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Bricklaying and Blocklaying

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Licence class: Bricklaying and Blocklaying
Descriptor:

This licensing class covers practitioners laying or erecting structural masonry or veneer for any category of building.

Explanatory note:

This licensing class includes Structural Masonry and Veneer.

Competencies:

These competencies may be demonstrated by meeting some or all of the following performance indicators.

Performance indicators:

Competency 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory environment of the building construction industry

1.1

Explain the purpose of the Building Act, Building Code, Resource Management Act, and their relationship with the construction process.

1.2

Describe the key features of the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme.

Includes but not limited to - the licensing classes, restricted building work, and accountability to the Building Practitioners Board.

1.3

Describe the roles and responsibilities of key parties involved in the design and building process.

Roles may include but not limited to - licensed building practitioners (Design, Site, Specialist, Trade), engineers, other trades (e.g. electrical, plumbing, tiling), building consent authorities (BCAs), and clients.

1.4

Describe how bricklaying and blocklaying fits within the building consent process.

Includes but not limited to - trigger points for consent, application, inspection, code compliance certificates, and consequences of non-compliance.

1.5

Explain the importance of, and operate within scope of individual competence, and recognise when other expertise is required.

Competency 2: Demonstrate knowledge of current bricklaying and blocklaying trade practice

2.1

Explain relevant technical bricklaying and blocklaying terms and construction methods.

2.2

Explain relevant current veneer and/or structural masonry methods and trade practice.

Veneer

May include but not limited to - implications of earthquake and sea spray zones, cavity requirements, foundation recess, installation of sills, lintels and arches, flashing of openings, penetrations, maximum height requirements, locating and positioning wall ties, setting the correct bond, and preparation of mortar.

Structural Masonry

May include but not limited to - setting the correct bond, positioning and fixing steel, erecting a raking gable, placement and use of control joints, bracing and templates to hold lintel up, reinforcing steel (grades, types, positioning, bending techniques), pilaster columns, and grouting methods.

2.3

Access and interpret relevant technical information.

May include but not limited to – accessing and interpreting information from: E2/AS1, CCANZ CP 01 (E2/AS3), NZS 4210, NZS 4229 and NZS HB 4236, manufacturers’ technical information, and relevant material standards.

2.4

Demonstrate knowledge of the needs of other trades and the process of integration.

May include but not limited to - electrical, plumbing, tiling, drainlaying, gasfitting, excavating, carpentry, plastering, roofing, and window installing.

2.5

Explain preliminary site set-up requirements.

May include but not limited to - access, site signage, temporary water and electricity, toilet, shed/store, and documentation.

Competency 3: Carry out planning for masonry work

3.1

Read and interpret approved building consent documents, working drawings, specifications, programme schedules and schedules of quantities.

3.2

Order and coordinate material supply to site.

May include but not limited to – measurements, calculation and estimation of quantities, ordering and coordinating material supply and delivery, and planning own work in coordination with the main contractor.

Competency 4: Work safely

4.1

Explain the purpose of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

4.2

Describe safe working practices on site.

May include but not limited to – storage of materials, temporary safety barriers, scaffolding, trestles, limiting exposure to cement and masonry dust, loading and unloading masonry units, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

4.3

Work safely.

May include but not limited to – having a Site Specific Safety Plan, keeping a hazard register, taking part in ‘tool box’ meetings.

Competency 5: Carry out masonry work

This competency may be demonstrated by meeting some or all of the performance indicators in one or more of the following areas of practice.

Area of practice 1: Veneer

5.1.1

Manage environmental issues on site.

May include but not limited to - site runoff (wash out water), building waste and hazardous materials disposal, alkali exposure, dust from operations, complying with the Resource Management Act requirements.

5.1.2

Where a building consent has been issued for the work, comply with the requirements of the approved building consent documents.

5.1.3

Comply with the requirements of current acceptable solutions and demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand Standards. Where out of scope comply with the approved specific design solution.

Includes E2/AS1, NZS HB 4236

5.1.4

Prepare to lay brick veneer and related masonry units.

May include but not limited to – laying a limited foundation wall to a maximum height of 1.2 metres, checking foundation rebate, ensuring openings are flashed and building wrap fixed, setting out veneer units, and completing cuts consistent with bond.

5.1.5

Lay brick veneer and related masonry units.

May include but not limited to – preparation of mortar, selection and laying of veneer masonry units using the correct bond, making provision for clean out ports in first row, provision of weep holes according to New Zealand Standard requirements, ensuring equivalent vent holes provided in last course, screwing wall ties according to NZ Standard requirements, and tooling all joints, cleaning up joint mortar and mortar droppings, cleaning down of finished surfaces.

5.1.6

Complete and finish the laying of brick veneer and related masonry units.

May include but not limited to – cleaning out cavity, foundation rebate, and close off, removing debris, and cleaning out ports ensuring weep-holes are maintained.

Area of practice 2: Structural Masonry

5.2.1

Manage environmental issues on site.

May include but not limited to - site runoff (wash out water), building waste and hazardous materials disposal, alkali exposure, dust from operations, complying with the Resource Management Act requirements.

5.2.2

Where a building consent has been issued for the work, comply with the requirements of the approved building consent documents.

5.2.3

Comply with the requirements of current New Zealand Standards and demonstrate knowledge of acceptable solutions. Where out of scope comply with the approved specific design solution.

Includes NZS 4229 and E2/AS3 - CCANZ CP 01

5.2.4

Complete preparations to lay structural masonry units.

May include but not limited to – setting out block work and ensuring correct placement of steel starter bars, preparation of reinforcing steel of correct grade, dimensions, and size according to specifications and drawings.

5.2.5

Lay masonry units.

May include but not limited to – preparation of mortar, selection of appropriate masonry units, and laying using the correct bond to leave cores uninterrupted, formation of clean out ports, placement and tying reinforcing steel according to specifications and drawings, tooling joints, cleaning up joint mortar and mortar droppings, cleaning down of finished surfaces, and preparation of cavity and closing off clean out ports.

5.2.6

Complete and finish the laying of masonry units.

May include but not limited to – addition of admixtures to grout on-site, placement of grout into cores and cavities, removing debris, and compaction of grout using a vibrator or rod as appropriate.

 

Last updated 20 December 2016

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