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.
Free access to the NCC
In 2015 online access to the National Construction Code (NCC) will be made available free of charge.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Heyfield project feedback
It was rewarding to receive positive feedback from the DSE thanking us for our work on the Heyfield project.
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.