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The next Building Australia’s Future Conference...

Mark it in your diary now!

The Australian Building Codes Board

is proud to announce it’s next National

Conference to be held on the Gold Coast,

Queensland 18 - 21 September 2011.

Be sure to mark this event in your diary and keep an eye out for the

registration form in this Summer edition of the Australian Building Regulation

Bulletin and on the ABCB Website If you would like

further information or would like to leave your contact details, please contact

us at or on .

The ABCB Conference is subject to change including dates and venues.

Further detailed information will be forthcoming over the next few months.

SUmmeR 2011


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10 Residential building Insurance and Associated consumer Package

For The Northern Territory Residential building market


12 Revised credit Will Drive Demand For environmentally

Responsible concrete


14 Australian government Programs and Initiatives to HelP You…


16 International collaboration and Research

18 building and construction To The United Arab emirates


22 Revised Australian Standard Strengthens Structural

Steel compliance

24 Windows Fit For Purpose

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27 building Australia’s Future (bAF) 2011

conference & Registration Form

■ Regulars

2 Chairman’s Address

Disclaimer: The views in this

magazine are not necessarily

the views of the Australian

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6 BCA and Industry News

25 Conference & Events Calendar

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

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mr graham Huxley am

Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition

of the Australian Building Regulation


The inaugural National Construction

Code (NCC) Series has been released

for adoption from 1 May 2011. The NCC

series comprises the Building Code

of Australia (BCA) Commercial and

Residential Volumes (Volume One and

Two including Volume One Appendices)

and for the first time, the new Plumbing

Code of Australia (PCA) which forms

Volume Three. The inclusion of the PCA

to incorporate plumbing and drainage

with the BCA is the first step in a broader

plan to incorporate all on-site regulatory

building requirements. Ministers

have indicated that electrical and

telecommunications may be included in

the NCC Series in future years. You can

read more about the PCA in this edition.

With a continued focus on life safety

matters, BCA 2011 will contain new

Performance Requirements for the

design and construction of private

bushfire shelters and various updates

to BCA referenced standards. BCA 2011

will also align the access provisions

with the Disability (Access to Premises –

Buildings) Standards. These provisions

will lead to significant improvements

in the level of access required in new

buildings and existing buildings

undergoing renovation. A webcast

featuring the Premises Standards has

been made available on the ABCB

website. Further information on

developments for BCA 2011 can also be

found in this edition of the ABRB.

The implementation of such important

building regulatory reforms has kept

us extremely busy for the past year.

Looking forward, we will continue to

support the building regulatory reform

agenda. In the year ahead we will

progress the NCC, including establishing

a Plumbing Codes Committee (PCC),

we will work on proposed external

noise provisions for Class 2 residential

buildings, assist with the development

of a new Inter-governmental Agreement

under which the ABCB operates and

look to enhance our IT capability. New

Resource Kits featuring the PCA and

the disability access provisions will

be developed to support practitioner

awareness and training in these areas.

The ABCB will also continue to respond

to Ministerial direction relating to

bushfire and energy efficiency reforms.

Our biennial Conference, Building

Australia’s Future 2011 will be held at

the Gold Coast on 19-21 September.

As in past years, the Conference

provides an opportunity to hear about

contemporary building regulatory issues

from leading experts from around the


With the introduction of the PCA, new

disability access provisions and other

amendments, the new NCC contains

many changes. I encourage you to

attend our National Seminar Series,

commencing in March, where you can

learn more about these issues. This

year, there will be morning sessions

covering the BCA, with the afternoon

sessions dedicated to the PCA. Further

details about the Seminars, and our

Conference, can be found in this edition,

or on our website at www.abcb.gov.au

Graham Huxley AM


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BCA Requirements



INDUSTRY Perspective


The College of Building is

an independent not-forprofit

education and training

organization, owned by the

key professional bodies in

the building and construction

industry (Australian Institute of

Building, Australian Institute of

Quantity Surveyors, Australian

Institute of Building Surveyors)

The College of Building will influence

and directly participate in the education,

training, graduate and continuing

professional development, senior

executive, specialist, leadership

development of building professionals

and other knowledge services.

The Vision of the College of Building is to

be - A leading institution for the delivery of

education, training and other knowledge

services to raise the professional standards

of construction and built environment


The mission of the College of Building

is - The promotion of standards

and opportunities in the delivery of

professional development, education

and training of practitioners, managers

and leaders of construction and built

environment disciplines

The immediate focus of the College will

be to directly, or in partnerships with

approved higher education providers,


• VET, higher education and specialist

courses to regional and underserviced

areas using innovative

learning technologies

• Graduate development programs in

collaboration with industry partners

• Senior Executive and leadership


• Industry workshops and conferences

The first of these partnerships has

been finalised with the appointment of

Holmesglen in Victoria. This partnership

will provide the College of Building with

an immediate range of higher education

programs and short courses to deliver

with an online capability that will enable

these courses to be delivered with

the maximum level of flexibility. This

flexibility will meet the needs of a wide

range of building practitioners who

don’t have access to higher education

programs or who because of work

circumstances cannot easily manage the

current teaching schedule enforced by

some higher education providers and

prefer self paced learning at their own


Discussions with other potential

provider partners is on going. It is the

intention of the College of Building

to consider agreements with other

providers to gain access to a broader

range of course programs, mainly

international, research expertise and

possible research funding through the

National Competitive Research Grants


For more information please contact the

College’s Executive Director Robert Hunt

at ceo@aib.org.au

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This year sees a momentous change

for the Australian Building Codes Board

(ABCB) with the release of the National

Construction Code.

The Council of Australian Governments

tasked the ABCB with developing a

National Construction Code (NCC) that

incorporates plumbing and drainage

with the Building Code of Australia


In February, the inaugural NCC series

will be released for adoption from 1

May 2011. The NCC series will comprise

the Building Code of Australia (BCA)

Commercial and Residential Volumes

(Volume One and Two including Volume

One Appendices) and for the first time,

the new Plumbing Code of Australia

(PCA) which forms Volume Three.

The inclusion of the PCA to incorporate

plumbing and drainage with the BCA

is the first step in a broader plan to

incorporate all on-site regulatory

building requirements. Ministers

have indicated that electrical and

telecommunications may be included in

the NCC series in future years.

As a subscriber you can continue to

purchase both Volumes One and Two

of the series as these now represent the

Building Code of Australia component of

the three Volume set, or the residential

Housing Provisions (Vol Two). You can

also elect to upgrade to the complete

series which includes the third NCC

Volume being the Plumbing Code of

Australia (PCA).

Another option for this year is the

choice of purchasing the Volumes in

the current format of ‘Hard Copy &

Online’, or the new electronic only

format of ‘PDF Download & Online’.

The PDF can be downloaded direct to

your PC and your laptop via the ABCB

web-site. Once installed, you can access

the NCC Volumes without an internet

connection, while also maintaining

the online service to log in remotely

via the online access component of

this package. The PDF Download &

Online package replaces the previously

developed DVD product range.

No matter what format, or package you

choose, 2011 is a particularly important

year with changes to, and information

on, the disability access provisions

which have been amended to align

with the Disability (Access to Premises

Buildings) Standards (Premises

Standards); private bushfire shelters; fire

hazard properties; energy efficiency and


NCC Seminar Series

Each year the ABCB runs a series of

national seminar programs which

focus on changes and additions to the

BCA. This year will see a second set

of seminars relating to the new PCA,

its implications and use. The ABCB’s

Seminar Series continue to attract

strong interest and 2011 is set to achieve

even larger attendances.

Further Information

To check your subscription status,

upgrade your subscription to include

the PCA, or obtain further information

on the ABCB’s seminar events for 2011

please phone the ABCB Customer

Services team on 1300 134 631 during

business hours or visit the ABCB web site

at: www.abcb.gov.au

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Development process

The development process for Volumes

One and Two of the 2011 National

Construction Code series (BCA 2011)

was consistent with previous practices,

the principles expressed in the current

Inter Government Agreement and

good regulatory practice. The process

included the following elements:

• An individual or organisation

proposing a change to the BCA was

required to justify the change in

accordance with COAG regulatory

principles through the ABCB’s

Proposal for Change (PFC) process.

This included demonstration of

market failure, documenting all

impacts (costs and benefits) and

consultation undertaken.

• Consultation with stakeholders on

proposed changes included the

availability of drafts on the ABCB

website for over 8 weeks during June

and July.

The main changes for BCA 2011 Volumes

One and Two are listed below.

Changes affecting both Volume

One and Two

• National Construction Code (NCC)

Series nomenclature and the new

three volume format have been

explained in the ‘Introduction’


• Referenced documents have been

updated as follows:

• AS 1680.0 Interior

lighting updated to

2009 edition

• AS 1684 Residential


construction updated to

2010 edition

• AS 1720.1 Timber

structures updated to

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2010 edition

• AS 1926.3 Swimming

pool recirculation

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systems updated to


2010 edition. The 2010

edition adoptions a

testing-based approach

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to water recirculation systems

rather than one of prescription

• AS 3500.3 Stormwater drainage,

Amendment 2 referenced

• AS 3600 Concrete structures

updated to 2009 edition, with

the 2001 edition of AS 3600 to be

retained for a 12 month transition


• AS 3959 Bushfire construction,

Amendment 2 referenced

• The Performance Requirements

for structural adequacy have been

redrafted to align with accepted

structural engineering principles

and as an outcome of the Board’s

‘Quantification of Performance’


• Various provisions, including those

dealing with energy efficiency, have

been clarified and improved as a

result of feedback from BCA users.

Volume One

• The disability access provisions have

been aligned with the Access Code of

the Premises Standards. This change

primarily affects Sections D, E, F and


• Referenced documents have been

updated as follows:

• AS 1428.1, AS/NZS 1428.4.1 and

AS/NZS 2890.6 dealing with

building access, tactile indicators

and accessible carparking, have

been updated to the 2009 editions


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as part of the alignment of the

BCA with the Access Code of the

Premises Standards.

