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3110, 2017

WA – Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

WA – Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

Comments are also being sought by Standards Australia on its draft Preliminary Impact Analysis regarding the proposed changes to AS 3959.

Public comments are to be provided directly through Standards Australia Public Comment online portal by Wednesday 22 November 2017.

 

Read more at www.commerce.wa.gov.au

1010, 2017

VIC – building practitioners need to be aware that it is a legal requirement to maintain minimum clearance at all times between structures and overhead powerline

VIC – The VBA states building practitioners involved in the design, construction or certification of building work need to be aware that it is a legal requirement to maintain minimum clearance at all times between structures and overhead powerlines.  Failure to consider local overhead powerlines before construction begins can result in penalties and expensive project delays, not to mention serious safety risks for property owners, contractors and the public.
Read the full VBA release here.

2509, 2017

QLD – Queensland building companies operating under high-risk financial circumstances are the target of a new crackdown

QLD – Queensland building companies operating under high-risk financial circumstances are the target of a new crackdown by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said the State’s building industry regulator was launching a proactive review into licensees who were considerably over their maximum revenue limits.

Read more on the QBCC website here.

1909, 2017

VIC – The VBA reports record $32.8b building work in Victoria in 2016-17

VIC – The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). – The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

Read more on the VBA website.

2308, 2017

QLD – The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August.

QLD – The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August.

These matters where identified in the Queensland Building Plan discussion paper that was released for consultation earlier this year.  The Property Council along with other industry bodies have been vocal opponents of the proposal to introduce Project Bank Accounts.

908, 2017

NSW – In response to the Grenfell tower fires – The NSW Government’s 10 point plan will expedite a number of fire safety reforms intended to keep families safer in their homes.

NSW – Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire last month.

Read the full article and fact sheet here .

607, 2017

NSW – The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018.

NSW – The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018. It was originally scheduled to commence on 1 July 2017. This means that the scheme will only apply to construction contracts signed (or where there is no contract and building work commences) from 1 January 2018. NSW Fair Trading will not require developers of new strata schemes to lodge defect bonds before 31 December 2017.

Read more here.

607, 2017

SA – The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

SA – The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The audit will be led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), with initial findings to be reported to the Minister for Planning by the end of July 2017. The findings will confirm if further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of these buildings.

Click here to read the release.

307, 2017

NSW – Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units.

NSW –  Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units, having increased by approximately 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units

Part of the government’s initiative to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, the BASIX changes will improve the energy efficiency of homes in NSW, resulting in lower utility bills for residents, and reduced environmental impact.

Follow the link to view more. 

 

706, 2017

NSW – The BPB advises when a property is sold that has a certificate of non-compliance for the pool, the new owner may ask the certifier who carried out the original inspection to do a ‘re-inspection’..

NSW – The BPB advises  when a property is sold that has a certificate of non-compliance for the pool, the new owner may ask the certifier who carried out the original inspection to do a ‘re-inspection’ only covering the items that failed the first time. The certifier should explain to the new owner that the inspection will be a full inspection, not just a spot check. It may have been months since the first inspection, and conditions on the property may have changed.

The new owner may ask to see the certifier’s original inspection report. Keep in mind that the previous owner did not have to give this to the new owner, and only had to provide the certificate of non-compliance. The certifier’s written contract for the first inspection was with the previous owner, so a new contract will be needed with the new owner.

To find out more, follow the link.

606, 2017

VIC – The Victorian Building Authority now has greater enforcement powers over people who knowingly oversee or carry out building work that is not in accordance with the building permits , the Building Act or the building regulations.

VIC –  The Victorian Building Authority  now has greater enforcement powers over people who knowingly oversee or carry out building work that is not in accordance with the building permits , the Building Act  or the building regulations.

Please follow the link to read more.

1705, 2017

WA – The Building Commission has issued an Industry Bulletin 86 which outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings.

