A new home build: does your home meet Australian Standards?

Understanding the importance of building standards

Building a new home requires planning, finances, and time. When it comes to the construction phase, it’s essential that your new home meets the necessary Australian standards. 

Established by the National Construction Code (NCC) and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), Australian building standards provide a comprehensive framework that ensures the safety, health and amenity of the building environment.

In Australia, these standards are legal obligations that all builders and tradespeople must follow. They protect homeowners from substandard construction practices and ensure the safety, durability, and longevity of your house. 

The standards cover various aspects of home construction, including structural adequacy, safety, health and amenity, and sustainability. Having knowledge of these standards is beneficial to anyone embarking on a new home build.

The role of building inspections in new home builds

Building inspections ensure that a new home build meets Australian standards. They provide an independent evaluation of the building’s compliance with the building codes. Professional building inspectors like SURE Building Inspections in Western Australia, meticulously review the building’s structure, design, materials, and finishes to ensure they conform to the rules.

Inspections cover every phase of the building process, from initial construction to the final stage. Our team of inspectors assess elements such as concrete slabs, roofing, plumbing, electrical systems, and much more. We ensure that the house is structurally sound, safe, and poses no health risks to its occupants. 

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Australian Standards for building inspections

Listed below are some of the important Australian Standards when it comes to building inspections: 

AS 1288:2021Glass in buildings – Selection and Installation
AS 2047-2014Windows and external glazed doors in buildings
AS 1684.2:2021Residential timber-framed construction, Part 2: Non-cyclonic areas
AS 1684.3:2021Residential timber-framed construction, Part 3: Cyclonic areas
AS 1926.1-2012Swimming pool safety, Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools
AS 1926.2-2007Swimming pool safety, Part 2: Location of safety barriers for swimming pools
AS 2049-2002Roof tiles
AS 2050:2018Installation of roof tiles
AS 3600:2018Concrete Structures
AS 2870-2011Residential slabs and footings
AS 1562.1:2018Design and installation of sheet roof and wall cladding, Part 1: Metal
AS 4100:2020Steel Structures
AS/NZS 4505:2012Garage doors and other large access doors
AS 3700:2018Masonry Structures
AS 4773.2:2015Masonry in small buildings; Part 2: Construction
AS/NZS 2904:1995Damp-proof courses and flashings
AS/NZS 4858:2004Wet area membranes
AS 3740:2021Waterproofing of domestic wet areas
AS 4654.2-2012Waterproofing membranes for external above-ground use, Part 2: Design and installation
AS 4678-2002Earth-retaining structures
AS 1657:2018Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation
AS 3727.1-2016Pavements; Part 1 – Residential
AS 4349.0-2007Inspection of buildings; Part 0:  General requirements 
AS 4349.1-2007Inspection of buildings; Part 1:  Pre-purchase inspections – Residential buildings 
AS4349.3-2010Inspection of buildings; Part 3:  Timber pest inspections 
AS 3660.1:2014Termite management, Part 1: New building work
AS 3660.2:2017Termite management, Part 2: In and Around Existing Buildings and Structures
AS 3660.3:2014Termite management, Part 3: Assessment criteria for termite management systems

Ensuring compliance with Australian Standards

To ensure your new home build meets these Australian standards, conducting thorough building inspections at every stage of the build is essential. SURE Building Inspections have the experience and expertise to identify issues that might not be obvious to the untrained eye. Book a building inspection now. 

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