The building act has the following core purposes:
- people who use buildings can do so safely and without endangering their health; and
- buildings have attributes that contribute appropriately to the health, physical independence, and well-being of the people who use them; and
- buildings are designed, constructed, and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development:
The building code is an interpretation of these core purposes into rules and practices used on a day to day basis. And unfortunately, quite a lot has been lost in translation.
My favourite example of this is windows.
On code minimum windows, you will frequently see condensation and mould and experience draughts.
Don’t aim for the minimum, aim for the core purposes of the building act.