If you are already familiar with the specified systems process, please fill out the Specified Systems template (form B-068 section 1), otherwise please continue reading the information below.
Why do I need to supply this information?
Section 45(g) Building Act 2004 requires applicants for Building Consents to supply a complete list of specified systems which will be contained in the building project. This list of Specified Systems or features is also required to be supported by specific performance and maintenance criteria, outlining the frequency and person(s) responsible for inspections. For more information on each specified system please refer to the Department Of Building & Housing’s Compliance Schedule Handbook.
What are Specified Systems?
Specified systems are systems or features that contribute to the proper functioning of the building. Specified systems require ongoing inspection and maintenance to ensure they function as required, because if they fail to operate properly they have the potential to adversely affect health and safety. Examples of specified systems include fire sprinklers/alarms, lifts or escalators, and mechanical ventilation equipment to supply fresh air, etc.
The specified systems are described in Schedule 1 of the Building (Specified Systems, Change the Use, and Earthquake-prone Buildings) Regulations 2005. Where one or more of these systems exist in a building (except a single household unit), a compliance schedule is required.
Using the Specified Systems Template
Christchurch City Council has many generic examples for Specified Systems which are available for use, in your application, provided the specified systems are designed and installed in accordance with Building Code compliant standards.
Using the Specified Systems template can be broken down into several simple steps:
Open the Specified Systems template (form B-068 section 1) and save to your computer.
Please add as much information as possible into the text fields supplied (i.e. WOF and ABA Numbers, Purpose Groups, etc). You can refer to our example template if you require guidance.
The template you have saved to your computer contains “Autotext”. This means that by inserting the cursor under the table and entering the appropriate code, then pressing the “F3” function button on your keyboard, the selected Specified System will automatically be inserted into the document. You can refer to our example template if you require guidance.
To find out which codes you should use for the autotext, please refer to the Listed Specified Systems section below.
Please add as much information as possible into the description column for each Specified System, i.e. Type, model, location, as it will assist us to identify the Specified Systems and their locations for inspections and maintenance.
Listed Specified Systems
When choosing your Listed Specified Systems, please carefully select the appropriate Specified System example, as there may be more than one alternative. If in doubt, please contact your design professional.
View the full List of Specified Systems (form B-068 section 2).
1. If your project includes any of the Specified Systems SS1- SS13, by default you will need to include SS14/1 and/or SS14/2.
2. For listed Specified Systems 1-6, 9 & 13 please include SS15/2 and SS15/4.
3. If your project only contains SS 7 Backflow, SS10 Building Maintenance Units, SS11 Laboratory Fume Cupboards or SS12 Audio Loops or other assistive listening systems then only these features plus SS14/1 and/or SS14/2 should be listed on the specified systems list.
Alternatives to Generic Examples
If your specified system(s) are alternative designs (not described by any cited standard of installation) you will need to provide the specific information as advised above. To compile a specific design please fill out a Specified Systems Specific Design Information form (form B-069).
Copy as many Specific Design pages as you need and these can then be pasted as attachments to the bottom of the Specified Systems template together with any other relevant information, such as specified systems floor plans, design guides, compliance information, etc.
What happens now?
Once completed, the Specified Systems List is to be added to your building application for approval. This information forms part of your Building Consent application and must be included as part of the documentation submitted to Christchurch City Council. A Draft Compliance Schedule will then be generated from this information and included with the approved Building Consent as required under section 51 (c) Building Act 2004.