Aged Care Facilities: Class 3: Class 9a: Class 9c: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report that some Aged Care providers may potentially have Building Code of Australia compliance headaches in relation to their facilities. HENDRY aged care audits (Class 3, Class 9a, Class 9c) are conducted to the certification instrument set down by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and gives the Aged Care service provider an understanding of… Read more

Vehicular Access to Buildings: Building Code of Australia

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Emergency Services Agency (Fire Brigade) has issued a fire safety policy titled ‘Vehicular access to buildings’. This policy includes the brigades, building regulations and Building Code of Australia requirements for vehicular access to buildings that must be fulfilled prior to obtaining a building approval… (more) Further Advice For building surveying consultancy advice… Read more

Fire Windows: Protection of Opening: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C3 ‘Protection of Openings’, nominates fire windows under Clause 3.4 ‘Acceptable methods of protection’, this clause allows for the use of windows as an acceptable method of fire protection in walls requiring a FRL. The requirement for protection of window openings under the Building Code of Australia… Read more

Building Code of Australia: Fire Rating Services Risers

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report on a common Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance design problem encountered on multi storey buildings that arise from design proposals for services risers, including mechanical air handling risers to open directly into a plantroom. To the contrary, compliance with the Deemed-to Satisfy requirements of Clause 2.7 of Specification C1.1 of the Building Code… Read more

Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems are proposed in the design of a new building or… Read more

Fire Rated Masonry: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia and various Australian Standards require that the design of buildings incorporate specific measures to mitigate the effects and risk of fire. Fire rated masonry is an integral part of providing safety for buildings. Where elements of buildings are required to be fire rated under the Building Code of Australia,… Read more

Fire Isolated Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors provided the following comprehensive Building Code of Australia (BCA) report to a client concerning the use of fire isolated stairs by tenants for travelling between floors. The report raised some issues, and is a good read for those who have this Building Code of Australia related problem. An edited version of the report follows: Attention… Read more

BCA: AS/NZS 3666.2: AS 1657: Fixed Platforms, Walkways & Stairways

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that providing proper access to your mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm water and cooling water systems in your buildings under AS 1657-1992 ‘Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation’ Part I1.2 of the Building Code of Australia requires mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm water and cooling water systems in a… Read more

Disability Access: Unisex Toilet: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the Building Code of Australia allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability, may be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided. This therefore means that if for example in a building permit application there… Read more

Tread Nosings in the Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the 2014 Building Code of Australia (BCA) has introduced criteria for the slip resistance of treads or tread nosing strips and stair landings. Slip resistance must be shown to comply with AS 4586. The table below specifies the required rating to be achieved. Circumstances Dry Wet Tread or landing surfaces P3 or R10… Read more