What is meant by building compliance?
By Alex Wood
16 April 2018
Building compliance refers to the alignment of a building with the relevant rules, regulations and codes. This includes the products and materials incorporated into the building, as well as the way in which they’re assembled and constructed. And the specific rules vary depending on how the building is to be used.
All building work in Tasmania needs to be conducted in accordance with the Building Act 2016 and the Building Regulations 2016, which, like the rest of Australia, require building work to comply with the National Construction Code (freely available here). The NCC sets out the technical requirements that must be met to achieve a safe, healthy, amenable and sustainable building.
Acceptable construction manuals and practices are listed in the NCC for numerous building elements and construction methods. For example, Australian Standard 1288 details the procedures for the selection and installation of glass in buildings.
But there is also considerable scope for innovation. New building products and methods can be acceptable so long as they can be demonstrated to perform appropriately depending on their use, and this usually requires independent, third-party verification. If you’re unsure, we’re always available to answer your queries on building compliance.