VIC – Hendry building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 Part 2 – Building Standards in Section 15 ‘Effect of accreditation’ for the accreditation of building products under the Building Code of Australia provides that the relevant independent building surveyor cannot refuse to approve building work on the ground that any building product or construction method is unsatisfactory if that product or construction method is accredited by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee.

Building Act 1993 part extract of Section 15 ‘Effect of Accreditation’ follows:

Section 15 ‘Effect of Accreditation’

  1. The Building Regulations may provide for the issue of certificates of accreditation for building products, construction methods, designs, components and systems accredited by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee or a prescribed person or body.
  2. The relevant building surveyor must not refuse to approve building work on the ground that any building product, construction method, design, component or system connected with the building work is unsatisfactory if the product, method, design, component or system is accredited by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee or a prescribed person or body and it complies with that accreditation.

Building Regulations 2006 part extract Part 14 – Building Product Accreditation follows:

Part 14 – Building Product Accreditation

Division 1 – General
1401 Definitions

In this Part:

  • building product includes construction method, design component or system connected with building work
  • Committee means the Building Regulations Advisory Committee.

1402 Prescribed Body to Accredit Products

For the purposes of sections 14 and 15 of the Act the Australian Building Codes Board is a prescribed body.

Certificates of Accreditation – CodeMark

The national equivalent to accreditation as provided for in sections 14 and 15 of the Building Act is administered with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) through CodeMark. This certification or accreditation is defined in clause A1.1 of BCA Volume One and clause 1.1.1.2 of the BCA Volume Two.

Certification is recognition that a product, material, method or system of construction, design or component relating to building work, meets specified performance criteria of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Certification can apply to new and innovative products and systems for which no test method, Australian Standard, etc exists, as well as to existing commonly used products and systems.

Certification of products and systems is not mandatory and is only one of a number of forms of evidence of suitability recognised in clause A.2.2 of BCA Volume One and clause 1.2.2 of BCA Volume Two.

Certification will only be issued following consideration of an appraisal, which can be defined as “a detailed and reasoned technical opinion issued by an appropriately qualified person/ organisation having not been involved in, or having any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the invention, design, production, manufacture, sale or distribution of the product”.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information, including Building Certification.