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ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the deemed to satisfy requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can often impose unnecessary building costs as a result of conservative provisions. The BCA is however, is a performance-based code and its performance requirements can be used in order to achieve acceptable alternative solutions to prescriptive specified standards via fire safety engineering and alternative solutions. The performance requirements provide the criteria to ensure that regulatory objectives are achieved, and allow for innovative alternative solutions, and safe and cost effective building design solutions to be presented… (more)