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    Building Code Handbook

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    Building Act

    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

    1. people who use buildings can do so safely and without endangering their health; and
    2.  buildings have attributes that contribute appropriately to the health, physical independence, and well-being of the people who use them; and
    3.  people who use a building can escape from the building if it is on fire; and
    4. 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.