This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This information applies to the following residential dwellings as classified under the Building Code of Australia (BCA):

  • a Class 1a building (e.g. house, town house, villa etc);
  • a Class 1b building (e.g. small guest house, boarding house – less than 12 residents. Can also be four or more single dwellings, such as chalets, located on one allotment for short term holiday accommodation);
  • a sole-occupancy unit in a Class 2 or 3 building; (e.g. apartment, flat or unit); and
  • a Class 4 part of a building (e.g. a caretaker’s residence).

The requirements will depend on whether the original dwelling had its building permit application submitted before 1 May 2015 or on or after 1 May 2015.

Click here to read more.

1005, 2017

VIC – The VBA advises that the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) has been established.

VIC – The VBA advises that the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) has been established. DBDRV commenced on 26 April 2017 and is a new Victorian Government Service set up to resolve building disputes between building practitioners and owners without the cost and time often associated with courts and tribunals. It will also have the power to issue legally binding dispute resolution orders and certificates.

To read more –  click here.

 

205, 2017

NSW – The Building Professionals Board has issued a news bulletin advising accredited certifiers are public officials

NSW –  The Building Professionals Board has issued a news bulletin advising accredited certifiers are public officials and independent regulators of compliance with planning and building legislation and codes. This important role relies on certifiers acting in the public interest, and maintaining impartiality by avoiding any source of influence – whether actual or as perceived by others – that could bias their decisions.

Click here to read more.

2804, 2017

AUST – The Australian Building Codes Board has now finalised its Gutters, Downpipes and Overflow Calculator

AUST – The new Gutters, Downpipes and Overflow (GDO) Calculator is now available. The Calculator assists in developing a better understanding of the NCC Volume Two Part 3.5.2 Gutters and Downpipes Acceptable Construction Practice (ACP) provisions. To use the GDO Calculator enter information about the location, roof design and types of overflow measures. Based on the location, roof design and overflow types, the calculator provides the allowable gutter types, downpipe sizes and whether the selected overflow measures are adequate. It is a MS Excel file and uses data contained in NCC Volume Two for the calculations.

This calculator has been created and designed for Excel 2013 for Windows. Compatibility with other versions and operating systems is not guaranteed.

Click here to download your copy of the XLSX calculator.

2404, 2017

AUST – The ABCB advises the next edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) will be 1 May 2019.

AUST – The Proposal for Change (PFC) process is used to consider technical proposals to change the NCC, which could relate to either the BCA (Volumes One and Two), or the PCA (Volume Three). Technical proposals do not include those which address matters of public policy or for which direction from government is required before a change to the NCC can be considered. The PFC process is consistent with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) best practice regulatory principles to ensure appropriate rigour is used in the assessment of proposals.

For a Proposal for Change to be considered for inclusion in the next edition, the ABCB must receive submissions by 1 September 2017

To submit a Proposal for Change to the National Construction Code click here.

2404, 2017

SA – The DPTI. PD Building Branch advises from 1 April 2017, various sections of the PDI Act and the first elements of South Australia’s new planning system to be officially implemented.

SA – The DPTI. PD Building Branch advises from 1 April 2017, various sections of the PDI Act – including those which formally establish the State Planning Commission; the Community Engagement Charter and the Environment and Food Production Areas and the Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Act 2017 will become operational and the first elements of South Australia’s new planning system to be officially implemented.

To view or download the fact sheet – click here.

 

404, 2017

WA – The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 31 March 2017 to come into operation on Saturday 1 April 2017

WA – Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 IB 082/2017.  The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 31 March 2017 to come into operation on Saturday 1 April 2017.  The Amendment Regulations can be accessed on the State Law Publisher’s website www.slp.wa.gov.au.

The Amendment Regulations amend the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (Registration Regulations) to clarify the power of the Department of Commerce – Building Commission Division (Building Commission) to prosecute unregistered builders carrying out a prescribed building service for which registration is required, in circumstances where the builder has not obtained a building permit.  Click here to read more.

 

3103, 2017

NSW – Strengthing Certification in NSW – The NSW Government has released the final report of the statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 conducted by Michael Lambert and the detailed Government Response to the review.

