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VBA launches Proactive Inspections

Friday, 26 February 2016

In late 2015 the VBA launched its Proactive Inspections Program to check building works under construction. VBA building and plumbing inspectors visit sites to engage with the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) and builder to address any issues early in a project's life, particularly during mandatory inspection stages. Early detection allows solutions to be implemented quickly and cost-effectively and is expected to minimise future complaints. The aim is to improve safety and quality outcomes and assist the RBS in administering their regulatory role. VBA Mail will regularly feature articles on what the Proactive Inspections Program has found to highlight both positive and negative findings.

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Get to know your responsibilities as a Technical Referee

Friday, 26 February 2016

As part of the VBA's improved licensing and registration process, applicants must now provide a Technical Referee Report with their application for registration as a plumbing or building practitioner. The report asks for specific information about the applicant's work, when it was performed and the applicant's role in performing that work. This information helps the VBA and the BPB to assess applicants' suitability for registration.

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VBA Industry Alert on use of combustible materials in external wall construction

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The VBA has released an Industry Alert designed to clarify circumstances where combustible materials may be used in the construction of the external walls of certain buildings. The Alert follows the release of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade's post incident analysis report into the Lacrosse apartment fire and the Victorian Building Authority's (VBA) audit of Class 2, 3 and 9 buildings. Through the audit the VBA has become aware of considerable variation in industry understanding regarding the use of aluminium composite panels (ACP) and other combustible materials in the construction of external walls.

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VBA releases External Wall Cladding Audit Report

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) External Wall Cladding Audit has found Melburnians can continue to have confidence in the safety of the buildings they live in and use but that non-compliance in the use of external wall cladding materials is unacceptably high.

The VBA launched the Audit, the first of its kind in Australia, following a fire at the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands in November 2014. In April 2015, the MFB Post Incident Analysis of the fire found that the use of non-compliant aluminium composite panelling (ACP) had contributed to the spread of the fire.

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Builder fined $45,500 for negligence and incompetence

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A builder whose work was so poor it constituted 'gross negligence' and 'gross incompetence' has been fined the maximum penalty and will not be able to operate as a registered builder for a minimum of three years.

At a Building Practitioners Board (BPB) inquiry held at the offices of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) today (3 Feb), David Brayer, who operated as Statbay Pty Ltd, was accused of four allegations relating to the competency and standard of his work. Mr Brayer did not attend despite pleading not guilty.

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