Buliding Codes Of Australia (BCA)

Buliding Codes Of Australia (BCA)

The Building Code of Australia is produced and maintained by the Australian Builidng Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The BCA has been given the status of Building Requirements by all States and Territories.

The BCA is designed to enable the achievement on nationally consistent minimum necessary standards of relevant; health, safety (Including structural safety and safety from fire), amenity and sustainability objectives efficiently.

This goal is applied so:

  • There is no rigorously tested rationale for the regulation
  • The regulation generates benefits to society greater than costs (that is, net benefits)
  • The compulsive effects of the regulation have been considered and the regulation is no more restrictive than necessary in the public interest, and
  • There is no regulatory or non-regulatory alternative that would generate higher benefits.

The BCA covers the following:

SECTION A – General provisions

  • Part A0 – Application
  • Part A1 – Interpretation
  • Part A2 – Acceptance of Design and Construction
  • Part A3 – Classification of Buildings and Structures
  • Part A4 – United Buildings

SECTION B – Structure

  • PPart B1 – Structural Provisions

SECTION C – Fire Resistance

  • Part C1 – Fire Resistance and Stability
  • Part C2 – Compartmentation and Separation
  • Part C3 – Protection of Openings

SECTION D – Access and Egress

  • Part D1 – Provision for Escape
  • Part D2 – Construction of Exits
  • Part D3 – Access for People with Disabilities

SECTION E – Services and Equipment

  • Part E1 – Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Part E2 – Smoke Hazard Management
  • Part E3 – Lift Installations
  • Part E4 – Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs and Warning Systems

SECTION F – Health and Amenity

  • Part F1 – Damp and Weatherproofing
  • Part F2 – Sanitary and Other Facilities
  • Part F3 – Room Sizes
  • Part F4 – Light and Ventilation
  • Part F5 – Sound Transmission and Insulation

SECTION G – Ancillary Provisions

  • Part G1 – Minor Structures and Components
  • Part G2 – Heating Appliances, Fireplaces, Chimneys and Flues
  • Part G3 – Atrium Construction
  • Part G4 – Construction in Alpine Areas
  • Part G5 – Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas

SECTION H – Special Use Buildings

  • Part H1 – Theatres, Stages and Public Halls

SECTION I – Maintenance

  • Part I1 – Equipment and Safety Installations
  • Part I2 – Energy Efficiency Installations

SECTION J – Energy Efficiency

  • Part J0 – Energy Efficiency
  • Part J1 – Building Fabric
  • Part J2 – Glazing
  • Part J3 – Building Sealing
  • Part J4 – [This section was intentionally left blank]
  • Part J5 – Air-Conditioning and Ventilation Systems
  • Part J6 – Artificial Lighting and power
  • Part J7 – Hot Water Supply and Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Plant
  • Part J8 – Access for Maintenance and Facilities for Monitoring

For more information contact ASN