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Although the information contained in this Code has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, New Zealand Metal Roofing Manufacturers Inc. makes no warranties or representations of any kind (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, currency or completeness of the information, or that it is suitable for the intended use.

Compliance with this Code does not guarantee immunity from breach of any statutory requirements, the New Zealand Building Code or relevant Standards. The final responsibility for the correct design and specification rests with the designer and for its satisfactory execution with the contractor.

While most data have been compiled from case histories, trade experience and testing, small changes in the environment can produce marked differences in performance. The decision to use a particular material, and in what manner, is made at your own risk. The use of a particular material and method may, therefore, need to be modified to its intended end use and environment.

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This Code of Practice provides requirements, information and guidelines, to the Building Consent Authorities, the Building Certifier, Specifier, Designer, Licensed Building Practitioner, Trade Trainee, Installer and the end user on the design, installation, performance, and transportation of all metal roof and wall cladding used in New Zealand.

The calculations and the details contained in this Code of Practice provide a means of complying with the performance provisions of the NZBC and the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

The scope of this document includes all buildings covered by NZS 3604, AS/NZS 1170 and those designed and built under specific engineering design.

It has been written and compiled from proven performance and cites a standard of acceptable practice agreed between manufacturers and roofing contractors.

The drawings and requirements contained in this Code illustrate acceptable trade practice, but recommended or better trade practice is also quoted as being a preferred alternative.

Because the environment and wind categories vary throughout New Zealand, acceptable trade practice must be altered accordingly; in severe environments and high wind design load categories, the requirements of the NZBC will only be met by using specific detailing as described in this Code.

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to present both Acceptable Trade Practice and Recommended Trade Practice, in a user-friendly format to ensure that the roof and wall cladding, flashings, drainage accessories, and fastenings will:

  • comply with the requirements of B1, B2, E1 E2 and E3 of the NZBC;
  • comply with the design loading requirements of AS/NZS 1170 and NZS 3604 and with AS/NZS 1562;
  • have and optimised lifespan; and
  • be weathertight.

COP v23.09:Revision-History; 2020-March

19.14 2020 – March 

The following updates to the NZ Metal Roof and Wall Cladding Code Practice (COP), are effective 1 March 2020.

This update contains only minor revisions, mostly concerning grammar and punctuation fixes.

Editing and rearrangement for clarity

  • Corrected "upstand angles" of valleys to 90°, removed "Upstand Angles" from Internal Valley Angle Table.
  • Replaced Comparison of 10-Minute Published Intensity with 1-Minute and 2-Minute Intensities-chart with a simplified chart only showing comparison for 10-year and 50-year ARI.

19.14A Revision Detail - 2020 - March

CategoryClause Number (at time of update)Clause (As of current publication)Details
2 - Editing and rearrangement11 IntroductionUpdate Revisions Message
1 - Minor Errata5.25.4 GuttersEasier to read layout options.
1 - Minor Errata5. External Gutters (Spouting)Grammar fix.
1 - Minor Errata5. Internal GuttersGrammar fix.
2 - Editing and rearrangement5. Valley DesignRemoved references to "Upstand Angle B" and replaced drawing "Common Valley Shapes"
1 - Minor Errata5. Asymmetrical ValleysPunctuation fix.
1 - Minor Errata5. Rainwater HeadsPunctuation fix.
1 - Minor Errata5. SumpsTypo fix.
1 - Minor Errata5.45.7 Outlets and DownpipesPunctuation fix.
1 - Minor Errata5.5.314.18.9 Gutter InstallationMinor Typo Fix.
1 - Minor Errata5. Gutter FallTypo fix.
1 - Minor Errata5. DurationReplaced comparison chart with a simplified one.
1 - Minor Errata8. Flashing ExpansionGrammar fix.