Building Code of Australia Blog

Aged Care Facilities

AUST - We have noticed that some aged care providers may potentially have Building Code of Australia compliance headaches in relation to their facilities. Aged care facilities generally fall into Class 3 (Aged Care Hostel), Class 9a (Nursing Home) and Class 9c (Aged Care Building) within the Building Code of Australia.

Fire Windows: Protection of Opening

AUST - Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C3 ‘Protection of Openings’, nominates fire windows under Clause 3.4 ‘Acceptable methods of protection’. This clause allows for the use of windows as an acceptable method of fire protection in walls requiring a FRL. The requirement for protection

Fire Rating Services Risers

AUST - Hendry reports on a common Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance design problem encountered on multi storey buildings that arise from design proposals for services risers, including mechanical air handling risers to open directly into a plantroom. To the contrary, compliance with the Deemed-to Satisfy requirements of Clause 2.7

Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems

AUST - Hendry advises that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems are proposed in the

Fire Rated Masonry: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia and various Australian Standards require that the design of buildings incorporate specific measures to mitigate the effects and risk of fire. Fire rated masonry is an integral part of providing safety for buildings. Where elements of buildings are required

Fire Isolated Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors provided the following comprehensive Building Code of Australia (BCA) report to a client concerning the use of fire isolated stairs by tenants for travelling between floors. The report raised some issues, and is a good read for those who have this Building Code of Australia

BCA: AS/NZS 3666.2: AS 1657: Fixed Platforms, Walkways & Stairways

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that providing proper access to your mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm water and cooling water systems in your buildings under AS 1657-1992 ‘Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation’ Part I1.2 of the Building Code of Australia requires mechanical ventilation and

Disability Access: Unisex Toilet: Building Code of Australia

AUST – Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability, may be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided. This therefore means that if for example

Tread Nosings in the Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the 2014 Building Code of Australia (BCA) has introduced criteria for the slip resistance of treads or tread nosing strips and stair landings. Slip resistance must be shown to comply with AS 4586. The table below specifies the required rating to be achieved.

Aisles in Theatres and Auditoriums

AUST - Hendry advise that an aisle in a theatre or auditorium must either be sloped at 1:8 or less or the floor must be stepped under the Building Code of Australia. Stepped floors are common and the maximum angle must not exceed 30 ̊ when a line is drawn over

Basic Concepts

AUST - Hendry advise that Australia’s Building Regulations are principally a set of administrative provisions that call up the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia by reference. The Building Code of Australia cannot be read in isolation as it is the Building Regulations which amongst other things are

D1.2 Number of Exits Required: Building Code of Australia: Part D1

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’ contains clause D1.2 ‘Number of exits required’. This article provides designers with an example of exit requirements for a Class 2 building. Building Code of Australia: Clause D1.2 – Issue Various requirements

Part D1: D1.6 Dimensions of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raises a question concerning the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’, D1.6 ‘Dimensions of Exits and Paths of Travel to Exits’. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue How are exits treated for plant rooms at different levels within a storey

Building Compliance: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia or building regulations. Each year various aspects of the Building Code of Australia are enhanced or amended according to industry and community

Open-deck carpark: Ventilation: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part A1 Interpretation contains Clause A1.1 Definitions. Open-deck carpark is a defined term for the use in the Building Code of Australia. Some clients have requested a further expansion on this definition. Building Code of Australia: Clause

Building Code of Australia: AS 1851-2005: As Built Drawings

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures (safety measures under the Building Code of Australia) to AS 1851-2005 needs specific attention. The

BCA Part E4: AS 2293.11-2005: Exit Signs: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’.

