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Application of Building Codes and Standards

Project: Prepared by:

Anticipated Date of Commencement: Anticipated Date of Completion:


Building Codes of Australia

Other Code Compliance

Relevant Australian Standard


Proper and compliant building designs


AS 4349.0-2007

Inspection of buildings – General requirements

Construction of ventilations, escape routes, and direction signals

Fire Resistance

NOHSC:1016 (2005)

National Standard for Construction Work

Construction of staircases, corridors, and building access routes

Access and Egress

NOHSC:1016 (2005)

National Standard for Construction Work

Setting up automatic switches and standard power management devices

Energy Efficiency

ISO 15392:2008

Sustainability in building construction – General principles

Construction of the drainage systems and connection with clean water

Health and Amenity

ATS 5200.460-2005

Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products


Construction Methods Required To Comply With BCA Performance Requirements

The BCA is given the legal effect in any state by adopting various legislation of the state. In the performance format, the BCA requirements provide flexibility. As a result, BCA requires adequate compliance with the Performance Requirement to allow the designers to be flexible through ensuring compliance with acceptable solutions of construction or formulation of the alternative solutions. The process of applying the construction certificate needs to assess whether the building complies with the requirements of BCA. To ensure compliance, building solutions need to achieve different Performance Requirements as stipulated within the BCA.

There are two methods of achieving the Performance Requirements: Deemed to Satisfy and Alternative solutions. Deemed to Satisfy refers to compliance with the Acceptable Construction Practice within the BCA or compliance with the Acceptable Construction Manual including the Australian Standard. The Applicable Australian Standards are listed within the section of the BCA referred to as “Documents Adopted Reference.” Another method is Alternative Solutions, which requires buildings to demonstrate solutions of meeting the applicable Performance Requirement through various assessment methods: Verification Method, Expert Judgement, and Comparison to the Deemed to Satisfy Provisions (Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations par.5). The Verification Method involves using suitable documentation from accredited testing authority to demonstrate that a building solution, achieves the minimum Performance Requirements. Expert Judgement refers to suitable documentation prepared and certified by an experienced and qualified person within that particular field. Comparison to the Deemed to Satisfy Provision involves using appropriate documentation in demonstrating a building solution for achieving equivalent performance considered applicable Deemed to Satisfy the provisions outlined in the BCA. Compliance with the Deemed to Satisfy Provisions outlined in the BCA is easier considering that the solutions such buildings are detailed all within the BCA document and can only be deemed compliant if they are meet certain requirements related to the Performance Requirements.

Alternative Construction Methods That Would Comply With BCA Requirements

The alternative methods are the key to performance-based BCA, which occur if there is no obligation of adopting any particular material, design factor, or methods of construction. The approval authority could still issue the approval if it differs in wholly or in part from the initial deemed to satisfy provisions as described in the BCA if could be demonstrated the construction design complies with the various performance requirements. If there is an adoption of the performance-based approach in the achievement of compliance, then the alternative method would developed for the acceptance by the building certifier (Access Peer Reviews par.6). Rather than Deemed to Satisfy Provisions, the designers could choose Alternative Solutions whose approvals require satisfaction that they meet Performance Requirement.

There are four methods for the assessment of the Alternative Solutions including application of the Verification Method; Equivalence to a Deemed to Satisfy Provisions, Expert Judgement, and Evidence of Suitability. The Alternative Solutions is not within the BCA; therefore, there is need for justification of the compliance with the Performance Requirement. Using Verification Method involving adhering to specific procedure in determining whether, under certain prescribed conditions, the construction meets certain requirements of the criterion. Moreover, Verification Method could as well be a procedure meant for determination of the required criterion. To measure energy efficiency, equivalence to a Deemed to Satisfy Provision might mean analysis of the subject building using the Deemed-to Satisfy Provisions then adjusting the analysis input using the Alternative Solutions (Department of Housing and Public Works par. 3). However, if the estimated load of the energy for the Alternative Solution does not exceed the Deemed to Satisfy Provision, then the proposed solution might be acceptable. In volume One of BCA, Clause A2.2 outlines acceptable forms of Evidence of Suitability. Another method of assessment is Expert Judgment, which involves using the opinion of the peer in areas where other forms of assessment are not applicable.

Description of the Documents Required Satisfying the BCA Requirements

Structural Regulations: before construction, the building structural designs comply with the desired regulations in a bid to reduce the impacts of incidences should disasters occur and ensuring the construction takes place within the appropriate place; the designs should as well take considering of the escape routes and fire mitigation measures

Fire Safety Regulations: these regulations for the building within the high risk level are likely to be the most complex especially if they involve Alternative Solutions; such systems would be incorporated within every level of building or across the compartment of smoke within the building to assist reduce the level of risks should such incidences occur. An inspection schedule needs to be established considering the complexity of the entire fire safety requirement.

Health and Amenity Regulations: the regulations associated with the components of health and amenity within the building in the high-risk level would generally reflect lower risk of the building. Nonetheless, the inspection schedules for addressing the arising challenges need to ensure that building complies with issues associated with health and amenity.

Works Cited

6 Oct. 2012. Web. 4 Aug. 2016. <https://accesspeerreviews.com.au/performance-based-building-codes/what-are-alternative-solutions-in-the-building-code-of-australia/>.. Access Peer Reviews,Access Peer Reviews of Alternative SolutionsWhat Are Unconventional Solutions in the Building Code of Australia?» Access Peer Reviews. «

. Australian Government, n.d. Web. 4 Aug. 2016. <https://training.gov.au/TrainingComponentFiles/CPC08/CPCCBC4001A_R1.pdf>.Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects» Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects.Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations. «

. Department of Housing and Public Works, 29 June 2012. Web. 4 Aug. 2016. <http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/guidelines-inspection-of-class-2-to-9-buildings.pdf>.Department of Housing and Public Works | HomeDepartment of Housing and Public Works. «Building Codes Queensland.»