NSW – The Government response addresses the report’s 150 recommendations and outlines the actions it will take in developing reforms to building and development certification in NSW in consultation with industry and community stakeholders.  Click here to read more.

2203, 2017

VIC – The FPA is providing a free information session regarding the Australia Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme

VIC – The FPA is providing a free information session regarding the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) accreditation for Individuals in the Fire Protection Industry who perform Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification work.   This free session will count towards the requirement to attend the ‘FPAS Information Session” as part of gaining accreditation in either of these areas of work.

Speakers include:

  • Matthew Wright – FPA Australia
  • Mark Carter – Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • George Andrews – Fire Concepts – FPAS Accredited Fire Hydrant/Hose Reel Certifier

Click to read more or to book

103, 2017

AUST – The ABCB has issued The Final Decision Regulation Impact Statement , Automatic fire suppression systems for covered balconies in residential buildings.

AUST – The ABCB has issued The Final Decision Regulation Impact Statement , Automatic fire suppression systems for covered balconies in residential buildings.
This Final Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) assesses the problem of fire occurring on balconies of residential buildings over 25 metres in effective height.

Click here to download the full PDF

 

602, 2017

VIC – Just released VBA’s five year registration renewal fact sheet

VIC – Changes to the Building Act 1993 which came into effect in 2016, introduced a maximum five-year registration period for registered building practitioners. This means all practitioners will be required to renew their registration every five years. The VBA has issued a fact sheet explaining how they will transition registered building practitioners to a 5 year registration period.  Read here for further information.

1201, 2017

WA – Building Commission 2017 metropolitan and regional BCA information seminars announced

WA : Department of Commerce, Building Commission has announced dates for upcoming events:

REGIONAL SEMINARS – BCA and Roof Compliance Seminars

Morning session:  Building Code of Australia information Session

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) information session is a half day program in the morning covering the future initiatives of the BCA; product certification and technical interpretation to common queries.  This 3½  hour  session will also cover the minimum level of documentation for roofing.

Afternoon session: Roof compliance information

A dedicated 1 hour session on checking roof compliance on site will be presented.  This information follows the 2016 release of the general inspection report into the metal roof construction in Western Australia.

Click here, for further information on locations and dates of these FREE seminars.

 

METROPOLITAN NCC INFORMATION SEMINARS – BCA 2017

Following the introduction of the 3 year amendment cycle, the ABCB will be undertaking presentations specifically designed for the practical application, clarification and understanding of the Building Code of Australia.  These seminars will be held in Perth on Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 March at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   Click here for more information.

1101, 2017

AUST – Book your seat at the BCA NCC information seminars

AUST – Registrations are now open for the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) 2017 NCC Information Seminars.

Following the introduction of the 3-year amendment cycle, the ABCB will be undertaking presentations in all capital cities specifically designed for the practical application, clarification and understanding of the Building Code of Australia.

Dates include:

February 14 – Canberra
February 17 – Hobart
February 21 & 22 – Brisbane
February 24 – Darwin
February 28 – Perth
March 1 – Perth
March 6 – Adelaide
March 8 & 9 – Sydney
March 15 & 16 – Melbourne

For more details or to book your place, visit the ABCB website.

1001, 2017

NSW – Proposed reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 have been developed in response to the statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005.

Proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 in relation to provisions for fire safety in the design, construction and approval of new buildings and building work. Please click here for a full understanding of the report. The document should be read in conjunction with the draft regulation. Comments are invited on the draft regulation until 31 January 2017.

1912, 2016

AUST – Just Released… Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – assessment of the NCC’s fire hose reel requirements for new (Class 5) office buildings

AUST – The Assessment of the NCC’s fire hose reel requirements for new (Class 5) office buildings is a Consultation RIS that assesses the need for fire hose reels in new office buildings.  This fire risk assessment on the Provision of fire hose reels in Class 5 buildings, evaluates the change in risk level resulting from removing fire hose reels from new office buildings.  Read more