International Relations

The ABCB participates in a number of international initiatives and assists it in helping deliver on its Intergovernmental Agreement’s objective for an internationally competitive building industry. Below is a list of initiatives the ABCB is engaged in with international counterparts.

Inter-jurisdictional Regulator Collaboration Committee

The ABCB is an active member of the Inter-jurisdictional Regulator Collaboration Committee (IRCC). The IRCC’s purpose is to promote effective international collaboration concerning “best current practice” building regulatory systems, in particular those that are objective performance-based. This purpose necessitates interaction with other international bodies having compatible interests.

More information about the IRCC and its members can be read on the IRCC website.

Enhancing building resilience through codes

In October 2019, Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand held a workshop, convened by the U.S.-based International Code Council (ICC), to discuss international code development and research. The purpose of the workshop was to gain a better understanding among these countries about natural hazard challenges posed by climate change, and the approaches taken in regard to regulation of buildings and building safety. A global-initiative was launched on building resilience.

In July 2020, the four organisations publicly released a statement of outcomes Findings on Changing Risk and Building Codes that emerged from the initiative. The document emphasises that building codes need to evolve to address new weather-related risks to minimise human suffering, loss of life and economic loss. The findings, along with the desired outcomes of collaboration by the signatories, are applicable throughout the world. The leaders of this initiative are encouraging other governments and non-governmental organizations to join in endorsing the collaborative work. Organizations may learn more and endorse the initiative through an online submission process at www.globalresiliency.org.

Further information on this initiative can be downloaded from the Resource Library.

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is an initiative by the World Plumbing Council. It has been celebrated around the world every year on March 11, since 2010. The day aims to spread awareness of the importance of plumbing and plumbing practitioners in protecting public health and improving amenity globally.

The ABCB recognises this initiative each year, and continues to promote and raise awareness of the importance of plumbing and its role in everyday life. It is a major part of everyday routine such as having a shower, getting a glass of water from a tap and flushing the toilet. Without trained plumbers, advancements in plumbing and certification schemes like WaterMark, all these tasks may not be possible.

Read the ABCB’s Plumbing and Drainage initiative to learn more about what the ABCB is doing to support the industry and for access to resources such as handbooks, videos, reports and more.

Building Safety Month

For 38 years the ICC has been promoting issues to highlight the need for safe and sustainable structures where everyone lives, works and plays. This is now a globalised endeavour to promote building safety to remind people that buildings and the activities associated with their design, construction, maintenance and on-going uses, are not risk free.

The ABCB supports the initiative in the US and is facilitating discussions with a number of relevant and interested organisations that cover the spectrum of topics that might be considered pertinent to those covered by Building Safety month, to establish what capacity, capability and interest there is to coordinate an effort in Australia to coincide with Building Safety month in the US.

For more information on Building Safety month go to: www.buildingsafetymonth.org, or read more about this initiative in ABCB Connect.