From Building networks
How many of you wanted to say “NO”? That is not the right answer nor is it the right question.
The right question is: “Do these old doors still perform their function?”
The answer is YES
Sure, the doors are old and if you were installing brand new doors today they would look and work differently. BUT that is NOT the issue for ongoing compliance. Do these old doors still provide some level of protection (hey its better than if there were no doors at all. They were installed in their day for a reason (to keep smoke out to some extent from filtering through the whole corridor before we have time to get out). When they were originally installed they hopefully complied with the PERMIT.
You can’t make someone replace these old doors with new ones.
Once a building is signed off with a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) we have to maintain it until we make changes or at the worst the building. In the past (pre-Building Act) building work was given permits. There was NO CCC back then. So, you can expect to find old installations (done before 1 July 1992) that technical were supposed to comply at the time they were inspected back in history. Now these buildings have been occupied for decades. If the item we are looking at is a specified system (SS 1-15) then it should have been being maintained by law (the BWOF) since 1992 as well.
The maintenance issues here are possible damage by vandals, carpets layers who chop a bit off the door off leaving a gap, wear and tear over time leading to them swinging off their hinges, or wedges or coach hooks being used to hold them back which is a no-no. That is what I'd expect an IQP to notice, comment upon and ensure gets sorted before issuing the 12A.
Check out our short, sharp half day refresher/workshop coming up next month!
IQP Refresher SS3 Autodoors and Access Control Doors - Auckland
Gain the knowledge and skills to perform an IQP test or check for SS3 Autodoors and Access Control Doors
New Zealand local government does not have a strong culture of enforcement which it comes to building offences.
Inspectors tend to use
A lot of issues are resolved through confidential mediation settlements and only the odd few end up in court (excluding official weathertight homes claims).
However, it is important for anyone doing inspections, surveys, IQP checks or building consultancy to understand when and how to turn a regular job into an investigation. A special set of skills are needed, one of which is Note taking. If we don’t take acre and the job ends up in some form of formal procedure we may not have a leg to stand on. So here are 10 top tips for note taking in an interview.
By the way, we have filled up our MAY skills investigation course already, so if you are keen to attend one of these please let us know, we are currently building our wait-list to run another one.
Course Information And Wait-list Here