Practice Notes: Categories E-F

Emergency Accommodation

EA-01: Temporary Accommodation - Existing Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance for the Municipal Building Surveyor and Private Building Surveyor when assessing the appropriateness of temporary occupation of pre-existing buildings used as shelters for short-term emergency accommodation. It clarifies the legislative requirements and conditions that may be imposed to ensure the existing buildings, when used for short term emergency accommodation, are safe for occupants, and:

  • Legislative requirements
  • Fire, health, safety and access requirements
  • Change of use of a building
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Energy Efficiency

EE-01: Building Energy Analysis for Commercial Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the BCA energy efficiency requirements using Verification Method JV3 as an alternative assessment method for Class 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 and common areas of Class 2 buildings, and:

  • Verification Method JV3
  • Building energy analysis software modelling method
  • Energy analysis report
  • Energy assessor - qualifications and experience required
  • Role of the Relevant Building Surveyor
  • Information to be provided when applying for a building permit
  • Testing and Quality Assurance
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EE-02: Applying BCA Energy Efficiency Measures to Existing Class 2-9 Buildings

This Practice Note describes the application of BCA Section J energy efficiency measures for alterations to existing Class 2 - 9 buildings, excluding Class 2 SOUs and Class 4 parts of a building, and provides guidance on:

  • Requirements for Class 2-9 buildings
  • Partial compliance - regulation 233
  • Energy Efficiency: Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions
  • Air-conditioning and ventilation systems
  • Artificial light and power
  • Access for maintenance
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EE-03: New Residential Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the energy efficiency requirements for new residential buildings for compliance with the Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2018, and the National Construction Code 2019, and:

  • Class 1 building compliance requirements
  • Class 2 and Class 4 part of a building compliance requirements
  • Thermal insulation requirements
  • Building sealing requirements
  • Artificial lighting requirements
  • Condensation considerations
  • Building permit application requirements
  • National House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Compliance Pathway
  • Thermal Performance Assessors (TPA)
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EE-04: Alterations to Existing Class 1 Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the energy efficiency requirements for alterations to an existing Class 1 building for compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act), the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) and the National Construction Code 2019 (NCC), and:

  • Compliance requirements for alterations to existing buildings
  • Alterations and extensions/additions to existing buildings
  • Using NatHERS software to assess a proposed alteration to an existing dwelling
  • Required overall star rating - Formula
  • Applying BCA Volume Two Part 3.12 to a proposed alteration to an existing building
  • Relocated and prefabricated homes
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Essential Safety Measures

ESM-01: Fire Safety Systems for Residential Care Buildings and Shared Accommodation Buildings

This document is currently under review

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ESM-02: Maintenance of Essential Safety Measures

This Practice Note provides guidance on maintenance of essential safety measures, and provides guidance on:

  • What are essential safety measures
  • Maintenance Determinations
  • Maintenance Schedules
  • Reporting and records
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ESM-03: Self-contained Smoke Alarms for Existing Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the automatic smoke detection and alarm systems concession for certain Classes of buildings built before 1 August 1997, and:

  • Building Interim Regulations 2017 requirements
  • Power Supply
  • Location of Smoke Alarms
  • Maintaining Smoke Alarms
  • False Alarms
  • Should Smoke Alarms be interconnected
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ESM-04: Removing a Fire Hydrant Hose from Buildings built before 1991

This Practice Note provides guidance on the process required to remove a lay flat fire hydrant hose from BCA Class 2 to 9 buildings built before 8 April 1991, and:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Building permit requirements
  • Dangerous goods
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ESM-05: Fire Hydrant System Testing

This Practice Note provides guidance on the testing and maintenance of fire hydrant installations, and:

  • Required hydrant system performance
  • Commissioning and testing – New installations
  • Commissioning and testing – Alterations to existing installations
  • Maintenance
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ESM-06: Fire Alarm Monitoring Systems

This Practice Note provides guidance on alterations to monitoring of fire alarm systems, and:

  • Fire alarm monitoring systems
  • Building permit requirements
  • Building inspection requirements
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ESM-07: Chief Officer to be Informed of Fire Sprinkler System Performance Solution

This Practice Note provides guidance on the requirement to provide details to the chief officer of a fire sprinkler performance solution, and:

  • Sending of details to the chief officer
  • Consultation with the chief officer before issue of building permit

Determinations of the Building Appeals Board

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ESM-08: Water Saving Options Available when Testing Fire Safety Systems

This Practice Note provides guidance on the regulatory requirements and water saving options available when testing fire safety system, and:

  • Water use for maintenance of fire safety systems
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Water Saving Options
  • Australian Standard for routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment
  • Design options for water saving
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EMS-09: Smoke Alarms in Class 1a Buildings

This Practice Note provides guidance to practitioners and owners on the requirements for the installation of smoke detection and alarm systems in existing residential buildings, and:

  • Requirements for residential buildings constructed before June 2018
  • Requirements for residential buildings from June 2018
  • Location of smoke alarms in Class 1 buildings
  • Building permit requirements for installation of a smoke alarm or detection system
  • Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021
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Flood Hazard Areas (currently under Review)

PN-65: Buildings in Flood Hazard Areas

This Practice Note is currently under review

Under Review