Australian Building Codes Board – New proposals that impact on architects

The Australian Building Codes Board has a number of papers out for consultation that relate to the recommendations of the Building Confidence Report. These papers are making proposals that impact on the practice of architecture.

The Institute would like to hear members views on the proposals and recommendations being put forward.

If you would like to provide comment to input into the Institute’s submissions, please respond by the date indicated below each discussion paper description.

Please respond to policy@architecture.com.au

Building Design Acceptance

The paper outlines a framework that imposes a statutory duty on design practitioners to prepare documentation that demonstrates compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC). It also includes proposals for a more robust approach to third party review of designs, and to the documentation and approval of Performance Solutions and design variations.

Response due to the institute by Friday 28 January 2021

Independent Third Party Review

This discussion paper outlines a draft model process for independent third party review. This model has proportionate actions tied to building complexity (risk) and uses the definition of complex buildings.

Response due to the Institute by Friday 19 February 2021

Mandatory Inspections

The discussion paper proposes a draft model process that prescribes an approach for minimum inspections proportionate to building complexity (risk) as a means of improving building outcomes through greater regulatory compliance. The risk-based approach would also determine additional inspection stages such as those relating to specific Performance Solutions or complex commercial buildings. The draft model details the proposed approach and how it is anticipated to work in practice.

Response due to the Institute by Friday 19 February 2021