New Building Act 1993 changes July 4, 2016

2016 Changes to the Building Act 1993

Victorian Building AuthorityEvery year we find adjustment changes to varies matters now under the control via Victorian Building Authority for Building Act and associated entities such as Plumbing, Architectural, Owners Builders and more.

As the VBA web site states “Changes have been made to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your rights and duties under the law.”

This section of the VBA website holds information about:

  • how these changes relate to you as a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder
  • when the changes come into effect
  • what will be different when the changes come into effect, and
  • any specific things that apply during the transition to the new laws.

The link will take you to main site whereby you may web surf to area of most interest to you. Follow the Changes to Building Act 1993.

owner builderWe see certain strengthening of powers and a further layering of checking and cross checking ensuring the industries inefficiency remains without much progress towards any real reform or a balancing between planning and building or review of the changing size of lots and consumer requirements.
Some new powers will hopefully maintain a striding towards removing from industry of cowboys but I see significant many good guys hurt and frightened away in the meantime.

Owner Builders –

Owner Builders will now need to better realise the issues of “being the owner builder” as the rules are the same for all and the playing field will be inspected regularly.

This will make being an owner builder more of a chore, cost will rise significantly and especially for those real small projects such as a verandah and deck. The current status is one rule for all so all building and small project documentation and requirements now the same totally as a new dwelling.

One good change is the need to get VBA consent has risen to $16,000. This amount to me remains to low for both owner builder consent requirement plus also for need to get Home Owners Warranty Insurance. Both should be more around $25,000 so the small “addon” building ie:class 10b, is not over burdened by cost and regulation.

Building Plans

The new minimum plan requirements are being enforced. These are more of an enforcement of the rules that actual new rules but, by placing significant pressure on all building surveyors to ensure documentation for big or small are the same, then time and cost will kick in for small projects as never before.
As Building Drafting company we get it and understand fully the issues but our customers might not be so understanding. We worry many more will roll the dice on avoiding the undertaking of getting a building permit due to cost and red tape increasing.
Simply many old plans do not have the level of detail required today even for a verandah. So getting that detail, even getting the old plans (as often council records poor although now improving due to digital age) then producing plans for small class 10b projects to the standard now required will be more time consuming and will bring with that extra costs.
Politically it will be a time bomb but for now its reality. It needs proper reform for this sector.
Link to what’s required here VBA Practise Note Building Plans Documentation
We at The Project Centre – Narre Warren and a member of the BDAV, are specialists in Class 10b building with over 20 years ImagesBDAV-LOGO.jpgexperience in projects such as garages, carport’s, verandahs, deck’s and other external “add-on” extensions or out buildings. We know whats required and can help you your project.

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Bayside Council Planning Amendment

Bayside Council Planning Amendment.Bayside CC logo

Developers, Home Owners and those considering major or minor developments on there home in Bayside should be aware that Bayside City Council has announced a proposal to amend the Bayside Planning Scheme.

Some of the main points include

  1. Amends Schedule 3 to clause 32.09 – Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ3) to:
  • Introduce a minimum lot size for subdivision of 400 square metres (this means that if your lot is less than 800sqm, you will not be able to subdivide it)
  • Vary Standard A6 and B9 to increase the permeability requirement to 35%
  • Vary Standard A10 and B17 to introduce a 4 metre rear setback requirement
  • Vary Standard B28 to increase the private open space requirements to 75 square metres, with one part secluded private open space with a minimum area of 60 square metres and a minimum dimension of 5 metres
  • Introduce decision guidelines to support amenity considerations in accordance with the Housing Strategy
  1. Update the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS – Clauses 21.02 – 21.12) to reflect recommendations and policy within the Bayside Housing Strategy 2012
  2. Amend clause 22.06 Neighbourhood Character Policy to update terminology to accord with the Housing Strategy
  3. Amend clause 22.07 Discretionary Uses in Residential Areas Policy to provide further guidance on the preferred built form for these types of applications in accordance with the Housing Strategy

Interested owners and other practitioners are urged to make a submission, as the proposal has the potential to significantly impact development in Bayside. For more information, CLICK HERE.

