2012/013: The issue of a building consent with a specified intended life for additions using a straw bale system to an existing house
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This determination arises from a decision by the authority to require the inclusion of a specified intended life of 15 years on a building consent for the addition of straw bale infill walls to a house. The authority's concerns appear to be compliance of the straw bale wall system with Clause B2 Durability. The matter to be determined is therefore whether the authority was correct in the exercise of its powers to require the inclusion of a specified intended life of 15 years as a condition of the building consent granted in respect of the proposed addition of straw bale infill walls. In deciding this matter, it must be considered whether the consented work will comply with the Building Code to the extent required by the Act, in particular Clause B2 Durability of the Building Code considering the special risks and durability considerations that apply to the particular type of construction used in this addition.