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: Slip Resistance for Stairways, Landings & Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board has issued an advisory note titled ‘Slip resistance for Stairways, Landings and Ramps.’ This advisory note reflects the inclusion of deemed-to-satisfy slip-resistance provisions into the Building Code of Australia. This requires treads or nosing on treads to comply with a slip resistance classification, when tested to Australian Standard… 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

Building Code of Australia (BCA): Provision for Special Hazards

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) covers fire fighting equipment in Part E1. E1 is very specific and details what is needed in buildings, where, what and how. But there are buildings that require extra provision for special hazards. It is impossible for the BCA to specify every condition necessary for every possible design of… Read more

Fire Rated Masonry: Building Code of Australia (BCA)

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 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 BCA, such as for… Read more