BCA: Sound Insulation: ABCB

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has issued a handbook titled ‘Sound Insulation’. This non-mandatory handbook provides guidance to users and building surveyors of the Building Code of Australia involved in design, construction or building certification leading to a building permit… Building Legislation

BCA: Part D2: Internal Illegal Stairs: Construction of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant. Building Compliance System Through

Revolving Doors: AS 1428: AS 1288

AUST - It is recognised by the Building Regulations that revolving doors have inherent hazards whereby the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not permit revolving doors to serve as an exit door for evacuation purposes and they are not permitted to be installed in class 9a health care buildings and in resident use areas in class 9c

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: Clause D1.3: Fire-Isolated Stairways & Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape in Clause D1.3 depicts the requirements for when fire-isolated stairways and ramps are required. The following information will help clients understand this Clause. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue What options are available when a stair connects three storeys under

BCA Part D1 Provision for Escape: D1.4 Exit Travel Distances

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question, can a stair connect four storeys without being fire isolated under Part D1 of the Building Code of Australia? The single stair in this BCA example can connect three consecutive storeys plus one additional storey if this additional storey is used solely as a carpark or the building is sprinkler protected or the required

EPAR: New Fire Safety Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the NEW Government Planning & Environment have issued a technical guideline (under EPAR) titled ‘New fire safety requirements when development affects an existing building’ for class 1b to 9 buildings. The main new provision is the new obligation for a certifying authority or principle certifying

MSSA 76D Swimming Pool Safety

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise a revised Minister’s Specification SA 76D – Swimming Pool Safety – new prescribed requirements for upgrading prescribed swimming pools took effect on 15 May 2014 by notice in the Government Gazette. The Minister’s Specification was revised to refer to the 2012 version of Australian Standard AS

Sliding fire doors: BCA Part C3 Protection of Openings Clause 3.6

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise under Part C3 of the Building Code of Australia BCA a red flashing warning light of adequate intensity and an audible warning device must be installed on both sides of  a sliding fire door. Both devices must activate in conjunction with the de-activation of the electromagnetic door holder upon activation of the heat

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2 Occupant Access to Two Exits

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape: Occupant Access to Two Exits’ is quite specific about egress requirements for a building over 25 metres in height. The following information will help clients understand the requirements and when they apply.  Building Code of Australia: Clause –

Large Isolated Buildings: Part C2: Fire Compartment Size: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part C2 ‘Compartmentation and Separation’ contains clause C2.3 ‘Large isolated buildings’. A number of HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation in Class 7 and 8 buildings. Building Code of Australia:

Part C3: C3.2 Protection of Openings: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia Part C3 Protection of Openings contains Clause C3.2 Protection of Openings in External Walls. Clients will find the following information helpful in their understanding of this clause.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Can opening exist 1.4m from the boundary line in

Electrical Equipment: AS/NZS 3000: AS 60529: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors observe that it is surprising to note that the Building Code of Australia does not specifically reference the Standard AS/NZS 3000: 2007 ‘Electrical Installations’ (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules). However, many Australian Standards referenced by the Building Code of Australia in specification A1.3 do reference the the wiring rules.  AS/NZS 3000:2007 ‘Electrical Installations’ requires

Part C2: Connection of Large Isolated Buildings: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part C2 ‘Compartmentation and Separation’ contains clause C2.3 ‘Large isolated buildings’. A number of HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation and connection of large isolated buildings. Building Code

Building Code of Australia Part C2: Compartmentation & Separation

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 ‘Compartmentation and Separation’ contains clause C2.3 ‘Large isolated buildings’. A number of designs provided to HENDRY building surveyors are incorrect and designers appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to distances and envelope shape. Building Code of

Existing Building Compliance: Building Code of Australia

NT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Government is extending the moratorium to allow owners of buildings which were built prior to 28 April 2009 to achieve compliance under the building regulations and Building Code of Australia. The owners of existing buildings which are unauthorised or have incomplete certification

Part F1: Damp and Weatherproofing: Stormwater Drainage: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part F1 ‘Damp and Weatherproofing’ contains clause F1.1 Stormwater drainage. The following explanation and illustration will enlighten the requirements for various situations. Building Code of Australia: Clause F1.1 – Issue What are the principles related to drainage

Building Code of Australia: BCA: Part C2: Fire Compartmentation

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 Compartmentation and Separation contains clause C2.2 general floor and volume limitations. A number of  HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation. Building Code

Fire Hose Reels: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Clause E1.4 specifies when fire hose reels need to be installed in various types of buildings based on floor area, classifications and the number of storeys. The intent of Clause E1.4 is to ensure that fire hose reels

