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Here's what the ABCB's been up to in the building space recently.

Latest resources

Have you ever asked yourself ‘when is a farm building a shed?’ or ‘when is a farm shed a building?’. Did you miss the NCC Seminars? Well, check out the latest ABCB resources now available from our resource library.

Understanding the NCC: Farm Buildings and Farm Sheds

NCC 2016 Volume One introduced new defined terms for what constitutes a “farm building” and “farm shed”. NCC 2016 Volume One also introduced Part H3 for Farm Buildings and Farm Sheds which contains concessions for Class 7 and Class 8 buildings used for farming. To assist people to understand the NCC’s requirements and different classifications for buildings and sheds on farms, the ABCB has developed the 'Understanding the NCC: Farm Buildings and Farm Sheds' guide.

2018 NCC Information Seminar webcasts

During February and March of 2018, the ABCB visited all capital cities to deliver the NCC Information Seminars. Practitioners that were unable to attend the Seminars in person have not missed out however, with the 2018 webcasts now available.

The webcasts have been divided into the following five segments:

  1. NCC 2016 Volume One, Amendment 1
  2. The NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft
  3. An update on the improved CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme
  4. Performance Based Design
  5. Performance Based Design: Case Study.

As well as addressing critical information about NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 and the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft, webcast videos 4 and 5 also provide a valuable insight into applying performance-based design, including how to develop a performance-based solution.

Complementing the ABCB’s significant range of free education materials, the webcasts keep practitioners and code users informed of forthcoming change and provide an important opportunity to learn more about the competent use of performance.

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In addition to the recently closed consultation period for NCC 2019, feedback was sought on a discussion paper on the subject of the NCC and short-term accommodation in apartment buildings, such as through platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz. Thank you to everyone who responded. Feedback is now be consolidated to further inform Board consideration of the matter.


Our Performance Solutions Subject Matter Expert (SME) Network for Architects is up and going with our experts presenting at a number of different events in the last couple of months. Evan Logan kicked things off at a Perth event about energy efficiency. Jonathan Barnett provided insights into performance-based design for fire safety at the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors workshops and at an Architeam CPD event.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events and articles about Performance on our LinkedIn page.

Some key events the ABCB has directly participated recently include the ABCB CEO, Neil Savery presenting on the NCC as a performance-based code to the Association of Consulting Architects by webinar in early May, and Ray Loveridge presenting to the Housing Industry Association’s Building and Business event in NSW about using the NCC.

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