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December 2019

Best wishes for the Christmas break and 2020!

Welcome to the final Building Standard for 2019!

The 'building' team - Mike, Jodie, Heather, Mary, Chris and Ben wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 

Final Building Minister's Forum for 2019

Building Ministers met for the final time in 2019 in Canberra on Friday 13 December 2019. The Communique' provides a summary of the outcomes of the forum, which focused primarily on the progress of the Building Confidence Report recommendations following the establishment of the ABCB Implementation Team. 

Other issues discussed included:

  • professional indemnity insurance,
  • model parameters for security of payment regimes,
  • the use of digital solutions to improve compliance in building and construction, specifically the ability to track products in the supply chain,
  • industry qualificiations, specifically for building practitioners to possess adequate skills required to read and interpret standards and legislation,
  • fire safety in early childhood centres, to be addressed in amendment 1 to NCC 2019. 

Land and Built Environment - welcome to new staff

DPTI organisational changes have resulted in additional resourcing for the 'building' team, which is part of the Land and Built Environment Directorate within the Planning and Land Use Services (PLUS) Division.

Welcome to Heather Kilmartin

Heather Kilmartin recently started in the role of Manager Building Policy. Heather has over 20 years experience working in the building industry, having started her career in London delivering complex commercial building projects. She has been working in Adelaide for the past 10 years, assisting commercial building owners to refurbish and maintain their buildings.  Heather is passionate about creating a high quality and safe built environment.

Welcome to Ben Collinson

Originally from Adelaide, Ben recently returned from Darwin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and worked for the Northern Territory Government in the Department of Education. He joined the team in August on a 12 month contract and is enjoying his role as Building Officer.

Australian Building Codes Board update

Registration is now open for the 2020 NCC Seminars!!

The ABCB will be holding a seminar in Adelaide on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 9.30am to 12.30pm. 

The seminars will provide information on the changes contained in amendment one to NCC 2019.

Is your swimming pool kid safe?

Update to swimming pool brochure on child safety

Updates have been made to the "Is your swimming pool kid safe?" brochure, which is only available in electronic format. 

Energy efficiency: NCC 2022 and beyond

Between July and September 2019, the ABCB released the Energy efficiency: NCC 2022 and beyond scoping study for public comment. The scoping study outlined a proposed approach and scope of future NCC changes, with a particular focus on the 2022 edition of the NCC.

The scoping study was devised in consideration of the COAG Energy Council's Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings (the Trajectory) and the resulting decision of the Building Minister's Forum in favour of continuing work toward the goal of enhanced energy standards in the NCC. the Trajectory's far-reaching policy goals include lowering energy billls, enhancing the dependability of energy networks and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

The submissions received provided the ABCB with important qualitative and quantitative data that has been summarised and presented in an outcomes report.

Office of the Technical Regulator - Advisory Notice for Tundishes

The Office of the Technical Regulator, who are responsible for administering the Plumbing Code of Australia have published an Advisory Notice that addresses the suitability of tundishes; their design and installation. 

New registration requirements for people who test and inspect fire suppression systems

The registration requirements have been amended for people who test and inspect fire suppression systems. Two additional registration categories have been created to better meet industry requirements and minor changes have been made to the qualifications and scope of the existing registration category. These registration types are for people who only perform 'test and inspect' work. There are different registration requirements for people performing installtion or repair work.

Further information can be obtained from Consumer and Business Services.

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