This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to advise on the application of National Construction Code (NCC) performance requirements for performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys, and to apply approved assessment methods to determine whether a proposed solution is compliant.

The unit applies to assessing architectural drawings and specifications for performance-based solutions and analysing them in relation to the relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). The unit supports the work of building surveyors who:

- provide advice to architects and building designers on compliance requirements and options for performance-based solutions, or
- act in the statutory role with responsibility for assessing the compliance of performance-based solutions and certifying those that are compliant.

Under legislation the building surveyor is responsible for ensuring that there is no conflict of interest between the two roles. The building surveyor cannot advise on, and then certify, the same performance-based solution.  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: - one performance-based fire safety solution, and; - two performance-based solutions for structural safety, health, amenity and sustainability. In doing the above, the person must: - determine service levels required by the client or clarify assessment processes with the applicant; - determine the performance requirements applicable to the solutions; - analyse performance-based solutions against performance requirements; - advise on compliance of performance-based solutions, including optional solutions; - advise clients on the documentation required to verify solutions, and; - assess performance-based solutions and certify those that are compliant.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - construction methods and materials applicable to performance-based solutions; - 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; - international standards and guidelines relevant to performance-based solutions; - performance requirements for performance-based solutions specified in the NCC; - principles of fire safety engineering: - International Fire Engineering Guidelines, Part 1; - characteristics of building materials in relation to fire; - fire-modelling; - fire science: - fire behaviour and dynamics; - impact of fire on structures and materials; - products of combustion; - fire control strategies; - fire retardants; - fire detection technologies; - fire suppression technologies; - fire containment; - human response to fire; - interconnection of fire systems, including cause and effect matrix; - interaction with other services; - project management strategies that ensure thorough and timely advice is delivered according to service level agreement, and; - regulatory intent of performance-based solutions.

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