New Zealand building code
Help! I’m a retired builder from Canada now living in NZ. The last work I did was on a new residential build here, not as contractor but just to do carpentry. Unbelievable to me, there is no air barrier prescribed in the code and there was none on this brand new house. I put in my two cents worth and the builder agreed with me but nothing was done.
Here’s the thing. NZ has a severe housing shortage. The new government is rolling out a program called KiwiBuild, a multi-billion dollar work programme set to deliver 100,000 homes for first home buyers over the next decade. That’s 100,000 new homes with no air barrier.
I’ve tried contacting the NZ Green Building Council and Branz (BRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing services and resources for the building industry. Our two main areas of activity are research and investigation in the construction and design of buildings and the environment, and the transfer of knowledge in these areas.) with my concerns. No response. It seems there’s nothing I can do as an individual.
So now I think that it’ll take an organisation like GBA to get a response from someone in NZ who might be able to do something about the code here. Are you good folks here at GBA willing to give this some thought? Cheers,
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