NCC 2019 will be amended out-of-cycle

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NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will include enhanced fire safety measures and provisions that address some of the Building Confidence report recommendations

The Australian Building Codes Board is undertaking an out-of-cycle amendment for the 2019 edition of the National Construction Code. It will be known as NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

The amendment will include:

  • Enhanced fire safety measures for early childhood centres in high-rise buildings.
  • A defined term for ‘building complexity’ to be used to identify buildings for which increased supervision of design and construction is appropriate through subsequent initiatives being developed in response to recommendations of the Building Confidence report.
  • Provisions that set out the process to be followed, including the creation of a Performance Based Design Brief, to improve the quality and clarity of Performance Solutions for both approval and auditing purposes. This is also in response to recommendations of the Building Confidence report.
  • Clarification of existing concessions for low-rise Class 2 and 3 buildings.
  • Reference to a new Technical Specification for the permanent labelling of Aluminium Composite Panels.
  • Minor corrections.

Providing comment

The public comment draft for NCC 2019 Amendment 1 has been released for public consultation. It includes proposed amendments for Volumes One and Two, the NCC Governing Requirements and common Schedules. All relevant documents can be downloaded from the ABCB’s Consultation Hub.

Interested stakeholders are invited to provide comment on the draft by 11:59PM AEDT Friday 11 October 2019.

Early childhood centres in high-rise buildings

A Preliminary Analysis of Options describes the current issue and feasible options to address the risks identified in fire risk analysis for childcare in high-rise buildings. This analysis, the fire engineering report and its technical review are available for download from the ABCB Consultation Hub.

Responses to the Preliminary Analysis of Options can be submitted by 11:59PM AEDT Friday 11 October 2019.

Further information

Following consideration of submissions received, the resolved content of the Amendment is anticipated to be adopted by States and Territories on 1 June 2020. You can stay up to date with further NCC 2019 Amendment 1 announcements, including the release of the Preview, by indicating an area of interest in your NCC registration.

Note: only responses submitted via the ABCB’s online consultation form will be considered.