School Of Engineering, Design And Built Environment

Building RegulationsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300947.4


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
This unit assumes that the student has undertaken coursework in building construction, building surveying, engineering, architecture or a related area or has the relevant AQF qualification and gained basic building regulation knowledge by working in the construction industry in an appropriate capacity for at least four years.

Equivalent Units
300719 - Fire and Building Regulations

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate course.

About this Unit
This unit introduces the role and functions of the building surveyor and the National Construction Code of Australia (NCCA). The topics include building legislation, NCCA general provisions, structure and philosophy. Students are required to understand the objectives, the function statements and the performance requirements of various sections of Volume One of NCCA. The concept of performance based approach is discussed and compared with the prescriptive approach. The content covers the relationship between research in the development of building codes and the role played by approval/certifying authorities in building assessment and approval. Legal obligations of building surveyors, their tasks of assessment, enforcement and documentation are also explained.

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