Building Permit Application Changes

Commencing 1 July 2019, Registered Building Surveyors (RBS) must submit an application to the VBA for a building permit number (currently issued within the RBS office). Mandatory project information is to be submitted by the RBS to the VBA in order…


$46.4M Cladding Budget

The Victorian state budget has $46.4 million set aside in 2019-20 to address an issue that has put the safety of apartment dwellers at risk and lowered the value of landlords’ investments. The funds are provided for risk assessments of private…


When is a Building Permit Required?

There is not much that does not require a building permit. Additions and alterations that modify the shape or structure of a building, including but not limited to demolishing or installing new internal walls, adding new door openings or windows all…


Are you NCC ready?

Wednesday 1 May 2019 will see the adoption of NCC 2019 Volumes, 1, 2 and 3. A number of changes have been made to Volume 1 with the most notable changes to Fire Resistance, Access & Egress, Fire Services & Equipment and Amenities…


Australian Standard Changes

In conjunction with the NCC 2019 coming into effect on 1 May 2019, there are a number of Australian standards that will be introduced and existing standards that will be updated. These include but are not limited to the following : AS 1428.4.1-2009…


The difference between Ambulant and Accessible Toilets?

What is the difference between Ambulant and Accessible facilities? Ambulant toilets are specifically designed for those with ambulant disabilities that do not require the extra space that is provided by Accessible toilets. Primarily, they are for…


Understanding Certificate Validity

Certificates are usually issued for three years and, unless renewed, expire at the end of that period. All Certificates have an issue date and an expiry date. Certificates go through a lifecycle and can be withdrawn for many reasons, including: non…


Jaidyn Stephenson’s Show Your Heart Luncheon

On Wednesday 27 February 2019, Grimbos Building Surveyors proudly sponsored the Show your Heart Luncheon hosted by Collingwood player and HeartKid ambassador Jaidyn Stephenson. Held at the Glasshouse Centre, with MC Brodie Young, guests heard from…


CertMark Removal

Recently, nine cladding systems were withdrawn from CertMark International Certificate of Conformity, which means that the certificate can no longer be relied upon to confirm evidence of suitability in accordance with the NCC. The nine withdrawn…


Notable Changes to NCC 2019 Volume One

To assist in identifying changes to the NCC 2019 Volume One edition which comes into effect on 1 May 2019, we have collated items that we see as being the major changes and provided them in layman terms below. Should further information be…