You are required to Research Building Compliance and prepare a comprehensive series of annotated (labelled) photographs and diagrams of a domestic residential low rise buildings up to 3 storeys, (Class 1a & 10a buildings).
This project should cover various stages of construction and describe regulatory requirements assess the use of the construction materials, in accordance with the NCC Volume 2 and Australian Standard, etc.
Ensure that your assignment calls attention to the stages where a mandatory inspection would be required (see r.901 of Building Regulations 2006 (Vic)) You will need to take photographs of more than one building under construction to
complete the assessment in a timely manner. It is recommended that you visit housing estates where you will see dwellings at differing stages of construction. This will allow you to reduce the number of site visits you need to make, otherwise, you will need to visit sites regularly to observe the building process and to take photographs and sketch
construction details, or include manufacturer’s technical data.
Where possible, try and obtain a copy of the plans and other related documentation from the owner, builder or designer, (if available, and reasonable access to these documents is granted). Photographs of the relevant documents will greatly assist your research. This assessment will be submitted and reviewed at week 12 (Nominated by your teacher) before the final submission (see assessment timetable for submission requirements).This process is in place to give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress to allow you to modify your methods if required.
Write a brief description of the construction Method & Material
Labelled quoting the relevant National Construction Code, (NCC), section which relates to that construction stage. A comment should be included whether the stage identified complies with relevant codes, standards, mandatory requirements and construction best practice.
Where areas of non-compliance are identified comment briefly on why you believe this to be a defect, and cite a reference These comments will be recorded as bullet points.
Use Arrows to identify the issues you want to highlight in your photographs
Site management issues; and OH&S breaches