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 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

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2 Occupant Access to Two Exits

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape: Occupant Access to Two Exits’ is quite specific about egress requirements for a building over 25 metres in height. The following information will help clients understand the requirements and when they apply.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Two exits are required in buildings exceeding an effective… Read more

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.8 External Stairways or Ramps in Lieu of Fire-Isolated Exits: External Stair

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape contains clause D1.8 External Stairways or Ramps in lieu of Fire-Isolated exits. The following information will help clients understand this clause. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue The external exit stair must not be exposed to openings in the building under Part D1 of the BCA. Building Code of Australia: Clause –… Read more

Large Isolated Buildings: Part C2: Fire Compartment Size: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part C2 ‘Compartmentation and Separation’ contains clause C2.3 ‘Large isolated buildings’. A number of HENDRY building surveying design clients appear to need help in the explanation of this clause relative to fire compartmentation in Class 7 and 8 buildings. Building Code of Australia: Part C2 – Issue Requirements and considerations designers must apply… Read more

Electrical Equipment: AS/NZS 3000: AS 60529: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors observe that it is surprising to note that the Building Code of Australia does not specifically reference the Standard AS/NZS 3000: 2007 ‘Electrical Installations’ (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules). However, many Australian Standards referenced by the Building Code of Australia in specification A1.3 do reference the the wiring rules.  AS/NZS 3000:2007 ‘Electrical Installations’ requires live parts of electrical systems to be inside a protective… Read more

BCA Part D1: DI.2 Occupant Access to Two Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape: Occupant Access to Two Exits’ is quite specific about egress requirements for a building over 25 metres in height. The following information will help clients understand the requirements and when they apply.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Two exits are required in buildings exceeding an effective height of 25m under Part… Read more