VIC Hendry advises Australian Standards can either be nominated in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), or under the Building Regulations 2006. Property Professionals should make themselves aware of the areas in the Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and BCA that can affect the property management of a building.
/ BUILDING REGULATIONS
The Building Regulations are principally a set of administrative provisions that call up the technical requirements of the BCA by reference and specify the essential safety measure requirements.
/ BUILDING CODE OF AUSTRALIA
The BCA cannot be read in isolation as it is the Building Regulations 2006 which amongst other things stipulate in Schedule 8 the type and size of buildings which are exempt from compliance with the BCA.
The Building Regulations 2006 also nominate in Regulation 308 the reporting authorities responsible for consenting to applications for building permits relating to the individual matters required under the BCA.
Other matters provided for in the Building Regulations 2006 that would affect the application of the technical requirements of the BCA include the siting controls in Part 4 and alterations to existing buildings (Regulation 608 + 609).
/ BCA VOLUMES
The BCA is published in two volumes. Volume One deals with all matters relating to Class 2 to 9 buildings and Volume Two deals with all matters relating to Class 1 and 10 buildings.
/ BCA PERFORMANCE HIERARCHY
The BCA is structured in a hierarchy fashion. Objectives set out community expectations, followed by functional statements that indicate how buildings can meet the Objectives. The performance requirements establish how various building elements are expected to perform to achieve the Objectives and Functional Statements.
The Building Solutions set out the means of achieving the Performance Requirements. Building solutions can be found in the BCA in the form of deemed to satisfy provisions which describe tried and proven methods of meeting a Performance Requirement. The deemed to satisfy provisions form the bulk of the Building Code of Australia.