• AHRI 460 Air cooled refrigerant

condensers updated to 2005

edition. The 2005 edition amends

the secondary reference standards

which had been superseded

• AHRI 550/590 Water chilling

packages updated to 2003 edition.

The 2003 edition amends the

secondary reference standards

which had been superseded

• The fire hazard property provisions

have been restructured and

simplified, including combining

Specification C1.10 and Specification

C1.10a. This amendment clarifies

the intent of the provisions without

amending the stringency of the


• The prescriptive section of the

Performance Requirement for

stretcher facilities in lifts has been

removed allowing for flexibility in a

performance-based design.

Volume Two

• New Class 10c classification and

Performance Requirements

have been added for private

bushfire shelters, and reference

made to the ABCB Performance

Standard, as a consequence of

the recommendations made by

the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal


• Referenced documents

have been updated as


• AS 1562.1 Sheet roof and

wall cladding recognised as

an acceptable construction

manual for wall cladding

(previously only recognised

for roof cladding)

• AS 4773 Masonry for small

buildings referenced,

to supersede the

requirements in AS 3700

Section 12. AS 3700 will be

retained for a 12 month

transition period.

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National Construction Code – Plumbing Update

The new 2011 Plumbing Code of

Australia (PCA), Volume Three of the

National Construction Code series (NCC),

has been finalised and is now available

for practitioners. This document is a

must for those participating in the

world of plumbing and drainage design,

installation and certification.

The ABCB Office and the NCC Working

Group formed by the Board to progress

the Council of Australian Governments

(COAG) building regulatory reform

agenda have achieved a great deal

over the last 12 months. The ABCB was

tasked by COAG with producing the NCC

comprising both building and plumbing

for release early in 2011. This reform has

now been realised, with the publication

of the National Construction Code

Series: Volumes One, Two and Three.

Volumes One and Two will continue to

be known as ‘the BCA’, while Volume

Three (the PCA) focuses specifically on

plumbing and drainage.

The 2011 PCA is based on the version

published in 2004. A number of minor

changes have been made for 2011, to

clarify intent and improve national

consistency. As the ABCB is committed

to COAG Best Practice Regulation

principles when considering new or

amended regulation, more significant

changes have not been included this

year but have been flagged for further

detailed discussion, consultation and

impact analysis for future editions.

This process will help regulators to

avoid unintended consequences and

to ensure the most beneficial outcome

for all stakeholders particularly the


The majority of State and Territory

jurisdictions have indicated that they

will be in a position to adopt the 2011

PCA from 1 May. Those that aren’t yet

ready have until October 2012 under

their agreement to COAG, to get

everything in place.

For States that are adopting the code

for the first time, there will now be the

option for performance based plumbing

solutions to be developed and included

in projects. While it is anticipated that

a large proportion of plumbing work

will continue to be ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’

solutions based on the AS 3500 series

of Australian Standards, it will now be

possible for plumbing and drainage

work to be more innovative.

State and Territory variations and

additions are also included in the PCA

for the first time. Similarly to Volume

One, where a State has a variation to a

requirement, additional requirements

or does not adopt part of the PCA, this

is clearly indicated in the PCA Appendix.

This consolidation process has proved

to be hugely beneficial to practitioners

in its application through the BCA. An

additional benefit of the overall reform

is that the number of variations across

the country has been substantially

reduced, hopefully making life easier for

the many practitioners that work across

State and Territory borders.

With these recent and upcoming

changes in plumbing legislation

practitioners are advised to check with

their State/Territory plumbing regulator

to determine what impacts there may

be in their respective jurisdictions.

Changes for 2011

The biggest change for the

‘on-the-ground’ plumbers

in 2011 is the referencing

of the latest amendments

to Australian Standard

(AS) 3500 Parts 1, 2 and 4.

The AS 3500 series is an

integral part of day to day

plumbing work and the

new amendments contain

important changes. Some

jurisdictions have already

started work with the new

standards, while in other

areas it will become law

when the PCA is adopted

through State legislation.

For further information

refer to Standards


Another important change

for practitioners to be

aware of is the updating in

both the BCA and the PCA

of the AS 1428 references

(Design for access and mobility), to

align with the Commonwealth Disability

(Access to Premises - Buildings)

Standards. These are changes to

mandatory requirements for people

with a disability that will be enacted

from 1 May 2011 nationally.

As advised in Edition Five of the ABR-

Online, the ABCB will be working closely

with State and Territory building and

plumbing administrations to deliver

information seminars in March 2011.

These seminars will be held in all

capital cities to assist practitioners in

the transition to the new regulatory

environment and to help familiarise

practitioners with the new code and

how it is used. Try to attend if you can.

Further information on the seminar

series, the NCC and the PCA can be

found on the ABCB website at



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The ABCB has prepared a document

to explain the changes to the Volume

Two glazing provisions introduced

with BCA 2010. The document covers

many of the issues that practitioners

are experiencing when attempting to

design a complying glazing solution

using the elemental Deemed-to-Satisfy

provisions in BCA 2010, especially for

buildings in the cooler climate zones.

Topics include:

• glazing basics;

• the importance of window ratings;

• the new conductance calculation;

• exposure factors;

• changes to the glazing calculator


• advanced glazing calculator

techniques; and

• glazing in alterations and additions.

One of the biggest changes is the new

conductance calculation for climate

zones 2 to 8. The allowance in these

climate zones is no longer based on

floor area. The calculation is best

thought of as “winter performance”, and

aims to ensure that the total heat lost by

conduction through the glazing will not

exceed the direct solar gains available.

The “winter performance” is affected

by both the Total U-Value and the SHGC

of the glazing, so it is very important to

optimise the SHGC for both winter and

summer conditions.

The document is available on the ABCB


Energy Efficiency Glazing

Provisions for BCA Volume Two

Changes Introduced in BCA 2010


Advanced Glazing Calculator Techniques

2011 National Construction Code Seminars

Building Code &

Plumbing Code users…

mark these dates in

your diaries











8 March

10 & 11 March

15 March

17 & 18 March

21 & 22 March

24 March

28 & 29 March

31 March

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Your opportunity to hear about

the National Construction Code

from the experts

The Australian Building Codes Board will

take the first step in delivering the National

Construction Code (NCC), when it publishes

the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as

Volume Three of the NCC, for the first time

in 2011. It is expected that future editions of

the NCC will eventually comprise all on-site

construction regulation (building, plumbing,

gas, electrical and telecommunications). The

implementation of this national policy initiative

will improve regulatory consistency across

jurisdictions and deliver benefits for both the

industry and community.

The 2011 National Seminar series will play

an important role in raising practitioner

awareness of issues associated with

the launch of the NCC and other code

amendments scheduled for 2011. The

seminars will be divided into two sessions,

which will provide an opportunity for

practitioners to hear about relevant aspects of

the consolidated code and how it will affect

their work.

BCA Seminars, 9.30am – 12.30pm

As with previous years, there will be half

day seminars in all capital cities focusing

on changes to the BCA, including the new

disability access provisions.

PCA Seminars, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

The ABCB will also be conducting seminars

in the afternoon at the same venue, that will

focus on the release of the new 2011 PCA

and what implications the NCC will have.

The registration fee will include a copy of the

2011 PCA and other relevant materials.

Don’t miss out – the National

Construction Code will be introduced

on 1 May 2011*

*PCA adoption dates may vary in some States & Territories

Please note that the BCA and PCA sessions

are being conducted independently and a

separate registration form must be completed

for each seminar.

Visit the ABCB website from mid-November for registration details www.abcb.gov.au

Details on this brochure were correct at the time of printing. The Seminar organisers retain the right to alter any or all of the Seminar details.

Australian Building Codes Board

GPO Box 9839

Canberra ACT 2601


Compliance in

Construction… 2011

The new National Construction Code Series includes the

Plumbing Code of Australia - purchased individually or as an NCC package!

… Do You Comply?

National Construction Code (NCC): Complete Series

The new NCC complete series contains the BCA Commercial and

Residential Volumes (Vols One & Two including Vol One Appendices)

and the new Plumbing Code of Australia PCA (Vol Three). This

package also includes the E-Guide in both available formats.

Hard Copy & Online $399 PDF Download & Online $399

Building Code of Australia (BCA)

The BCA includes both Commercial and Residential Volumes (Vols

One, Two including Vol One Appendices) and also the E-Guide in

both available formats.

Hard Copy & Online $315 PDF Download & Online $315

NCC 2011


BCA Class 1 and Class 10 Buildings


National National Construction

Code Series Series



Building Code of Australia 2011

Class 1 and Class 10 Buildings

Residential Housing Provisions

The BCA Residential Volume (Vol Two) can be

purchased as a stand alone product and also

includes the E-Guide in both available formats.

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Building Australia’s Future

Hard Copy & Online $180

PDF Download & Online $180

NCC 2011

VOLUME THREE – Plumbing Code of Australia 2011


National National Construction

Code Series Series



Plumbing Code of Australia 2011

Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA)

The new PCA Volume (Vol Three) is available as a

stand alone product in the following two formats.

Hard Copy & Online $120

PDF Download & Online $120

NCC 2011


BCA Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings


National Construction



Code Series

Code Building Code of Australia 2011

Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings


Guide to BCA

The Guide is available as a single B5 printed

annual edition designed to be used in conjunction

with, and provide commentary on, Volume One of

the BCA

Hard Copy only $180

BCA & PCA Online:

Short-term Access

Online access to the BCA & PCA for up

to 30 consecutive days access or up to

12 individual days access on or before

30 April 2012

Monthly Access $70

Occasional Access $70

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Building Australia’s Future

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 9







In 2004 amendments were

made to the NT Building Act for

the registration of residential

builders, home warranty

insurance and other changes to

the regulation of buildings. In

2006 the registration of builders

commenced. Home Warranty

Insurance was deferred to allow

industry to manage all the other

changes and in recognition

of concern being expressed

by consumers, industry and

governments with the national

insurance product.

