Reference to the Australian Standards, Building Codes & Guides
Teach yourself right from wrong and use these references from the Australian Standards, the BCA (Building Code of Australia) & the Office of Fair Trading Guide to Standards & Tolerances:
These standards are used in the residential construction industry.
Australian Standards and Building Codes are standards that builders and trades are to abide by when constructing a new home or renovating an existing property.
AS 1288 – Glass in Buildings.
AS 1684 – Residential Timber Framed Construction.
AS 1860 – Particleboard Flooring.
AS 1926 – Swimming Pool Safety.
AS 2047 – Windows in Buildings.
AS 2050 – Installation of Roof Tiles.
AS 2870 – Residential Slabs and Footings.
AS/NZS 2904 – Damp-Proof Courses and Flashings.
AS/NZS – 3500 Plumbing and Drainage.
AS 3600 – Concrete Structures.
AS 3660 – Termite Management.
AS 3700 & 4773.1 & .2 – Masonry Structures.
AS 3740 – Waterproofing of Wet Areas in Residential Buildings. AS 3786 – Smoke Alarms.
AS/NZS 4858 – Wet area Membranes.
AS 1562 – Installation of Sheet roofing and Wall cladding. AS/NZS 2589 – Gypsum linings in Residential Construction.
AS 3958 – Ceramic Tiles.
AS/NZS 2311 – Guide to the Painting of Buildings.
The Guide to Standards and Tolerances disclaims itself by stating “The information must not be relied on or regarded as legal advice. No warranty of accuracy or reliability as to the information is given and no responsibility for loss arising in any way from or in connection with errors or omissions in the information provided.”
The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 was produced by the Victorian Building Commission in collaboration with NSW Fair Trading, the Tasmanian Government and the ACT Government.
The Guide is NOT a legal document and is not intended to replace the relevant provisions of the Building Code of Australia or Australian Standards.
The Guide is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of the tolerances that a building professional will consider in determining whether a building element has been installed/constructed to an acceptable standard.
The Guide should be regarded as an advisory resource rather than a series of prescriptive definitions.
The Guide helps home owners if building work is in dispute. It deals with such topics as shrinkage around timber window frames, door frames, nail popping in timber floors, paving through to footings and foundations.
The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 came into effect on 1 January 2007 and replaces the previous version of the Guide issued in NSW on 1 July 2003.
This guide is available from the Office of Fair Trading website. READ IT for your benefit when building or renovating.
The HIA now have a similar guide available on their website.
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