Practitioner Education Series previous sessions

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2024

Building: Rescreening NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency Volume 2

The purpose of the webinar is to discuss compliance with NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency and to support the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)’s webinars on these changes.

The webinar presented by Technical Specialist, Shaun Breaden will focus on giving a regulatory overview of NCC compliance and address some common questions that will improve your understanding of the NCC Energy Efficiency changes.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 1493.79 KB).

2023

This webinar, Research insights: Water damange and the risk of mould in buildings will provide an overview of the findings from research conducted by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), in partnership with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and Victoria University, to identify patterns and clusters of problematic building work that could result in indoor mould.

The webinar, introduced by State Building Surveyor Andrew Cialini and presented by architectural scientist Dr Tim Law and VBA Principal Plumbing Specialist Anwar Gayed will increase practitioner awareness of causes and impacts of indoor mould in Victorian buildings, and how to reduce its likelihood through improved design, construction, plumbing, and inspection practices in high-risk areas.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 9404.36 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Research insights: Water damage and the risk of mould in buildings (DOCX, 259.83 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 131.18 KB)) Practitioner Education Series webinar on 9 February 2023.

This webinar will provide an overview of the most common enquiries and faults that relate to the Deemed-to-Satisfy design of box gutters.

The focus areas for this session will include rainheads, sumps with side overflows, sumps with high-capacity overflows and general box gutter issues.

The webinar, presented by Senior Technical Advisor (Plumbing) Neville Campbell, will increase practitioner awareness of the scope of Deemed-to-Satisfy box gutter design and clarify some common design misconceptions.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 2123.7 KB).

Please note that the information on downpipe outlet locations, contained in slides 18, 29, 43 and 44 has been amended to read 'not be further' instead of 'not be closer'.

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Roofing: Common roof drainage faults and enquiries – box gutters Practitioner Education Series webinar (DOCX, 262.3 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 212.09 KB)) on 9 March 2023.

This webinar will assist the building industry to prepare for the NCC changes that come into effect on 1 May 2023 and aims to reduce the risk of non-compliant installation of waterproofing systems.

The webinar, presented by Senior Technical Advisor (Building) Christian Williams, will enable viewers to become familiar with the waterproofing requirements applicable from 1 May 2023 and will be able to identify the key areas to achieve compliance and in turn, reduce defects.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 1544.26 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Waterproofing of wet areas (DOCX, 264.94 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 174.11 KB)), Practitioner Education Series webinar on 23 March 2023.

View the fact sheet (PDF, 174.11 KB).

This webinar aims to broaden industry understanding about Building Permits, including Protection Work Notices, Public Protection, Mandatory Inspections and the Building Appeals Board.

The webinar, presented by Senior Technical Advisor (Building) Christian Williams, will enable viewers to identify the requirements applicable to each of the above topics and their related processes, including key steps, regulations and compliance measures.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 3442.28 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Building Permits (DOCX, 259.93 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 202.19 KB)) Practitioner Education Series webinar on 4 May 2023.

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight common misconceptions around plumbing compliance certificates. The session will focus on the practitioner obligations under the Building Act 1993 and address some common compliance certificate questions.

This webinar presented by Senior Technical Advisor (Plumbing), Neville Campbell aims to increase practitioner awareness of their legal obligations regarding compliance certificates.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 3456.3 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Plumbing Compliance Certificates - Obligations & Common Enquiries (DOCX, 269.59 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 181.66 KB)), Practitioner Education Series webinar on 25 May 2023.

The purpose of the webinar is to discuss compliance with NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency and to support the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)’s webinars on these changes.

The webinar presented by Technical Specialist, Shaun Breaden will focus on giving a regulatory overview of NCC compliance and address some common questions that will improve your understanding of the NCC Energy Efficiency changes.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 3339.77 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency Volume 1 webinar (DOCX, 265.35 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 164.61 KB)) on 29 June 2023.

