BUILDING CODE OF AUSTRALIA – LEGISLATION UPDATE May 2010
As of 1 May 2010 the BCA 2010 has been adopted for South Australia. Some changes include;
Structural Engineering Software - The Minister has approved for South Australia a specification MS SA A2.2 - Structural Engineering Software. The effect of this variation is that software programs that are in accordance with the Ministers Specification will meet the Evidence of Suitability requirements of the BCA.
Bushfire Attack Levels BAL - this is a new rating for determining bushfire risk for construction. Some parts of the bushfire provisions will be introduced at a later date such as 'excluded areas' variation for South Australia as changes are required to the Development Regulations 2008 first. The BAL levels come into effect on 1 May 2010.
For areas in the Development Plan listed as High Risk Bushfire Areas, a site assessment is required in accordance with AS3959 to determine the BAL. Once the BAL is determined, the construction requirements as per the BCA are applied.
Some changes that have taken place after 1 May 2010 are as follows;
Further information may be obtained from - Residential building regulations - Government of South Australia
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