In recent years several building

companies have collapsed, adversely

affecting consumers, sub-contractors

and suppliers.

On 2 December 2010 the NT

Government released documents

relating to a residential consumer

package for consultation with the

community and industry. The draft

Bill to amend the NT Building Act and

yet to be drafted regulations contain a

package consisting of Home Warranty

Insurance, named Residential Building

Insurance, regulation of progress

payments, statutory consumer

guarantees and a mandatory dispute

resolution process. The documents

include an overview of what could be in

the regulations based on the national


The Northern Territory Government is

seeking comments on the proposed

package from all interested parties by

28 February 2011.

ConSumer paCkage

The package was developed after

consultation with the wider community

and industry from 2009 which was

managed by the Building Industry

Representative Group (BIRG).

The consumer package consists of four


Regulation of Progress


Those that suffered most from the

collapse of builders had made,

sometimes under pressure, progress

payments well ahead of the works

actually completed.

As a minimum the regulations will state

that a builder cannot request payment

for more than the value of the work

actually completed. An option is for the

percentages of each stage to be set by

regulation with the ability to vary for

non-standard buildings.

As an interim step to reduce the risk

to consumers, it is proposed to make a

regulation under the current NT Building

Act that makes it an offence for a builder

to request a progress payment for more

than the value of building works actually

carried out.

Consumer Guarantees

Consumer guarantees provide a

statutory backdrop for consumers

and builders in resolving disputes or

processing claims under Residential

Building Insurance.

Consumer guarantees will be similar

to the national norm. They will be

complemented by practice guidelines

that will quantify the tolerance range

of acceptable work. The guarantees

provide the measures of what is

acceptable practice when resolving

Residential Building Insurance claims

and other building disputes.

The guarantees will run for the same

prescribed period as for non-compliance

under Residential Building Insurance,

proposed to be based on the national

norm of 6 years structural and 2 years

non-structural. A builder will be

required under the NT Building Act to

correct any non-compliant work during

that period.

Residential Building Insurance

Residential Building Insurance is to be

mandatory and last resort. The triggers

for claims are proposed to be insolvency

or bankruptcy, disappearance or death,

and loss of registration.

Given the national scene of the

withdrawal of private insurers and

the corresponding reactions of State

Governments, and the relatively small

scale of the housing market in the

Northern Territory, Government intends

to underwrite the scheme.

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The Territory Insurance Office is

proposed to be the fund manager for

Residential Building Insurance on behalf

of Government. The details of the cover

and the premiums will be subject to

the proposed consultation, actuarial

advice currently being sought and the

level of risk Government is willing to

accept. However, for the purpose of

the consultation, the national norm is


Residential Building Insurance will

consist of two components, noncompletion

and non-compliance.

Non-completion covers the

construction stage and is designed to

meet the additional costs if another

builder needs to be engaged to

complete the building works. Only

prescribed work in relation to houses

will be subject to claims. Claims will be

subject to caps.

Non-compliance cover relates to

structural and non-structural defects

that become evident during the

prescribed times mentioned in relation

to consumer guarantees. Again, claims

will be capped. Prescribed work in

houses and low rise flats (up to 3 storeys)

will be subject to claims.

The non-compliance component will

replace the existing Home Building

Certification Fund that was established

in 1993 with the introduction of private

certification. This fund is managed by

the Territory Insurance Office on behalf

of Government. While its purpose was

to underpin the certification process,

in practice it has underpinned the

building process giving unlimited cover

for 10 years for non-compliance with

the building code. The Home Building

Certification Fund is first resort.

Builders will be required to obtain an

eligibility certificate that will determine

limits for their turnover based on their

financial and business capacity.

Dispute Resolution

The fourth and last component is a

statutory residential dispute resolution

process. The process will have the

power to make a binding determination

that may be appealed. Regulations will

prescribe the circumstances that need to

apply for a formal application.

The provisions establish the

statutory position of Commissioner of

Residential Building Disputes. The

primary function of the Commissioner

is to hear and decide applications

relating to consumer guarantee


The implementation of the dispute

resolution process is designed

to close the “gap” between first

resort and last resort Residential

Building Insurance. This is because

the “triggers” for are death,

disappearance, insolvency and

cessation of a builder’s registration

in a manner to be prescribed by


Without the dispute resolution

mechanism as proposed consumers

would have difficulty in obtaining

recourse against builders that carry out

defective building work as the insurance

does not indemnify consumers unless,

as stated above, an event such as

death, disappearance or insolvency has



The package is relevant to both

consumers and registered builders who

participate in the Northern Territory

residential building market. Further

information can be found at


Have Your Say

How to Make a Submission

The Territory Government is seeking

comments on the proposed package

from all interested parties by 28

February 2011.

You can make your submission by either:

• emailing to rbi@nt.gov.au, or

• Posting to:

Senior Policy Officer

Building Advisory Services Branch

Department of Lands and Planning

GPO Box 1680, Darwin NT 0801

What happens next?

Your submissions will be used to further

develop the draft Bill and to develop the

regulations which accompany the draft


The Bill and regulations will in turn

be introduced and debated in the

Legislative Assembly in 2011.

Further Information

If you require further information please

call Building Advisory Services Branch

on (08) 8999 8961.


Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 11





A revised Green Star ‘Concrete’

credit, which aims to further

drive demand for concrete with

reduced environmental impact,

has been released for stakeholder


The Green Building Council of Australia

(GBCA), which operates Green Star,

commenced a review of four

Materials credits in 2009: Steel,

PVC, Timber and Concrete.

The revised credit has been

developed following a 20-

month consultation process

with a concrete expert

reference panel, a review of

independent research, and a

site tour of Australian cement

manufacturing facilities.

“Since the Green Building

Council of Australia introduced

Green Star in 2003, the suite

of rating tools has contained a

‘Concrete’ credit to encourage

the use of supplementary

cementitious materials (SCM)

and recycled aggregate in

concrete,” says Green Star

Director, Andrew Aitken.

“The Concrete Expert Reference

Panel determined that the

broad focus of the previous

credit was appropriate, but

that it could be clarified, as

well as improved through the

introduction of new criteria to

encourage the use of alternative

fuels in cement kilns, alternative

fine aggregate and non-potable water

in concrete.”

The revised Concrete credit has

also been streamlined through the

introduction of templates and a

reference case for SCM use. “The

global cement industry is working to

reduce its environmental impact, and

is developing more sustainable and

cost-effective production methods. Use

of SCM, alternative fuels, non-potable

water and non-virgin aggregate in

cement production are key strategies for

achieving this aim,” Mr Aitken says.

The full suite of documents released

for public comment can be viewed

online at: www.gbca.org.au/green-star/

materials-category. The comment

period closes on 25 February 2011.

“The review of the Concrete credit

reflects the GBCA’s commitment

to ensure Green Star tools

remain relevant, robust and

at the leading edge of best

practice,” Mr Aitken concludes.

about tHe green

buIldIng CounCIl oF


The Green Building Council of

Australia (GBCA) is Australia’s

leading authority on green

building. The GBCA was

established in 2002 to develop a

sustainable property industry in

Australia and drive the adoption

of green building practices.

The GBCA has more than 900

member companies who

work together to support the

Council and its activities. The

GBCA promotes green building

programs, technologies,

design practices and processes,

and operates Australia’s

only national voluntary

comprehensive environmental

rating system for buildings -

Green Star.

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Building Commission

Dept of Commerce

31 Troode St, West Perth, WA 6005

PO Box 6039, East Perth, WA 6892

Telephone: 1300 489 099

E-mail: buildingcontrol@bmw.wa.gov.au

Hours: 8.30am-5.00pm

Web site: www.bmw.wa.gov.au


Department of Lands and Planning

Building Advisory Services Branch

Cavenagh House, 38 Cavenagh Street,

Darwin NT 0800

GPO Box 1680, Darwin, NT 0801

Telephone: 08 8999 8960

E-mail: bas.lpe@nt.gov.au

Hours: 8.00am-4.00pm

Web site: www.nt.gov.au


Department of Infrastructure and Planning

Building Codes Queensland Division

Level 3, 63 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000

PO Box 15009, City East, QLD 4002

Telephone: 07 3239 6369

E-mail: buildingcodes@dip.qld.gov.au

Hours: 8.30am-5.00pm

Web site: www.dip.qld.gov.au



Department of Planning and Local Government, Building Policy

Roma Mitchell House

136 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

GPO Box 1815, Adelaide, SA 5001

Telephone: 08 8303 0602

E-mail: plnsa.building@saugov.sa.gov.au

Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm

Web site: www.planning.sa.gov.au


Building Commission Victoria

733 Bourke Street, Docklands, VIC 3008

PO Box 536, Melbourne, VIC 3001

Telephone: 1300 815 127

E-mail: technicalenquiry@buildingcommission.com.au

Hours: 8.30am-5.00pm

Web site: www.buildingcommission.com.au


Department of Justice,

Workplace Standards Tasmania

Building Control Branch

30 Gordons Hill Road, Rosny Park, TAS 7018

PO Box 56, Rosny Park, TAS 7018

Telephone: 03 6233 7657

E-mail: wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au

Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm

Web site: www.wst.tas.gov.au


Dept of Planning,

Lands Department Building

23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000

GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001

Telephone: 02 9228 6111

E-mail: information@planning.nsw.gov.au

Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Mon – Fri,

however BCA technical questions will be

answered 9.30 – 11.30 Tue-Thu

on 02 9228 6529

Web site: www.planning.nsw.gov.au


ACT Planning and Land Authority

Ground Floor South,

Dame Pattie Menzies House

16 Challis Street, Dickson ACT 2602

GPO Box 1908, Canberra City, ACT 2601

Telephone: 02 6207 1923

E-mail: actpla.customer.services@act.gov.au

Hours: 8.30am-4.30pm

Web site: www.actpla.act.gov.au

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 13

Towards smarTer building

Australian Government

Programs and Initiatives to

HELP you…

The Small Business Support Line and Green

Building Fund are only two of the various Australian

Government initiatives aimed at assisting Australian


Small Business Support Line

The national Small Business

Support Line provides small

business owners with a single

point of contact to access

information and referral services

to improve their business

sustainability and help better

manage their business.

