Important changes to the Building Act

On 4 July 2016 several changes to the Building Act 1993 will come in to effect.


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Fall prevention from windows

The Australian Window Association has released an industry alert regarding fall prevention and the protection of openable windows.
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Do you have relevant documentation on site?

Further to our newsletters from last year advising on the requirements for building permit documentation to be on site and available for inspection at all times, the VBA in conducting their Proactive Inspections Program have identified that most sites visited do not have a copy of the building permit and approved documentation on site.
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NCC 2016 - What does it mean for you?

May 1st welcomed the introduction of NCC 2016.  With the new code there are some major changes that you need to be aware of.


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Aluminium Composite Cladding - the ‘Game Changer’

A new Industry Alert issued February 2016 from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has been received by building surveyors (RBS).

The regulator (VBA) have released a new definition for ‘external walls’, a term not previously defined under the National Construction Code (NCC) Volumes One or Two Building Code of Australia. The VBA are publicly establishing their position on expectations to meet compliance with the minimum building standards. This process includes from building design phase through to the delivery of completed buildings in Victoria suitable for occupation and community safety.


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Building Legislation Amendment

In December a Bill was introduced to the State Parliament. The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 will amend the Building Act 1993, the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.


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Sprinklers now required to all residential balconies

On 15th December 2015 the Victorian Government introduced two new Building Regulations, Regulations 123 & 124.  Building Regulation 123 creates a minor amendment to BCA clause C1.10 by deleting a provision that may allow a combustible building attachment to be used that does not meet the fire hazard properties of BCA Specification C1.10.


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Amended building regulations

This month has seen the introduction of the Building Amendment (National Construction Code) Regulations 2014. The purpose of these amendments is to reflect current changes to the NCC including the Victorian variations which were introduced on the 1st of May 2014.
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Free access to the NCC

In 2015 online access to the National Construction Code (NCC) will be made available free of charge.
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New National Construction Code

On May 1st the new National Construction Code (NCC) 2014 Volumes 1 and 2 will come into force.  There have been both minor and major changes to the definitions as well as the introduction of new Australian Standards to the NCC.
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Important VBA Updates

On the 1st of July this year the Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission was replaced with the new Victorian Building Authority (VBA) which will now oversee the building, construction and plumbing industry in Victoria.
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Do you have tower crane oversail?

In inner city developments it is becoming more common for construction sites to need tower cranes.  What do you do when the long boom or counterweight extends beyond the development site boundary into an adjoining property?
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Are you an engineer working in the Victorian Building Industry?

We came across this important article which is a 'must read' for all engineers working in the Victorian building industry.  Written by Stephen Williams at Lovegrove Solicitors, it outlines the importance of registration under the Building Act 1993 (Vic) for engineers working within the building industry, as well as the consequences for failing to comply with registration requirements.


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Important BCA Updates

The 1st of May sees the introduction of the latest Building Code of Australia, The National Construction Code Series 2013.

To discuss how these changes may impact your project, please contact us directly. 

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Heyfield project feedback

It was rewarding to receive positive feedback from the DSE thanking us for our work on the Heyfield project.
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Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced he would reform the oversight of building industry regulation to meet the 21st century needs of consumers and industry participants.   A new Victorian Building Authority (VBA) will be established as the single over-arching body responsible for setting and enforcing building industry regulation following an extensive review of the existing structures.


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10 years in the making

Reddo 10 years and building
Reddo celebrated 10 years in business on the 29th of March, with a fantastic function amongst over 90 guests, family and staff at the Royal Saxon Hotel.
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