I am a Director of Development Certification Pty Ltd and have been a Building Surveyor since 1989. I have a bachelor degree in building surveying and I am a qualified carpenter. I have been in the construction industry since 1981. I have a real passion for the building certification profession as I believe building certifiers are the general practitioners of the construction industry. Our role is not only to know building law and apply it, our role includes assisting in the development of the knowledge of all in the industry by sharing our knowledge and experience.


BCA (Volume 1) A0.9 Assessment Methods and
BCA (Volume 2) 1.0.9 Assessment Methods are similar as below*


The following Assessment Methods, or any combination of them, can be used to determine that a Building Solution complies with the Performance Requirements:

(a) Evidence to support that the use of a material, form of construction or design meets a Performance Requirement or a Deemed-to-Satisfy Provision as described in A2.2 of Volume 1 or 1.2.2 of Volume 2.

(b) Verification Methods such as:

(i) the Verification Methods in the BCA; or
(ii) such other Verification Methods as the appropriate authority accepts for determining compliance with the Performance Requirements.

(c) Comparison with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions.

(d) Expert Judgement.


*Extract from the Building Code of Australia (BCA)


BCA (Volume 1) A0.5 Meeting the Performance Requirements and BCA (Volume 2) 1.0.5 Meeting the Performance Requirements read exactly the same as below *


Compliance with the Performance Requirements can only be achieved by:

(a) complying with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions; or

(b) formulating an Alternative Solution which,

(i) complies with the Performance Requirements; or

(ii) is shown to be at least equivalent to the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions; or

(c) a combination of (a) and (b).


*Extract from the Building Code of Australia (BCA)


BCA (Volume 1) A0.10 Relevant Performance Requirements and
BCA (Volume 2) 1.0.10 Relevant Performance Requirements are similar as below *


The following method must be used to determine the Performance Requirement or Performance Requirements relevant to the Alternative Solution:

(a) Identify the relevant Deemed-to-Satisfy Provision of each Section or Part that is to be the subject of the Alternative Solution.

(b) Identify the Performance Requirements from the same Sections or Parts that are relevant to the identified Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions.

(c) Identify Performance Requirements from other Sections and Parts that are relevant to any aspects of the Alternative Solution proposed, or that are affected by the application of the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions, that are the subject of the Alternative Solution.


*Extract from the Building Code of Australia (BCA)

Building Class

Building Classifications and Classes

When you talk to professionals in the industry, they will refer to your building by its classification or class. A classification groups together buildings of a similar use so that the rules that apply to a class, apply to all the buildings in that class. So, it really pays to know the category your proposed building will be under. We have put together a quick list that will help you to easily identify your building project.

Going to build here is where to start

Building where to start

Building where to start? Any good builder will tell you that, to have a successful building project, you have to be able to see the project completed before you start. If you haven’t work through the details of the project in your mind and solved and documented all the problems first, you are heading for some unexpected surprises as well as costs.

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