Masterspec
08 Dec 2020
MASTERSPEC BEGINS A NEW INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP WITH STEEL CONSTRUCTION NEW ZEALAND (SCNZ)
Masterspec and SCNZ are delighted to announce a new industry partnership to support the structural steel design, fabrication and erection in the New...
26 Nov 2020
STORMWATER DRAINAGE DESIGN – NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN NZBC E1 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
November 2020 brought a number of updates to the Building Code, including a new Acceptable Solution in the form of E1/AS2 in its newest version,...
26 Nov 2020
GREEN STAR UPDATE TO VERSION 1.0
The Green Star Technical Manual v3.2 has been superseded by Green Star Design and As Built NZ v1.0. Also Green Star Office Interiors v3 has been...
24 Nov 2020
GUTTER & DOWNPIPE DESIGN MADE EASY
It is not often that changes to the NZBC Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods provide a windfall that makes life a whole lot easier for a...
29 Oct 2020
LATEST BUILDING CODE 2020 UPDATES
Earlier this year MBIE ran public consultation on proposed changes to a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Despite a number of...
06 Oct 2020
THE STATE OF CONSTRUCTION – BY THE NUMBERS
At Masterspec the amount of specifications live on the platform at any one time has always given us an indication of the health of the industry. In...
29 Sep 2020
UPDATES TO MASTERSPEC SUSTAINABLE & GREEN BUILDING GENERAL SECTIONS
A number of the formal sustainable systems, Living Building Challenge and Green Star, have recently made significant changes to their systems....
01 Sep 2020
AMENDMENTS TO STRUCTURAL STEEL STANDARD AS/NZS 5131
AS/NZS 5131: 2016, Structural Steelwork - Fabrication and Erection is cited in NZBC B1/VM1, 5.0 Steel. This new Amendment A1, which has just been...
04 Aug 2020
WHAT ON EARTH IS EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING
This month Masterspec has added more clauses to the electrical sections about earthing and equipotential bonding of conductive elements of the...
02 Jul 2020
NEW GENERIC WORK SECTION 7765 - ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGING STATIONS
Masterspec's new generic section, 7765 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, responds to increasing EV ownership and NZTA's coordination of NZ's...
30 Jun 2020
REPLACEMENT STANDARDS FOR CEILINGS & SPRINKLERS
There have been quite a few new and amended Standards since the beginning of lockdown. Two major replacement Standards you should know about...
30 Apr 2020
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL SYSTEMS (SIPS) - AN ALTERNATIVE BUILDING SYSTEM
Masterspec introduces a new generic section 3876 STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL SYSTEMS (SIPS) (available in Standard, Basic,
23 Apr 2020
COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR THE SPECIFIER
Masterspec's Managing Editor Alex Shaw suggests how using the information at this link can help ensure your project fulfils its obligations to provide...
31 Mar 2020
SCHEDULING FUNCTIONALITY INCREASED TO INCLUDE SLIP RESISTANCE
To help reduce repetitive content and streamline the user experience, a new schedule section 1278SR SCHEDULE OF SLIP RESISTANCE TESTING has been...
31 Mar 2020
PROPOSED BUILDING CODE UPDATES - CONSULTATION REPORT APRIL 2020
MBIE are proposing changes to a number of Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods which can be viewed in their consultation document....
17 Mar 2020
MASTERSPEC TOOLS FOR REMOTE WORKING
With the challenges facing everyone in the coming months it’s likely to be busier than ever for many Masterspec users. Here are some of the Masterspec...
17 Dec 2019
BUILDING CODE NOV 2019 UPDATES - INTERIM CHRISTMAS REPORT
On 28 November 2019, the transition period started for updates to six Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Masterspec has almost completed...
17 Dec 2019
NEW GENERIC SECTION 7455 STORMWATER SOAKAGE SYSTEMS
The section relates to the design, supply and installation of stormwater soakage systems for residential and non-residential applications. Stormwater...
16 Aug 2019
UPGRADED EDITOR ON NEXTGEN2
We have been working on improvements to the editor function on NextGen2, and the new upgrade will go live from the weekend of the 17th of August. You...
02 Aug 2019
BUILDING CODE UPDATES 2019 - INTERIM REPORT
Masterspec has almost completed its review of the updates to the approximately sixteen Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Although one or...

