Forté achieves a CodeMark Certification

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We are excited to announce that we have achieved a CodeMark Certification for our Moda and Urban Collections using the Forte Timber Overlay Flooring System. This was in response to feedback from clients that they are having issues and hold-ups in council issuing consent for timber flooring when specified in Kitchens and other wet areas. 

This is the first CodeMark issued for an overlay flooring product in New Zealand, making Forté the only timber flooring brand/system to have achieved this. We have taken this approach to make it easier for our clients to specify Forté flooring products for the projects, and now have the most comprehensive timber flooring system that is fully compliant with the new building code changes. 

How does it benefit you? 

  • It speeds up the Building Consent Process 

  • Less paperwork and reduces time with RFI’s 

  • Eliminates the possibility of council delaying consent in the submission stage of the project 

  • Eliminates the possibility of council delaying consent in the final inspection stage of the project 

  • Reduces the risk of being recalled to the project site 

  • Reduces the costs associated with RFIs from council 

  • Gives you peace of mind that the product is fully compliant with the NZ building code 

Simply put, a CodeMark makes it simple to gain compliance for Wet Areas (E3 compliance) when specifying timber flooring in kitchens and other wet areas in both single-dwelling and multi-dwelling residential and commercial buildings. 
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What is CodeMark?

CodeMark is a voluntary product certification scheme that shows a building product or method meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. It is an unchallengeable form of product assurance and has legal status equivalent to that of an Acceptable Solution or Verification Method. 

Building consent authorities must accept a CodeMark certificate as evidence of compliance with the New Zealand Building Code, as long as the product is used in accordance with the scope and limitations defined on the certificate.  

What does this mean for me as a specifier?  

While all our timber flooring collections are compliant with the building code, specifying Moda and Urban products with a CodeMark Certification will ensure council approves applications without question (provided the specification adheres to the scope of use). 

Architects: How do I specify and ensure it is within the Scope of use? 
  1. Refer to the Forté Timber Overlay Flooring System Design Guide and to ensure you specify in accordance with the Scope of Use. 
  2. Specify the 6311FF Forte Timber Overlay System in MasterSpec, or work with your Forté representative who will be able to assist you in the specification process.  
Builders & Installers: How does this change how I install Forte Timber Flooring? 
  1. The council approves the building consent based on the system specified, so it is important that you install in accordance with the architect’s specification. Check this when pricing the job and if there are any concerns with the method or products being used ensure you raise these prior to submitting your price/quote. 
  2. Ensure you have read the latest version of the Forté Overlay Flooring System Installation Guide and always follow our guidance alongside the notes on the specification. If information conflicts at any point, please get in touch with the Forte Technical team to discuss solution. 

If you would like more information around our CodeMark certification and how this can help you in the specification process, please get in touch with your Forté representative.

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