Essential Safety Measures: Glossary: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia references many Essential Safety Measures as Safety Measures in Part 1 Equipment and Safety Installations. The following table lists all the Safety Measures and Building Code of Australia Clause References in Part I, with a glossary/ definition of

Swimming Pools 12 Month Extension

NSW - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Office of Local Government has extended by 12 months to the 29 April 2016, for property owners who wish to sell or lease a property containing a swimming pool to have to provide a certificate of compliance of the pools compliance prior

New Queensland Building and Construction Commission: QBCC

QLD – Essential Property Services advises that Queensland has a new building industry regulator (to oversee contractors licensed for fire safety installations inspections), with the formation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). The QBCC has officially replaced the Building Services Authority (BSA)… (more) Further Advice For further advice,

New A5 Category of Certification: Building Code of Australia

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Professionals Board has announced that the new category of A5 certifiers will be able to issue complying development certificates under State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013, for developments that can’t be classified under the Building Code of

Part E-1: Fire Hydrants: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Clause E1.3 sets out the criteria for buildings which require the installation of fire hydrants based on the total floor area of the building and the availability of an operational fire main. Fire hydrants are not first attack

Clause D1.4: Travel Distances: Building Code of Australia

AUST - Hendry building surveyors have noticed that some architects, designers, developers and building certifiers are incorrectly interpreting travel distances for building egress to a single exit at street level to be increased to 30m in lieu of 20m. In many cases the shop or office, which is often subject

Smoke Hazard Management: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Clause E2.2 ‘General Requirements’ establishes the requirements under the BCA for smoke hazard management and sets out other general provisions. As a guide for building surveyors when faced with performance based designs it would be reasonable to accept

Fire Safety Provisions: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors often have to clients how the Building Code of Australia determines fire safety provisions relative to their building. This article provides a broad overview which will help you in your understanding of the Building Code of Australia. 1. Use of building under the Building Code

Building Code of Austalia: Part A4: United Buildings

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part A4 United Buildings sets out the criteria for when two or more buildings adjoining each other form one united building. There are significant advantages to building owners when uniting of building (united buildings) occurs due to the

Ambulant Facilities: Minimum Width to be Considered

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors are experiencing a number of facilities at final inspection where the ambulant toilet facilities are non-compliant due to the minimum width of 900 - 920mm not being achieved. This seems to be a problem that both design and contractor need to be aware of in

SA: Minor Variations Need New Development Permits

SA - HENDRY building surveying advises that a recent court judgement (Paior v City of Marion (No 3)) has unintended consequences in that minor variations will require a new application for approval developments. The government is moving to present legislative changes to Parliament early in the new year.

Amendments: Building Design: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that building design amendments relating to new buildings or building upgrades to existing buildings need not be compelled to comply with new regulations or amendments to the Building Code of Australia that are enacted during the design phase before a building approval is issued. (One

Exit Doors: Fail Safe Devices: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the means of activating a fail-safe device to unlock an exit door is often misunderstood, especially with regard to shopping centre tenancies. For shopping centre tenancies not more than 200m² in size, Clause D2.21(a)(ii)(C) of the Building Code of Australia provides an exemption from

Fire Stairs Security: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners and occupiers of multi-storey buildings (over 25m) often need to improve security of fire stairs.  Typically, this is achieved by simply fitting locks to the stair side of the fire door but this solution in fact is contrary to Building Code of

Farm Buildings: Fire Brigade Requirements

SA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Country Fire Service has issued a guideline covering typical fire hydrants for farm buildings in South Australia...

Building Surveyors and Corruption

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act has just issued a regulation amendment to declare that building certifiers (building surveyors) to be public officers and therefore come under the ACT.

