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April 2019

Professional indemnity insurance - update

An Advisory Notice has been published in relation to conditional professional indemnity insurance policies and the registration of private certifiers. This notice has been developed in response to a number of practitioners experiencing difficulty in attaining unconditional insurance.

Information is provided about the need to register under the new Accredited Professionals Scheme, which allows conditional policies.

Reminder: NCC 2019 - valid from 1 May 2019

A reminder that 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.

BCA 2019 was adopted via notice in the Government Gazette (issue 16/2019) and an Advisory Notice has been published providing advice on the changes and SA variations.

NatHERS update

Technical Note update

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Administrator has published a new Technical Note (version May 2019) to replace the existing Technical Note 1 (version 1.2 - 2014) which details the requirements for NatHERS assessments.

The new Technical Note largely reflects the current Technical Note in intent, however has been extensively rewritten to improve structure and clarity, and to include a small number of changes to align with the new version of the Chenath Engine.

Key points:

  • NatHERS Accredited Assessors will be required to apply the requirements of the Technical Note (version May 2019) for all new assessments from 31 May 2019.
  • For assessments currently in progress, NatHERS Accredited Assessors may use the requirements outlined in Technical Note 1 (version 1.2 – 2014) until 30 June 2019. Accredited Assessors must note this transitional arrangement in the ‘Additional Notes’ section of the NatHERS Certificate. 
  • Tables 3 and 4 from the current Technical Note 1 (version 1.2 - 2014) have been added as Appendices (2 and 3) to the NatHERS Technical Note (version May 2019). This will enable NatHERS Accredited Assessors to still meet the Technical Note (version May 2019) requirements if using the current Chenath engine version 3.13 until May 2020.

For more information, please visit the NatHERS website

Training opportunities for 2019

Master Builders Association - Quarterly Information Seminar

The Master Builders Association (MBA) are hosting an information seminar on Friday 10 May 2019. For more information or to register, visit the MBA website.

Conference: Strengthening Compliance and Enforcement in the Building Industry

A conference is being held on 25-26 June 2019 in Sydney focussing on strengthening compliance and enforcement in the building industry. The conference addresses the reforms underway nationwide to address the issues of non-compliant building products and the recommendations from the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report.

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

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