Description of Works/Specification Notes
This specification deals with Resene Construction Systems Masonry Render System applied over Masonry Blocks. The system incorporates the application of a mineral based bagged texture finish.
Building Code Compliance
If the project has a building consent then the following clauses apply.
B1 – Structure
This specification complies with the requirements as set out in B1 – Structure which requires buildings, building elements and sitework to withstand the combination of loads and physical conditions they are likely to experience during construction, alteration and throughout their lives. Loads and physical conditions include self-weight, temperature, water, earthquakes, snow, wind, fire.
B2 – Durability
This specification complies with the requirements as set out in B2 – Durability which must always be considered when demonstrating compliance with each of the clauses of the Building Code. It ensures that a building throughout its life will continue to satisfy the performance of the Building Code. It confirms the use of materials that will remain functional throughout the specified intended life of the building, but not less than 50, 15 or 5 years
E2 – External Moisture
This specification complies with the requirements as set out in E2 – External Moisture which demonstrates External roof, wall claddings and external openings will prevent external moisture from causing undue dampness or damage.
F2 – Hazardous building materials
This specification complies with the requirements as set out in F2 – Hazardous building materials which safeguards people from illness and injury from quantities of gas, liquid, radiation and solid particles caused by exposure to building materials
On Going Maintenance Instructions
Provide ongoing maintenance instructions required to meet the performance requirements of the NZBC.
All the appropriate inspections are to be carried out by a BCA representative and that it complies with the NZBC requirements.
The following abbreviations are used throughout this work section:
Copies of the above relevant company documents referred to in this specification are available at;
Resene Construction Systems
Telephone: 0800 50 70 40
Telephone: 0800 RESENE (0800 737 363)
Substitutions are not permitted to any specified Resene Construction Systems system. Materials and execution to Resene Construction Systems specification except where varied by this specification and supported by architectural detailing.
Use only LBP registered plasterers licensed to apply the Resene Construction Systems exterior render systems.
Submit one 300 mm x 300 mm sample of the selected texture finish and colour for approval on request by the main contractor or specifier. Obtain signature of acceptance on sample and return to the Registered Plasterer.
Provide Resene Construction Systems Maintenance Guide on or before practical completion of the contract for issuing to the building owner. Resene Construction Systems Maintenance Guide to be provided on request.
If the project has a building consent then a producer statement shall be supplied by the plasterer in the form as required by the BCA.
Health and Safety
Refer to the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 2015 and Worksafe NZ: Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the construction industry. If the elimination or isolation of potential hazards and risks is not possible then minimise hazards and risks in this work on site by using the proper equipment and techniques as required in the MPNZA Painters hazard handbook. Supply protective clothing and equipment. Inform employees and others on site of the hazards and put into place procedures for dealing with emergencies. Obtain from Resene Construction Systems the Material Safety Data Sheets for each product. Keep sheets on site and comply with the required safety procedures. Confirmation at the start of the project as to whether a Site Specific Safety Plan is to be produced by the Registered Plasterer prior to works starting.
Warrant this system under normal environmental and use conditions against failure. Resene Construction Systems system warranty.
Materials: by Resene Construction Systems – 15 Years Materials only
Execution: by Registered Plasterer – 5 Years Workmanship only
Allow to inspect the whole of the work at each stage. Determine a programme for onsite assistance including notification when each part and stage of the work is ready for inspection prior to the work commencing. Permit representatives of Resene Construction Systems to inspect the work in progress and to take samples of their products from site if requested.
- 550gm Cartridges
Rockcote Fast Float Sponge (Fine)
- Polymer-modified cement-based dry plaster mix. Supplied in 20 kg bags
- Water based acrylic polymer dispersion. Supplied in 10 litre pails.
Resene X200 (2 Coats)
- Acrylic reinforced waterproof membrane. Supplied in 4 and 10 litre pails. Tinted to the selected colour
Rockcote Fast Float Fine Sponge Texture Finish
Plaster is applied not less than 1mm (8m2 per bag) with a steel trowel to a flat finish then float using a circular action to an even texture over the following five minutes with a plastic float. Wait until the plaster has started the curing process before applying a sponge lightly to the surface to raise the grain of the plaster and give it a traditional look. Apply plaster only when the temperature is between 5°C and 30°C and will be in that range for the 24 hours period following application.
Plaster should be protected from hot drying winds and direct sunlight for the first 16 hours. Protect newly applied plaster from rain and water run off for the first 24 hours. It is able to be sealed while the finish is still green.
Resene Limelock Sealer
Apply to trowelled plasters immediately after final trowelling (Dependent on surface porosity, typically 5-8m2 per litre). Apply one coat of Resene Limelock over the fresh substrate by commercial grade knapsack sprayer, spray, long pile roller or brush and allow to dry. Evenly coat all fresh surfaces to ensure uniform curing and that free lime cannot be transferred through weak points.
Resene X200 Paint Finish (2 Coats)
Use a 12-20mm synthetic fibre roller or texturing roller depending on surface. Apply two coats, First coat 2 sq. metres per litre, Second coat: 3.5 sq. metres per litre
Plan what maintenance you propose to undertake.
Take into consideration the type of work that is required, & the time of year you want to get it done. Most external maintenance is completed in the summer as this is generally the best weather for drying and for general outside work such as gardening. If you are planning on fixing brackets, security lights or any other fixture to the exterior make sure you have the skills & equipment to undertake the task.
If you are unsure call a specialist.
