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End of an era for the ABCB's longest serving Board member

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2018 marked the end of an era for the ABCB, with the resignation of its longest serving Board member, Councillor John Chandler OAM.

Representing the Australian Local Government Association and a qualified architect, John has contributed tirelessly to the work of the Board for almost 19 years. His knowledge of the NCC and its intersection with planning at the local government level has been an important resource for the Board, while his continuity of service provided much-needed stability during the development and implementation of many long-term reforms.

Since 1999, John has contributed to many significant building regulatory reforms, several of which have changed the face of building regulation in Australia. Some of the most notable changes in the time John has served with the ABCB include:

  • The bedding down of a performance-based code.
  • The introduction of energy efficiency requirements for buildings (2006).
  • The introduction of access requirements for people with a disability, through the Premises Standard (2010).
  • Consolidation of building and plumbing regulation, resulting in the National Construction Code (2011).
  • The move from a commercially available hardcopy NCC to a free online code (2015).
  • Reduction in the frequency of NCC change, from a 1-year to a 3-year amendment cycle (2016).
  • Quantification of the NCC’s Performance Requirements.

On behalf of the Board and the ABCB Office, we would like to thank John for his insightful and sustained contributions to the work of the Board over such a long period.

John continues to serve as a Councillor for the City of Stonnington and we wish him all the best in his on-going contribution to the built environment.

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