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consumerbuildIf you’re thinking of building, renovating or maintenance, visit consumerbuild.org.nz [External website].

ConsumerBuild is an easy-to-use website with a wide range of clear, independent information. It was developed as a partnership between the Department of Building and Housing and Consumers' Institute.

It will help guide you through the building process and provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your project.

It offers a wide range of useful information about building, renovating and maintaining a home, including:

  • your rights and responsibilities under the Building Act
  • buying a house
  • buying a section
  • the construction phase
  • dealing with tradespeople
  • design and architects
  • do-it-yourself projects
  • leaky buildings
  • legal issues
  • maintenance and repairs
  • materials and features
  • moving a house
  • project management
  • renovations and alterations
  • step-by-step information for building a new home or renovating
  • useful resources, including a glossary and list of councils.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire-resistant materials are some of the options for protecting your home and family in the event of a fire. All new houses and consented alterations are required to have a ‘means of detection and warning’ in the event of a fire.

Read more about smoke alarms on the consumerbuild website [External Website].

Apartment living

Apartment living has taken off in New Zealand in recent years, and the market has responded by building more and more apartments. It is important for those who are interested in apartment living to make sure they are aware of the special issues associated with apartment living.

Read more about apartment living on the consumerbuild website [External Website].