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NATIONAL BUILDING CODE

OF
THE KINGDOM OF TONGA

2007

TUUTUUNI FAKAFONUA
KI HE LANGA FALE
A E
PULEANGA TONGA

2007

CONTENTS

KANOTOHI
PREFACE
TALAMUAKI

INTRODUCTION
TALATEU

GENERAL PROVISIONS
NGAAHI TUUTUUNI FAKALUKUFUA

A1

Interpretation
UhingaI Lea

A2

Acceptance of Design and Construction


Tali o e Tisaini mo e Langa

A3

Classification of Buildings and Structures


Fakakalakalasi o e ngaahi Fale mo e ngaahi Faunga

A4

United Buildings
Ngaahi Fale Fakatahatahai

STRUCTURE
FAUNGA

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

B1

Structural Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni Fakafaunga

B2

Demolition
Holoki

DWELLINGS AND OUTBUILDINGS


NGAAHI FALE NOFOANG A MO E NGAAHI FALE TUU MAVAHE MEI FALE
LAHI

DC

FIRE RESISTANCE

MATUUAKI A E VELA

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions

Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

DC1

Fire Resistance and Stability


Matuuaki a e Vela mo e Tuunga Mau

DD

ACCESS AND EGRESS


HUANGA KI LOTO MO E HU KI TUA

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

DD1

Construction of Exits
Langa o e ngaahi Huanga ki Tua


DE

SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT


NGAAHI SEVESI MO E NGAAHI MEANGAUE

Performance requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

DE1

Electrical Safety
Malu mei he Uhila

DE2

Amenity
Fiemalie

DE3

LPG Cylinders
Ngaahi Silinitaa LPG

DE4

Smoke Alarms
Ngaahi Mea-Fakatokanga Kohu


DF

HEALTH AND AMENITY


MOUI LELEI MO FIEMALIE

Performance requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-satisfy provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

DF1

Damp and Weatherproofing


Malu mei he Hauhau mo e Matangi

DF2

Cooking and Sanitary Facilities


Ngaahi naunau ngaue Feimeatokoni mo e Fakamaa

DF3

Room Sizes and Heights


Lalahi o e Loki mo hono Maolunga

DF4

Light and Ventilation


Maama mo e Fetafeaki Lelei a e Ea

DF5

Water Supply Plumbing


Ngaue Fakapalama ki he Mauanga Vai

DF6

Sanitary Plumbing and Drainage


Ngaue Fakapalama mo e Fakatafenga ki he Naunau Ngaue ki he Fakamaa

DF7

Roof Drainage

Fakatafenga Fungafale

DG

ANCILLARY PROVISIONS
NGAAHI TUUTUUNI FAKALAHI

Performance requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-satisfy provisions

Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

DG1

Minor Structures and Components


Ngaahi Faunga Iiki mo e Ngaahi Kongokonga

DG2

Fireplaces, chimneys and flues


Ngaahi Tofunanga, Ngaahi Halanga Kohu mo e Ngaahi Fakakohu

COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUP DWELLINGS


NGAAHI FALE NOFOANGA FAKAKOMESIALE, NGAAHI FALE MAAE KAKAI
MO E NGAAHI FALE FAKAKULUPU

NC

FIRE RESISTANCE
MATUUAKI A E VELA

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

NC1

Fire Resistance and Stability


Matuuaki a e Vela mo e Tuu

NC2

Compartmentation and separation


Fakalokiloki mo hono Fakamavahei

NC3

Protection of Openings
Malui o e ngaahi Fakaava


ND

ACCESS AND EGRESS


HUANGA KI LOTO MO E HU KI TUA

Performance requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

ND1

Provision for Escape


Tuutuuni ki he Hola ki Tua

ND2

Construction of Exits
Langa o e ngaahi Huanga ki Tua

ND3

Access for People with Disabilities


Huanga maae Kakai oku nau Faingataaia

NE

SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT


NGAAHI SEVESI MO E NGAAHI MEANGAUE

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

NE1

Fire Fighting Equipment


Ngaahi Meangaue Tamate Afi

NE2

Smoke Control
PuleI o e Kohu

NE3

Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs


Ngaahi Maama ki ha Fakatamaki Fakafokifa mo e Ngaahi Fakailonga
Huanga ki Tua

NE4

Maintenance of Safety Installations


TokangaI o e Ngaahi Fokotuu ki he Malu

NE5

Electricity
Uhila

NE6

LPG Cylinders
Ngaahi Silinitaa LPG


NF

HEALTH AND AMENITY


MOUI LELEI MO FIEMALIE

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

NF1

Damp and Weatherproofing

Malu mei he Hauhau mo e Matangi

NF2

Sanitary Facilities
Ngaahi Naunau Ngaue ki he Fakamaa

NF3

Room Sizes
Lalahi o e Loki

NF4

Light and Ventilation


Maama mo e Fetafeaki Lelei a e Ea

NF5

Water Supply Plumbing


Ngaue Fakapalama ki he Mauanga Vai

NF6

Sanitary Plumbing and Drainage


Ngaue Fakapalama mo e Fakatafenga ki he Naunau Fakamaa

NF7

Roof Drainage
Fakatafenga Fungafale


NG

ANCILLARY PROVISIONS
NGAAHI TUUTUUNI FAKALAHI

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions

Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

NG1

Minor Structures and Components


Ngaahi Faunga Iiki mo e Ngaahi Kongokonga

NG2

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Flues


Ngaahi Tofunanga, Ngaahi Halanga Kohu mo e Ngaahi Fakakohu

NG3

Atrium Construction
Langa Atiliume


NH

SPECIAL USE BUILDINGS


NGAAHI FALE AONGA MAKEHE

Performance Requirements

Ngaahi Fiemau ke Fakahoko

Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions

Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

NH1

Theatres, Stages and Public Halls


Ngaahi Fale Hele Uhila, Siteisi mo e Ngaahi Holo maae Kakai

PREFACE
TALATEU

The Kingdom of Tonga located between latitudes 150 and 23.50 S and adjacent to the
Tonga Trench makes it vulnerable to severe tropical cyclones and the potential of
major earthquakes. The protection of lives and economic assets requires that the
Government and the people take steps to minimize the harmful effects of natural
disasters like cyclones and earthquakes.
Oku tuu a e Puleanga Tonga i he vahaa o e ongo latitude 15 23.5 S pea
oku tuu o ofi ki he Potutahi Loloto Tonga a ia oku laveangofua i ha ngaahi
saikolone fakatalupiki malohi pea mo e ivi o e ngaahi mofuike lalahi. Ko e malui
a e moui mo e ngaahi koloa mahuinga fakapaanga oku ne fiemau ai a e
Puleanga pea mo e kakai ke fakahoko ha ngaue ke fakasiisiiaki a e ngaahi
nunua fakatuutamaki o e ngaahi fakatuutamaki fakaenatula o hange ko e
ngaahi saikolone pea mo e ngaahi mofuike.

His Majesty King Taufaahau Tupou IV, concerned about the need for appropriate
standards and control measures for the design and construction of buildings that
would safeguard lives against the possible cyclones and earthquakes, expressed his
wish that the National Building Code of the Kingdom of Tonga allow for the seismic
requirements applicable to San Francisco. In addition to this provision, the Code has
also specified a limit state regional wind speed of 70 m/s applicable to all islands of
the Kingdom.

Ko Ene Afio Taufa Ahau Tupou IV, i heene tokanga ki he fiemau ki ha ngaahi
tuunga feunga pea mo ha ngaahi founga ki hono pulei o e tisaini pea mo e
langa o e ngaahi fale a ia te ne malui a e moui mei he ngaahi saikolone pea
mo e ngaahi mofuike, o fakaha ai a ene finangalo ke hanga e he Tuutuuni
Fakafonua ki he Langa a e Puleanga Tonga o fakangofua a e ngaahi fiemau
ngaue ki he mofuike oku ngaueaki I San Francisco. Oku kau atu ki he tuutuuni
ni, a hono tuhuI pau e he Tuutuuni a e ngataanga a e malohi a e havili o ha
feituu ko e 70 m/s oku nguaeaki ki he kotoa o e otu motu I he Puleanga.

