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What we are thinking

let’s hear it for the good building products

Is NZ awash with dodgy building products?  How do you make your good product stand out?  

The attention on dodgy products means companies that are doing the right thing aren’t getting the recognition and business they deserve. Ultimately this means that the NZ public misses out.

What can you do to rise above the noise and allow your light to shine?

First understand some of your obligations: a very simple overview

Ensure any description of your product, its use or performance is correct. Tell people about where and how your product may be used, how it should be installed and maintained.  Following these simple rules this will allow you to manage your warranty responsibilities under the Sale of Goods Act and Consumer Guarantees Act as well as your obligations under the Fair Trading Act.  The attention of the Commerce Commission is worth avoiding.

Section 14 G of the Building Act and the quality of your technical documentation will help you ensure that you are not supplying “a non-conforming building product”.

Section 14G of the Building Act is a voluntary responsibility which in a nutshell says, if claims of compliance with the building code are made, it must be backed up with evidence.  You know, the Building Code is a pretty good framework that will help you to prove that your product or system is fit for its intended purpose.  Of course you do need to identify those clauses that apply to your product including those clauses that apply once it has been installed.

The Building Code is not a standard or generally prescriptive.  The Building Code just describes performance; how you meet these criteria is your business decision.   Council “rules” such as a prescribed roof or deck pitch, may make good sense, but falls outside the law and you don’t have to follow it.

Keeping your evidence of Building Code compliance in the bottom drawer won’t help you.  You need to include this in your technical documentation. 

This documentation is critical in ensuring that your products are

easy to specify, hard to substitute, easy to install and easy to maintain

Technical documentation?  Think

·       Instructions for the designer, don’t forget details and how your product interfaces with other products

·       Instructions for the installer, make sure they are relevant to NZ building practices and that they are easy to follow and commonsense

·       Instructions to the building owner so that they know what they have to do to ensure the ongoing performance of your product.

In general, there are four approaches to establishing that your technical documentation and evidence is reliable that is “reasonable grounds”:

A Product Technical Statement – which is your robust, opinion that the product is fit for purpose

An appraisal – another organisation’s robust opinion that the product is fit for purpose

Codemark – third party certification that establishes that your product complies with the Building Code, and is therefore fit for purpose

Determination – MBIE’s statement that establishes that your product complies with the Building Code, and is therefore fit for purpose

For more information on how to document your product hit the  contact us button and we will be happy to help

Until next time

Kevin and Louise

Useful links

This page includes some useful links as well as articles we have found interesting. We plan on updating this page regularly MBIE:

            Product Assurance 

            Codemark 

            Determinations 

Certification Bodies:

We work with the following certification bodies as we have found them to be the best.

            Global Mark 

            AsureQuality