Appraisals are one method of demonstrating compliance of a building product or system when deemed to be an alternative solution, with the New Zealand Building Code. An appraisal must demonstrate how verification of the performance for each performance requirement of a Clause of the Building Code, was achieved. The process for demonstrating verification should follow the ‘Compliance Verification Procedure’.
In the event that a BCA advises that they are not satisfied with the information provided by the BEAL Appraisal, a process as outlined here is to be followed by the product manufacturer or their agent:
1. Principles –
* BEAL Appraisals are carefully prepared documents demonstrating compliance with the Building Code subject to the scope of application and limitations described in the appraisal
* The new BEAL Appraisal format allows for ready understanding of the process used for demonstrating verification of performances
* The Building Act specifies what a BCA is required to do if it refuses to grant an application for a Building Consent, which may have as supporting information, a BEAL Appraisal (see below)
Section 50: Refusal of application for building consent
If a building consent authority refuses to grant an application
for a building consent, the building consent authority must
give the applicant written notice of—
(a) the refusal; and
(b) the reasons for the refusal.
2. Policy –
o The product manufacturer or their agent must ensure that the BCA has received the latest version of the relevant BEAL Appraisal
o The product manufacturer or their agent must obtain a clear indication from a person of authority from the BCA that in the event that an application for a building consent using the nominated product or system is made in the near future, it will be refused
o The product manufacturer or their agent must obtain as far as possible as many specific reasons for the indication that an application will be refused.
3. Practice –
o The product manufacturer or their agent must provide BEAL with written advice that the nominated BCA has indicated their intended refusal to grant an application for a building consent using the nominated building product or system
o The product manufacturer or their agent must provide BEAL with the contact details of –
(a) the name and contact details of the person in contact with the BCA
(b) the name and the contact details of the person at the BCA whom has the authority to give the refusal advice
When BEAL has received the above information, it will undertake to contact the parties and resolve the matter.