The Building Act 2004 has been enacted to provide for the regulation of building work, the establishment of a licensing regime for building practitioners, and the setting of performance standards for buildings to ensure that
- 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
- people who use a building can escape from the building if it is on fire; and
- buildings are designed, constructed, and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development:
and to promote the accountability of owners, designers, builders, and building consent authorities who have responsibilities for ensuring that building work complies with the building code.