In 2013, an independent report highlighted that 70% of the $1.1 billion per annum productivity gains delivered by ABCB reforms were derived from the current performance-based code. The report also identifies possible future gains 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 helps engender a performance mindset. Secondly, the ABCB is looking to provide supporting materials about how to use a performance-based code, including how to develop Performance Solutions. This builds 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 is working with the architecture and building design industry to raise awareness about how performance-based design can be introduced into the building and construction process. This financial year, we are also looking to expand this work to include property developers/owners and project managers.
The ABCB is establishing a volunteer Subject Matter Experts Network as a pilot for Architects and Building Designers to assist the sector in applying performance-based design.
The ABCB is committed to improving the capacity of industry to properly use the performance-based code. This is being achieved through the continual development of contemporary educational and other supporting materials. This assists to appropriately skill practitioners in developing and delivering 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.