If it relates to a penetration through the exterior cladding call us direct on 0800 50 70 40 – a simple phone call could save you time & money later. Maintenance sounds difficult & costly – in fact, it can be quite the opposite.
It can become difficult & costly if it is never undertaken, by which time other issues may have arisen that could have been acted upon sooner through regular general maintenance.
There are virtually no “maintenance free” exterior claddings on the market, in fact, almost nothing is maintenance-free – many people tend to throw things away these days when they breakdown as it is cheaper than getting it fixed. This is not the case with your exterior cladding, you can’t just throw it away, it is protecting your family & your belongings. It is quite interesting to note that most people maintain their garden, & vehicle so they look good. Yet when it comes to cleaning the exterior windows, & walls or clearing leaves from a blocked gutter it seems to get left alone as it is perceived to be “difficult” or there are better things to do, maybe the dirt & leaves will simply disappear one day. This generally isn’t the case & regular maintenance is required.
One of your major life investments is property so why not look after it? General Maintenance is a requirement of the Resene Construction Systems Performance Guarantee.
Extent of Maintenance
The extent and nature of necessary maintenance is dependent on the
- Type of cladding or components used
- Position of cladding or components on the building
- Geographical Location of the building
- Specific site conditions.
- Areas that are considered non-maintainable
- Heavily textured areas
Wash Exterior Surfaces
You will need to clean down your Resene Construction Systems Plaster Finish every 12 -18 mths. Most airborne dirt particles accumulate on exterior surfaces during the summer months. So before the winter rain washes the dirt down over the walls, give these areas a clean, this will dramatically reduce the chances of your Resene Construction Systems Plaster Finish being stained.
Washing by rain removes most atmospheric contaminants, but sheltered areas, such as walls directly below eaves, are protected from the direct effects of rain and require regular manual washing. This work should be completed using a low-pressure water blaster (300 psi or less), keep the blaster at a 45-degree angle and 300mm away from the cladding when cleaning. For best results use “Resene Roof wash and paint cleaner”. Apply the diluted solution with a soft broom, & wash off with copious amounts of freshwater. Most detergents have a detrimental effect on fish life so avoid letting the washings runoff into the stormwater system. DO NOT use harsh solvent-based cleaners.
However, it is important that high-pressure water is not directed at sensitive junctions such as window surrounds and other flashings. Great care must be taken to avoid water being driven past anti-capillary gaps and flashings into the wall cavities.
Roof Junctions and Spouting
When cleaning, check your spouting to make sure there are no leaves that could block drains, or overflows when it rains. Trim back branches and clear gutters at the same time. Consider fitting gutter guards (however, dirt can still get through, so you do need to check under the gutter guards from time to time). Check apron flashing diverters (kick-outs) to make sure these are diverting water away from the cladding.
Deck and Ground Clearances
Exterior claddings require a minimum ground clearance to ensure no moisture gets to the timber of the wall due to capillary action. Ground clearances between the cladding and ground/deck must be maintained. For more information on required Ground Clearances refer to RCS TradeSpec 1.2 – Design Information.
If your lawn adjoins the house, a 150-225mm wide mowing strip along the edge will stop grass and weeds growing in these difficult-to-mow areas – and keep the area drier. A mowing strip will also prevent damage to the house from hitting the cladding with the mower. You can also use concrete, bricks, pavers or treated timber for a mowing strip, laid on a concrete base or on polythene but make sure there is at least 100mm gap between the pavers and the base of the cladding.
Check for cracked, missing or loose sealant. You will find sealants have been used around windows, doors, electrical fittings, plumbing fittings and along the soffit line. All deteriorated sealants should be removed and resealed (refer to RCS TradeSpec 3.4 – Sealants)
Check hidden areas
Check behind foliage, under decks and areas that are heavily shaded for signs of algae and mould. If possible increase the circulation of air around these points by pruning foilage. The use of mulch, bark or stones in these areas will also lower the risk of algae appearing on the surface of the coatings.
Contact your Registered Plasterer they will provide the necessary expertise to remedy the damage. If you are unable to contact a registered Resene Construction Systems Plasterer call Resene Construction Systems – FreePhone 0800 50 70 40 -we will arrange for an inspection & provide an assessment for the repair the exterior cladding.
Parapets are considered non-maintainable areas. They are in such a location as the degree of difficulty to maintain these areas according to the general maintenance requirements of the building code without risk to your health and safety is considered high. If you have areas that are non-maintainable we would require that these are checked every 6 months. Any non-maintainable areas will also need to be repainted/coated every 2-3 years.
Repainting a Dwelling
Repainting the exterior should be undertaken by a professional painter every 7 – 10 years to ensure the integrity of the entire system is kept good. If you select a colour which has an LRV less than 25% you can expect to repaint every 7 years. It is recommended that when you repaint your dwelling that you consider the use of Resene X200 as your choice of paint.
Maintainable Parapet Areas utilising Liquid Membranes
If you have areas that have maintainable liquid membrane eg.large sloping sills, balustrades, chimney breasts we would require that these are checked every 12 months. Any maintainable areas will also need to be repainted/coated every 3-5 years.
This specification must be read in conjunction with the Resene Construction Systems technical drawings.
No alteration to the Resene Construction Systems RenderSpec® is permitted.
The following Resene Construction Systems TradeSpec® Documents can be found at http://tradespec.co.nz
All Technical Data Sheets are available at https://reseneconstruction.co.nz/technical-library/technical-data-sheets/
All Safety Data Sheets are available at https://reseneconstruction.co.nz/technical-library/safety-data-sheets/