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HARO Flooring’s Solution to Changes to NZ Building Code E3 AS1

Relating to Timber Flooring in Wet areas (Kitchens, Laundries, Toilets/Powder Rooms)

There were changes to the NZ Building Code that came into effect on 5 November 2021 for all Building Consent applications that specify timber flooring in wet areas identified as containing sanitary fixtures and appliances such as kitchens, toilets and laundries.

Firstly, please note that this change does not include timber flooring in other areas of a residential dwelling such as living, dining, hallways, entrance, stairways, bedrooms etc. Secondly, HARO Flooring New Zealand has the information and documentation required (see below) to gain compliance so that HARO Engineered Timber Flooring can be specified as an “Alternative Solution” in these areas.

We recommend that all building projects being submitted to Council from 5 November 2021 onwards that include HARO Timber flooring Parquet 4000 Series Engineered Flooring (Plaza, Plank 1-Strip, Longstrip) include the following documents:

  1. Alternative Solution for E3
  2. HARO Flooring Installation Instructions

These documents will satisfy the NZBC E3 requirements and will alleviate the need for time-consuming RFI s from Council.

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