The 2019 National Construction Code Volume One (NCC) which will take effect on the 1st of May 2019, deals with new timber opportunities with more creativity and flexibility for building designers, developers and builders. The extensive changes to the NCC involves further training for our building surveyors to gain an in-depth understanding of the changes to come.

The update extends the range of buildings (up to 25m high) using fire-protected timber construction systems – including traditional lightweight timber framing and mass timber options like cross laminated timber (CLT), Glulam and Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). This system was restricted to multi-residential, office buildings and hospitality accommodation and is now applicable in mid-rise buildings such as schools, retail premises, aged care facilities and hospitals.

Throughout the years, the Forest & Wood Products Australia have worked hard to give builders and designers a wide range of options and combinations with a lower cost. For example, the use of timber is no longer required to meet the “performance solution” which is an expensive process for building approval. It can now be gained as long as the design complies with the Deemed-To-Satisfy requirements.

At Green Start Consulting building surveyors and building designers are working closely to assist you in any future project you may have using timber. The 2019 NCC also include more requirements in terms of fire safety with sprinkler systems and fire resistance levels. Feel free to call one of our building surveyors for more information.

Due to constantly evolving legislation the information provided within this blog may no longer be valid. The advice given on this site is general in nature and does not take into account your specific circumstances. Please email one of our building surveyors to check what is right for you.

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