UPDATES TO MASTERSPEC SUSTAINABLE & GREEN BUILDING GENERAL SECTIONS

29 Sep 2020

Prompted by major changes to Green Star by New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and Living Building Challenge (LBC) document changes, Masterspec decided to review all the existing sustainable/green/ESD system Masterspec General sections, these are:
  • 1226CE CEMO PROJECT - SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • 1226CS CEMO PROJECT - SELECTION SCHEDULES
  • 1226GD GREEN STAR PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • 1226GO GREEN STAR - TECHNICAL CREDIT SCHEDULE
  • 1226GT GREEN STAR INTERIORS - TECHNICAL CREDIT SCHEDULE
  • 1226HM HOMESTAR PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • 1226HT HOMESTAR PROJECT - SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
  • 1226LB LBC PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • 1226LS LBC - IMPERATIVE SUBMISSIONS SCHEDULE
  • 1226SP SUSTAINABLE PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (generic)
CEMO Changes
A Circular Economy Model Office (CEMO) essentially aims to minimise waste created by the refurbishment and build of offices by using the principles of a Circular Economy.  A Circular Economy is one where the lifecycle of materials is maximised, by reuse, repurposing or recycling. The changes have been relatively minor with some adjustments to clauses and schedules, and some updated links.

The following are the amended sections republished on 1st October 2020:
  • 1226CE CEMO PROJECT - SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Basic, Interiors, Services)
  • 1226CS CEMO PROJECT - SELECTION SCHEDULES (available in Masterspec, Standard, Basic, Interiors, Services)
Living Building Challenge (LBC) Changes
The intention of the Living Building Challenge is to create a restorative or regenerative non-toxic, beautiful and durable building, appropriate to its project, place and bioregion.
A Living Building essentially aims to generate all the energy and water it needs from the sun and rain falling on the site and treat all wastewater on site. It uses no materials containing toxic chemicals noted in the Red List and aims for 80-100% waste diversion. All projects must restore or enhance the ecological performance of their sites and buildings must contain biophilic features and allow every occupant access to daylight and natural ventilation.
Changes include:
The following are the amended sections republished on 1st October 2020:
  • 1226LB LBC PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Interiors, Landscapes, Services, Structural & Civil)
  • 1226LS LBC PROJECT - IMPERATIVE SUBMISSIONS SCHEDULE (available in Masterspec, Standard, Interiors, Landscapes, Services, Structural & Civil) (minor title update)
Sustainable Project (Generic Section) Changes
This generic section can be used as the basis for all types of projects not requiring a formal environmental rating system. The changes have been relatively minor with some adjustments to Related Work, Abbreviations, and some updated links.

The following is the amended section republished on 1st October 2020:
  • 1226SP SUSTAINABLE PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Basic, Interiors, Services, Structural & Civil)
Homestar Changes
Homestar is NZ Green Building Council's (NZGBC) national rating tool for residential projects to reduce the environmental impact of the construction and operation of buildings of NZ houses.  The sections assumes the project is aiming for a 6 Homestar rating or higher.  However, as a general guide, higher rating 8-10 Homestar generally involves additional technology such as photovoltaic panels, heat recovery units and greywater reuse. By registering to use the Passive House standard as well as Homestar, can increase your Homestar rating in the following credit categories: EHC-1, EHC-2 and EHC-4 (and EHC-3 by using a Passive House-type MHRV system).
Changes encompass the amendments to the Homestar tool, Homestar v4, to the new Homestar v4.1 Technical Manual. Changes include:
For both sections:
  • Incorporating Homestar v4.1 changes
  • Additional related sections and schedules
  • Updating links to Homestar and REBRI documents
  • Updating Toitu enviromark gold and other links
For 1226HT HOMESTAR PROJECT - SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS:
  • Added MAT-2 to tables and Q&A
Note, we understand consultation has taken place for Homestar v5.0, due within the year.

The following are the amended sections republished on 1st October 2020:
  • 1226HM HOMESTAR PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Basic, Landscapes, Services)
  • 1226HT HOMESTAR PROJECT - SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Basic, Landscapes, Services) 
Green Star Changes
NZ Green Building Council's (NZGBC) have recently changed their Green Star tools from:
The changes these documents bring are radically different and complex, and do not align with the format of the old documents. Also they are largely based on the Australian Green Star requirements and still reference some parts of the Australian National Construction Code (Building Code). These references to the Australian Code have not yet been fully aligned or equivalency shown, to the NZ Building Code, to enable translation into New Zealand specifications.
Masterspec continue to work with NZGBC to try to resolve these difficulties. So unfortunately we cannot provide Green Star updates this month as planned, however, we will make all the new versions available as soon as we have them completed.

The following are existing sections (not updated yet):
  • 1226GD GREEN STAR PROJECT – SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (available in Masterspec, Standard, Interiors, Landscapes, Services, Structural & Civil)
  • 1226GO GREEN STAR - TECHNICAL CREDIT SCHEDULE (available in Masterspec, Standard, Interiors, Landscapes, Services, Structural & Civil)
  • 1226GT GREEN STAR INTERIORS - TECHNICAL CREDIT SCHEDULE (available in Masterspec, Standard, Interiors, Services, Structural & Civil)


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