Building Code Compliance

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Building Code Compliance

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of LAND/SARC 221, Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Means of compliance with the New Zealand Building Code, building on technical knowledge gained in other courses. Means of compliance are: Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and Certification, and Performance Based Design.

    This course is a mixture of face-to-face and on-line learning. As the contact time is only two hours per week, students are expected to spend more time engaging with on-line content. The online content for the course is divided into 12 weeks as follows:-

    Week 1 Introduction & Building Codes Internationally
    Week 2 Development of NZ Building Codes prior to the Building Act 1991 (NZS 1900)
    Week 3 Performance based building codes, justification and rational
    TEST 1 Week 1-3
    Week 4 Building Act 1991(1), 2004 and the NZBC(2)
    Week 5 Means of Compliance
    Week 6 Processes
    TEST 2 Weeks 4-6
    Week 7 Processing Building Consent Applications
    Building Amendment Act 2005 (Public Use Certificates)
    Week 8 Means of compliance 1 Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.
    Week 9 Means of compliance 2 Product Certification and Alternative Solutions
    TEST 3 Weeks 7-9
    Week 10 After Building Consent
    Week 11 Disputes and Enforcement
    Week 12 Alternative Solutions ? Justification and Conclusions
    TEST 4 Weeks 10-12

    An on-line test is held for every three weeks.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. Understand the requirements for and the development of Building Codes.
    2. Critically understand and assess the New Zealand Building Code.
    3. Understand, in practical terms, the various methods for compliance with the Building Code
    4. Utilise technical skills and knowledge developed in other courses to assess creative, innovative and efficient design solutions that meet the New Zealand Building Code
    5. Produce coordinated documentation for building projects

    Project 1 30%
    Project 2 50%
    Project 3 (On-line tests) 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.