- Building designers: 5 reasons to convince you they’re worth the hire
- Building Ministers’ Meeting establishes new minimum standards for accessible dwellings
- Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP currently in review
- 4 steps to acquiring a Construction Certificate and Development Application approval in Sydney
- How to achieve a cost-effective building design
- Draft Local Environmental Plan now on exhibition for the City of Parramatta Council
- Changes to Home Building Act now in effect
- New Housing Diversity SEPP to hinder build-to-rent and seniors housing developments
- Update on developer contributions
- Low Rise Housing Diversity Code now operating in all NSW local government areas
- NCC 2019 Amendment 1 has taken effect!
- The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW)
- Changes to what is deemed "physical commencement"
- COVID-19 buys time on DA process
- Alternative assessment introduced for large boarding houses
- Draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019
- Canterbury LEP changes to Boarding Houses
- The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (MDHC) has been deferred again
- Changes to Certifiers' compliance powers and new provisions for CC's and OC's
- The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has been deferred
- NCC 2019 has taken effect!
- The introduction of the Options Paper - ‘Improving Certifier Independence’
- NSW Combustible Cladding Regulation
- IHAPS to be introduced for all Sydney Councils
- New simplified housing code
- BASIX energy targets to change
- Guide to building tolerances is released
- General Housing Code changes
- Introduction of the Inland Housing Code for Complying Development
- Complying development for dual occupancies and townhouses
- Positive changes to Home Building Compensation Fund
- New online planning tools
- BCA 2015
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- NSW Government releases green paper
- BASIX Certificates are no longer free
- SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 Amendment 2011
Building Ministers’ Meeting establishes new minimum standards for accessible dwellings - 30 Apr, 2021
Introduction of silver standards for accessible residential housing and apartments
Following the Building Ministers’ Meeting (BMM) that took place on 30 April 2021, a consensus to include minimum accessibility provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022, was reached. The regulation will be based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) silver standards and will be applicable to all residential housing and apartments. The LHDG silver standards emphasise structural and spatial design areas that are considered of widespread benefit and are adaptable and flexible to future home occupants. The 7 core design elements include:
1. A safe continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and / or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
2. At least one, level (step-free) entrance into the dwelling.
3. Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
4. A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access.
5. A bathroom that contains a hobless shower recess.
6. Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grabrails at a later date.
7. Stairways are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.
This decision was reached after assessing findings from the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), as well as feedback from a number of key stakeholders, including community members who shared their personal experiences concerning the scarcity of accessible housing. In addition to these provisions, the ministers also agreed to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) including a clause for voluntary adoption of the LHDG gold standards.
Adoption of the new standards
To minimise disruption in a COVID-19-recovering construction sector, the Ministers have clarified that each state and territory will have the flexibility to implement (or not implement) the new guidelines in whatever means they deem fit for their jurisdiction.
To learn more about next steps and other discussion points from the BMM, keep an eye out for the publication of the Building Ministers' Meeting communiqués.
- Building designers: 5 reasons to convince you they’re worth the hire - 21 May, 2021
- Building Ministers’ Meeting establishes new minimum standards for accessible dwellings - 30 Apr, 2021
- Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP currently in review - 31 Mar, 2021
- 4 steps to acquiring a Construction Certificate and Development Application approval in Sydney - 2 Feb, 2021
- How to achieve a cost-effective building design - 27 Jan, 2021
- Draft Local Environmental Plan now on exhibition for the City of Parramatta Council - 2 Sep, 2020
- Changes to Home Building Act now in effect - 31 Aug, 2020
- New Housing Diversity SEPP to hinder build-to-rent and seniors housing developments - 24 Aug, 2020
- Update on developer contributions - 22 Jul, 2020
- Low Rise Housing Diversity Code now operating in all NSW local government areas - 1 Jul, 2020