MBIE consults on updates to the Building Regulations for CodeMark Schemes

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is consulting on proposals to update and change the Building (Product Certification) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations) for the CodeMark Scheme (CodeMark).

This post contains a stakeholder feedback paper.  MBIE invites your written comments on the proposals in the paper by 5:00pm on Monday, 22 October 2018.

This consultation is being undertaken to support work to improve the operation of CodeMark while MBIE develops options for an appropriate legislative framework for building product assurance and certification as part of the review of building product regulation (the Products Review). Consultation on the proposed options for product regulation will be undertaken in early 2019.

To ensure the Regulations are clear and unambiguous, and support operational improvements to CodeMark, MBIE is proposing that:

  • all product testing laboratories be independently certified, to ensure the product tests used for CodeMark meet a minimum standard – this should ensure all product evaluations are supported by robust evidence
  • every PCB has an ISO certified quality system, to ensure there is a minimum standard for all quality systems – this should lead to improvements in all PCBs’ product evaluations and product certificates
  • products are evaluated against all relevant New Zealand Building Code clauses including Code clause B2 Durability which is relevant to all evaluations – this should clarify the current requirements for product evaluations
  • product certificates include more information about a product, its intended use(s), specifications and limitations, and a detailed appendix – this will ensure that certificates have all the information needed by those who use them.

MBIE will also recommend Cabinet agrees to update all the references ISO Standards in the Regulations to the most up-to-date version.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on the proposed changes by 5:00pm on Monday, 22 October 2018.

Regards,

Katrina Quickenden

Manager, Building Policy

Building System Performance