September 10, 2021

Building Regulation 2021 – Compliance certificate updates

On the 1st September 2021, the Building Regulation 2021 commenced which replaced the Building Regulation 2006. Please be aware that since this release, all building forms have been updated as well as there are now some additional inspection forms. Here are the key points: A building certifier is the only…
September 2, 2021

Buying a shed in a cyclonic region

Is an approval required and what information do I need? These days, buying a garden shed has never been easier. You can simply and securely purchase a garden shed from the comfort of your home if you wish. If you are in the market for a new outdoor storage shed,…
June 4, 2021

Accessible Housing Construction Code Changes

Last month, Australia's building ministers agreed at their meeting to include minimum accessibility standards for residential housing and apartments in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) silver standards. The NCC public comment draft (stage 1) is open until Friday, 2 July, 2021.…
September 11, 2020

What is the Role of a Private Certifier?

You may have heard you need to get a building approval to start works on a shed, carport or other structure. But, did you know you don’t have to go through council to get your building approval? Private certifiers inspect and approve building work to make sure it complies with…
August 10, 2020

When Do I Need a Building Approval?

All structures in cyclonic areas require building approval (certification) regardless of size. Therefore, in Cairns, this includes anything with a roof, patios, garden sheds and even decks with no roofs. If you fill in under your house or change a garage (non-habitable) to a bedroom (habitable), it all needs an…
June 11, 2020

‘HomeBuilder’ Stimulus Package

An exciting new announcement was released by the Federal Government this month. They are introducing a limited time, tax-free grant program called the ‘HomeBuilder’. The program was designed to assist the residential construction market to encourage the commencement of new home builds and renovations through the Coronavirus pandemic. According to…
May 29, 2020

Keep up to date with the Australian Building Codes Board YouTube Channel

The Australian Building Codes Board Resource Videos Did you know The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has a YouTube Channel? The channel offers a collection of videos to help people within the industry to better understand the National Construction Code (NCC) including the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The videos…
December 5, 2019

Plumbing Form 16s No Longer Needed by Certifiers

As of the 13th of November 2019, we received a Newsflash from the Department of Housing and Public Works advising certifiers that we no longer are required to obtain certificates for plumbing under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PDA). Local governments are responsible for administering requirements of the PDA…
September 19, 2019

Designing and Building to Accommodate Earthquake Loads

Did you know, designing and building to accommodate earthquake loads has become the latest “hot topic” with the new BCA 2019 being implemented? This little gem affects any dwelling that falls outside the parameters in Appendix A of AS1170.4 and pretty much any commercial building. The biggest factor that affects…