Provision for Special Hazards: Part E1: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) covers fire fighting equipment in Part E1. E1 is very specific and details what is needed in buildings, where, what and how. But there are buildings that require extra provision for special hazards. It is impossible for

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems

AUST – The Building Code of Australia requires high rise buildings to have a sound system and intercom system (SSIS) complying with AS 1670.4-2004 ‘Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning – Sound systems and intercom systems for emergency purposes’, for emergency purposes. This installation

Fire Walls: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors report that a number of clients misunderstand the term ‘fire wall’ used in the Building Code of Australia when nominated in a BCA Audit. This leads to wrong interpretations and the use of the wrong words in correspondence containing Building Code of Australia terminology. The following is

Sound Requirements: Residential Construction

SA – The South Australian Government has introduced the Minister’s Specification SA 78B – ‘Construction Requirements for the Control of External Sound’ which came into effect on 1 March 2013. This must be used in conjunction with the Building Code of Australia. This policy will attempt to regulate excessive noise at

Building Code of Australia: Fire Rating Services Risers

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report on a common Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance design problem encountered on multi storey buildings that arise from design proposals for services risers, including mechanical air handling risers to open directly into a plantroom. To the contrary, compliance with the Deemed-to Satisfy requirements

Existing Fire Indicator Panel: Upgrade: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors have been involved in the building upgrade of a number of buildings containing a fire indicator panel (FIP), and we impart some important consideration for property managers who are considering an upgrade of their FIP- detection system under the Building Code of Australia. When the

Disability Access for Aged Care Facilities

AUST – One of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been the improvements to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010. These enhancements have

AS 2047-2014: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that SAI Global has released a new edition of AS 2047-2014 Windows and external glazed doors in buildings. Designers must be aware that the current building regulations through the Building Code of Australia still references AS 2047-1999 as the applicable standard for design and

BCA Part G1: G1.2: Refrigerated Chambers: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 'Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults' sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored frequently when considering essential safety measures provisions. Building Compliance

BCA Part C3: Protection of Openings: C3.5 Doorways in Fire Walls

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part C3 ‘Protection of Openings: Doorways in Fire Walls’ outlines the circumstances under which fire shutters should be activated. The following information will help clients understand the circumstances applicable for fire shutter activation. Building Code of Australia: Clause

Part C3: C3.5 Doorways in Fire Walls

AUST - Hendry advises that the Building Code of Australia Part C3 ‘Protection of Openings: Doorways in Fire Walls’ outlines the circumstances under which fire shutters should be activated. The following information will help clients understand the circumstances applicable for fire shutter activation. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue How should fire shutters

New Slip Resistance for Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that in May 2014 the Building Code of Australia will introduce deemed to satisfy provisions for slip-resistance to trends and nosings to stair ways for all buildings other than houses and outbuildings under BCA Vol 2 Clause 3.9.1.3.(g). Designers should make themselves aware of

Window Barriers

AUST – The Building Code of Australia includes requirements for window barriers for openable windows in the NCC. The requirements mean window barriers are required for openable windows in early childhood centres and bedrooms in residential buildings where the floor beneath the window is more than two metres above the

Building Compliance: Slips and Falls

AUST - Hendry informs owners and facility managers that compliant buildings and good documentation can reduce the risk of injury claims against them. This can be achieved by ensuring that new buildings are compliant with the Building Code of Australia and that existing buildings that have inherent non-compliances are audited and actioned

Part A4: United Buildings

AUST - Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part A4 United Buildings sets out the criteria for when two or more buildings adjoining each other form one united building. There are significant advantages to building owners when uniting of building (united buildings) occurs due to the acceptance under

ABCB: Understanding the Disability Access Provisions

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise clients of ‘Module 5 – Understanding the Disability Access Provisions’ in the ABCB’s Resource Kit. Module 5 provides the reader with 132 slides containing valuable information for designers, managers and building owners seeking building approvals.  

Building Code of Australia: Fire Rated Masonry

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia and various Australian Standards require that the design of buildings incorporate specific measures to mitigate the effects and risk of fire. Fire rated masonry is an integral part of providing safety for buildings. Where elements of buildings are required

Fire Rating Services Risers: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report on a common Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance design problem encountered on multi storey buildings that arise from design proposals for services risers, including mechanical air handling risers to open directly into a plantroom. To the contrary, compliance with the Deemed-to Satisfy requirements

Safe Design of Structures: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Safe Work Australia has issued a Code of Practice ‘Safe Design of Structures'. The Code states in part the Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking who design structures (building works) that will be used, or could reasonably be

