We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We sought your views on a definition to identify buildings with increased likelihood of non-compliance, and therefore consequences for occupants.

You said

You said the definition needed to be simplified and amended so that it could be understood and implemented with confidence.

We did

To make the definition clearer, we:

  • consolidated and replaced confusing criteria
  • simplified the presentation, and
  • used terminology from the NCC. 

See the What happens next section at the bottom of this page for more information.   

We asked

The Building Confidence Report (BCR) Implementation Team asked for your feedback about how:

  • reporting of auditing information could impact compliance with the National Construction Code, State and Territory legislation and Australian Standards;
  • how and when auditing information should be reported; and
  • your perceptions of the benefits and disadvantages of such reporting.

You said

We received 199 responses. Responses were positive about the impacts of reporting on auditing, with almost all respondents expressing that reporting on auditing would benefit industry, building owners, tenants and users. Two thirds of respondents expressed an interest in more, and more frequent, engagement by building regulators about auditing, in addition to formal reporting.

We did

The BCR Implementation Team used your feedback to inform the draft Auditing and Compliance Publication Framework, which is out for consultation from November 2020 - January 2021.

We asked

In March 2020, the Building Confidence Report (BCR) Implementation Team released a discussion paper asking for feedback on a draft National Model Code of Conduct for building surveyors.

You said

The Team received 44 responses to the discussion paper, which indicated you supported a national code of conduct for building surveyors. However, you suggested some changes, asked for clarifications and suggested additional obligations.

We did

In response to your feedback, obligations have been reduced and made clearer. A new obligation on transparency in contracting was added along with more examples and a glossary.  

View the Model Code on the ABCB website.

We asked

We asked for your feedback about a proposal to ensure that all building and plumbing Performance Solutions are developed and documented using an appropriate, nationally-consistent process by mandating the process contained in the ABCB’s ‘Development of Performance Solutions’ guideline.

You said

We received 51 responses to the proposal.

Some of you raised concerns that the process would be too onerous for simple Performance Solutions, and that the problem lies with poor enforcement rather than poor regulation. Many believed the number of Performance Solutions used in commercial buildings was under estimated in the Consultation RIS. 

We did

We clarified the rigour of the proposed process was designed to be commensurate with the complexity of the solution. We assessed the potential for better building outcomes and higher confidence in the building regulatory system under higher rates of use of Performance Solutions and contemporary examples of failure.

We asked

For feedback about supporting practitioners to use the FSVM to inform our approach to future education needs.

You said

We received 123 responses, almost half having watched the FSVM webinar. Here is some feedback about what you want:

  • More and simpler guidance in different online formats.
  • Cover applying the FSVM and include worked examples and case studies.
  • Links to training.
  • More opportunities to ask questions during webinars.

We did

We are scoping additional materials and training to support the FSVM. From early 2020, we are looking to work with industry to provide:

  • More technical advice to use the FSVM in different formats (i.e. online resources, webinar)
  • Frequently asked questions and answers about the FSVM
  • Articles about the FSVM.

We asked

For your comments on approach and possible technical changes to the energy efficiency provisions for NCC 2022.

You said

You raised several important issues about what was proposed in the Scoping Study. These covered matters of public policy, current situation, practitioner concerns, and technical aspects of the proposed changes for residential and commercial energy efficiency.

We did

We have documented and responded to as many of your concerns as possible within this Outcomes Report. We will now use these insights to inform the next steps in the ABCB’s Energy efficiency project.