The Building Codes of Australia (BCA) shape the building permits around the country. The whole purpose of the building permit is actually to enforce building codes into the construction environment. There are multiple standards, each referring to the specific type of the construction process. These standards are revised and rewritten to constantly improve the quality of the building practices.
The Building Codes of Australia classify buildings by their use. It is important to classify your structure to ensure that it follows appropriate building codes. The building codes of Australia identifies 10 building classes:
The building codes are divided into 2 volumes. The first one applies to the classes 2 to 9. The second volume deals with classes 1 and 10. This volume is also referred as the Housing Provisions
The volume one of the building codes is split into 9 sections. The first section deals with administrative provisions. The rest is dedicated to the technical analysis. Each technical section deals with:
The volume two is split into three sections. The first section deals general provisions. This part of the building codes has an administrative angle and refers to:
The section two of the volume two applies to performance provisions. The final section three provides a guideline for an acceptable construction.
The cheapest is to go to the local library and request the access. However, most libraries will not allow to print more than 10% of the document. Another option is to go online. The Australian Building Codes Board website (abcb.gov.au) is an authority on the building standards. They offer the service and updates about the building codes requirements. You can contact your local council to find out if you need to adhere to building codes and what requirements are needed for your structure.