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occupied space

any space within a building in which a person will be present from time to time during the intended use of the building

open space

means land on which there are, and will be, no buildings and which has no roof over any part of it other than overhanging eaves

other property

means any land or buildings or part thereof which are—
(a) not held under the same allotment; or
(b) not held under the same ownership— and includes any road

outdoor air

air as typically comprising by volume. (i) oxygen 20.94% (ii) carbon dioxide 0.03% (iii) nitrogen and other inert gases 79.03%


that part of the disposal system receiving surface water or foul water from the drainage system. For foul water the outfall may include a sewer or a septic tank. For surface water, the outfall may include a natural water course, kerb and channel, or soakage system


people with disabilities

people whose ability to use buildings is affected by mental, physical, hearing or sight impairment

place of safety

means either—
(a) a safe place; or
(b) a place that is inside a building and meets the following requirements:
(i) the place is constructed with fire separations that have fire resistance sufficient to withstand burnout at the point of the fire source; and
(ii) the place is in a building that is protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system that complies with NZS 4541 or NZS 4515 as appropriate to the building’s use; and
(iii) the place is designed to accommodate the intended number of persons; and
(iv) the place is provided with sufficient means of escape to enable the intended number of persons to escape to a safe place that is outside a building

plumbing system

pipes, joints and fittings laid above ground and used for the conveyance of foul water to the foul water drain, and includes vent pipes

principal user

a member of the primary group for which a building was constructed, and therefore explicitly excludes persons or groups of persons providing care or control of that principal user group



has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989

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