Building Code of Australia (BCA)
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) sets out the minimum requirements for health, safety and amenity for buildings in Australia. All new buildings and new building work in an existing building must comply with the BCA.
What is a BCA Report?
A BCA Report is a clause by clause assessment of a proposed or existing building against the requirements of the BCA. Where a non-compliance is identified, the report includes practical and cost-effective recommendations on how to achieve compliance with the BCA.
When is a BCA Report required?
Council often requests a BCA Report as part of a Development Application (DA) to ensure the proposed plans can comply with the BCA. Some Councils refer to a BCA Report as a BCA Capability Statement.
A BCA Report may also be requested by Council as part of a Building Information Certificate (BIC) application to confirm the completed building works comply with the BCA.
How do I get a BCA Report?
As Registered Certifiers, Davis Group can prepare a quality BCA Report for all types of buildings. Contact us today and let us know if you have an urgent deadline.
Performance Solution Report
What is a Performance Solution?
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) contains rigid technical requirements known as the Deemed-to-Satisfy Requirements. These are typical solutions or methods of construction that have been deemed suitable by the Australian Building Codes Board. However, it is not always cost-effective or practical to comply with these requirements.
A Performance Solution is a unique solution or design which does not comply with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Requirements. A Performance Solution is a one-off design prepared for an individual building that achieves the same outcome as a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution but in an alternative way. Performance Solutions offer a flexible and cost-effective way of complying with the BCA.
What is a Performance Solution Report?
The BCA contains specific requirements which outline how a Performance Solution must be developed, assessed and approved. A Performance Solution Report meets these requirements and contains the technical analysis required for the Performance Solution to be approved.
When is a Performance Solution Report required?
When a Registered Certifier or Building Surveyor identifies a non-compliance with the BCA, the design can be amended to comply with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Requirements or a Performance Solution can be developed to resolve the issue. In some circumstances it is not practical or cost-effective to alter the design to address the non-compliance, this is when a Performance Solution is required.
How do I get a Performance Solution Report?
As Registered Certifiers, Davis Group can develop innovative and flexible Performance Solutions tailored to meet your desired design outcomes cost-effectively. Contact us today and let us know if you have an urgent deadline.
Council Fire Safety Order
What is a Council Fire Safety Order?
Fire Safety Orders are issued by Council when the level of fire safety within an existing building is deemed inadequate. Council can issue a Fire Safety Order at any time to improve the level of fire safety within a building.
Fire Safety Order process
Before Council issue a Fire Safety Order, they give notice of their intention to issue a Fire Safety Order. During the notice period (typically 2-3 weeks), the owners can make representations regarding the terms of the proposed Fire Safety Order, including the scope of works and the period for compliance. This is the best time to contact and engage a BCA Consultant who has experience with Fire Safety Orders.
What is a Fire Safety Audit Report?
Council will typically request a Fire Safety Audit Report as part of a Fire Safety Order. A Fire Safety Audit Report is an assessment of the level of fire safety provided in the building compared against the requirements of Part C (Fire Resistance), D (Access & Egress) and E (Fire Services & Equipment) of the current Building Code of Australia (BCA). Where any non-compliance is identified, the Fire Safety Audit Report will make clear, practical and cost-effective recommendations on how to building can be upgraded to achieve an adequate level of fire safety.
How do I get a Fire Safety Audit Report?
As Registered Certifiers, Davis Group have experience with Fire Safety Orders, responding to Council and developing reasonable outcomes to improve the level of fire safety. Contact us today and let us know if you have an urgent deadline.