The purpose of the webinar is to outline the new requirements for Condensation Management for NCC 2022.

The webinar presented by Senior Technical Advisor, Christian Williams aims to prepare the industry for the upcoming changes to the Condensation Management provisions to be adopted on 1 May 2024.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides.

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Building: Introduction to Condensation Management NCC 2022 (DOCX, 275.59 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 168.34 KB)) Practitioner Education Series webinar on 31 August 2023.

The purpose of the webinar is to discuss compliance with NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency and to support the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)’s webinars on these changes.

The webinar presented by Technical Specialist, Shaun Breaden will focus on giving a regulatory overview of NCC compliance and address some common questions that will improve your understanding of the NCC Energy Efficiency changes.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 1417.49 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the NCC 2022 Energy Efficiency Volume 2 (DOCX, 266.88 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 190.07 KB)) Practitioner Education Series webinar on 7 September 2023.

The webinar aims to raise awareness of the purpose and reach of the Proactive Inspection Program (PIP).

The webinar presented by Team Leader, Building Inspection Services, Nathan Naidu, will focus on highlighting common non-compliances being identified across various stages of building works, which will provide a better understanding and preventing their impact.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 4340.73 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Proactive Inspections Program and Common Non-Compliances Practitioner Education Series webinar (DOCX, 371.05 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 211.54 KB)) on 28 September 2023.

This webinar aims to educate practitioners about their obligations when booking drainage inspections and to give an overview of commonly observed faults

The webinar presented by Team Leader, Inspection Services Plumbing, Adam Falconer, will help you have a better understanding of your obligations as a plumber when presenting a drain for inspection.

The video is available to watch below, or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 3502.21 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Plumbing: Drainage Inspections webinar (DOCX, 269.38 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 149.6 KB)) on 26 October 2023.

This webinar, hosted by Phillip Locke (VBA Plumbing Team Leader) and Neville Campbell (VBA Plumbing Senior Technical Advisor) will reinforce the fundamentals of drainage design for various classes of buildings and answer some of the most common drainage questions about boundary traps, inspection shafts and overflow relief and ventilation for various types of sites, as well as some general questions typically asked about drainage design.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 9382.43 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked during the Plumbing: Sanitary Drainage webinar (DOCX, 274.49 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 178.96 KB)) on 07 December 2023.

2022

Our first webinar for 2022 for the Practitioner Education Series, was a continuation of the three-part series titled Plumbing Performance Solutions.

The Plumbing Performance Solutions series aims to provide a better understanding of the legislative framework and standards.

This session focussed on the stakeholder engagement required and the steps that must be followed, to ensure appropriate sign-off of the design brief before any plumbing installation work is commenced.

This session was presented by Senior Technical Advisors Neville Campbell, Warren James, and Ross Marshallsea.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 2219.35 KB).

Our final webinar of the three-part series titled Plumbing Performance Solutions, focused on the development of a Performance-Based Brief and worked through some examples of acceptance criteria and Assessment Methods

The Plumbing Performance Solutions series aims to provide a better understanding of the legislative framework and standards.

This session was presented by Senior Technical Advisors Neville Campbell, Warren James, and Ross Marshallsea.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 3179.24 KB).

Learn about enforcement under the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018 and find out how to carry out enforcement correctly and what tools are available to relevant building surveyors to assist them with the process.

This webinar also explored common issues with enforcement instruments that have been referred to the VBA and reasons why these documents are unenforceable.

This session was presented by Building Surveyor - Special Projects, Anita Dorfer-Mehanic.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation.

The Proactive Inspections Program (PIP) was established by the Victorian Building Authority in 2015 and involves the inspection of building and plumbing works under construction throughout Victoria.

Our inspection and services team include highly skilled and experienced registered building inspectors, building surveyors and licensed plumbers.

