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VBA Building Technical Bulletin – March 2023

The VBA Technical Bulletin - Building includes the latest building news and industry updates from the Victorian Building Authority.

It's great to connect with you all again, in what is the first VBA Technical Bulletin of 2023.

We're set for another busy year ahead, as the industry grows and prepares itself for major change.

NCC 2022

National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 will be adopted by states and territories on 1 May 2023.

I encourage you all to familiarise yourselves with the Code ahead of its adoption by registering for the upcoming ABCB NCC 2022 webinar series, watching recordings of the VBA's NCC 2022 Roadshow webinars and heading to the ABCB website, where you can access the Code in full, as well as useful handbooks and guidance materials.

ABCB are also providing a series of articles that give an overview of some of the key changes and new requirements that may impact your work when NCC 2022 is adopted.

The VBA will continue to update Practice Notes in the lead-up to 1 May.

By getting across these changes, we can all work towards a safer, more accessible and more sustainable built environment.

Andrew Cialini,
VBA State Building Surveyor

In this edition...

Industry alert - Assessing the suitability of materials

Exercise due diligence in assessing the suitability of materials and ensure that the selection and use of materials is supported by the necessary documentation to verify compliance with the NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

BRAC product accreditation register a useful tool

The VBA is encouraging practitioners to regularly check the Building Regulations Advisory Committee product accreditation register and to ensure that products listed on the registry are suitable for particular use.

Industry alert - RBS compliance with direction to fix building work

Relevant building surveyors are reminded of their obligations to ensure that a direction to fix is correctly issued.

Industry alert - Builder compliance with direction to fix building work

Builders are reminded of their obligations in ensuring that building work is compliant with the building permit and the Building Regulations.

Practitioner survey - VBA education resources

The VBA needs you to help us better understand the practitioner experience with our education resources, including Practice Notes, webinars and Technical Bulletins.

FPAA Bushfire Attack Level Short Course

We encourage practitioners required to assess and determine a Bushire Attack Level and its impact on the construction requirements of a building to enrol in this course.

Impact and assessment of moisture-affected, timber-framed construction

An overview of the key issues for assessment of moisture exposure and possible rectification, to help the building industry understand the key issues when assessing moisture-affected timber construction.

Determination that Protection Work is Required – Correct completion of Form 6

Building surveyors are reminded to ensure that Form 6 is completed correctly, in helping determine when protection work is required.