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August 2017

Non-complying ACP's - audit of buildings in the CBD

Commencement of phase two

In early July, the Minister for Planning announced that all buildings in the CBD would be audited as a matter of priority to identify buildings suspected of having aluminium composite panel on their facade. The audit was announced in response to the Grenfell Tower fire in London. 

The audit was undertaken by the Building Policy Unit, in conjunction with the City of Adelaide and the Metropolitan Fire Service.

Following receipt of a report identifying buildings that require further consideration, the Minister for Planning has announced the commencement of Phase 2 of the audit. Phase 2 will involve a detailed analysis of the building certification, plans and documentation and site inspections of the buildings identified.

Councils, private certifiers and several industry bodies have also been asked to advise DPTI of any buildings that meet the identified criteria. Those who received correspondence from the Minister are reminded to acknowledge receipt of the letter by telephone 1800 752 664 or email at

A dedicated webpage has been created on the SA Planning Portal which details the three phase audit process. The page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

At a National level, steps are being taken to address issues relating to non-complying products, including:

1. The appointment of Professor Peter Shergold, AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir, a Partner at Maddocks law firm to prepare a report for the Building Ministers Forum regarding broader compliance and enforcement issues within the construction sector. The final Terms of Reference for the report were issued on 24 August 2017.

2. A mid-cycle (March 2018) amendment to Volume One of the National Construction Code. The ABCB are currently seeking feedback on the proposed amendment which seeks to:

  • clarifiy the existing evidence of suitability provisions
  • adopt the revised sprinkler standard AS 2118.1 Automatic fire sprinkler systems
  • introduce AS 5113 Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings as a verification method

The amendment will be supplemented by the publication of a new handbook and a revised National Advisory Note for External Wall Claddings and Assemblies.

Feedback on the amendment can be provided to the ABCB by completing an online response form on the ABCB website. Comments close 10 September 2017.

Building Upgrade Finance

South Australia's Building Upgrade Finance mechanism is a mechanism that helps building owners to access loans to improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency of existing commercial buildings. The mechanism will also support building owners to undertake upgrades of heritage buildings including modifications to meet the building rules and disability access requirements.

The enabling legislation for the mechanism and the supporting regulations came into operation on 1 August 2017. The City of Adelaide is the first council to offer the mechansim the building owners.

For more information visit the Department of Water and Natural Resources website or email:

Training events and seminars

AIBS - Dampness, weather, fire and compliance

The SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) are hosting a seminar on AS 1684 - Timber Framing. The seminar will be held in various South Australian locations on 14, 21 and 22 September 2017.

Visit the AIBS SA Chapter website for more information and to register. 

RICS - Web class

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are hosting a web class on Residential property defects - Timber decay and infestations. The online class will be held on 21 September 2017.

Visit the RICS website for more information and to register.

HIA - Training courses

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has several training courses scheduled for professional practitioners in coming months, including:

Visit the HIA website for more information and to register. 

MBA - Training courses

The Master Builders Association (MBA) also has several training courses scheduled for professional practitioners in coming months, including:

Visit the MBA website for more information and to register.

Use of NatHERS tools for compliance with V2.6.2.2

The CSIRO have recently issued a caution relating to the use of NatHERS tools for V2.6.2.2 of the Building Code of Australia (Volume Two).

Clause V2.6.2.2 (e) clearly states that the reference building must be modelled using the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of Part 3.12 in accordance with 3.12.0(a)(ii). This is the elemental assessment method, the energy rating software cannot be used. This issue has been highlighted to form part of the building rules assessment audit program, which will recommence shortly.

Acceptable methods to demonstrate compliance are detailed in:

National Energy Efficiency Building Project (NEEBP)

The National Energy Efficiency Building Project (NEEBP) is calling for input from industry practitioners to help identify strategies and actions that may strengthen compliance with the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC).

survey has been created for practitioners to provide feedback. The survey will be open until 5 September 2017.

Release of non-drinking water guidelines

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) has finalised the guidelines for non-drinking water installations for the water industry in South Australia to improve the awareness and understanding of installation requirements, and associated regulatory responsibilities within the plumbing and water industries. Detailed information about the guidelines is available from the OTR website

If you are interested in being involved in one of the scheduled workshops or would like further information, please email Ms Niki Robinson, Manager of Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Regulation.


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