Author: Greg Payne – National Manager – Building Surveying         Sub-Writer and Editor: Kieran Balmaceda

2019 marks the start of a significant three-year transformation of the National Construction Code (NCC), as a range of amendments and improvements are implemented to existing regulations and standards to maintain a high level of consistency in the interpretation and application of the code.

It is clear that the NCC will, in many ways, be undergoing significant change this year and on into 2022 as part of this three-year plan. Troy Olds, AIBS National President, commented that there are around

“1500 pages in the NCC where something has changed across the two volumes of the BCA”

This is a significant undertaking for the building and construction industry, including certifiers and professionals, and as such I was given the opportunity to participate in this year’s NCC Symposium, with a chance to discuss significant developments and offer my perspective on them.

The Symposium gives us the opportunity to walk through the more complex and technically involved changes and additions to the latest edition of the NCC in a more practical and interactive way alongside our peers and members of governing bodies.

As in previous years editions, this substantial change to technical and legislative framework has placed heightened responsibility on governing bodies to act more proactively in modernising standards technical and legislative aspects.

AIBS has been aware of this growing responsibility and need for technical proficiency and diligence, increasing their proactive efforts and involvement in nationwide training and information sessions such as this week’s symposium, having detailed a calendar of events until November 2019, with more events likely to follow.

Proactivity on this issue varies between states, some have moved away from their previous reputation as mainstays in technical knowledge, discussion and reform. States need to be more communicative with each other to aid future improvements to the NCC, Australian Standards and legislative requirements.

Public confidence was an overhanging issue for much of the Symposium. Industry members and practitioners are facing the lowest public confidence in recent memory, following a number of “life safety events” on major buildings, affecting perception of the industry, regulation, legislation and practice in the eyes of both the Government and the public.

The immediate reaction is a predictably logical one: stiffen regulations and legislation. Building surveyors have been keen to keep up and actively follow these developments for the most part, however, it is necessary that practitioners across all levels do the same to guarantee a consistent understanding and execution of the NCC and applicable standards and legislation.

Navigating such large and complex changes requires the presence and experience of an organisation, such as Hendry, to properly assist in interpreting which elements of the NCC are relevant and must be satisfied in the context of a given project. This level of complexity mandates expert building consultants, surveyors and specialists that will deliver a comprehensive breakdown of your requirements against the NCC, giving you the assurance of a solution which will withstand scrutiny over time.

Our organisation has worked for over thirty years in providing an effective understanding and execution of applicable building codes and regulations, the aim of which to is always ensure a compliant solution that accounts for the unique circumstances and requirements of the built-form.

Contact Hendry via email at info@hendry.com.au or call 1800 875 371 to discuss your requirements relative to the NCC.

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Greg Payne | National Manager – Building Surveying 
Greg-Payne@Hendry.com.au
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