This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to audit commercial buildings in classes 2 to 9, up to three storeys, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), against current requirements of the BCA and local planning policies. The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services, who carry out building surveying audits and advise on building compliance. The unit supports the conduct of commercial building surveying audits required as part of a sales process to inform planned works or upgrades to existing commercial buildings, where advice on compliance requirements related to the proposed change of use of a commercial building or as part of an insurance assessment is required. The audit is primarily concerned with the compliance implications of the building.

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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 plan for, conduct and report on building surveying audits for three different projects involving the following class buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), each building up to three storeys, 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. Each of the building surveying audits must include: - a documented plan outlining the schedule of the building surveying audit, its scope and limitations, and the compliance criteria to be audited; - evidence of research undertaken to identify the relevant compliance requirements of the building to be audited, including additional local planning policies that are to be included in the audit; - liaison with relevant specialist consultants to obtain expert advice and recommendations on aspects of the building systems and materials, construction materials or methods or other relevant components of the building; - a written report on the completed building surveying audit specifying: - inclusions and exclusions of the building surveying audit conducted; - items of the building which were compliant or which met deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA; - items of the building that did not meet compliance requirements; - findings and recommendations of specialist consultants, and; - strategies for achieving compliance.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - audit methodology; - audit report inclusions; - BCA classification and definitions for buildings included in classes 2 to 9; - construction methods and materials suitable for buildings in classes 2 to 9; - 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; - roles and responsibilities of specialist consultants, and; - processes for writing building surveying audit reports, including use of assumptions.

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