Beginning in the 1980s, attempts have been made in the past to introduce suitable
building control measures to meet the environmental challenges that confront Tonga.
For various reasons those attempts did not succeed. In 2000, the Ministry of Works
approached AESOP Business Volunteers Ltd. in Canberra, Australia to assist with the
preparation of appropriate documents including draft legislation. The work on
drafting the National Building Code of Tonga was begun by Kris Ayyar early in
February 2001 with the assistance and advice from the Building Advisory Committee
comprising builders, investors, banks, churches, schools, insurers, Water Board,
Power Board, Meteorological Services (Civil Aviation), Fire Division, Ministry of
Health, Crown Law, Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, Ministry of
Labour and Commerce and the Ministry of Works.
Nae kamata I he 1980, a hono fakahoko a e ngaahi feinga ki mua ke fakaaiai
a e ngaahi fakafuofua feunga ki hono puleI o e ngaahi langa fale ke aI ki he
ngaahi ivi fakafepaki fakaatakai oku fetaulaki mo Tonga ni. Ki he ngaahi uhinga
kehekehe ko e ngaahi feinga koia nae ikai ke ola lelei. I he 2000, nae
fakafeiloaki atu ai a e Potungaue ki he Ngaahi Ngaue a e Kautaha Pisinisi
Ngaueofa AESOP i Kenipela Aositelelia ke nau tokoni mai I hono teuteui o e
ngaahi tohi ngaue totonu o kau ai mo e fau lao. Ko e ngaue ki hono fau o e
Tuutuuni Fakafonua ki he Langa Fale nae kamata fakahoko ia e Kris Ayyar ihe
kamataanga o Fepueli 2001 pea mo e tokoni mo e faleI mei he Komiti FaleI ki
he Langa a ia oku kau ai a e kau ngaue langa, kau inivesitoa, ngaahi pangike,
ngaahi siasi, ngaahi ako, ngaahi kautaha malui, Poate Vai,
Poate Uhila,

Potungaue Fakamatala Ea (Potungaue Fefolauaki Sivile), Vaa Tamate Afi,


Potungaue Moui, Potungaue Lao, Potungaue Fonua, Savea, Ngaahi Koloa
Fakaenatula mo e Atakai, Potungaue Ngaue, Fefakatauaki mo e Ngaahi
Ngaueanga pea mo e Potungaue ki he Ngaahi Ngaue.

Following Cyclone Waka in 1992, the World Bank through the International
Development Agency, funded a broad range of cyclone emergency recovery and
management projects under the Cyclone Emergency Recovery and Management
Project. Component B3 of this project was tasked with a final review of relevant
legislation, codes and manuals. This has resulted in updating this Code to be in line
with current building control practices while still retaining strong relevancy to the
Kingdom.

Hili a e Saikolone Waka I he 1992, nae tokoniI fakapaanga ai e he Pangike a


Mamani o fakafou I he Kautaha Langa Fakalakalaka Fakavahaa-puleanga ha
ngaahi ngaue ki hono tokoniI mo tokangaI o e fakatamaki fakasaikolone I he
NGaue ki hono TokoniI o e TokangaI a e Fakatamaki Fakasaikolone. Ko e
Konga B3 o e ngaue ko eni nae fakakau atu ki ai pea mo hono toe vakaiI
fakaosi o e ngaahi lao, tuutuuni pea mo e ngaahi tohi fakamatala ngaue e
feunga mo ia. Nae kau eni ko ha mea ke tauhi ke kei aonga a e Tuutuuni
Langa ko eni ke faitatau mo e Tuutuuni Fakafonua ki he Langa fale oku
lolotonga ngaueaki pea ke ne kei aonga pe ki he Puleanga.