The Support Line opened on the 3rd of

September 2009 and has since helped

over 22,000 callers from across Australia.

The top five reasons small businesses

are calling:

1. Obtaining Government Grants and


2. Registering a New Company or


3. Everything I need to know about

Starting a Business

4. Where to get Advice & Support on

Starting a Business

5. Making changes to my ABN

In addition to these, the staff at the

Small Business Support Line will be

able to provide information, assistance

or referral on a range of small business

issues which include: finance & cash

flow management, legal, accounting &

taxation services, importing & exporting,

tenders and contracts, insurance, plus

many more.

The Support Line also incorporates

the Small Business Credit Complaints

Clearing House which provides an

avenue for small businesses to direct

their issues about access to and the cost

of bank finance.

Contact the Small Business Support Line

on 1800 77 7275, or via email (sbsl@

innovation.gov.au) or alternatively,

the Support Line has just launched a

new online ‘live chat’ service which is

available via www.business.gov.au/

information/pages/livechat.aspx. The

Small Business Support Line is open

from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to

8:00 pm (Australian Eastern Standards

Time). More information can be found

on the web at www.ausindustry.gov.au

or www.business.gov.au

14 • Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

Green Building Fund

The Green Building Fund was

introduced in October 2008 to reduce

the greenhouse gas emissions of

existing commercial office buildings

in Australia by improving their energy

efficiency. The program is delivered

by AusIndustry, the Australian

Government’s business program

delivery division within the Department

of Innovation, Industry, Science and


The Fund provides grants for retrofitting

and retro-commissioning projects

directed at improving energy efficiency

resulting in reduced greenhouse

gas emissions. Grants of between

$50,000 and $500,000 are available, to

a maximum of 50% of eligible project

costs. Grants above $500,000 may be

offered, under limited circumstances,

for exemplar projects that are directed

towards world’s best practice.

To date the Green Building Fund has

provided some $82M for over 220

buildings. This assistance has facilitated

around $330M in total investment and

is projected to save close to 190,000

tonnes in green house gas emissions

each year.

Funded projects have included:

• upgrades to common area lighting,

heating, ventilation, and airconditioning;

• improvements to the building fabric

through new technology glazing and


• the installation of new, or the

recommissioning of existing,

monitoring, automation and control

systems equipment linked to building

energy efficiency;

• the installation of co-generation and

tri-generation plant; and,

• the adoption of renewable energy


During the 2010 election campaign,

the Australian Government announced

that it would provide an additional

$30 million and expand the Fund to

include hotels and shopping centres

covered by the National Australian Built

Environment Rating System (NABERS).

The Government announced this

expansion as a transitional strategy,

pending the introduction of a new

Green Building Tax Break from 1 July


The Green Building Fund is a

competitive program, and applications

must rate highly against merit criteria

and against other applications to result

in a grant offer.

Revised Guidelines for the expanded

Fund and the opening of the new round

will be announced soon. Intending

applicants wishing to register for

information on the revised program can

call the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46

or email: hotline@ausindustry.gov.au



Contractors: the

essential handbooks

Working as a contractor is no simple

business. Negotiating contracts and

being responsible for a range of

occupational health and safety, tax

and legal issues can be a daunting

task, though not without its share of

rewards. For those who hire contractors,

understanding your rights and

obligations can sometimes be just as


So whether you’re a contactor, or

employ a contractor in your business,

how do you know that you’ve ticked all

the boxes and ensured that the contract

is fair for both sides? Independent

Contractors: the essential handbook

and Independent Contractors:

contracts made simple can help.

Available from: www.business.gov.

au/independentcontractors, the free

handbooks provide contractors and

their hirers with all they need to know,

from creating and negotiating contracts,

to tax, super, insurance and workers’

compensation obligations.

Along with the handbooks, there is

a range of useful information on the

site, including unfair contracts and the

Contractor decision tool, which helps

to determine contractor status under

common law.

If you’re new to contracting, or

you’re already involved with

contracting, www.business.gov.au/

independentcontractors can help

ensure that you’re getting a fair deal.

Download a copy of the handbooks

today by visiting: www.business.gov.au/


And that’s not all from business.gov.au.

In the next edition of the ABR Bulletin,

we’ll review the soon-to-be released

Advisor Finder tool. Here’s a sneak peak:

As the first comprehensive, national

search tool to help businesses find

Australian Government advisory services

closest to them, Advisor Finder will

be a service unlike any other. Simple,

quick, and easy to use, you can search

for an advisor according to industry,

type of advice and location. With results

featuring on an interactive Google map,

it’s never been this easy to find your

local business advisers.

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 15

INTERNATIONAL Regulatory Development



An integral component of the

ABCB’s strategy to facilitate

development of the Building

Code of Australia (BCA) is our

ongoing liaison with many of

our international colleagues. To

achieve this outcome the ABCB

plays an active role within the

international community through

regular participation in recurrent

international forums such as the

Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory

Collaboration Committee (IRCC)

as well as participation in highprofile

international conferences

and seminars. This article

provides an outline of recent

examples of ABCB international



The ABCB is a member of the IRCC

and is the current Secretariat. The

purpose of the IRCC is to advance, at

an international level, an exchange of

information on issues relating to the

development, implementation, and

support of performance-based building

regulation systems. Countries currently

participating in the IRCC are Austria,

Australia, Canada, China, England and

Wales, Japan, New Zealand, Norway,

Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and

the USA.

The IRCC generally meets twice a year

and a significant aspect of each meeting

is an initial information exchange during

which members deliver a presentation

on major projects being undertaken

within their jurisdiction and other

contemporary issues. Following each

presentation all members are able to

question presenters on topics covered

or any other area of interest.

At the most recent IRCC meeting the

ABCB presentation addressed the

following topics –

• National Construction Code

• Access for People with a Disability

• Performance Standard for Private

Bushfire Shelters

• Energy Efficiency Provisions

• National Strategy for Energy


• Quantification of Performance

• External Noise in Residential

Apartment Buildings

As always, the ABCB report was very

well received and generated a lot of


Membership of the IRCC also allows the

ABCB to readily access information ‘outof-session’

from member countries on

topical issues. As an example, in 2010

the ABCB surveyed IRCC members to

obtain information related to incidents

of fire in early childhood centres located

within multi-storey buildings. We also

surveyed members in order to gain

information related to the application

and content of the ABCB publication,

‘International Fire Engineering Guidelines’.

The most recent IRCC meeting also

included a one-day workshop titled;

International Perspectives on the Role

of Building Regulation in Responding to

the Challenges of Climate Change. The

Workshop comprised nine presentations

and two panel sessions and addressed

questions such as –

• Is the current focus of regulation on

new construction sufficient?

• Can challenges be resolved with

prescriptive regulation or is

performance regulation required?

• Should there be new performance

targets, or new types of performance

criteria, and if so, how should they be

reflected in the regulations?

• Should building regulation better

address existing buildings, and if so,


• Is better coordination needed

between energy / resource policies

and building policies for more holistic


Participation in this Workshop

enabled the ABCB to gain an

understanding of the scope of issues

being considered or implemented by

our international colleagues. Copies

of the Workshop presentations are

available on the ABCB website.

16 • Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

The content of the IFEG is currently scheduled for


International Fire

Engineering Guidelines

The ABCB is the publisher of the

International Fire Engineering Guidelines

(IFEG) and maintains the ‘intellectual

property’ rights to the content of the

document. The current (2005) edition

of the IFEG was developed through a

collaborative process to meet the needs

of Australian practitioners as well as

those of Canada, USA and New Zealand.

The content of the IFEG is currently

scheduled for review so, following the

recent IRCC meeting, the ABCB took

the opportunity to hold a meeting of

the IFEG Editorial Committee, which

comprised representatives from the

ABCB (Chair), USA and Canada. The

purpose of the meeting was to develop

a proposal to undertake a technical

review of the IFEG as well as a proposal

for the future maintenance of the


Following extensive discussions the

Editorial Committee proposed that

other members of the IRCC should be

encouraged to promote the use of the

IFEG and that the future maintenance

of the IFEG should become a shared

responsibility managed by a new ABCB/

IRCC Editorial Committee and jointly

implemented by the Committee and

individual member countries. The

Committee’s proposal is soon to be

assessed by the respective parties.

Testing of assemblies

exposed to bushfire

In response to a recommendation

arising from the Victorian Bushfires

Royal Commission, in 2010 the ABCB

produced a Performance Standard for

Private Bushfire Shelters (PBS). During

the development of the PBS concerns

were expressed regarding the efficacy

of current standard methods of testing

the performance of materials likely to be

exposed to bushfire.

As Australia and the USA are the only

nations that regulate requirements for

construction of residential buildings

located in bushfire-prone areas, a

meeting between representatives

of these two countries was also held

following the recent IRCC meeting.

The primary purpose of the meeting

was to consider whether it is feasible

to develop a cost effective standard

test method that addresses the effect

on building materials of simultaneous

exposure to radiant heat, flame

impingement, ember attack or other

influences generated from bushfire.

To advance discussion on this topic

the American Society for Testing and

Materials (ASTM) will conduct an expert

workshop early in 2011 to explore

related issues, including the efficacy of

their fire test methods. The ABCB has

been invited to actively participate in

their workshop, which will be attended

by numerous local experts as well as

invited experts from Australia.

International Workshop on

Energy Technologies for a

Low Carbon Future

While some of our international

collaboration is derived from our

membership of the IRCC, other aspects

of collaboration are derived from

recognition of the ABCB’s standing

in the community. An example is an

invitation extended to our General

Manager by the Australian Academy of

Technological Sciences and Engineering

(ATSE), in conjunction with South

African Academy of Engineering (SAAE),

to join an Australian delegation to an

International Workshop on Energy

Technologies for a Low Carbon Future.

