CHAPTER 8

THE BUILDING CODE OF AUSTRALIA




What is the Building Code of Australia?



From 1 May 2011, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) forms chapters 1 and 2 of the National Construction Code (NCC). The NCC is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

The BCA was established to achieve nationally consistent, minimum standards for construction. It contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures, covering such matters as structure, fire resistance, access and egress, services and equipment, energy efficiency and certain aspects of health and amenity.


The BCA is recognised in legislation in each state and territory, ensuring that the BCA's technical requirements have to be satisfied in order to achieve compliance with legislative requirements.

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