The preparation of any document like the Code relies on other similar documents.
The National Building for Tonga is no exception and has made use of material
contained in the Codes prepared for other Pacific countries some years ago along with
referral to the Building Code of Australia 2004 for current practice.
Ko hono teuteuI o ha faahinga tohi ngaue pe o hange ko e Tuutuuni Langa
oku fakatefito ia I he ngaahi tohi ngaue pe oku nau fai tatau. Ko e Tuutuuni
Fakafonua ki he Langa Fale a e Puleanga Tonga oku ikai I ai hano faikehekehe
mei hono tuunga totonu pea nae ngaueaki a e ngaahi mea pe oku I he ngaahi
Tuutuuni Langa nae teuteuI ki he ngaahi otu motu Pasifiki kehe I he ngaahi
tau kuo hili pea mo ha toe lave pe ki he Tuutuuni Langa nae teuteuI ki he
ngaahi out motu Pasifiki kehe I he ngaahi tau kuo hili pea mo ha toe lave pe ki
he Tuutuuni ki he Langa Fale a Aositelelia 2004 ki hono ngaueaki lolotonga.

Many persons and organizations contributed to this Code, both during its initial
phases and the review stages, but particular acknowledgement is made to Mr Kris
Ayyar for his efforts in establishing a new building control system to Tonga for the
benefit of all.
Nae tokolahi a e kakai pea mo e ngaahi kautaha naa nau tokoniI a e
Tuutuuni Langa ni, fakatouosi pe I hono kamataI pea mo e ngaahi tuunga
kehekehe pe I hono toe vakaiI, ka oku fakahoko ha fakamalo makehe ki a Kris
Ayyar ki he ene ngaahi ngaue I hono fokotuu ha founga ngaue foou ki he langa
I Tonga ki he lelei a e tokotaha kotoa.

Chris Watkins
Team Leader Component B3
Queensland Consulting Project Partners Pty Ltd

INTRODUCTION
TALATEU

About this Code


Fekauaki pea mo e Tuutuuni Langa ni

The basic objective of the Code is to ensure that acceptable standards of structural
sufficiency, fire safety, health and amenity, are maintained for the benefit of the
community now and in the future.
Ko e tefitoi taumua o e Tuutuuni Langa ko hono fakapapauI ko e ngaahi
tuunga oku ala tali oku feungaanoa fakafaunga, malu mei he vela, moui lelei
mo e fiemalie, oku tauhi mau ki he lelei a e kakai I he lolotonga ni pea mo e
kahau.

The requirements included in this Code are intended to extend no further than is
necessary in the public interest, to be cost effective, not needlessly onerous in their
application and easily understood.
Ko e ngaahi fiemau oku fakaha atu i he Tuutuuni Langa ni oku fakataumua ke
oua naa fakalahi o hulu atu I he mea oku feunga ki he lelei a e kakai,
fakafaingofua hono totongi, ikai ke fakafeatungiai taeuhinga a enau tohi kole
pea mo mahino ngofua foki.

What is in the Code?


Ko e ha a e ngaahi kupu o e Tuutuuni Langa?

The Code sets down the Performance Requirements and corresponding Deemed-toSatisfy Provisions which apply to the construction of buildings for all Classes of
occupancy.
Ko e Tuutuuni Langa ni oku ne fakaha atu a e Ngaahi Fiemau ki hono Fakahoko
o e ngaue pea pehe foki ki he Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne- Fakakakato a ia
oku ngaueaki ki hono langa o e ngaahi fale ki he kotoa o e u Kalasi o hono
nofoi.

