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What are Australian construction standards?

What are Australian construction standards?

Australian Standards help maintain the safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of building in Australia. They outline rules, guidelines and detailed technical specifications, and are referenced in many industry regulations, including the National Construction Code.

Where can I find Australian building standards?

Copies of the NCC can be downloaded for free from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website. The current edition of the Code is NCC 2019. It came in effect on 1 May 2019.

What is the Australian architectural standard commonly used for building projects?

The Building Code of Australia (BCA), in the National Construction Code series, contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures. The BCA addresses the following matters: structural adequacy.

What is the difference between BCA and Australian Standards?

Australian Standards are published by Standards Australia on an as-needs basis and generally take several years to be written and published. There are over 200 Australian Standards referenced in the BCA and over 1000 more standards indirectly referenced in the BCA.

How can I get Australian Standards for free?

Accessing Australian Standards Online

  1. Go to Federation University Library at
  2. Select the Databases tab and Search by database A-Z list.
  3. Enter title search terms “Australian Standards Online” in the Find databases box or.
  4. Click on “A” and scroll down to the Australian Standards Online database link.

What is the Australian standard for concrete?

In Australia, concrete slabs must be fixed in adherence with the Australian Standards AS 2870 and AS 3600. The most common slab thickness in Australia is between 85mm and 100 mm.

What is the Australian standard for wall framing?

AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction is a four-part Australian Standard covering design criteria, building practices, tie-downs, bracing and span tables for timber framing members. It is also referred to as the Timber Framing Code.

Are Australian standards mandatory in construction?

On their own, standards are voluntary. There is no requirement for the public to comply with standards. However, State and Commonwealth governments often refer to Australian Standards® (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) in their legislation.

What is not covered in BCA and Australian standards?

Parts of the building that do not contribute to the structural stability, safety, weatherproofing or health conditions, such as wall and floor tiling, internal wall lining, cabinetry or painting, are considered to be “decorative finishes” and are not covered by the BCA.

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