standards through the current building levy.