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VBA Mail 15 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The 15 April 2014 edition of VBA Mail is now available to view online.

In this edition:

  • VBA seminars filling up fast
  • New information sheet for pool and spa owners
  • VBA office hours
  • Appointments strengthen industry regulator
  • Are your water supply valves WaterMark certified?
  • New provisions for slip resistance standards
  • Graduate regional building surveyors celebrate
  • Check the insurance details before work begins

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VBA Seminar Series

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Victorian Building Authority is holding a series of information seminars across Victoria. The seminars will cover changes to the National Construction Code 2014 (building and plumbing requirements), as well as discussing proposed reforms to the domestic building industry and the review of the Building Regulations 2006.

Each seminar will be split into three sessions, targeted to building practitioners, plumbing practitioners and consumers.

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Building surveyor fined for fire safety reports

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A building surveyor has been fined after an investigation by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) found reports he provided into fire safety matters were inadequate.

The Building Practitioners Board heard the matter and found Robert Marsicovetere of East Brunswick guilty of 12 allegations relating to reports he prepared for alternative solutions for fire safety measures. He was reprimanded, fined $3000 and ordered to pay partial inquiry costs.

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Make sure gas safety is a key part of your caravanning holiday plans

Monday, 31 March 2014

As caravans across Victoria are prepared for the Easter break or in readiness to hit the road north to follow the winter sun, it is important owners double-check all safety aspects inside and out.

come in all shapes, sizes and levels of comfort. One thing they have in common is that they are restricted spaces where people spend time relaxing, cooking, eating and sleeping. Most also use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking, heating and in some instances refrigeration, which means it is vital to check the safety and integrity of the vehicle's gas systems.

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Use caution when building to the boundary

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority is encouraging anyone planning to build on the boundary of a property to make sure they accurately identify the title boundary line to avoid encroaching on an adjacent property.

The VBA's Chief Executive Officer, Prue Digby, said any encroachment may be considered a trespass of land.

"Encroachment could result in the adjacent land owner taking the property owner to court to seek to have the encroachment removed," Ms Digby said.

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ABCB to release Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather Events

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be releasing a Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather events (cyclones, floods, storm events, hail damage and storm tide) to seek feedback from stakeholders to help inform the ABCB moving forward. 

ABCB's website commencing 2 April with stakeholder feedback closing on 1 July 2014.  For more information email

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