This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to review proposed building design documentation for buildings included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for classes 2 to 9 (up to three storeys), during the design process. 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 the 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.

Unit details

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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 three different projects involving the following class buildings 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; one project must incorporate classes 7b and 8; - liaise with specialist experts to ensure timely provision of advice within terms of service level agreement; - determine compliance requirements for the three 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 each project; - analyse complete sets of building design documentation for two planning applications and one building approval application relating to the projects listed above; - 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 buildings included in classes 2 to 9; - construction methods and materials suitable for buildings included in classes 2 to 9; - 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, and; - range of, and variations in, compliance requirements for buildings included in classes 2 to 9 in different climatic, geographic and planning zones.

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