This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop an understanding of traditional, new and emerging construction methods and materials, including systems and components for services, for those buildings included in classes 2 to 9 as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys. It applies to researching and analysing construction industry information, including research papers, engineering reports, material specifications and performance data, including fire performance of construction materials; and following information management procedures to ensure that construction methods and materials are evaluated using current and accurate information.

This unit supports the work of building surveyors who provide advisory code-consulting services or authorised statutory services relating to planning or building permit application assessment or building audit and inspection services for class 2 to 9 commercial buildings.  Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must develop and maintain current research findings to support building surveying services for three different projects, each involving a different class of commercial building (classes 2 to 9 as defined in the Building Code of Australia [BCA]), where: - one project must incorporate classes 2, 5, 6 and 7a; - one project must incorporate classes 3 and 9c, and; - one project must incorporate classes 7b and 8. In doing the above, the person must produce a research report containing research findings, recommendations and supporting evidence for each of the above building projects, based on an evaluation of: - characteristics and applications of a range of materials suitable for the structural elements and building envelope, including the fire resistance of materials appropriate to the class of building; - different construction methods and systems applicable to structural elements and building envelope, and; - components and systems for services that consider: relevant compliance requirements; installation methods. The person must also be able to demonstrate a process for: - seeking feedback on and distributing findings from each of the three research reports, and; - maintaining the currency of research findings in each report.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics, including fire resistance and applications of materials suitable for structural elements and building envelope; - compliance requirements relating to construction materials and methods for buildings included in classes 2 to 9 of the BCA; - Australian standards; - National Construction Code (NCC) requirements; - construction methods and systems; - site preparation; - structural elements; - building envelope; - components and systems for services, including: compliance requirements; installation methods; - sources of reliable information on traditional, new and emerging uses of construction materials and methods, and; - structural engineering principles sufficient to interpret and apply the requirements of the BCA.

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