The Australian Building Codes Board has combined all on-site building and plumbing requirements into a single National Construction Code (NCC), which came into effect on 1 May, 2015.
The four-volume NCC provides the minimum necessary requirements for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and construction of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.
It is a performance-based code, which for designers, engineers, builders and developers, means having a choice of compliance pathways. These are via a Prescriptive Solution (using the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions from the NCC) or a Performance Solution (providing flexibility in determining the most suitable means for demonstrating compliance).
The new NCC is available free of charge, increasing access to not only more building practitioners, but also to any Australian who wants to review their technical compliance of their own home, work or public space. Similar guides previously cost almost $400.
Watch an overview of the National Construction Code
ABCB’s video, ‘The National Construction Code: a Performance Based Code’ provides an overview of the NCC and outlines the different pathways of achieving compliance with the mandatory Performance Requirements.