I can see many disappointments coming, even on simple renovations and extensions as simple as Verandah’s and Patio’s, where rear boundary restrictions and increases in minimum private open space to 75 square metres and permeability requirement to 35% may impact single home developments if this proposal allowed to be pushed through. No refection on restrictions due to land affordability due to planning requirements is considered. Certainly any multi-town house or simple land splitting will now increase in difficulty significantly no matter what brightly painted outcome council paints to support this proposal. Already considered over governed and unresponsive in terms of planning and under performing in terms of real services this continues the Bayside story.

Be warned If you live here be interested or be sorry. Problem is however no matter what objection will be noted they will propel this proposal forward then say “well you had your chance to object” even if we didn’t listen. I see another sad outcome on the way.

Submissions to these proposals close on 17 September 2015.

New Home – Classic Weatherboard

New Home – Classic WeatherboardNew Home - Olive Road

The recently finished new home in Hampton Park, a suburb in Melbourne’s south east, is a dwelling who’s brief was to provide “a classic weatherboard in the Anne of green gables approach (without the green)” After now a few short months of occupying the home we find the outdoors is now starting to take shape with much credit to the owners.

This brief was to provide a compact home for owners that provide good access to dwelling (due to restrictions of one owner), provide a classic but modern style that appealed to them, ensure internals accounted for mobility restrictions whilst “not in your face”, had fittings that reflected their persona’s, age and interest’s and that the outdoors was efficient but classic in design and outcome.New Home - Olive Road - front

A large prominent tree was retained onsite with a view to provide a kick start to outdoors plus provide balance between a highly new dwelling and what can be a bland featureless outside.

Often we see that what can be a wonderful new dwelling can appear very tactile and lonely on a newly cleared bare landscape. We all wanted that the new dwelling that might appear to have had just a new coat of paint. Whilst realising that this might be a tall order to ensure that the paths, gardens, shed and other external features were planned to ensure come 12 months we might be somewhere along our goal path.

These pictures of the new home – classic weatherboard show a dwelling only 3 months after completion.

Olive Road - rear yard

Olive Road - west ear yard

 

 

 

 

 

We believe that owners have done a fantastic job of creating an outdoors that reflects them plus kick starts the goal of have the new dwelling become a home.

We’ll let you be the judge if we achieved some of the aims and brief we were administrating.

Olive Road - View to east rear

Olive road - entry to garage

Non Compliant Cladding Materials

Non Compliant Cladding MaterialsDockland fire building

The Builders Designers Association Victoria (BDAV) have advised further in regards revelation that some high rise buildings were found that the external cladding used was not non-combustible. The  Lacrosse building at docklands fire started from a smouldering cigarette on a second floor balcony of the Lacrosse tower in the Docklands in November 2014. It quickly spread to the 20th storey, causing $2 million in damage and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. No one was killed however it raised the possibility of Non-compliant Cladding materials being used.

I Quote

“The Victorian Building Authority issued an announcement yesterday afternoon advising of its actions in relation to the audit of cladding on high rise buildings. This follows on from the fire at the Lacrosse Apartments in the Docklands precinct in November of 2014 in which it was found that the external aluminium cladding on the building contributed to the fire spread and did not meet compliance with the National Construction Code. The VBA noted it has contacted more than 20,000 building practitioners requesting information about possible non-compliant use of cladding, and is also requiring the builders and building surveyors of some 170 high rise buildings in inner Melbourne and surrounding suburbs built in the last 10 years to provide evidence that the external cladding complies with the NCC. To read the VBA announcement, CLICK HERE.

James Hardie have provided a technical bulletin relating to this issue CLICK

Domestically we are often challenged with the facts that choosing products is a daunting issue. To ensure the quality is not just a visual factor but a tested and proven factor is important. No more or less than the workmanship demanded from your builder. When selecting material it’s best to ensure the products tested and certified for the usage proposed.

