QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that according to a recent Building newsflash from Growth Management Queensland (via the Queensland Development Code), requirements for mandatory end-of-trip facilities (a component of the Queensland Government’s Cleaner, Greener Buildings Initiative) have commenced on 26 November 2010.
New building requirements have been prepared following extensive consultation with industry and the community. The requirements which apply statewide have been included in Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part (MP) 4.1—Sustainable buildings.
End-of-trip facilities must be installed for all new major developments and major additions to defined buildings located in designated Local Government Areas.
Facilities must be provided for cyclists, joggers and walkers at their place of work and include:
•secure bicycle parking
Facilities should be easily accessible to users and located within the building or on-site within 100 metres of a main entrance to the building, and provided in line with prescribed workforce or occupant ratios under the Queensland Development Code.
Major developments include commercial office buildings, shopping centres, tertiary education facilities and hospitals with a floor area greater than 2000 square metres.
Additions to major developments are also captured where the addition to an existing major development results in new floor area of at least 1000 square metres.
Designated Local Government Areas include the areas identified in Schedule 1 of the Queensland Development Code. For Local Governments not listed in the schedule, it is recommended that building owners, developers and certifiers consult the relevant Local Government as the Queensland Development Code end of trip requirements may be adopted through a local government planning scheme or through a council resolution.
Resolutions are published in local newspapers and are also available on Local Government websites. In some circumstances it may not be appropriate for a major development to include an end-of-trip facility. The Queensland Development Code allows for these circumstances—for example where the development is a significant distance from a population centre or where road conditions would be hazardous to cyclists. Where a certifier considers the circumstances as inappropriate for end-of-trip facilities the building application can be referred to Local Government for concurrence advice.