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

Essential Safety Measures: Glossary: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia references many Essential Safety Measures as Safety Measures in Part 1 Equipment and Safety Installations. The following table lists all the Safety Measures and Building Code of Australia Clause References in Part I, with a glossary/ definition of each Safety Measure in terms of language used to describe… 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