Building Act Compliance

HeatSavers – Complying with the NZ Building Code

Installing insulation is building work.  That means that like builders, electricians, and plumbers we are part of the construction sector. 

As part of the construction sector we are required under law to meet our obligations under the Building Act.  That means we provide you with the additional security that not only will you benefit from the effects of insulating your house you can rest safe in the knowledge that the balance of your home will be unaffected by having ThermoWall installed. 

Industry Best Practice – What it means to “Meet our Building Act Obligations”

The building work we do complies with the NZ Building Code. 

The holes we drill are well sealed so excess moisture doesn’t get into the wall system.  These holes need to be durable for a minimum of 15 years.  When ThermoWall is first installed there is small amount of moisture.  We monitor this moisture to make sure that the ThermoWall dries completely.  We also make sure our ventilation plan will ensure enough airflow through out the house.

The more complicated part of meeting our Building Act obligations is our consideration of your existing home.  To those legally inclined this is covered in s112 of the Act.  We are required to ensure that the installation of ThermoWall does not negatively impact on the way your home performs.  Our attention in this area sets us apart from any other insulation company.

Should you decide to proceed with installing ThermoWall, the final step of our process, prior to beginning the building consent process for your home, a licensed installer completes a final pre installation check to confirm that your home is suitable.  This is important to ensure that any pre-existing defects that could cause problems once ThermoWall has been installed are identified and avoided.  Our licensed installer will look very carefully at areas such as subfloor ventilation, outstanding maintenance, windows and doors.

One of the most difficult areas to assess is how well the external walls will manage moisture once installed.  Plenty of old houses can leak but because they are drafty the moisture can dissipate without any problems.  Reducing the airflow by installing ThermoWall will certainly improve the quality of the internal environment but we also need to consider the impact of the way in which the external walls will now manage moisture.  Rest assured we understand this, and using the advice provided by the Ministry Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) we have created a tool which makes sure we have considered all the factors and identified any work that needs to be done.

Our processes are best practice.  They ensure that we meet our Building Act obligations which ensures you receive the service and outcome that you expect.  You don’t have to take our word for it.  Our processes have been rigorously reviewed as part of MBIE’s determination process.  And the conclusion; a big tick.

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