Little Change To Weather-Tightness Procedures For Current Building Consents
Manukau City Council will continue issuing ‘Code of Compliance Certificates’ for buildings with monolithic cladding.
Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says Council is satisfied that the current inspection regimes introduced in March this year
provides a greater degree of protection for builders, owners and Council. It also binds more parties into the decision
thereby spreading potential liability.
“Before issuing a CCC we are asking for producer statements from builders and suppliers which guarantee that the product
and applicator meet the Building Code with respect to weather-tightness,” said Sir Barry.
“At this stage there is absolutely no need to overreact to the recent Kellaway decision and refuse cart blanche the
issuing of CCCs relating to properties with monolithic cladding. That will only cause uncertainty, delays and increased
costs to property owners, builders, developers, certifiers and Councils”.
“The Building Industry Authority is aware of the potential precedent this decision may cause and we expect that they
will do their up-most to provide Council’s with unwavering certainty over its procedures and acceptable solutions for
monolithic cladding,” said Sir Barry.
For building consents issued prior to 17th September 2003 Council will require a robust evaluation of the current
weathertightness status of the building prior to the issue of a CCC.
All applications for building consents lodged after 12 December 2003 that involves monolithic claddings will require an
approved vented drainage cavity to be incorporated into the building. If the building owner does not provide Council
with the standard list of requirements including the need for appraisal certificates, warranties and guarantees Council
will direct them to the BIA for a determination.
The procedures will be amended when the Building Industry Authority releases its new acceptable design solutions which
are due by April 2004.