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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
Structurecraft are a contractor specialising in the engineering, design detailing, supply and fabrication of complex, large and challenging timber structures. Though there is nothing especially groundbreaking about the panelized systems that they use, they occupy a worthwhile link in the supply chain that largely does not currently exist...