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Learn Rules For Bathroom Design and Code







No room in the house is as densely packed with services – electricity, water, sewer – as the bathroom. This density can result in a disorganized, inefficient space. At its worst, it can present a danger for the occupants.
Because of this, it pays to know your building code as it relates to bathrooms – before you remodel.

Good design rules are not code and they are not required by law. But designing wisely means having a bathroom you will enjoy using. Plus, a well-designed bathroom gives your home added resale value when it comes time to sell.

Following Code in the Bathroom

The International Residential Code is a model code that was developed by an international standards organization for one- and two-family dwellings. Most municipalities in the United States and Canada have adopted this code.
Some of these jurisdictions maintain the code

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H1 Building Code Compliance Tool

On 1st of January 2017 Clause H1 Fourth edition Amendment 3 came into force. It calls up the 2009 version of NZS4218 as Acceptable Solution for Clause H1. NZS4218:2004 including the Clause H1 replacement tables remained an Acceptable Solution until 30 May 2017.

From 1 June 2017 only NZS4218:2009 is the Acceptable Solution for Clause H1.

Below is a list of the most important changes in the new Clause H1:

  • The Acceptable Solution does explicitly exclude the use of foil insulation. (H1/AS1 1.0.2)
  • The maximum permitted area of skylights for using the NZS4218:2009 Schedule Method has been increased from 1.2m² to 1.5m² or 1.5% of the roof area, whichever is the larger. (NZS4218:2009 4.1.1(d))
  • Up to 3m² of glazing with an R-value of less than R-0.26 (“decorative glazing and louvers”) is permitted in the NZS4218:2009 Schedule Method. (NZS4218:2009 4.1.1(c))
  • The maximum of 50% glazing for using the NZS4218:2009 Calculation
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