2013/041: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix for a 16 year-old house with monolithic cladding
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This determination arises from the decision of the authority to issue a notice to fix for a 16-year-old house because it was not satisfied that the building work complied with certain clauses of the Building Code. The authority's most significant concerns about compliance of the building work relate to the weathertightness of the external wall cladding. The matter to be determined is therefore whether the authority was correct to issue a notice to fix in regard to the wall cladding. In deciding this, I must consider: 1-Whether the external cladding to the house complies with Clause B2 Durability and Clause E2 External Moisture of the Building Code. The cladding includes the components of the system (such as the solid plaster, the backing sheets, the windows and the flashings, as well as the way the components have been installed and work together; 2-Whether the building elements comply with Clause B2 Durability of the Building Code, taking into account the age of the house. The notice to fix also cited contraventions of Clauses B1, D1, E3, F2, G4, G12, G13 and H1. The authority has stated that items relating to Clause E2 are more complex than the other identified defects and the applicant restricted the application for this determination to Clause E2. It appears that work is underway in regard to the other clauses and I therefore leave those to the parties to resolve in due course.