A quick reminder: the National Construction Code comprises all construction requirements in a single code by setting nationally consistent standards and minimum necessary demands for safety, health, amenity, and sustainability.
NCC 2019 update is of particular importance. The reason is it’s the first amendment after the shift to updating the Code every three years instead of doing it annually.
It’s important to make note of the transition period.
For energy efficiency provisions, there is a 12-month transitional period (ending 30 April 2020). It applies to “Section J of Volume One and Parts 2.6 and 3.12 of Volume Two”. In this period, the industry practitioners are allowed to use either the new NCC 2019 requirements or those from the old one (NCC 2016).
You will also find a major overhaul related to fire safety.
In case of fire safety, you should take into account its delayed adoption.
The new Fire Safety Verification Method (FSVM) will be adopted from 1 May 2020. Australian Building Codes Board recommends keeping an eye on their latest updates for further information on how industry practitioners can put the new FSVM into practice.
A new section “Condensation Management” is introduced in Volume Two and informs how to install a water barrier membrane in an external wall. Additionally, it outlines the provision of having a drained cavity where a water barrier membrane is not installed.
The webcasts will walk you through the changes to Volume One, Two, and Three. These video materials share useful information on Governing Requirements, Verification Methods, Sprinkler Protection for Class 3 and 2 buildings, Condensation, Occupiable Outdoor Areas, as well as ABCS’s current activities, among other topics.
Register on ABCB’s website (if you haven’t done it yet) and log into your account to view and download the materials. Here is the full list:
NCC 2019 Volume One(Requirements for multi-residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and structures)
NCC 2019 Volume Two(Requirements for residential and non-habitable buildings and structures)
NCC 2019 Volume Three (Requirements for plumbing and drainage for all classes of buildings)
NCC 2019 Guide to Volume One(Clarification and examples for complex NCC provisions)
NCC 2019 Complete Series (all NCC 2019 Volumes and the Guide to Volume One)
To access the Performance Requirements for each Volume, you should go to NCC Online and choose the “Filter by” option located at the top of the Table of Contents.
The next edition of the NCC is scheduled to be released in 2022.
Before that, as the most recent provisions have been put into effect, we have to get ready to construct safer and more sustainable buildings that do not compromise their occupants’ comfort.
To accomplish this ambitious goal, we need highly skilled professionals who know how to read codes correctly and how to implement these requirements in their day-to-day practices.
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