The agenda for the Workshop focused

on buildings and future strategies for

market responses to the climate change

agenda and the paper delivered by

the General Manager focused on BCA

provisions, their application through

State and Territory law, and their impact

on building design now, over the next

10 years to 2020, and in the period

beyond 2020. The implications for

energy demand were also addressed in

these time frames and the Workshop

reinforced the significant place the

built environment has in offering

opportunities to mitigate greenhouse


A copy of the General Manager’s paper

delivered at the Workshop is available

on the ABCB web-site.

International Standards

Organisation Accessibility


The Secretary-General of the

International Organisation for

Standardisation (ISO) recently invited

the ABCB General Manager to present

a paper on Australia’s experience with

accessibility at an ISO international


The workshop was attended by most

OECD countries and had a particular

focus on buildings, products and

internet solutions to meet the needs of

people with disabilities

While Australian Standards remain an

integral part of current standards for

accessibility in Australia it is possible

that international accessibility standards

will also have an impact in the future.

Workshop participants acknowledged

that ‘accessibility’ is not limited to

addressing the needs of persons with

disabilities, elderly people or persons

with temporary impairments, but aims

at the usability of a product, service,

environment or facility by people with

the widest range of capabilities.

Workshop recommendations focused

on the need for better awareness,

communications and international

coordination of accessibility issues.

A copy of the General Manager’s paper

delivered at the Workshop is available

on the ABCB web-site.


Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 17

INTERNATIONAL Regulatory Development

Building and


to the United

Arab Emirates

Trends and opportunities

The market

Australia is a strong exporter of products

and services to the UAE construction

sector. Statistics indicate that in 2009

Australia exported A$78.3 million of

construction-related products to the

UAE. Total services exports to the UAE,

which are harder to quantify, totalled

A$1.7 billion in 2008. A significant

amount of this income comes from

the construction sector. Many large

Australian services firms have an office

in the UAE including:

• Leighton

• Worley Parsons


• Cardno

• Bovis Lend Lease

• Woods Bagot


In fact, the total number of Australian

offices of building-related companies

numbers over 100.

The effect of the global financial crisis

(GFC) on Dubai’s property sector has

been significant and widely reported.

However the outlook for the United

Arab Emirates (UAE) remains optimistic

as Abu Dhabi, the capital and home to

10 per cent of the world’s oil reserves, is

spending widely to meet the ambitions

of its 2030 master-plan under which the

emirate’s population is set to increase

from 1.2 million in 2010 to 3.1 million by


The building and construction sector

remains the third largest sector of

the economy after oil and trade,

constituting US$23 billion or about six

per cent of GDP, even the in the current

post-financial crisis climate. In addition,

the UAE is still the largest construction

market in the Gulf and double the size

of Saudi Arabia, with US$714.8 billion of

projects planned or underway (Source:

Zawya, ‘Construction sector outlook:

challenging 2010, promising 2011’,

20 July 2010).

Five of the 10 biggest projects in Gulf

Cooperation Council (GCC) region are in

Abu Dhabi, amongst them the Capital

District (US$40 billion), Yas Island (US$37

billion) and Saadiyat Island (US$27.5

billion). (Source: Zawya, ‘Construction

sector outlook: challenging 2010,

promising 2011’, 20 July 2010).

Significant changes in the market

In addition to the rise of Abu Dhabi, a

number of other significant changes

have taken place in the market.

There has been a shift away from

residential and commercial construction

towards large infrastructure projects.

Several reports estimate that the

government is planning infrastructure

spending of US$272 billion in the next

five to seven years, which will equate

to one-third of the total spending for

the entire GCC. (Source: Business Monitor

International, United Arab Emirates

Infrastructure Report Q3 2009). Significant

infrastructure spending is occurring on

power and water, roads, ports and rail.

Financing and delivery of some of

these large projects have opened up

to the private sector. Bids for the first

PPP in road development are under

consideration, and power and water

projects have been attracting private

sector financing for some time.

Transport projects

Transport projects are taking centre

stage. Even in Dubai which has

experienced a major property decline,

more than 45 per cent of 2010 budget

expenditure (US$4.71 billion) was

allocated to infrastructure and transport.

(Source: Middle East Economic Review,

‘The UAE’s economy: a tale of two cities in

2010’, by Richard Nield).

The UAE is moving forward with plans

to be part of the US$100 billion GCC

Railway Project which will link the Gulf

countries together by rail. The UAE’s

portion of the GCC rail project comprises

a 1,500km domestic rail network which

is due to be delivered by 2015 with a

forecast value of US$11 billion. Light

rail and metro systems are also under


Rejuvenation of ports

Abu Dhabi is building and rejuvenating

a series of large ports. In all emirates,

road and bridge construction and

upgrades are receiving significant


Government investment in Abu Dhabi

is flowing into regional areas such as Al

Ain in the south, and Al Gharbia (known

in English as the Western Region),

which despite their small populations

contribute roughly half of the UAE’s GDP

from agriculture and oil and gas.

Green building

Green building and sustainable

infrastructure is being championed and

mandated in Abu Dhabi by the Urban

Planning Council and Department of

Municipal Affairs under new building

codes effective from 1 September 2010.

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Building and construction

The majority of the growth in building

and construction will take place in Abu

Dhabi as the Urban Planning Council

continues to implement its three 2030

urban plans encompassing Abu Dhabi

city, the second largest city – Al Ain,

and the Western Region, known as Al

Gharbia. In April 2010 the municipal

governments unveiled 30 projects

ranging across the spectrum from

infrastructure to buildings.

In general, private developers have

been much less active since early

2009, even in Abu Dhabi, resulting in a

more measured level of residential and

commercial construction than in recent

years. Key trends include:

• A focus on new government villas

for UAE nationals, of which there

are more than 17,000 planned for

over the next five years. This is also

an emphasis on affordable housing,

as the government endeavours to

ensure housing caters to all income


• New buildings require improved

construction standards and more

attention to environmental impact

under new codes will be effective

from 1 September 2010. The Urban

Planning Council stipulates that all

new buildings must achieve at least

a ‘one-pearl’ rating under the locally

developed ‘five-pearl’ green building

rating scheme. All government

buildings will be required to achieve

a ‘two-pearl’ rating.

In terms of major projects, Abu Dhabi’s

Plan 2030 calls for the creation of a

number of new city precincts, the

largest of which will be the mixed-use,

sustainable Capital District, a 49sqkm

area near the airport. Upon completion

in 2020, the environmentally sustainable

Capital District will be home to 370,000

people. The core of this new area will be

the Federal Precinct, the new national

seat of government for the UAE and

preferred location for embassies. Other

features of the planned district are an

Emirati neighbourhood, sports hub and

Palace precinct. The infrastructure works

for this project are being tendered

in 2010. The Urban Planning Council

has also developed Al Ain 2030 and

Al Gharbia 2030 and plans to develop

to the infrastructure and enhance the

living standard of those areas.

Another significant project is the

construction of Masdar City, a carbonneutral,

low waste community located

close to Abu Dhabi international

airport. When complete, the city will

be powered by renewable energy, built

using leading design and technology

and home to 50,000 residents and

workers. Construction of the city started

in early 2008, and will be completed in

around seven phases by 2020. For more

information, please see Austrade’s brief

on ‘Renewable energy to the UAE’.


Services opportunities

General construction and specialist

sub-contracting services, specialist

consulting and services for roads,

bridges, light, metro and heavyhaul

rail, ports development, sports

infrastructure, affordable housing, green

building and sustainable infrastructure,

parks and landscaping, schools,

universities, hospitals, power production

and desalination.

Engineering and architecture firms

should note that the downturn in the

greater Gulf region has diminished the

pipeline of construction projects coming

on-stream and made conditions for the

numerous firms very competitive. New

entrants in design and engineering

are likely to struggle in the current


Product opportunities

A wide variety of building materials and

products including green building and

sustainable infrastructure solutions,

water saving devices, systems for

building automation, air-conditioning

and security and swimming pool


In addition, products for roads and

bridges, light, metro and heavy haul


Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 19

INTERNATIONAL Regulatory Development

rail, ports, solutions for industrial and

business zones, sports infrastructure,

affordable housing, hotels, parks and

landscaping, schools, universities and

hospitals, power and desalination.

What makes the UAE an attractive

place to do business?

• The UAE is Australia’s second-largest

market in the Gulf, with good growth

prospects. It has a sound economy,

a youthful population, a wellestablished

and managed banking

system, excellent infrastructure, and

a sophisticated business community

familiar with Western practices.

• Australia’s profile in the UAE is high.

There is increasing recognition

of Australian companies and

capabilities. Over 100 buildingrelated

Australian companies have

established themselves in the UAE.

Many take advantage of the UAE’s

advanced transport, financial and

communications infrastructure and

make the UAE their regional base.

• Australia’s advanced engineering

and building-services, innovative

products, ‘can-do’ approach and

ability to deliver are ideal for the

UAE’s large infrastructure programs.

• The UAE Government is continuing

to invest heavily in infrastructure

projects which present opportunities

for Australian companies.

Competitive environment

The UAE is strategically located between

India and Europe and not far from South

East Asia. It has typically been a trading

hub, so competitors from Europe

and Asia are numerous. Australian

companies comment that there is a

general preference for cost effectiveness

over quality.

Tariffs, regulations

and customs

There is a five per cent tariff on all goods

and services imported into the UAE.

Steel and cement have been exempt

for some time, but the tariff may revert

to five per cent for these items in the


Industry standards

In the absence of a formal building

code, over the years, the municipality

of the Emirates accepted the practice

of British standards. However, the UAE’s

emirates have been developing their

own building codes.

In many cases the accepted systems are

British standards or equivalent. However

the acceptability of British standards

varies from product to product, so

Australian companies need to make

enquiries as to the standards applied to

similar products.

