A Building Certifier is a professional person with broad knowledge and experience in building legislation, design, materials and construction. A Building Certifier is not necessarily specialists in any particular building field other than the law, and are rather like the General Practitioners of the building industry.
Have you ever heard the expression: ‘To assume only makes an ass out of you and me?’ Well, this rule applies when you assume competence without fully understanding the criteria that qualifies you as a Competent Person under the Building Act 1975.
Is it shipping container storage or a storage shed. It looks like a shipping container, it is a shipping container but is it being used as a shipping container? That is the question many local governments ask when shipping containers are not being used for shipping.
Documentation of Decisions
Decisions made under the BCA should be fully documented and copies of all relevant documentation should be retained.
Examples of the kind of documentation which should be prepared and retained include:
(a) Details of the Building Solution including all relevant plans and other supporting documentation.
(b) In cases where an Alternative Solution has been proposed:
(i) details of the relevant Performance Requirements; and
(ii) the Assessment Method or methods used to establish compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements; and
(iii) details of any Expert Judgement relied upon including the extent to which the judgement was relied upon and the qualifications and experience of the expert; and
(iv) details of any tests or calculations used to determine compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements; and
(v) details of any Standards or other information which were relied upon.
*Extract from the Building Code of Australia (BCA) – Introduction
Most alternate solutions in the past have involved fire engineering, however they don’t have to. Alternate solutions can be done on any part of the BCA that has performance provisions, and the process does not have to be so complicated.