Glenn Wilson and Adam Falconer are team leaders within the Plumbing Audit and Inspections team at the VBA and discusses common issues found during plumbing inspections, including case studies.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation.

View the latest PIP report for Q3: January to March 2022

The webinar addressed seismic detailing for residential and commercial buildings to improve performance and ensure safety in accordance with the National Construction Code. The webinar touches on historical earthquake events in Australia and the effects on buildings. It also summarises the regulatory framework for seismic provisions and emphasises their implementation.

The webinar explained structural response of different buildings during seismic excitations. It will cover timber, masonry, steel and concrete buildings and their vulnerabilities. It will provide observations, lessons learnt, and advice for better seismic detailing that covers structural and non-structural components.

The presentation video is available to watch below.

The Proactive Inspections Program was established by the VBA in 2015 and involves the inspection of building and plumbing works under construction throughout Victoria, with the aim of reducing non-compliance.

Our inspection and services team include highly skilled and experienced registered building inspectors, building surveyors and licensed plumbers.

Join us in this engaging session on our Proactive Inspections Program where we discuss the most common non-compliance issues found during both plumbing and building inspections.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation. (PDF, 6661.41 KB)

View the latest PIP report for Q3: January to March 2022 (PDF, 8729.35 KB)

This webinar provided an overview of the process involved in obtaining a building permit, from application through to finalisation. Using intelligence collected by the VBA to spotlight problem areas and pathways for improvement, we go through the roles and responsibilities of the different parties involved and the importance of good communication and cooperation.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation. (PDF, 3155.78 KB)

This webinar was part of VBA's NCC 2022 roadshow for building practitioners, who were unable to attend an in-person event.

The webinar replicated the content that was discussed at in-person seminars held around the state, covering key changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022.

VBA technical experts discussed Volumes One and Two of the NCC 2022 and answered your questions, during a one and a half hour session held from 3:30pm-5:00pm on Thursday, 27 October 2022.

The presentation includes the following topics:

  • New volume structure and clause referencing system
  • Egress provisions for early childhood centres and primary schools
  • Wet area provisions
  • Condensation management
  • Livable housing standard

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 3331.23 KB).

This webinar was part of the VBA's NCC 2022 roadshow for plumbing practitioners, who were unable to attend an in-person event.

The webinar replicated the content that was discussed at in-person seminars held around the state, covering key changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022.

VBA technical experts discussed Volume Three of the NCC 2022 and answered your questions, during a one hour session held from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesday, 26 October 2022.

The presentation includes the following topics:

  • Plumbing Regulatory Framework
  • New volume structure and clause referencing system
  • NCC Volume Three changes
  • NCC Volume Three Victorian variations & additions
  • Lead free plumbing products
  • Updates on Australian Standards

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 1824.54 KB).

The VBA's Building Audit Program is a regulatory initiative that seeks to identify and reduce non-compliant building work in Victoria.

From January 2022 to June 2022, the VBA carried out desktop audits of 46 Class 10b swimming pools located within 30 municipalities in Victoria. A total of 21 building surveyors were responsible for the sites selected.

This webinar details the findings of swimming pool audits, exploring what information is required and what's needed to ensure that swimming pools are compliant.

The video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation slides (PDF, 1169.44 KB).

The following answers have been provided to questions asked (DOCX, 255.37 KB) (or view PDF version (PDF, 206.93 KB)) during the Swimming Pool Compliance Practitioner Education Series webinar on 1 December 2022.

2021

The first session in the Practitioner Education Series was presented by Dr Weng Poh, Principal Fire Safety Engineer, Victorian Building Authority.

Dr Poh explained how designers need to consider the essentials to ensure the NCC objectives are achieved and improve the standard of fire safety design by exploring the ‘why, what, and how’, including;

  • Why are performance provisions and design solutions important?
  • What is performance design all about and what does good practice look like?
  • What are the upcoming changes on 1 July and how they impact building practitioners?
  • How can we utilise the NCC and IFEG to ensure full coverage?
The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation. (PDF, 3013.45 KB)

The second session in the Practitioner Education Series was presented by Keesje Wassink, Acting Manager, Building Audit, VBA.

