The National Construction Code is a unique hybrid of technical detail and legal styling that contains over 2000 pages of requirements. Australian Standards called up in the Code add thousands of pages of extra length. Many investigations into defective apartment buildings and non-conforming building products have identified as a contributing factor an industry-wide lack of mastery of the Code, or lack of rigour in applying it.
Challenging though it may be, the Code is an essential area of knowledge for all kinds of consultants. While building certifiers/surveyors are Code specialists, court judgments confirm that other consultants also need to know the parts of the Code relevant to their discipline.
Our intensive webinar this year turns its focus to the National Construction Code. Over three hours, concentrating mostly on commercial and government projects (not class 1), we’ll hear from:
- architect, Tony Kemeny (Director, Gran Associates) and building certifier, Andrew Naylor (Director & Principal Building Surveyor, BCA Certifiers) on some key Code provisions that commonly demand attention or cause confusion, and also looking at collaboration between consultants;
- Graham Moss (Principal Building Surveyor, Australian Building Codes Board) on the recent changes to the Code including the new requirements for documentation supporting performance solutions, and ABCB resources for practitioners;
- Wendy Poulton (Manager Risk Services, informed by Planned Cover) on how courts interpret the Code based on examples of legal disputes involving the Code or Australian Standards.