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March 2019

NCC 2019 - significant fire safety and energy changes

Over 200 people attended an industry seminar at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 15 March 2019 to hear about the upcoming changes to the National Construction Code 2019 (NCC). The seminar was run by the Australian Building Codes Board and Standards Australia and was the final in a national series that has seen 3500 practitioners attend. Significant changes include:

  • revised energy efficiency requirements for commercial buildings buildings that deliver a 30% reduction in greehouse gas reduction. NABERS and GreenStar can now be used to demonstrate compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements.
  • new requirements for accessible adult change facilities in large shopping centres, sporting venues, museums, theatres and airports
  • a requirement for fire sprinklers to be installed in residential buildings over 3 storeys and up to 25m
  • provisions to reduce the likelihood of risks associated with condensation within buildings
  • new provisions clarifying the application of requirements to occupiable outdoor areas such as roof top spaces

The NCC will be adopted nationally on 1 May 2019 with a transition period of 12 months for Part J Energy Efficiency and the new Fire Safety Verification Method (Schedule 7). Further information can be obtained from the ABCB website.

Regional training opportunities

Webinars of the ABCB seminar will be available closer to the 1 May 2019 adoption date however the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will be running training sessions in regional areas to ensure professionals that need to know about the changes are provided with the opportunity to better inform themselves. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please do so at

Building Minister Forum - update on outcomes

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Release of Implementation Plan

Following an independent assessment of problems in the building and construction, the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) has produced a roadmap for building reform. The Implementation Plan aims to restore community confidence in Australia's building and construction industry. It sets out:

  • national priority reforms,
  • a summary of reforms underway in each jurisdiction,
  • planned reforms and proposed timeframes for each jurisdiction,
  • industry involvement in the process.

The Implementation Plan has a three year delivery timeframe. Building Ministers are required to provide progress updates at each BMF meeting.

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Labelling of ACP products - Discussion paper

Following a number of national and international fire incidents, the BMF identified the need for a permanent labelling system for aluminium composite panels (ACP's) in Australia as a priority to prevent the use of non-compliant building products.

Standards Australia is supporting the proposal and is seeking written submissions on a number of matters including:

  • data or information about ACP's that should be recorded and communicated,
  • how this data or information could be presented,
  • estimate of costs and benefits of proposals.

Feedback should be sent to by 1 April 2019.

Lacrosse and Opal findings

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VCAT findings - Lacrosse apartment fire

On 1 March 2019 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) made a determination in relation to the aluminium composite panelling on the Lacrosse apartment building in Docklands. 

The full VCAT decision can be viewed on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website.

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Release of Opal Tower investigation report

The NSW Government recently released the final report about the Opal Tower findings, prepared by Professors Mark Hoffman, John Carter and Stephen Foster.

The report was commissioned following the damage and subsequent evacuation of the Opal Tower on 24 December 2018. The report details possible remedial actions and includes recommendations to avoid future similar problems with high-rise construction.

A copy of the final report is available from the NSW government website.

Office of the Technical Regulator - Regulation Round Up

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) has published Issue 43 of the Regulation Roundup, which includes useful information about the requirements for BBQ's in covered areas and how the installation of cafe blinds can prevent the necessary cross-flow ventilation to remove products of combustion.

Previous editions can be viewed on the OTR website

Residential land development activity report

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The residential land development activity report to December 2018 is now available. The report provides information about activity levels for different stages of the land subdivision process in South Australia. The latest report includes information on:

  • proposed allotments in land divisions
  • approved allotments in land divisions
  • completed allotments in land divisions
  • dwelling approvals
  • annual supply of completed residential allotments

Please visit the SA Planning Portal for other related reports. A map showing allotments created from land division applications can be viewed in the Location SA Map Viewer.

For more information please email the Planning Research and Analysis Unit or call (08) 8226 2574 or (08) 8226 2471.

Training opportunities for 2019

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Future Building Insights Summit 2019

The Building Products Industry Council (BPIC) and Lendlease are hosting a 2 day summit on the changes and reforms shaping the sector now and into the future. The Summit will be held on 27 & 28 March 2019 at the International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo. 

For more information or to register, visit the BPIC website.

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AIBS Symposium

The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) are hosting a Symposium on the changes to the National Construction Code 2019. The Symposium will be held  from 2 - 5 April 2019 in Barton, Australian Capital Territory.

For more information or to register, visit the AIBS website.

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ASI Seminar - Cold-formed steel in buildings

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) is hosting a seminar on the use of cold-formed steel in low-rise to mid-rise residential, educational and commerical buildings. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 9 April 2019 in Hindmarsh, South Australia. 

For more information or to register visit the ASI website

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AIBS - Fire safety compliance

The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) are hosting a Fundamentals of assessing, inspecting and commissioning fire safety for compliance with the National Construction Code. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 30 April 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.

For more information or to register, visit the AIBS website.

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Master Builders Association - Quarterly Information Seminar

Diary date!

The next Master Builders Association information seminar is scheduled for Friday 10 May 2019. More details will be provided closer to the date.

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