This unit specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant legislation to the design of commercial buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions to the construction or design of a commercial building (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 2 to 9), including Type B, in compliance with the BCA and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the BCA.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Victorian Building Authority as a building designer (architectural).

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: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements and share information with internal and external personnel; - read and interpret complex documents, including: relevant legislation; site plans; the BCA; specifications and working drawings; - use language and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - written skills to document design solutions and other workplace documentation; - numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations; - problem solving skills to design concepts and principles in accordance with the BCA, namely BCA Classes 2 to 9; - planning and organisational skills to collect, organise and analyse information from relevant legislation; - teamwork skills when working with internal and external personnel; - technological skills to complete documentation and calculations; - maintain professional currency, memberships and networks; - source current information regarding materials performance and its application, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment and on a site according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal responsibilities and obligations of building designers; - basic design principles and the behaviour of structures under stress, strain, compression, bending or combined actions; - BCA performance hierarchy; - definitions and common technical terms or usage specified under general provisions of the BCA; - understanding of the BCA in relation to BCA Classes 2 to 9; - understanding of the BCA in relation to building types, including Type B, applications and limitations; - general nature of materials and the effects of performance; - relevant Australian Standards and guidelines, and; - relevant legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS)/work health and safety (WHS) requirements, codes and practices.

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