It must be recognised that a building code cannot cover every issue concerned with
the design and construction of buildings. In the case of innovative, complex or
unusually hazardous building proposals, or other building work beyond the scope of
the Code, legislation may provide for other suitable action.
Kuo pau ke fakatokangai ange ko e tuutuuni langa oku ikai ke ne makupusi a
e ngaahi mea kotoa pe oku tuku atu fekauaki pea mo e langa o e ngaahi fale. I
he ngaahi taimi oku fokotuu mai ai ha fale fokotuu foou, fale fakalokiloki pe
fakatuutamaki, pe faahinga ngaue langa kehe oku to ki tua I he
fakangatangata o e Tuutuuni Langa, e ngofua ki he lao ke ne fakahoko ha toe
ngaue e aonga.

The Code covers those aspects of buildings which are subject to approval by the
Building Control Authority, such as structure, fire resistance, access and egress, firefighting equipment, and certain aspects of health and amenity.
Ko e Tuutuuni Langa oku ne makupusi a e ngaahi tafaaki o e ngaahi fale a ia
oku kau ki hono fakangofua e he Mafai ki he Pule Langa, o hange ko e faunga,
matuuaki a e vela, ngaahi huangaki loto pea o e ngaahi huanga ki tua, ngaahi
naunau tamate afi, pea mo e ngaahi tafaaki pau o e moui lelei pea mo e
fiemalie.

Administrative Arrangements
Ngaahi Fokotuutuu Fakangaue

This Code is brought into effect by the Building Control and Standards Act 2002
which prescribes or calls up the technical requirements which have to be satisfied
in order to gain approval.
Ko e Tuutuuni Langa ni oku kamata ngaueaki e he Lao ki he PuleI moe
Ngaahi Tuunga o e Langa Fale 2002. Oku fakamafai e he lao a e Mau Mafai ke
tuutuuni ki he ngaahi tafaaki pau a e ngaue langa pea oku i ai a e ngaahi
tuutuuni fakangaue oku fiemau ki he ngaue a e Mau Mafai. Ko e ngaahi lao
oku ne toe hilifaki atu ha ngaahi fatongia I he Mau Mafai pea mo e ngaahi kakai
kehe pe ngaahi sino, pea oku ne tuutuuniI a e ngaahi founga fakangaue pau.

The legislation consists of the Act and subordinate legislation in the form of Building
Control and Standards Regulations 2004. The legislation empowers the Authority to
regulate certain aspects of the building process and contains the necessary
administrative provisions for the work of the Authority. The legislation also imposes
responsibilities on the Authority and other persons or bodies, and prescribes specific
administrative procedures.
Ko e lao oku kau atu ki ai a e Lao(Act) pea mo e lao siisii i he fotunga o e
Tuutuuni ki he PuleI moe Ngaahi Tuunga o e Langa Fale 2004. Oku fakamafai
e he lao a e Mau Mafai ke tuutuuni ki he ngaahi tafaaki pau a e ngaue langa
pea oku i ai a e ngaahi tuutuuni fakangaue oku fieau ki he bgaue a e Mau
Mafai. Ko e ngaahi lao oku ne to e hilifaki atu ha ngaahi fatongia I he Mau Mafai
pea moe ngaahi kakai kehe pe ngaahi sino, pea oku ne tuutuuniI a e ngaahi
founga fakangaue pau.

The following administrative matters are covered in the Regulations.


Ko e ngaahi mea fakangaue ko eni oku oatu kotoa I he Ngaahi Tuutuuni.

Plan submission and approval procedures.


Fakahu atu o e palani pea moe ngaahi founga ki hono fakangofua

Issue of building permits


Foaki o e ngaahi ngofua ke langa

Inspections during and after construction.


Ngaahi sivi lolotonga pea mo hili a e langa

Issue of certificates of occupancy or compliance.


Foaki o e ngaahi tohi fakamooni a hono nofoI pe faipau

Accreditation or approval of materials or components.


FakmooniI pe fakangofua o e ngaahi naunau pe ngaahi kongokonga

Review and enforcement of standards.


Toe sivi mo fakahoko o e ngaahi tuunga

Fees and charges.


