Building Code of Australia: Part D1: Provision for Escape: External Stairways of Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that our clients ask us what protection is required to protect the occupants using an exit path from exposure to a fire within the building. The exit stair is required to be protected from any part of the external wall of the building which has a fire resistance rating of 60/60/60 or any openings… Read more

BCA: Part D1: D1.3 Fire-Isolated Stairways and Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 Provision for Escape contain clause D1.3 When fire-isolated stairways and fire isolated ramps are required. This article provides an explanation for designers of this clause requirements. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue What options are available when a stair connects three storeys in Class… Read more

Basic Concepts of the Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Australia’s Building Regulations are principally a set of administrative provisions that call up the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia by reference. The Building Code of Australia cannot be read in isolation as it is the Building Regulations which amongst other things are exempt from compliance with the Building Code of… Read more

D1.2 Number of Exits Required: Building Code of Australia: Part D1

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’ contains clause D1.2 ‘Number of exits required’. This article provides designers with an example of exit requirements for a Class 2 building. Building Code of Australia: Clause D1.2 – Issue Various requirements apply to exits in a Class 2 building with a… Read more

Part D1: D1.6 Dimensions of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raises a question concerning the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’, D1.6 ‘Dimensions of Exits and Paths of Travel to Exits’. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue How are exits treated for plant rooms at different levels within a storey (roof top plant room)? Building Code of Australia: Clause –… Read more

Building Compliance: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia or building regulations. Each year various aspects of the Building Code of Australia are enhanced or amended according to industry and community consultation and feedback, and also according to the agenda and… Read more

Open-deck carpark: Ventilation: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part A1 Interpretation contains Clause A1.1 Definitions. Open-deck carpark is a defined term for the use in the Building Code of Australia. Some clients have requested a further expansion on this definition. Building Code of Australia: Clause A1.1 – Issue What are the requirements for a carpark… Read more