Part 1 – 45%
Concerns over the use of non-conforming building products and non-complying products in the construction industry has been a concern for several years. There is a multitude of products that are imported that do not comply with Australian standards and many instances of complying products being used incorrectly. This issue was advanced with findings of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings which has been in the spotlight since the tragic event of the 2017 Grenfell Fire in London which had a significant loss of life. ASSIGNMENT TASK: Building.
The building regulators in Australia, are reacting to these products in different ways and moving to change and or implement additional building regulations.
You are required to research and then investigate how at least three (3) Australian states are dealing with these non-conforming and non-complying products and what changes have been adopted and/or are proposed to be adopted. ASSIGNMENT TASK: Building.
You are then required to investigate how at least one (1) other country is adapting or adopting building regulations and/or their building codes and standards in response the same issue.
Part 2 – 25%
Private certification of building works (i.e. the giving of building approvals and the enforcement of building regulations by private practitioners or companies) has been adopted in every State/Territory of Australia. In recent times there has been much discussion in the media about private certifiers in New South Wales. ASSIGNMENT TASK: Building.
The roles and responsibilities are detailed in the relevant State legislation.
You are to investigate the building certification schemes in three (3) Australian States/Territories under the following headings:
- Roles and responsibilities of building certifiers (i.e what do certifiers do)
- How do you become a Private Building Certifier? (i.e Accreditation, Qualifications and Licencing)
Part 3 – 30%
The Australian National Construction Code (NCC) is a performance-based code.
- Historical Development
- Three (3) international examples of implementation
- Your opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of performance-based codes
- Your recommendations on performance-based codes for the future
Your report should be prepared and presented in a professional manner. The body of your report must be not less than 3000 words (excluding title page, table of contents, executive summary, bibliography, appendices etc.
It is essential that your final report is properly and completely referenced. Use the Harvard or “name/date” style of referencing for all references. No other system will be accepted. Footnotes must not be used for referencing but can be used to give extra information or explanation which would otherwise make the main text less readable. Web references will be treated like any other sort of reference. ASSIGNMENT TASK: Building.