National Construction Code free for all

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Building Commissioner Peter Gow says an agreement amongst Australian Building Ministers to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online will pave the way for more innovative and productive building and plumbing industries in Western Australia.  The NCC brings the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia together into a single, consistent performance standard.

The 2015 edition of the NCC is now available online for free in readiness for when it is adopted on 1 May 2015. The reform means building, construction and plumbing practitioners will no longer have to pay almost $400 for a copy of the document.

The Commissioner said the decision to eliminate costs associated with buying the code will make it more accessible to all who need to use it, including the building and plumbing industries, small businesses and consumers.

“Having the National Construction Code freely available online is one of a number of things the Building Commission is doing to significantly reduce the burden of building regulation in this state,” Mr Gow said.

“The reforms we have planned over the next few years are all about the electronic enablement of the WA building and plumbing industries, and having the NCC freely available online will go a long way towards achieving that.

“The redrafting and reformatting of the NCC to suit free, online delivery is a great opportunity to link it to other electronic systems such as building information modelling and online approvals.

“We are also working towards adopting the Plumbing Code of Australia from 1 May 2015, so the 3,341 licensed plumbing contractors and 3,967 licensed plumbing tradespersons in WA can also expect to benefit from being able to access the code for free and to preview it before it takes effect.”

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will also move from a one-year to a three-year NCC amendment cycle, starting in 2016.

The free 2015 NCC includes Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings); Volume Two (Building Code of Australia for Class 1 and Class 10 Buildings); Volume Three (Plumbing Code of Australia); and the Guide to Volume One.

People who want to access the 2015 NCC online for free must register on the Australian Building Codes Board website at www.abcb.gov.au. Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, is also available on the website. NCC 2014 remains in force until 30 April 2015 and hard copies will still be available for purchase through the ABCB online shop until 30 April 2015.

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04 Feb 2015

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