AS/NZS 3666.2: AS 1657: Fixed Platforms, Walkways & Stairways: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that providing proper access to your mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm water and cooling water systems in your buildings under AS 1657-1992 ‘Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation’ Part I1.2 of the Building Code of Australia requires mechanical ventilation and

Unisex Toilet: Disability Access: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the Building Code of Australia allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability, may be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided. This therefore means

Building Code of Australia: Class 2 and Class 3 Buildings

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors endeavour to clarify the differences in classification and use of Class 2 and Class 3 buildings as designated in the Building Code of Australia in this article. Traditionally, we have not experienced difficulties in assessing the use of Class 2 or Class 3 buildings under the Building

Building Code of Australia: AS/NZS 3666.2: AS 1657: Roof Mounted Air-Conditioning Units

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that there are specific requirements for access to roof mounted air conditioning units/ air handling systems (as essential safety measures) on buildings which would be applied in a building approval process.  Part I1.2 of the Building Code of Australia requires mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm

Occupancy: Factory & Warehouse: Excessive Hazard: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that some property owners, managers and tenants of factories and warehouses are coming to grief by not being aware of “occupancy of excessive hazard” under the Building Code of Australia. Questions are raised by building control authorities (building notices), insurance companies and representatives of an

Points of Legality: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation). Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia Where there is general provision which appears

Evacuation: Exit Way Finding: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that building owners, occupiers and building certifiers who are either considering increasing an occupancy level under the Building Code of Australia in a building beyond normal allowable limits (pursuant to a building approval situation), or who need to justify increasing exit travel distances, should

BCA: AS 1428.1-2009: Disability Access: Major Changes

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise the amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of AS 1428.1-2009, that supersedes the previous AS 1428.1-2001 (disability access code) edition, has resulted in some significant changes to the disability access and toilet facilities provisions for people with disabilities.

AS 2293.1-2005: Exit Signs: Emergency Lighting: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 'Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation'.

Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Building Code of Australia: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia of “Principal Pedestrian Entrance”, we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states” The principal pedestrian

Draft BCA 2014: Changes Ready to Read

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently released the draft of the Building Code of Australia 2014 and has been made available for public comment prior to its issue… (more)

Building Code of Australia: Clause G1.2: Refrigerated Chambers

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 'Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults' sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/ freezers). These provisions are ignored frequently when considering essential safety measures provisions. Building

Building Code of Australia: Part D2: Internal Illegal Stairs: Construction of Exits

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner

C3.6 Sliding fire doors: BCA Part C3 Protection of Openings

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise under Part C3 of the Building Code of Australia BCA a red flashing warning light of adequate intensity and an audible warning device must be installed on both sides of  a sliding fire door. Both devices must activate in conjunction with the de-activation of the electromagnetic

BCA Part 4: United Buildings

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part A4 United Buildings sets out the criteria for when two or more buildings adjoining each other form one united building. There are significant advantages to building owners when uniting of building occurs due to the acceptance

Illegal Building Documentation: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that BRANZ has issued Advisory Note 2013-1 titled ‘Illegal Fabricated Fire Test Report and Fire Test Certificate’ informing clients that illegal and fabricated reports under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), purporting to have been issued by BRANZ in the name of Fire Retardant

BCA Part C2: Fire Compartment Size: Large Isolated Buildings: Class 7 & 8

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 'Compartmentation and Separation' contains clause C2.3 'Large isolated buildings'. A number of HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation in Class 7

Flood Hazard Areas: Building Regulations: BCA

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Commission has issued Practice Note 2013-65 'Flood Hazard Areas and Building Regulations' to provide building practitioners with clarification of the new provisions in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013 Volumes One and Two that relate to the construction of buildings in

BCA Part C3 Protection of Openings C3.2 Protection of openings in external walls

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part C3 Protection of Openings contains Clause C3.2 Protection of Openings in External Walls. Clients will find the following information helpful in their understanding of this clause.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Can opening exist 1400mm

Connection of Two Large Isolated Buildings: BCA Part C2.3

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 'Compartmentation and Separation' contains clause C2.3 'Large isolated buildings'. A number of HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation and connection of