We will find due to the above issue the requirement from Building Surveyors for designers and builders to produce documentation to confirm that the specified product meets Australian Standards and is fully installed, not switched out to a non-suitable product will become common place.

 

 

Do it Yourself Pergolas

Do it Yourself Pergolasapproval stamp

Do it yourself pergola is very much a common father / son, mate / mate project carried out throughout the suburbs of Australia during the spring to autumn months. Pergola or Verandah structures have grown from a simple “lean to corrugated roof” structure to nowadays full on outdoor rooms with kitchens, tv’s, pool table etc., etc.,.

Solarspan---Outdoor-room-p10As those structures are considered an extension to your dwelling (unless less than 10m2 and not attached ) then generally a building permit is required.

The Project Centre has been offering plan and permit solutions for now well over 15 years for those serious do it yourself pergola builders within the Melbourne metro area. Ensuring your project is properly planned, permitted and executed ensure a successful project. We can provide the experience to assist achieving those goals.

Check out our do it yourself brochure for some ideas and things to consider. Link to Do it Yourself Projects

Check out our plan and permit link to do it yourself service

Do I need a building permit – check out this link for  Building Commission

Contact us if your considering getting professional advice and plans prepared for your outdoor pergola or verandah. Ring on (BH) 039796 6899 or provide us your enquiry by

emailing us here  email logo 2

We are a member of the Builders Designer Association of Victoria bdav logo

Design Build Expo Melbourne 27th to 29th June 2013

The Design Build Expo is on this coming to Melbourne this week and we will be attending and assisting the BDAV with manning their stand on Wednesday 27th June.

This new-look DesignBUILD features Australia’s largest and most comprehensive showcase of domestic and international building products, services and technologies in an interactive environment, complemented by educational seminars.

This expo has gained significant supports by a large range of leading manufacturers and producers both Australian and Overseas. The expo present’s and opportunity to view touch and learn about some of the leading edge building materials and products in or coming into the building industry segment.

I personally will be most interested in the Green Building Zone which I hope will begin to provide not only environmentally green outcomes at affordable pricing but hopefully options that can gain mass support and inclusion into good design outcomes for Australian Homes and Buildings.

Who is the BDAV – some background about The Builders Designer Association of Victoria. 

The BDAV is an industry body which acts for building design professionals. The BDAV is a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act. It is managed by a committee of volunteers from amongst the membership, whose objective is to advance the profession of building design, by offering cost-effective, quality, membership services and benefits to meet the needs of this growing sector of the building industry community.

Design Build Expo Details

Where and When

27-29 June 2012 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre starting Wednesday: 10am – 6pm Thursday: 10am – 8pm and finishing Friday: 10am – 5pm

As this expo will appeal to designer, builders and consumers there’s sure to be many items of interest due to the diversity of exhibitors on show. A couple of the activities you may find particularly interesting  include;

TOOL DEMO STATIONS (NEW)

Get ‘hands on’ with the very latest power tools from industry leading suppliers.
Find out more

INNOVATION ALLEY (NOW INTERACTIVE)

Explore a hand-picked selection of the top innovative products in the market.
Find out more

GREEN BUILDING ZONE (THE BIGGEST YET)

Get to the heart of green building with technologies that represent the future in sustainable design.
Find out more

This expo has gained significant supports by a large range of leading manufacturers and producers both Australian and Overseas. The expo present’s and opportunity to view touch and learn about some of the leading edge building materials and products in or coming into the building industry segment.

I personally will be most interested in the Green Building Zone.

COME AND SAY HELLO

Myself and Craig will be happy to discuss any proposed building design or extension idea you maybe be considering when we man the BDAV stand between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday.

BDAV stand H36

FREE TICKETS – TRADE
Visit the Design Build expo site for free entry tickets for trade patrons. Click