There have been some recent changes in the guidelines for pool installation, particularly in front yards, with respect to their proximity to overhead power lines. These changes come as a result of the growing trend of pool installations in front yards, which has prompted a re-evaluation of the safety measures in place.
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The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 is due to commence May 1st, 2023, which will supersede the current NCC 2019. The NCC 2022 will apply to all Construction Certificate and Complying Development Certificates Applications lodged after this date. Find out more about the changes here.
The NSW Government has expanded its regulations to include Classes 3 and 9c buildings under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (DBP) and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (RAB). Find out more about the changes here.
Building certification involves assessing and approving construction projects to ensure they comply with relevant codes and regulations. Building certifiers play a pivotal role by independently reviewing plans, conducting inspections, and issuing certificates of compliance. They help ensure construction projects are safe, sustainable, and adhere to legal standards, promoting public safety and quality construction outcomes.
The federal government has today announced it will be offering Australians $25,000 grants to build a new home or undertake substantial home renovation projects in an effort to boost the economy and to assist the housing sector. The $688 million HomeBuilder package will be available to owner occupiers who enter a contract to start building or substantially renovating their property between 4 June and 31 December 2020.
At Buildcert, our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our people, our clients and our communities. Given the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global health pandemic, Buildcert has implemented safeguards that meet the official Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure we are minimising any risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We are excited to announce that due to continued growth, Buildcert’s Newcastle team are moving to our newly refurbished building in Wickham. We will close our Beresfield office on Friday, 6th December at 5:00pm and will re-open at our new Wickham office on Monday, 9th December at 8:30am. Please update your records with our new office address: 104 Hannell Street, Wickham, NSW 2293
There is little understanding of the statutory role and responsibilities of Accredited Certifiers. This document addresses the major myths surrounding certification in NSW. Myth 1 – Accredited Certifiers supervise building work and act as a clerk of works. Accredited Certifiers do not check that tiles are laid square or that paint is applied properly or that doors swing without creaking or rubbing.
The 2019 edition of the National Construction Code (which incorporates the Building Code of Australia and Plumbing Code of Australia) commenced 1 May 2019, signifying the NCC 2019 is given legal effect by relevant legislation in each State and Territory. Applications for a Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate lodged with the certifying authority on or after 1 May 2019 will need to be assessed against NCC 2019.
The Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) has welcomed the release of the Engineers’ Report into the Opal Tower construction issues. The report vindicates accredited certifiers, finding no accredited certifiers are at fault regarding the issues with Opal Tower. “While it was not within the scope of our review to look closely at the certifications that took place on the Opal Tower, we found no evidence that the building certifiers had been deficient in regards to statutory expectations.”