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Linkages with the BCA

To gain acceptance in Australia, it is important to meet regulatory compliance under the BCA and possibly additional legislation.

The performance-based approach of the BCA aims to allow new and innovative products and processes to enter the industry without prescriptive impediments.

Reading from the figure below, the Performance level is the only mandatory level in the entire hierarchy while the “building solutions” level allows for multiple ways of meeting performance requirements.

The performance level tells designers the outcome that must be achieved, not how to actually achieve it – this is reserved for the building solutions level. Here, Deemed to Satisfy solutions provide the most common solutions that are often encapsulated in Acceptable Construction Manuals such as Australian Standards called up by the BCA.

Alternative solutions offer a different path and this option is most likely to apply to many emerging technologies. Here, evidence must be presented to prove compliance in the form lab testing, engineering calculations, expert judgment and other mechanisms referred to at the bottom level of the figure below.

Figure: BCA Hierarchy

 

BCA Hierarchy

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About FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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