Performance Standards provide extensive information about a particular system, including:-
The scope, definitions and legislative requirements
Workmanship, competency and qualifications of designers and installers (if applicable),
Performance requirements of the system
Testing procedures and environments
Commissioning certificates and certificates of completion
Frequency of inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures
There are many standards available to designers; it is important that the performance standard covers the design as well as the maintenance and inspection requirements for the specified system.
Some Standards are suitable for design, inspection and maintenance whereas others are only suitable for the design and you need to pick a different standard for the inspection and maintenance. A good example of this is AS/NZS2293 which comes in 3 parts. The design may be in accordance with Part 1 whereas inspections and maintenance of the system will be to Part 2.
Unique Number and Year Name of Standard Part
ASNZS2293.1-2005 Emergency Escape Lighting and exit signs for buildings Part 1
System Design, Installation and Operation
ASNZS2293.2-2019 Emergency Escape Lighting and exit signs for buildings Part 2
Routine service and maintenance
ASNZS2293.3-2018 Emergency Escape Lighting and exit signs for buildings Part 3
Emergency luminaires and exit signs
When referencing a published standard, you must provide full details of the standard including the unique number and part, the year and the name of the standard.
Note: Some standards are sponsored by MBIE and can be accessed for free on the Standards NZ website www.standards.govt.nz
NZ Building Code Clauses
Designers can also choose to use one of the NZ Building Code (NZBC) clauses as a performance standard. However, if referencing a NZBC Clause, the Designer must identify the relevant sections and sub-sections of the particular clause referenced. The Designer must also identify the inspection and maintenance requirements for the system because the NZBC does not provide this level of information. For this reason, we recommend that you use a published Standard.
NZBC Clause Section Sub-section (identify which sub-sections apply)
Clause F8 Signs F8.1 (a); (b); (c);
Clause F8 Signs F8.2 (a); (b); (c); (d)
Clause F8 Signs F8.3.1
Clause F8 Signs F8.3.2
Clause F8 Signs F8.3.3 (a); (b);
When referencing a code clause, you must provide full details of the clause including the version, amendment number and the date the clause came into effect.
Note: NZBC clauses can be found on the MBIE website: https://www.building.govt.nz/building-code-compliance/building-code-and-handbooks/
Signage is required to be identified for most specified systems. If you have specified systems 1-13, then you must identify signage requirements under SS14; furthermore, if you have specified systems 1-6, 9 and 13 then you must also identify signage requirements under SS15.