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Proposed performance metrics and Verification Methods for NCC 2019

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The new proposed performance metrics and Verification Methods for NCC 2019 are now available for public review and comment, through the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft released on 8 February 2018.

What’s it all about?

Australia’s building and plumbing regulations, contained within the NCC, are performance-based, meaning they mandate the outcome that must be attained, but do not prescribe the means by which this is achieved. They are also the minimum deemed necessary so that they are proportional in dealing with the identified subject, as well as having a verifiable evidence base to support their establishment.

This approach allows for flexibility in the market place, is risk based, delivers net societal benefits, provides for unique project circumstances and promotes innovation, which often becomes mainstream within the industry over time.

With both the scope and pace of technological disruption being experienced in the building sector, including advances in construction methodologies and increasingly complex building design, performance based building and plumbing regulation is more important than ever.

As part of its focus on ensuring that practitioners operating in this rapidly changing environment have improved awareness of, access to and understanding of the NCC; the ABCB is investing heavily in increasing the use of performance through the quantification of the Performance Requirements, mindset change of practitioners through collaboration with key sector participants and capacity building through the development of a range of educational materials and other tools.

This work is being accompanied by improving the useability of the NCC, both as an online document, but also through its readability and inter-operability with referenced standards.

So what’s proposed?

Updated and new provisions relating to the increased use of performance project are available through the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft. These include:

  • Quantified Performance Requirements for natural lighting and artificial lighting;
  • Verification Methods for fire safety, room heights, bushfire protection, Class 9c noise, natural lighting, inbuilt overflow of vessels, rolling resistance, and combustion appliances; and
  • Improved readability and accessibility of NCC provisions.

To support these changes, a number of additional documents have been produced providing background information on the new provisions. These documents include important details on the evolution and rational of the new provisions. These documents can be downloaded from the Resource Library.

How can I provide comments on the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft?

The consultation period closed Friday, 13 April 2018. Thank you for your feedback.

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