In some cases, even if products meet

British or Australian standards, they may

be difficult to sell if they are not tested,

approved or certified by the municipal

governments. This can take a significant

amount of time and may involve a cost.

Companies should enquire as to

whether testing and certification is

required for their product. Generally,

this is a process which local companies

distributing the product can undertake.

Marketing your products

and services

Market entry

Australia enjoys a good reputation in

the UAE and Australians are influential

leaders in construction management,

both in local and Australian-owned

companies. Australian products

and services including consultancy,

contracting, technology transfers and

materials are heavily utilised.

Opportunities for Australia exist in

almost all areas of the construction

industry. Suppliers of products and

materials usually require an agent who

can work to ensure their products are

pre-qualified with the architects and

consultants. Providers of specialised

services need to bid for projects

and therefore, a local presence is

recommended. Australian companies

are encouraged to leverage the strong

UAE-based Australian construction

industry network.

The bulk of building materials are

imported through Dubai. Major

importers have significant warehousing

facilities and well-developed

distribution networks. The major

importers have branches in at least

the three major Emirates – Abu Dhabi,

Dubai and Sharjah. The Middle East has

a strong manufacturing base and well

developed relationships with suppliers

in India and China. Australian companies

compete best when they have a

value-added product with a distinct

competitive advantage. Commoditystyle

products that do not have a strong

technical component and are easy to

produce do not generally fare well in the


All government purchases are carried

out through tenders, which only UAEowned

agents can bid for. Therefore

in order to sell to government, a

foreign company usually requires local

representation. In order to encourage

local manufacture, the government

provides a 10 per cent price advantage

to local manufacturers over the

equivalent imported product for local

government purchases.

In the Middle East there is a strong focus

on forming relationships to do business.

For this reason, companies aspiring to

succeed need the commitment and

resources to make a number of visits

to maintain relationships with their

partners or establish an office.

How Austrade can help with

market entry

The UAE, with its aggressive spending

and high import propensity presents

vast opportunities for Australian

businesses in the building and

construction industry. However,

the large number of players, lack of

Internet information, and different

business culture makes it difficult for

Australian companies to identify the

most important contacts and secure


Experienced staff – Austrade’s

experienced Business Development

Managers are members of key building

sector business groups and provide

input into a number of building and

construction directories. They are well

connected with key business people

and able to open doors on behalf of

Australian companies.

Arranging visits – Austrade arranges

frequent business delegations to the

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UAE and appointment programs for

companies making individual visits.

Trade exhibitions – The UAE is a

regional hub for trade exhibitions.

Austrade arranges activities, which bring

local and Australian business people

together at a number of key trade

exhibitions each year.

Legal issues – There is a big difference

between the commercial laws in the UAE

and Australia, which if not understood

by Australian companies, can result in

decisions which impede the growth

of business. It is very important to

understand the legal context. Austrade

provides information about agency/

distribution and franchise regulations

and the different types of commercial

entities open to Australian companies.

Austrade can also refer Australian

companies to providers of professional

services, such as lawyers and


Contact details

The Australian Trade Commission

(Austrade) is the Australian

Government’s trade and investment

development agency, operating as a

statutory agency within the Foreign

Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Austrade assists Australian businesses

contribute to national prosperity by

succeeding in trade and investment,

internationally, and promoting

and supporting productive foreign

investment into Australia.


• Delivers services that assist Australian

businesses initiate, sustain and grow

trade and outward investment.

• Promotes Australia as an inward

investment destination and, with the

States and Territories, supports the

inflow of productive foreign direct


• Administers the Export Market

Development Grants scheme.

• Undertakes initiatives designed to

improve community awareness of,

and commitment to, international

trade and investment.

• Provides advice to the Australian

Government on its trade and

investment development activities.

• Delivers consular, passport and other

government services in designated

overseas locations.

A list of Austrade offices (in alphabetical

order of country) is available on the

Austrade website – www.austrade.gov.au

More information

For further information please contact

Austrade on 13 28 78 or email:






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• 21






To assist specifiers, engineers and

builders in ensuring the structural steel

used in commercial developments is

compliant with the revised Australian

Standards AS/NZS 3679.1:2010 Hot-rolled

bars and sections and AS/NZS 1163:2009

Cold-formed structural steel hollow

sections, OneSteel has developed its

‘Build with Standards’ programme.

“The ‘Build with Standards’ programme

has been created to provide all parties

involved with structural steel with

information about the two revised

Australian Standards,” explained Nick

Fithall, General Manager, Sales, OneSteel

Market Mills.

“It also conveys the importance of

specifying and building with structural

steel that meets those Standards.”

The revised AS/NZS 3679.1:2010

Standard was published and became

effective on 20 July 2010.

It specifies the requirements for hotrolled

bars and sections including

universal beams and columns, channels,

tapered flange beams, angles and

merchant bar sections. It supersedes

AS/NZS 3679.1:1996 which will be

withdrawn 20 July 2011.

The revised AS/NZS 1163:2009 Standard

was published in December 2009 and

specifies the requirements for coldformed,

electric resistance-welded,

carbon steel hollow sections used for

structural purposes.

The major common changes to both

the Standards include mandatory

requirements for:

• Testing to be performed by

laboratories with third-party

accreditation from a signatory

to International Laboratories

Accreditation Corporation (ILAC),

such as NATA.

• Specific information on Test


Furthermore, a specific mandatory

requirement for AS/NZS 3679.1:2010


• A rolled-in mark

on the product

identifying the


and also that it

is produced to

this Australian

Standard, indicated by ‘AS’.

And for AS/NZS 1163:2009:

• Individual length identification

marked on all ex-mill tube

lengths with information such

as the manufacturer’s name,

site identification, traceable text

identification (such as date / time of


These changes make it easy to check

that the steel specified or used was

produced in accordance to the two

revised Standards. These requirements

provide specifiers and end-users with

a higher degree of confidence that

they will get the product they need to

comply with relevant design Standards.

With the proliferation of suppliers,

a number of industry bodies have

expressed growing concerns that

some structural steel products may not

comply with Australian Standards.

“Since the introduction of the revised

Standards, OneSteel has been

progressively rolling ‘ONE AS’ into its

hot-rolled steel sections that are 150 mm

or greater,” Nick said.

“And OneSteel Australian Tube Mills

has been line marking its cold-formed

tubular products.

“These markings are used to identify

the product supplied is produced by

OneSteel, and assures that it meets

the revised Australian

Standard,” he said.

Non-compliance to

Australian Standards

exposes specifiers

and steel-users to the

possibility of receiving

inferior quality products.

This could potentially

lead to safety risks

and reduced long-term structural

performance and integrity and can put

project owners, builders and engineers

at risk and add significant cost of rework

or replacement.

Specifying and using products that

don’t meet or are not certified to

the Australian Standards may have a

negative impact on the integrity and

reputation of a client, who’s reliant on

specifiers and steel-users to do the right

thing and ensure their project meets all

Australian Standard design and safety


“Without clearly identifiable markings

such as ‘ONE AS’ on hot-rolled sections,

line marking on cold-formed products

or third-party accreditation test

certificates, it’s difficult to ascertain

if the products used in construction

developments meet the Standards and

therefore the actual product specified,”

Nick said.

“OneSteel’s ‘Build with Standards’

programme is aimed at promoting the

many benefits of only using structural

steel that complies with the revised

Australian Standards,” concluded Nick.

For further information on AS/

NZS3679.1:2010, AS/NZS 1163:2009

and OneSteel’s ‘Build with Standards’

programme; phone 1800 1 STEEL (1800

178 335) or email: onesteeldirect@

onesteel.com or visit www.onesteel.


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Australian Standards for structural steel have changed.

The new Australian Standards for structural steel (AS/NZS 3679.1 & AS/NZS 1163) have been changed to protect the

integrity of distributors, engineers, designers, specifiers, fabricators and builders. And with OneSteel being Australia’s

largest manufacturer of structural steel, their range of structural sections and tube make it easy to comply and protect

your reputation. So for your next construction project, specify OneSteel product, look for the rolled-in or in-line mark

on sections and demand to see the test certificate.

AS/NZS 3679.1:2010 – Rolled-in marking

AS/NZS 1163: 2009 – In-line product marking

To find out more about the new Standards contact OneSteel on 1800 178 335 or visit www.buildwithstandards.com.au

©Copyright 2010. OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Limited ABN 42 004 651 325

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin

• 23

Client Feature

PRODUCT Innovation


Windows Fit For Purpose

The BCA calls up windows that comply

with AS 2047. Are you using products

that comply?

It is your responsibility to ensure your

window manufacturer has compliance

to AS 2047 or it will end up costing the

builder or the owner a lot of money.

Don’t take any chances! All AWA

members undergo performance tests to

verify performance claims.

What is AS 2047?

It is the mandatory minimum

specification for windows and doors

used in Australia it includes compliance

to the Glass Standard AS 1288.

The following performance tests

are undertaken to verify product

performance claims.

1. AS 4420.2 Deflection Test – positive

and negative wind pressures are

applied to the face of the window to

test the maximum deflection under

wind load.

2. AS 4420.3 Operating Force Test – to

verify that an opening sash is capable

of opening and closing without

undue effort.

3. AS 4420.4 Air Infiltration Test – the

air leakage of a window is tested

to ensure energy and acoustic


4. AS 4420.5 Water Penetration

Resistance Test – this test is designed

to ensure no water leaks through the

window into the building.

5. AS 4420.6 Ultimate Strength Test –

negative and positive wind pressures

are applied to the window to at least

1.5 times the design wind pressure to

ensure it does not fail in unusual wind


All windows and doors for homes

must have a Performance Label which

confirms that they are certified to

comply with Australian Standard AS

2047. If you purchase windows from an

accredited AWA member, you can also

receive a Certificate of Compliance that

supports a 7 year warranty.

All AWA members have products tested

to AS 2047 and are a part of a third

party NATA accredited program. This

accreditation program is a proven

and nationally recognised method of

achieving compliance to assist builders,

specifiers and homeowners to select

products that comply with Australian


Example: Window label which should

be affixed to window and door products

to ensure compliance to AS 2047.

