I am a Director of Devcert 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.

Smoke Alarm Changes January 1, 2017

It has come to our attention that new smoke alarm requirements will be introduced to the Building Regulation 2006 and will come into force on January 1, 2017.    Unlike the QFES legislation being introduced about smoke alarms, this legislation will affect building approval issued after January 1, 2017.

As of January 1, 2017 a building application for a new dwelling or alterations to dwelling must address the following new smoke alarm requirements:

  • Smoke alarms must be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  • Smoke alarms must not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • Smoke alarms must be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); and
  • Smoke alarms must be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
How to complete a Form 16

Guide to understanding Form 16’s: Second instalment

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.

Stair Nosing types

Stair Nosing – 6 Critical issues

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;

  1. Must be non-slip
  2. Must contain a luminance contrast strip not less than 50 mm or more than 75 mm.
  3. The luminance contrast strip must have a luminance contrast of not less than 30%.
  4. No part of the stair nosing strip is to project pass the face of the riser.
  5. The luminance contrast strip cannot project down the riser more than 10 mm.
  6. The luminance contrast strip cannot be more than 15 mm from the front of the riser.
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