Owner's Handbook

Explanations of the common defects, why they happen and how to fix them.

Written in plain language for people who don't know a lot about building.

This 50-page reference is especially useful for buyers of older homes. 

 

Jargon decoded

What's a mullion, joist, soldier, creeper or a hanging beam?

Is the foundation the ground under the building or the concrete under the walls?

Building is not rocket science, but it does have a whole bunch of special words - secret code - jargon.

This document is a short glossary is from the handbook above.

 

Building Code of Australia

The 'BCA' is the main rulebook for building work Australia-wide.

Until recently, if you wanted a copy, you had to pay hundreds of dollars each year. At long last, it's free to download - all you need to do is register on the website of the Australian Building Codes Board (link below).

Ready access to rules and regulations is a great incentive for compliance, but unfortunately, the many Australian Standards on which the BCA depends are still significantly costly to access.

Volume Two of the BCA contains the requirements for Class 1 (residential) and Class 10 (non-habitable) buildings and structures.

 

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