BCA Part C2 Compartmentation & Separation: C2.3 Large Isolated Buildings

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 'Compartmentation and Separation' contains clause C2.3 'Large isolated buildings'. A number of designs provided to HENDRY building surveyors are incorrect and designers appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to distances

Steel: Corrosion Protection: BCA: AS/NZ 2312

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors report that Volume One of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) (Class 2-9 buildings) does not specifically state measures for the protection of structural steel and the determination of individual actions under Part B does not include any reference to corrosive environments. Corrosive environments will include seaside

BCA Part F1: Damp and Weatherproofing: Stormwater Drainage

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part F1 'Damp and Weatherproofing' contains clause F1.1 Stormwater drainage. The following explanation and illustration will enlighten the requirements for various situations. Building Code of Australia: Clause F1.1 – Issue What are the principles related to

BCA: Part C2: Fire Compartmentation

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C2 Compartmentation and Separation contains clause C2.2 general floor and volume limitations. A number of  HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation. Building Code

Sound Insulation: BCA plus Rw + Ctr

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers need to remind clients in Queensland of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) change to the Sound insulation requirements in 2009. BCA 2009 in Queensland included a deletion of Qld variation 3.8.6.1 (Volume 2) and F5.2 (Volume 1) to the sound insulation requirements. BCA 2009

National Construction Industry Conference 2013

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), together with Master Plumbers Australia and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, will jointly deliver the pre-eminent National Construction Industry Conference of 2013. The conference will offer both Building and Plumbing industry attendees a world class built

Protection: Enclosed Electrical Equipment: AS/NZS 3000: AS 60529

AUST - HENDRY Building Surveyors observe that it is surprising to note that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not specifically reference the Standard AS/NZS 3000: 2007 'Electrical Installations' (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules). However, many Australian Standards referenced by the BCA in specification A1.3 do reference the

Essential Safety Measures: Glossary of Definitions: Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) references many Essential Safety Measures as Safety Measures in Part I1 Equipment and Safety Installations. The following table lists all the Safety Measures and BCA Clause References in Part I, with a glossary/ definition of each Safety

BCA Part C3 Protection of Openings: C3.8 Openings in fire-isolated exits

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C3 Protection of Openings contains Clause C3.8 Openings in fire isolated exits. Designers must be aware of the provisions relative to windows in fire stairs. Building Code of Australia: Clause 3.8 – Issue Is it

Fire Hydrants: Building Code of Australia Part E-1 (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Clause E1.3 sets out the criteria for buildings which require the installation of fire hydrants based on the total floor area of the building and the availability of an operational fire service. Fire hydrants are not first

NCC: BCA 2013: Window Barriers

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the new BCA 2013 will include requirements for window barriers for openable windows in the NCC 2013. The requirements mean window barriers are required for openable windows in early childhood centres and bedrooms in residential buildings where the floor beneath the window is

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Slips and Falls

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors remind owners and facility managers that compliant buildings and good documentation can reduce the risk of injury claims against them. This can be achieved by ensuring that new buildings are compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and that existing buildings that have inherent non-compliances are

NCC (BCA) 2013 Information Seminars

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the ABCB has issued dates for the NCC 2013 information seminars. The seminars are to be held in every capital city and will cover extensively the changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA)... (more)

Energy Efficiency: Building Code of Australia: BCA

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Commission has issued Advisory Note number 2012/022 titled ‘Meeting the new energy efficiency requirements for residential buildings in the BCA 2012 – Deemed to satisfy provisions’… (more)

Determining Fire Safety Provisions: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors often have to explain to clients how the Building Code of Australia (BCA) determines fire safety provisions relative to their building. This article provides a broad overview which will help non professionals in their understanding of the BCA. 1. Use of building under the BCA  Buildings

United Buildings: Building Code of Australia, Part A4 (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part A4 United Buildings sets out the criteria for when two or more buildings adjoining each other form one united building. There are significant advantages to building owners when uniting of building (united buildings) occurs due to

Building Design Amendments: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building design amendments relating to new buildings or alterations to existing buildings need not be compelled to comply with new regulations or amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that are enacted during the design phase. (One exception to this are the regulations

