Cladding, Professional Indemnity Insurance and Building Certifiers: Your questions answered.
Our increasing knowledge of the risks posed by unsafe cladding products has understandably given rise to the continued growth of public interest and awareness of the issue. In the past year alone, media reporting has grown significantly with regards to cladding related stories, mirroring your concerns as owners and occupants in the built-form as to what measures are being taken and what solutions are being discussed by Government and industry bodies. Certifiers and building practitioners face their own challenges also. The ability to possess mandatory insurance has since become a major concern too, as building certifiers must meet certain requirements such that they are granted a license to practice.
What’s new for the NCC in 2019?
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a preview document for the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) earlier this month, an industry standard document which outlines building codes and regulations nationwide. Click here to read Hendry’s analysis and summary of major changes coming in the next edition.
Addressing the future of Asbestos Management in Australia – A review with Andrew Pakenham
Asbestos continues to be a pressing issue in Australia. The ability to devise and implement a robust Asbestos Management Plan tailored to your requirements will ensure that asbestos management and removal works are carried out in a safe and effective manner, Andrew Pakenham reports.
Will your PII ensure adequate risk coverage? VBA issues bulletin regarding Professional Indemnity Insurance
In a bulletin released earlier this month, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has announced their intention to “continue enquiries to ensure practitioners hold the required insurance… requiring the production of evidence that surveyors hold PII policies that are compliant with the Ministerial Order.”
Western Australian Government issues Bulletin on Performance Solutions for Housing Projects
The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy have released a bulletin this month to discuss “guidance on developing performance solutions for housing projects.” The document seeks to provide background on key considerations which Building professionals should consider in developing…
NSW Fair Trading Enacts Ban on Unsafe Cladding
The Fair-Trading division of the New South Wales Government’s Department of Finance has established an immediate ban on the use of Combustible Aluminium Cladding in residential and commercial buildings, as part of an ongoing effort to prevent the identified risks of rapid vertical spread of…
Victorian Building Interim Regulations 2017 Repealed
This weekend the Victorian Building Interim Regulations 2017 were repealed. New building regulations have been legislated (Building Regulations 2018) including several changes affecting all Victorian registered building practitioners, the industry within which they operate and those in the community who intend to undertake building work….