Ngaahi totongi (fees) mo e ngaahi totongi (charges)

Performance Requirements
Ngaahi Fiemau ki hono Fakahoko o e Ngaue

These are described in terms which allow considerable scope for innovation and the
development of new materials and methods of construction. The requirements are in
some cases separated into objectives and the required performance.
Ko e ngaahi mea ni kuo fakamatalaI I ha ngaahi lea a ia oku ne fakaata ha
faingamalie ki ha fakafoou pea fakalakalaka o e ngaahi mea ngaue moe ngaahi
founga langa foou. Ko e ngaahi fiemau oku I he ngaahi mea e niihi oku
fakamavahevaheI ki he ngaahi taumua pea moe ngaahi fiemau ki hono
fakahoko o e ngaue.

Objectives are broad statements of intent and are included at the beginning of each
Section to identify the objectives that the provisions of the Section are intended to
achieve. They are the basic concepts which apply generally to all buildings and
structures.
Ngaahi Taumua ko e ngaahi fakamatala fakalukufua o e taumua pea oku
fakakau atu I he kamataanga o e Kupu takitaha ke ne fakaha a e ngaahi
taumua a ia ko e ngaahi tuutuuni o e Kupu oku fakataumua ke fakakakato.
Ko e ngaahi tefitoI fakakaukau ia oku ngaueaki fakalukufua ki he kotoa o e
ngaahi fale pea mo e ngaahi faunga.

Required Performance gives the fundamental requirements which will satisfy the
objectives and are expressed in performance terms. Accreditation certificates, test
reports, detailed calculations or other documentary evidence may be used as evidence
that a particular material, design or construction method meets the performance
requirements of this Code.
Fakahoko Ngaue oku Fiemau oku ne oatu a e ngaahi tefitoI fiemau a ia te
ne fakakakato a e ngaahi taumua pea oku fakaha I he ngaahi founga fakahoko
ngaue. Ko e ngaahi tohi fakamooni kuo fakamooniI, ngaahi lipooti sivi, ngaahi
fakaikiiki a hono fikaI
pe ha toe fakamooni fakatohingaue e ngofua ke

ngaueaki ke fakamooniI ko ha naunau, tisaini pe founga langa makehe oku ne


fakakakato a e ngaahi fiemau ki hono fakahoko o e ngaue a e Tuutuuni
Langa ni.

Deemed-to-satisfy Provisions
Ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato

The Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions have been drafted in sufficiently general terms to


allow some flexibility without increasing the need to use administrative discretion. In
the absence of national Standards for design, construction and materials, the
Standards produced by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand have been
called up except for earthquake provisions. The seismic provisions of the California
Building Code with a zone factor of 0.4 (as for San Francisco) is specified for
providing against earthquake forces. Detailed specifications have been included
where necessary.
Ko e ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te ne-Fakakakato kuo fau I ha ngaahi lea
fakalukufua feunga ke fakaata ha ngaahi ngaloku tae iai ha fakalahi I he
fiemau ke ngaueaki a e tuutuuni fakangaue. I he ikai ke I ai a e ngaahi
Tuunga Langa fakafonua ki he tisaini, langa mo e ngaahi naunau, ko e ngaahi
tuunga nae tukuatu I he Ngaahi Tuunga Langa o Aositelelia pea mo e Ngaahi
Tuunga Langa o Nuusila nae ngaueaki kae tukukehe pe a e ngaahi tuutuuni
ki he mofuike. Ko e ngaahi tuutuuni ki he ngaahi mea kaunga ki he mofuike o e
Tuutuuni ki he Langa a Kalifonia ai a oku ia oku zone factor 0.4 (o hange koia
ko San Francisco) oku fakahaaI pau atu ki hono matuuaki a e ngaahi ivi a e
mofuike. Kuo fakakau atu a e ngaahi tuutuuni pau kuo fakaikiikiI I he ngaahi
feituu oku fiemau ki ai.

