The 2019 edition of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in the National Construction Code (NCC) series will be adopted in SA on 1 May 2019.
The adoption of the new fire safety verification method in Volume One is postponed until 1 May 2020. Similarly, the increased energy efficiency requirements in both volumes are subject to a 12 month transition period - allowing practitioners to use the requirements in either BCA 2016 or BCA 2019 until 1 May 2020.
Particular attention is drawn to the adoption of two new technical specifications published by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) that apply to fire sprinkler systems. The standards specifically apply to Volume One as well as the relevant fire safety section of the Plumbing Code of Australia (Volume Three). The referenced Technical Specifications are:
- FPAA101D Automatic fire sprinkler system design and installation – Drinking water supply;
- FPAA101H Automatic fire sprinkler system design and installation – Hydrant water supply
In addition, South Australia has adopted a number of additions, exceptions, variations and clarifications by gazette, including:
- construction in bushfire prone areas
- editorial errors pertaining to farm buildings
- swimming pool safety
- referenced documents
BCA 2019 is adopted via notice in the Government Gazette (issue 16/2019).
An Advisory Notice has been published providing advice on the changes and SA variations.
A comprehensive list of all amendments to BCA 2019 is available from the Australian Building Codes Board website.