Free download of over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance

Over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance are now available to be accessed and downloaded for free.

Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa says “I have listened to the sector and professional groups who access these standards regularly, and to New Zealand’s homeowners. They want to do the right thing but say financial barriers make it hard.”

“In December 2017, five important building Standards and a handbook were funded, and over 15,000 downloads have been made in the last 18 months. Sponsoring another 120 Standards puts New Zealand on the leader board as one of the few countries in the world, offering free access to building standards.”

“These building Standards are ones which directly help demonstrate compliance with the New Zealand Building Code. They ensure our buildings and homes are safe and well-constructed. They will help building professionals and homeowners with methods for designing and constructing timber framing in buildings and selecting appropriately treated timber used in building work. They will also help engineers with earthquake loads on buildings.”

The available standards can be accessed here or through and