Professional Certification
FakamooniI Fakapalofesinale

The Code allows for certificates from professional consultants to be used as evidence
of compliance with particular requirements or standards.
Oku fakangofua e he Tuutuuni Langa ki ha ngaahi tohi fakamooni mei a kau
faleI fakapalofesinale ke ngaueaki ko ha fakamooni o e faipau mo ha ngaahi
fiemau pe ngaahi tuunga pau.

The relevant legislation determines the extent of the use of professional certification
and the procedures for the submission of certificates, reports or other documents to
the Building Control Authority as evidence of compliance.
Ko e ngaahi lao fekauaki oku ne fakapapauI a e lahi a e ngaue o e fakamooni
fakapalofesinale pea moe ngaahi founga ki hono
oatu o e ngaahi tohi
fakamooni, ngaahi lipooti pe ko ha toe tohi ngaue kehe ki he Mau Mafai Pule ki
he Langa ko e fakamooni o e faipau.

Layout of the Code


Fokotuutuu o e Tuutuuni Langa

The numbering of Sections and Parts has been made on an alpha-numeric system for
ease of reference. It provides flexibility to accommodate future additions or deletions
without undue disruption to the layout.
Ko hono fakafika o e ngaahi Kupu mo e ngaahi Konga kuo fakahoko I ha founga
fakamataitohi-fakafikefika ke faingofua a hono kumi. Oku ne oatu ha ngaloku
ke toe fakakau atu a e ngaahi fakalahi I he kahau pe I hano tamateI o ikai
toe uesia taeuhinga a hono fokotuutuu.

Other than for common provisions contained in Sections A and B, the Code is divided
into two areas - one which covers Class 1 and 10 buildings, and the other which
covers all other Classes of buildings.
Tuku keheage mei he ngaahi tuutuuni angamaheni oku I he Kupu A mo B ko e
Tuutuuni Langa oku vahevahe ki he vahe e ua ko e taha oku ne fakakakato
a e ngaahi fale kalasi 1 ki he 10, pea ko e taha oku fakakatoa iai a e u kakasi
kehe o e fale.

The Specifications relating to the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions have been printed on


coloured paper.
Ko e ngaahi Tuutuuni Pau oku felaveI pea mo e ngaahi Tuutuuni oku Lau-te
ne-Fakakakato kuo paaki ia I he laI pepa fakalanu.

Administrative discretion
Tuutuuni Fakangaue Faiteliha

The Code is drafted with the object of reducing the need for the Building Controller
to make discretionary decisions.
Ko e Tuutuuni langa kuo fau pea mo e taumua ke fakasiIsiI a hono fiemau a
e Pule Langa ke ne fakahoko a e ngaahi tuutuuni faiteliha.

However, in many cases it is not possible to draft a provision in purely technical


terms and an informed judgement is required on the standard which would be suitable
in particular circumstances.
Kaikehe, I he ngaahi taimi lahi oku ikai ke malave ke fau ha tuutuuni o
ngaueaki a e ngaahi lea fakangaue ataata pe pea oku fiemau leva ha
fakamaau lelei I he tuunga a ia e hoa taau I he ngaahi tuunga makehe.

Accordingly, in a number of clauses, the Code requires a particular material or


construction method to be suitable, meaning fit in all relevant respects for its
intended purpose and use.
Ko ia ai, I he ngaahi kupu e niihi, oku fiemau e ge Tuutuuni Langa ha naunau
pau pe founga langa ke taau, o uhinga ke taau I he ngaahi mea kotoa oku
fiemau ki he taumua nae fakahangahanga ki ai mo hono ngaueaki.

The Building Controller who is responsible for the enforcement of building control
retains the right to question suitability and differences of opinion are open to
appeal.

Ko e Pule Langa oku ne fatongiaakia hono fakapapauI a hono puleI o e langa


oku ne kei mau a e totonu ke ne fehuia a e hoa taau pea ko e ngaahi
faikehekehe I he ngaahi fakakaukau oku fakaataa ke fakahoko ha tangi.

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