Look for these logos when purchasing

your windows to be confidant you are

purchasing compliant products.

Please visit www.awa.org.au for more


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CONFERENCE + Events Calendar

Conference and Events

Calendar for 2011


27 Feb - 2 March Green Building Council of Australia. Green Cities 2011: Partnering for solutions, Melbourne.


MARCH 2011

6 – 9 March Planning Institute of Australia 2011 National Congress: Critical Mass, Hobart.

Visit: www.planningcongress2011.com.au

7 – 9 March National Plumbing Regulators Forum Conference, Melbourne. Visit: www.plumbingregulators.org

8 March NCC Seminars (incorporating BCA & PCA Amendments), Canberra. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

10 – 11 March NCC Seminars, Sydney. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

15 March NCC Seminars, Darwin. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

17 – 18 March NCC Seminars, Perth. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

21 – 22 March NCC Seminars, Brisbane. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

23 – 24 March Fire Safety Engineering International Conference 2011, Sydney. Visit: www.sfs.au.com

24 March NCC Seminars, Adelaide. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

28 – 29 March NCC Seminars, Melbourne. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

31 March NCC Seminars, Hobart. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

MAY 2011

23 – 24 May Pre-Loved Buildings Conference, Perth. Visit: www.airah.org.au


18 – 21 September Building Australia’s Future Conference, Surfers Paradise. Visit: www.abcb.gov.au

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BAF 2011 Registration Form ABN: 42 087 006 509

To register, go to our website and fill out the form at www.abcb.gov.au OR complete this form and fax back to 07) 3341 0614 OR post to: PO BOX 4457, EIGHT MILE PLAINS QLD 4113

Delegate Details – please submit one form per delegate

(B) Extra Social Function Tickets

Title: First Name: Surname:

Position: Organisation:

ABN: Preferred name on tag:

Address: Suburb:

State: Country: Postcode:

Phone (work): Phone (home): Fax:

Mobile: Email:

Particular or Special Requirements

Please advise any particular dietary or special requirements


Total: $

Sunday Poolside





Dinner at

the Wharf


Black & White

Gala Dinner

All Evening



$70 $120 $150 $310

$70 $120 $150 $310

$70 $120 $150 $310

$70 $120 $150 $310


How did you find out about this Conference?

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Payment Details


A: Conference Fees

C: Extra Social Function Tickets

Grand Total: $

Please tick the box if you require a CPD certificate

Industry Sector (please tick)

Design Professions Commercial Builder Residential Builder Both

Building Certifier/Surveyor Engineer Tradesperson Educational Provider

(A) Conference Fees Early Bird (Before 1 June 11) Standard Rate (From 1 June 11)

BAF 2011 Full Conference Registration

(3 day Conference sessions & evening functions)

$1295 $1385

Will you be attending the: Welcome Poolside Reception Calypso Dinner at the Wharf Black & White Gala Dinner

Payment by:

Cheque/Money Order (made payable to BAF 2011 Conference)

EFT (after receiving your registration form a Tax Invoice will be issued with account details and reference number for payment)

Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard only)

Cardholder's Name: Card Type:

BAF 2011 Monday Day Delegatee

(No evening functions included)

BAF 2011 Tuesday Day Delegate

(No evening functions included)

BAF 2011 Wednesday Day Delegate

(No evening functions included)

$385 $450

$385 $450

$385 $450

Total: $ Total: $

Card Number: Expiry Date: Signature:

For Further Information

Please ensure you have booked accommodation directly with the venue by visiting the BAF 2011 weblink

http://cwp.marriott.com/oolsp/buildingaustfuture/ or by phoning 07 5592 9800.

To assist you with registration or social events, please contact 07 3423 0694 or email bafc8mp@bigpond.net.au

Trade exhibition hours will be:

Mon, Tues 7:30am – 5:00pm

Wed 7:30am – 3:30pm

CPD Points

All delegates should be aware that attendance

to each session of the Conference will be

electronically recorded through a bar-coding

process, implemented for the first time in 2009.

The process involves each delegate swiping

their barcode, which will be located on their

Conference pass, as they enter the sessions. It

is the responsibility of the delegate to ensure

that their barcode has been swiped at the point

of entry. It is essential that delegates arrive

on time for sessions, as late entrants may not

be given opportunity to swipe their barcode.

The Conference organisers will then use this

electronic database to distribute attendance

certificates. Any delegate, who was not swiped

into a session, will not be issued with an

attendance certificate.


The Conference venue is a non-smoking

establishment and laws prohibit smoking within

4 metres of an entrance to a resort. However,

for accommodation purposes, the Marriott

Resort offers smoking and non-smoking

rooms, please specify your preferences in the

accommodation component via the designated

Conference Accommodation portal.


No formal babysitting arrangements have been

established by the Conference Organisers. This

service can be arranged on an individual basis

through the Resort.

Interpreting Services

Interpreting services are the responsibility of the


Special Requirements

Delegates who have special needs, or dietary

requirements should note specific details in

the space provided on the registration form to

ensure the best assistance from the Conference



A discounted breakfast rate in the Lagoon

Restaurant on the Lobby floor will be offered to

all Conference delegates upon presentation of

their nametag. The buffet breakfast rate will be

$30pp and the continental breakfast rate will be

$25pp. The restaurant opens for breakfast from

7:00am until 10:30am everyday.


It’s Spring in the month of September on the

Gold Coast which sees temperatures between

15° and 25°.

Airport Transfers

The Conference does not provide transfers from

the airport to hotels. All delegates must make

their own arrangements.

Dress Code

The dress requirement for the Calypso Dinner

at the Wharf on the Monday evening is smart

casual (flat shoes recommended) and the Black

& White Gala Dinner on the Wednesday is formal

attire, however attendees are encouraged to

come in black & white to compliment the theme

of the evening. Beyond that ‘Queensland

casual’ attire is recommended for all Conference

sessions and at the Sunday Welcome Reception.

Privacy Information

When you register for the BAF 2011 Conference,

the information collected is confidential and will

not be disclosed to third parties without your

consent, except:

regulatory authority requirements;

personal information to third parties to

provide the service you have requested; and

via email where you have indicated this as

your preference to received them in the

registration form.


Every effort has been made to present, as

accurately as possible, all the information

contained in this brochure. The Conference

Organisers will not be held responsible for

changes in the structure or content of the

program, social program, registration fees,

accommodation costs and any general

information published in this brochure. The

Conference Organisers reserve the right to

change any part of, or the entire program.


If a rollaway bed is required this will be

complimentary however please note that the

rollaway bed will only be able to be placed in

the room with 1 x King bed, we are unable to

confirm a rollaway bed with 2 x double beds


If a cot is requested this will be complimentary.

Check in, Check out, Luggage


Check-in is at 2:00pm. Rooms may be

assigned prior to 2:00pm depending on

availability. Check-out is at 11:00am. Nonguaranteed

rooms will be released by 6:00pm

on the day of arrival if the Resort has not been

notified of a late arrival. The Head Concierge

will arrange storage of luggage for delegates

arriving early when rooms are not available, and

for guests attending functions on their day of

departure. All luggage must be clearly labelled

in order to ensure efficient and prompt service.

Room Allocation

While the Resort will make every effort to

allocate delegates their requested room type,

allocation of any room type or configuration is

strictly subject to availability. Rooms will be

allocated on first come, fully paid basis.

Availability of Accommodation

Availability of accommodation at the Resort

cannot be guaranteed should the room block be

exhausted or where accommodation bookings

are made later than 19 August. The conference

organisers will release any unused rooms in the

reserved accommodation block on 19 August.

In these circumstances availability will be

strictly subject to Resort approval on a case by

case basis.

Should the room block be exhausted and

additional rooms not available at the Resort, the

Conference Organisers will not be under any

obligation to find alternative accommodation

notwithstanding that the room block may have

been exhausted prior to the closing date for


Alteration of Accommodation

Requirements or Cancellation

All reservations are to be made on or before

19th August 2011, should the Resort receive

any further cancellations of rooms or “no

shows”, i.e. guests not arriving for reservations

held, the Resort reserves the right to charge the

full amount of the first night’s accommodation

which the delegate agrees to pay for.

When a booking has been made through the

BAF 2011 web link and confirmation email

has been received, delegates can use the

confirmation number to amend the booking by:

1800 809 090;

marriottsurfers.res@marriotthotels.com; or


au and clicking on the ‘Change/Cancel

Reservations’ link.

Alteration to accommodation requirements

subsequent to registration will only be possible

subject to ongoing room availability and Resort


Alternative Accommodation

As an alternative to the nominated venue,

delegates may wish to arrange their own

accommodation and transfer requirements

from the many other facilities available on the

Gold Coast.


Contact Details

If you require further information on the

Conference, please contact the Conference

Organisers –

Conference Organisers

Building Australia’s Future 2011 Conference

Tel: 1300 134 631

Fax: +61 2 6213 7287

Web: www.abcb.gov.au

Email: baf2011@abcb.gov.au

During the Conference an information desk

will be located on the first floor to process

registrations and provide advice on programs,

functions, accommodation and all other aspects

relating to the Conference.

Trade Exhibition

A trade exhibition will be conducted in

conjunction with the Conference. Trade

displays will provide delegates with valuable

and useful information and feature the latest

developments in building technology.


Day Registration Fee

This registration type includes all Conference

sessions and workshops on the nominated

day, Conference material as provided by the

speakers, exhibitors and sponsors on that day

and lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Earlybird Discounted


Register early to take advantage of our earlybird

discount. All registrations received before 1

June 2011 will attract a special discounted rate.


All payment to be made in Australian dollars and

except for EFT payments, should accompany

your registration form. Registrations will not be

confirmed without payment. Bookings should

be made as early as possible as restrictions on

numbers may apply in some situations.