Fail Safe Devices: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the means of activating a fail-safe device to unlock an exit door is often misunderstood, especially with regard to shopping centre tenancies. For shopping centre tenancies not more than 200m2 in size, Clause D2.21(a)(ii)(C) of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) provides an exemption

Security: Fire Stairs: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners and occupiers of multi-storey buildings (over 25m) often need to improve security of fire stairs.  Typically, this is achieved by simply fitting locks to the stair side of the fire stair door but this solution in fact is contrary to Building Code

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Provision for Special Hazards

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) covers fire fighting equipment in Part E1. E1 is very specific and details what is needed in buildings, where, what and how. But there are buildings that require extra provision for special hazards. It is impossible for the BCA

Use of Fire Isolated Stairs: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provided a comprehensive Building Code of Australia (BCA) report to a client concerning the use of fire isolated stairs by tenants for travelling between floors. The report raised some issues, and is a good read for those who have this BCA related problem. Attention Mr

Factory & Warehouse Occupancy: Excessive Hazard: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that some property owners, managers and tenants of factories and warehouses are coming to grief by not being aware of "occupancy of excessive hazard" under the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Questions are raised by building control authorities (building notices), insurance companies and representatives of

Class 2 and Class 3 Buildings: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors endeavour to clarify the differences in classification and use of Class 2 and Class 3 buildings as designated in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in this article. Traditionally, we have not experienced difficulties in assessing the use of Class 2 or Class 3 buildings under the

AS 1926: Inconsistent Building Code of Australia (BCA) Requirements

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the NSW Department of Planning issued a Building Regulations Advisory Note BS 10 005 on AS 1926 to advise practitioners and the industry of an inconsistency between the NSW variations to Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2010 and the NSW Swimming Pools Act 1992 and

Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part C3: C3.8 Openings in fire-isolated exits

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code ofAustralia (BCA) in Part C3 'Protection of Openings' contains Clause C3.8 'Openings in fire isolated exits'. Designers must be aware of the provisions relative to windows in fire stairs. Building Code of Australia: Clause 3.8 – Issue Is it possible to construct

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Unisex Toilet: Disability Access

AUST – Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability, may be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided. This therefore means that if

Disability Access: Building Code of Australia: BCA

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the 2012 edition of the Building Code of Australia was adopted by the Commonwealth, States and Territories on the 1 May 2012. It has now been a whole year since the Access Code was incorporated into the BCA 2011 as part of

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Points of Legality

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation). Building Regulations and BCA Where there is general provision which appears to be

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Building Regulations: Basic Concepts

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Australia’s Building Regulations are principally a set of administrative provisions that call up the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) by reference. The BCA cannot be read in isolation as it is the Building Regulations which amongst other things are

Forced Building Compliance: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia (BCA) or building regulations. Each year various aspects of the BCA are enhanced or amended according to industry and community consultation and

Exit Way Finding: Evacuation: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that building owners, occupiers and certifiers who are either considering increasing an occupancy level under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in a building beyond normal allowable limits (pursuant to an approval situation), or who need to justify increasing exit travel distances, should consider

Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), ‘How are exits treated for plant rooms at different levels within a storey (roof top plant room)?’ Building Code of Australia: Clause – Explanation The plant room storey in a building over 25m in effective

Definitions: Open-deck carpark: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part A1 Interpretation contains Clause A1.1 Definitions. Open-deck carpark is a defined term for the use in the BCA. Some clients have requested a further expansion on this definition. Building Code of Australia: Clause A1.1 –

Disability Access: Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia (BCA) of “Principal Pedestrian Entrance", we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states” The principal

Exit Signs: Emergency Lighting: AS 2293.1-2005: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 'Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and

Refrigerated Chambers: Building Code of Australia (BCA) Clause G1.2

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored frequently. Building Compliance System Through the various types of inspections

Internal Illegal Stairs: Part D2 Construction of Exits: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant.

BCA Alternative Solution, and Building Regulations 1989

WA - HENDRY Building Surveyors advise that a Department of Housing and Works Building Note regarding the acceptance of Building Code of Australia (BCA)  Alternative Solutions that have not been assessed, nor approved by the relevant local government, is a must read. The Department states that the Builders’ Registration Board, when it