22 Oct 2019

The 1st November 2019 is the end of the transition period that started on 27th June for updates to sixteen Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Masterspec has updated all related sections. So from the 1st November the following are now compulsory:

  • B1 Structure: B1/VM1 (Amendment 18)
  • B1 Structure: B1/AS1 (Amendment 18)
  • C Protection from Fire: C/AS2 (the new C/AS2 edition replaces the old C/AS2 to C/AS7)
  • E2 External Moisture: E2/VM2 (new VM)
  • G4 Ventilation: G4/AS1 (new AS1 edition)
  • G12 Water Supplies: G12/VM1, G12/AS1, G12/AS2  (Amendment 12)
  • G13 Foul Water: G13/AS1, G13/AS2, G13/AS3, G13/VM2  (Amendment 8)

Read our previously published summary of the changes to the Masterspec libraries here.

However, there is just enough time to catch your breath, as the next round of new Building Code amendments are expected to be published on 28 November 2019. This results from public consultation on the Building Code that closed on 13 September. At this point Masterspec do not know the details of these new changes or how long the transition period will be, however we will try to keep you informed as it unfolds, (subject to the added complication of a Christmas break). It is expected these new changes will include:

  • B1/VM1, B1/AS1 particularly ground prone to liquefaction & lateral spread require more robust foundations
  • B2/AS1
  • E2/AS4 citing an Acceptable Solution for light steel framing housing
  • H1/AS1, H1/VM1 promoting energy efficient lighting