In 2013, an independent report highlighted that 70% of the $1.1billion per annum productivity gains delivered by ABCB reforms were derived from the current performance based code. The report also identified that future gains are possible if there is an increased use of Performance Solutions. The ABCB’s strategy to do this is three-fold. Firstly, the ABCB is communicating what a performance based code is. This is to help engender a performance mindset. Secondly, the ABCB is looking to provide supporting materials about how to use a performance based code, including developing Performance Solutions. This is to build the capacity of practitioners. Finally, the ABCB is developing changes to the NCC to provide more performance-based compliance options. This is done by quantifying the NCC’s Performance Requirements and developing new Verification Methods.

Engendering a Performance Mindset

The focus of this initiative is on communicating what a performance based code is and emphasising the compliance choices available to practitioners. Initially, the ABCB will work with the architecture and building design industry to raise awareness about how performance-based designs can be introduced into the building and construction process.

Capacity Building

The ABCB is committed to improving the capacity of industry to properly utilise the performance based code. This will be achieved through the continued development of contemporary educational and other supporting materials that will assist appropriately skilled practitioners to develop and deliver Performance Solutions. Access our current range of materials from the Resource Library.

Quantification (including Verification Methods)

Unquantified, qualitative Performance Requirements have always been recognised as a barrier to the increased the use of Performance Solutions. This priority area consists of quantifying all of the NCC’s Performance Requirements and/or developing quantified Verification Methods to improve productivity and building outcomes.

Role of Fire Authorities in Building Approval Processes

State and Territory building approval processes typically include a role for fire authorities in the assessment of certain Performance Solutions. However, the scope and the procedures involved in fulfilling this role differ between respective governments.

The ABCB is working with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council to develop a nationally consistent and streamlined framework for fire authorities to assess Performance Solutions.

NCC: A performance based code

An overview of the NCC as a performance based code. Read more

NCC: Meeting the Performance Requirements

An overview of the Assessment Methods contained in the NCC. Read More

NCC: Developing Performance Solutions

An overview of our guide to developing Performance Based Design Solutions. Read More

NCC: Structural Reliability Verification Method

An overview of the Structural Reliability Verification Methods contained within the NCC. Read More

Unlocking the benefits of a performance based code

Informative presentation that provides both an historical and a future insight on the construction industry's adoption of a Performance based code. Read More

Performance Based Regulatory Frameworks

Informative presentation on the risk and regulation associated with developing Performance based solutions. Read More

NCC 2016, Consolidated Performance Requirements

Contains all the Performance Requirements as extracted from NCC 2016 Volumes One, Two and Three and supporting General Requirements. Read More

Compliance with the NCC

Provides an overview of how to comply with the NCC.

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Development of Performance Solutions

Outlines a process to assist practitioners with the development and approval of Performance Solutions. Read More

Developing a Solution using the NCC

Illustrates the connection between the NCC Performance Requirements and the relevant Performance and Alternative Solutions. Read More

A Performance Based Code

Highlights the performance based nature of the NCC. Read More