TAs a result of the audit conducted by the VBA of domestic dwellings in bushfire prone areas, we have identified a quality gap in the documentation and assessment of proposed works to construct new dwellings in accordance with AS 3959.  This webinar will report the findings of the audit and discuss methods on how all practitioners involved in the design, certification, and construction of dwellings in bushfire prone areas can help to eliminate these issues. Mark will explore the areas of non-compliance and discuss how to best overcome these.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1394.57 KB)

In this session in the Practitioner Education Series will be VBA's Conflict of Interest During Design, presented by Jeanette Barbaro, Partner, MinterEllison.

The Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors came into effect on 1 January 2021. The code specifies requirements for professional conduct, related to potential conflicts of interest, and clarifies the role of the Relevant Building Surveyor in the development and design of construction works. Jeanette explored the various requirements, presented practical examples of good practice and spoke about the obligations articulated in the Act.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1428.43 KB)

Cladding Safety Victoria continues to make significant progress in its endeavours to support Owners and industry to rectify high-risk buildings affected by combustible cladding. Navigating the complex process of rectification has led to many lessons learnt.

In this session practitioners heard from Dan O’Brien and gained valuable insights into Cladding Safety Victoria rectification program operations and the practical application of policy and legislation the guides Victoria’s built environment.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1599.64 KB).

In this session Bronwyn Weir left viewers with an enhanced understanding of the mandatory inspections process, who can inspect what, relying on other practitioners, the role of engineers, risk management and the ‘direction to fix’ process.

Bronwyn Weir was appointed by the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) to undertake an expert assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry as co-author of the Building Confidence Report (BCR), reflecting her reputation as a leading legal advisor on building regulations for more than 20 years.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1865.9 KB).

Safety, compliance and amenity standards endure well beyond practical completion and good documentation is the foundation for optimal building lifecycle maintenance. In this session we took a step back and looked at the practical application of maintenance determinations and schedules to assist practitioners to interpret and apply the legislative requirements and support building owners, managers and maintenance providers to meet their obligations.

This was the first session of a series focused on the importance of document management and will help building surveyors, Building Designers, builders and owners get back to the basics that provide the greatest possible value.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 716.72 KB).

During the May webinar with Bronwyn Weir 'Site inspections and enforcement' presented by the VBA, we learnt our practitioners were eager to clarify several questions on this topic.

This webinar, hosted by Andrew Cialini and Bronwyn Weir, answers your questions and provide further clarification from the May webinar.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 394.96 KB).

COVID-19 has forced all of us to reshape the way we work, with the VBA alone having to complete over 1,500 plumbing audits virtually.

This webinar, presented by Adam Falconer and Darren Nixon, discusses the process and how you can best employ virtual audits in your daily work.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1102.94 KB).

The VBAs Proactive Inspections Program established in 2015 involves checking building and plumbing works under construction throughout Victoria.

Our inspection and services team include highly skilled and experienced registered building inspectors, building surveyors  and licensed plumbers.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 2706.99 KB).

In this 10th  session of the Practitioner Education Series, the focus was our Proactive Inspection Program Findings on Fire Separation Construction. Fire Separation Construction continues to be a key area of concern identified across multiple building sites over the last few quarters.

Nicholas Eastmure, Team Leader from Inspection Services illustrates the importance of Separating Walls and shares valuable insights from the PIP findings.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 6096.09 KB).

In our final webinar for 2021 of the Practitioner Education Series, the VBA’s Technical & Regulation (Plumbing) team introduced the legislative framework and walked practitioners through the documents and processes that govern the design and installation of plumbing work in Victoria.

This session was presented by Senior Technical Advisors Neville Campbell and Warren James.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1069.41 KB).