This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to review proposed building design documentation during the design process for buildings and structures included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for class 1 and 10 up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. It applies to providing advice on the preparation of planning and building approval applications and on the compliance of proposed design documentation with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards that apply to the nature and location of each project.

The unit supports the work of building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services to building and construction professionals involved in developing building design documentation up to the building approval application stage. The building surveyor may provide advice concurrently on a range of building design projects in different locations.

Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises.  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. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - determine and confirm service level agreements with clients for four different projects involving the following class 1 and 10 buildings and structures as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA): - two types of class 1a buildings in different locations; - one class 1b building; - one class 10 building or structure: one bushfire shelter, swimming pool or retaining wall; - liaise with specialist experts to ensure timely provision of advice within terms of service level agreement; - determine compliance requirements for the four different projects and provide advice to clients on how compliance requirements apply to each project; - advise clients of the documentation required for planning and building permit applications for the four projects; - analyse complete sets of building design documentation for two planning and two building approval applications relating to the four projects and: - provide advice on two cost-effective and efficient design alternatives that meet compliance requirements; - provide written advice on the compliance of design documentation with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards applicable to the project location, including possible solutions to compliance issues; - invite questions from clients regarding compliance advice and explain requirements in detail, and; - provide responses to six different requests from clients for specific information regarding different types of compliance issues.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - BCA classification and definitions for class 1 and 10 buildings and structures; - construction methods and materials suitable for class 1 and 10 buildings and structures; - regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between the advisory and statutory roles of building surveyors; - drawing symbols, notations, acronyms and construction terminology used in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian standards, working drawings, building design specifications, and building permit documentation; - project management strategies that ensure thorough and timely advice is delivered according to service level agreement; - range of, and variations in, compliance requirements for class 1 and 10 buildings and structures in different climatic, geographic and planning zones, including: - building control legislation and regulations; - NCC; - Australian standards referenced by building control legislation and regulations and the NCC, and; - state, territory or local authority planning policies.

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