Everyone loves a home with a great view and this generally means your house must be built on a sloping site. Therefore it is important to determine any structural issues early on in the planning stage, or else things could go down hill very quickly.
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.
The 2011 floods devastated Queensland. Many properties were destroyed and lives were lost. This tragic event made us realise our vulnerability, and prompted a change in laws for building within a flood hazard area.
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.
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)