Acceptance of registration forms and availability

is on a ‘first come, first served basis’ and will

only be guaranteed after full payment has been

received. Cheques must be made payable to

BAF 2011 Conference. EFT and major credit

cards will also be accepted.


All Conference registration cancellations must

be received in writing. Cancellations received

after 15 August 2011 will be subject to a $110

administration fee. No refund of registration

fees will be possible if cancellation is received

after 1 September 2011 however full day

substitutions can be made with prior approval

from the Conference Organisers. Substitutions

must be advised in writing.

Final Date for Registration

Registration cannot be guaranteed where

registration forms are not submitted and

payment made in full before 15 August 2011.


Surfers Paradise

Marriott Resort

Five star elegance and Queensland charm

combine to create one of the most memorable

Gold Coast luxury hotels. The Surfers Paradise

Marriott Resort & Spa is situated in the heart

of the Gold Coast, within easy reach of pristine

beaches, fashionable shopping and picturesque

hinterland valleys. Set amidst lush tropical

gardens and the Gold Coast’s only private salt

water lagoon, this Gold Coast beach resort hotel

is renowned for its Pacific Ocean views and

contemporary resort restaurants.


The Conference Organisers have reserved

accommodation and negotiated special

Conference rates only at the official Conference

venue. All accommodation bookings are to be

arranged directly by you through the designated

BAF 2011 Conference weblink, visit


The special Conference rates will also apply for

a limited time before and after the Conference -

subject to availability. Extended bookings can be

arranged directly by you through the Conference

venue by calling 07 5592 9800.

BOOK EARLY – Queensland schools

will be on their 3rd term holiday break

during this Conference and restrictions

on room availability may apply in some


Accommodation deposit

required to confirm all


The Marriott Resort requires a deposit

equivalent to ones night accommodation at the

time of booking. Delegates will require a credit

card to book through the weblink, please note:

credit cards are charged a 1.5% merchant fee.

The total accommodation balance from the stay

can be paid on check-out by credit card, cash

or eftpos.

Delegates will be responsible for payment of

any additional costs including but not limited

to minibar, telephone/internet, room service,

additional meals and breakfasts not included

as part of the conference registration package,

resort sporting activities and other personal


NOTE: All Conference delegates will be

required to supply the hotel with a credit

card imprint, or cash deposit, upon

check-in to cover charges to individual

room accounts.

Room Configuration

Each room can accommodate a maximum of 2

adults and 2 children (14 Years and under) or 3

adults in a configuration of either 1 x King bed

or 2 x double beds. An additional charge of

$40.00 per night will apply for the 3rd adult.


Workshop, Wednesday Afternoon, 21


Would you like a better understanding of

the BCA’s energy efficiency provisions? Do

you need tips and tools to assist in applying

these provisions? If you want to know the

latest on energy efficiency then don’t miss

this workshop. It will be an interactive and

hands-on session which will vastly increase

your knowledge of energy efficiency making it

easier to understand and apply to all building

designs. The workshops will be presented by

experts in the energy field and will cover both

residential and commercial buildings.


Delegates registering for the full Conference

are able to attend the following evening

functions as part of their Conference package.

A limited number of additional tickets will

also be available for day delegates and

others who wish to attend these functions.

To avoid disappointment, delegates are

advised to purchase any additional function

tickets during the initial registration process.

Additional function tickets may be available

at the conference, however this can not be


Welcome Reception by the

Pool – 6:00pm, Sunday

18 September

An excellent opportunity to welcome the

delegates to the Gold Coast! Delegates can

relax and network during the Welcome Reception

at the Conference venue, Surfers Paradise

Marriott Resort & Spa. Come dressed in your

Queensland casuals and join us poolside on the

Sunday evening at 6:00pm for some relaxed

drinks and nibblies whilst enjoying some smooth

songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar.

Calypso at the Wharf –

5:45pm, Monday

19 September

What better way to spend the evening than

a casual waterfront dining experience by the

Wharf over looking the Gold Coast Broadwater.

Take in the cool sounds of soca and calypso

combined with funky reggae grooves whilst

absorbing the picturesque Broadwater and

Marina views with backdrops from Surfers

Paradise to Southport.

Kick back with an unwinding beverage, savor

in the Caribbean menu on offer, and enjoy the

engaging entertainment on offer. Delegates will

be collected from the Surfers Paradise Marriott

Resort & Spa foyer at 5:45pm and will be

transported back to the resort at the end of the


Black and White Gala Dinner

– 6:30pm, Wednesday 21


To conclude the Conference, don your black

and whites and join us for a memorable evening

of entertainment in the Marriott Ballroom. The

evening will commence with pre-dinner drinks,

followed by a superb three course meal and

some incredible entertainment from the Golden

years of Hollywood. A function not to be

missed… The evening will conclude before



Accompanying persons can take advantage of

the Tourist Shuttle Service who run a transfer

service to all the major theme parks including

MovieWorld, Wet-n-Wild Waterpark, SeaWorld,

DreamWorld, White Water World, and Currumbin

Wildlife Sanctuary.

Shuttle services depart and return daily from the

Marriott and should be pre-booked 24 hours in

advance. Please see the concierge in the foyer

of the resort for bookings and departure times

Indicative prices are: Return: Adult, $21

Child, $11 Family, $53

Freedom passes are also available for

unlimited travel over a period of 3, 5, 7 and 10

consecutive days.


Full Conference

Registration Fee

This registration type includes all Conference

sessions and workshops Monday through

Wednesday, all Conference material as provided

by the speakers, exhibitors and sponsors,

lunch, morning and afternoon tea on all three

days, and all three evening functions: Welcome

Poolside Reception, Calypso Dinner at the

Wharf and the Black & White Gala Dinner.




The Building Australia’s Future Conference sessions will run over three days from Monday 19

September until Wednesday 21 September. Formal Conference registration will commence on the

afternoon of Sunday 18 September.

During the Conference a range of presentation formats are proposed to maximise the opportunities

for delegates to gain both new knowledge as well as exposure to techniques for the practical

application of requirements.

DAY ONE: Operating with

Codes and Standards

Plenary, Monday Morning,

19 September

Codes and Standards form part of our everyday

life and their influence on the built environment

is a fine example. Today’s plenary will focus

on how and why codes, standards, and even

advisory guidelines are developed to meet

society needs in addressing emerging, urgent

and sometimes controversial issues. How do

you determine a suitable level of protection from

fire? How effective are earthquake codes? How

do you know what’s good, what’s better, what’s

best? How can ‘national’ codes and standards

improve your life? Plenty of questions! Come

along and find some answers!

Workshop, Monday Afternoon,

19 September

If you use the BCA to design buildings or assess

buildings for compliance, and have NEVER had

a problem interpreting or understanding the

code, perhaps this workshop is NOT for you.

On the other hand, if your BCA interpretations

sometimes differ from your colleagues, or

there are some BCA provisions you do not

comprehend, this workshop IS definitely for

you! The workshop will uncover a number of

challenging case studies and seek your views

as practitioners. Will there be consistency and

agreement? Come along and find out if you


DAY TWO: Access for All

Plenary, Tuesday Morning,

20 September

2011 heralded a huge milestone for the ABCB

and the Australian Human Rights Commission,

the culmination of many years hard work and


extensive consultation and collaboration - the

release of the Disability (Access to premises

- Buildings) Standards. Today we explore

some of the implications, some of the

benefits, some of the solutions and some of

what may have been missed. You’ll have the

opportunity to consider ‘what is’ an inclusive

society and learn how you can contribute, and

benefit from one. A must for all practitioners!

Workshop, Tuesday Afternoon,

20 September

Do you want to experience how design and

construction features can affect the accessibility

of buildings, and learn more about how to

interpret and apply the recent changes to

BCA provisions for access for people with a

disability? If the answer is yes, you shouldn’t

miss this workshop that complements and

builds on the 2010 national awareness

seminars on the Disability (Access to Premises -

Buildings) Standards (the Premises Standards).

DAY THREE: Buildings -

The Environmental Balance

Plenary, Wednesday Morning,

21 September

The ABCB allocates much of its time

and resources to striking a balance when

responding to the needs of society and

direction from Governments. This is of particular

importance when considering the impact of

buildings on our environment. Today we bring

together a collage of impact, consequence and

solution, all linked to our need to live as one with

our environment. Hear the plans for the future,

discover the latest on environmental impacts on

buildings, learn the simplicities of compliance

and explore the world that is energy efficiency.

It’s easy being green!


The Australian Building Codes Board proudly supports the Building Australia’s Future 2011

Conference to be held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa from 18 – 21 September 2011.

Our team of dedicated Conference Organisers is pleased to invite you to join us on the Gold

Coast in September to share in the professional development and networking opportunities this

Conference will provide.

The Organisers have designed a program featuring both plenary sessions and interactive

workshops that will focus on a variety of topics and technical requirements relevant to all building

industry professionals. Leading suppliers of building products and services will also be in

attendance showcasing latest industry developments. Our evening social program will offer you

the chance to network with colleagues whilst being entertained and amused.

In addition, the QLD/NT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors will also hold

their annual one day Summit at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on 18 September 2011.

This initiative will provide delegates participating in continuing professional development (CPD)

programs with an excellent opportunity to receive CPD points. By registering for both the AIBS

Summit and the Building Australia’s Future 2011 Conference delegates will be able to attend over

20 hours of technical content across four days.

We all look forward to seeing you at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in September.

Your Conference Organisers.


A number of registration options are available for the Building Australia’s Future 2011 Conference.

Delegates are able to register for the full Conference or alternatively, may register for any individual

day or days of their choosing.

Incentives apply to those who register early with a special early bird rate applying to registrations

received before 1 June 2011. It is also recommended that you register and pay early to ensure a

place and avoid disappointment.

To register for the Building Australia’s Future 2011 Conference:

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The Australian Building Codes Board proudly announces the

Building Australia’s Future 2011 Conference to be held at Surfers

Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast, Queensland,

18 – 21 September 2011.


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