After reading the last two articles we have published on form 16’s – because we are sure you have read them, you should have a clear understanding about the use of Form 16’s and what your responsibilities are under the Building Act 1975.
We will now walk you through the form step-by-step and clearly explain each part and how to fill it out. This will ensure you only fill in the parts you need to, and therefore only certify what you actually need to certify – possibly saving you from a lawsuit in the future.
“Well firstly you need to go get your DA and then you can focus on getting your BA”. Have you ever heard your planner or building certifier using this terminology and wondered “huh?” Well you are most likely not alone. All industries have little sayings and acronyms which can be extremely confusing if you are not ‘up with the lingo’.
We want you to install stair nosing once and only once. We often have to tell builders to remove stair nosing and refit them to comply with code requirements.
Here are the 6 critical issues about stair nosing;
Must be non-slip
Must contain a luminance contrast strip not less than 50 mm and not more than 75 mm.
The luminance contrast strip must have a luminance contrast of not less than 30%.
NO part of the stair nosing strip is to project pass the face of the riser.
The luminance contrast strip cannot project down the riser more than 10 mm.
The luminance contrast strip cannot be more than 15 mm from the front of the riser.
Pool fencing rules and regulation save lives every day. However, as a building certifier I never cease to be surprised at the negative attitudes towards them. If you are looking for a way to get around pool fencing laws, this story is not for you.
We all have an appreciation for our country’s history and the buildings that represent it, but mention the words “Heritage Listed” to us builders, developers and building certifiers and watch us run for the hills. But heritage development doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. This brief summary will help simplify the process.