Major Initiatives of the Australian Building Codes Board
Life safety remains the core priority of the ABCB. The need for further possible improvements to the regulatory regime, particularly in relation to resilience, has come to the fore in light of recent natural hazards. Current major initiatives to better address life safety risks include work on the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, a review of construction in cyclone affected areas, and what role, if any, building standards may play in flood-prone areas.The publication of NCC 2011 heralded the successful implementation of the first step in the Council of Australian Governments initiative to incorporate all on-site regulatory building requirements into one national code, with the addition of plumbing requirements. Further work to consolidate and harmonise building and plumbing regulations will be undertaken; as will scoping work for the possible inclusion of gas fitting requirements.