Proposed Changes to the National Construction Code
Volumes 1 and 2 Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2012 have now been released by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) through the BCA 2012 public comment draft.
The 2012 draft provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the 2012 edition of the BCA which will be implemented on 1 May 2012.
The code proposes altering the circumstances in which horizontal balustrading is considered acceptable; it is proposed to reduce the threshold height between floor levels from 4 m to 1 m. This effectively bans the use of horizontal balustrades that may facilitate climbing including stainless steel wire above 1m high floor levels.
The draft changes for both Volume1 and 2 of the BCA have been placed on the ABCB website for public comment to give BCA users advance notice of proposals and can be accessed here.