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safe place

a place of safety in the vicinity of a building, from which people may safely disperse after escaping the effects of a fire. It may be a place such as a street, open space, public space or an adjacent building

sanitary appliance

an appliance which is intended to be used for sanitation, but which is not a sanitary fixture. Included are machines for washing dishes and clothes

sanitary fixture

any fixture which is intended to be used for sanitation


the term used to describe the activities of washing and/or excretion carried out in a manner or condition such that the effect on health is minimised, with regard to dirt and infection


a drain that is under the control of, or maintained by, a network utility operator


means work on a building site, including earthworks, preparatory to or associated with the construction, alteration, demolition, or removal of a building

sound transmission class (stc)

a single number rating derived from measured values of transmission loss in accordance with classification ASTM E413, Determination of Sound Transmission Class. It provides an estimate of the performance of a partition in certain common sound insulation situations

specified features

, for the purposes of Clause F6, means the following:
(a) building elements that may act as obstructions: 
(b) safety features required under clauses of this code other than Clause F6 (for example, handrails required under Clause D1): 
(c) changes in direction: 
(d) stairs and ramps: 
(e) escape doors: 
(f) entries to a safe place

specified intended life

has the meaning ascribed to it by subsection (2) of section 39 of the Act as follows: “Specified intended life”, in relation to a building, means the period of time, as stated in an application for a building consent or in the consent itself, for which the building is proposed to be used for its intended use


in the context of fire protection, the time in minutes for which a prototype specimen of a primary element, when subjected to the standard test for fire resistance, has continued to carry its fire design load without failure

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