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

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2: Egress Class 9a Ward Areas: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question for a patient-care area of less than 1000m2 (under the Building Code of Australia) how should egress work under provision for escape? At least two exits are required from a storey that includes a patient care area. In addition, each area that has been divided into fire compartment under BCA C2.2 or… Read more

BCA Part D1: D1.10: Discharge From Exits: External Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under ‘discharge from exits’ in clause Building Code of Australia D1.10 (c) (ii) requires handrails to be provided to at least one side of an external stair (open to the sky) at ground level that is used as an exit where discharge from a building occurs to open… Read more

Building Code of Australia: AS 1851-2005: As Built Drawings

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures (safety measures under the Building Code of Australia) to AS 1851-2005 needs specific attention. The essential safety measures required to be maintained can be divided… Read more

BCA Part E4: AS 2293.11-2005: Exit Signs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’. Too often exit signs are installed incorrectly, subsequently altered without… Read more

BCA: Sound Insulation: ABCB

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has issued a handbook titled ‘Sound Insulation’. This non-mandatory handbook provides guidance to users and building surveyors of the Building Code of Australia involved in design, construction or building certification leading to a building permit… (more) Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further… Read more

BCA: Part D2: Internal Illegal Stairs: Construction of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant. Building Compliance System Through the various types of inspections (such as essential safety measures, BCA audits, due… Read more

Building Code of Australia: Revolving Doors: AS 1428: AS 1288

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise it is recognised by Building Regulations that revolving doors have inherent hazards whereby the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not permit revolving doors to serve as an exit door for evacuation purposes and they are not permitted to be installed in class 9a health care buildings and in resident use areas in class 9c aged care buildings. AS 1428.1 and AS 1288 have a significant input in… Read more

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: Clause D1.3: Fire-Isolated Stairways & Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape in Clause D1.3 depicts the requirements for when fire-isolated stairways and ramps are required. The following information will help clients understand this Clause. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue What options are available when a stair connects three storeys under the BCA? Building Code of Australia: Clause – Explanation D1.3 (b)… Read more