BC Update 237: MBIE to consult twice yearly on changes to the Building Code System

MBIE will now consult on a regular six-monthly cycle to ensure Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods are up to date.
In the past, public consultations on changes to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods have been on an irregular basis with no defined timeframe year to year. These documents are necessary for the building and construction sector and that process did not provide the certainty, clarity or consistency the industry requires.

The new bi-annual consultation process will allow the sector, including owners, builders, building consent authorities, architects and designers, to keep up to date more easily because they will know when consultations will be issued.

There will be two consultation periods each year, the first being held in February/March and the second in August/September. These consultation periods have been chosen so as not to coincide with holiday periods. Publication dates are then programmed for 30 June and 30 November.