Practice Areas

Certification services as required for building permit and building approval process

 
 
Where building permit is required, the Building Act 2011 gives us the power to assess plans and specifications for the proposed building work and to issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) confirming the building will conform to performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia if constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications. Also, we issue a certificate of building and construction compliance for multi-residential, commercial and existing buildings that require occupancy permit or approvals to confirm a building is completed in accordance with building permits, approvals and relevant standards set out in building legislation.

Building Consultancy and providing technical, regulatory advice

 
We provide expert advice in both legal and technical building matters. Some of our consultancy services include:
 
  • Consultation at design stage on Building Code issues and guidance on Permit requirements;
  • Consultation with practitioners such as structural, mechanical, electrical, hydraulics engineers also energy efficiency assessors, access consultants and fire & emergency service providers at design or development stages;
  • Discuss fire engineering brief and provide direction;  
  • Provide advice on building controls, regulation and performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia;
  • Provide guidance on disability access and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA);
  • Statutory advice on enforcement matters (Building Notices and Building Orders); and
  • Prepare expert witness report and assist in dispute resolution.

Compliance services

 
Western Australia’s Building legislation makes the person who is named as the builder on a building permit to ensure, on completion of a building, that the building complies with each applicable building standard. The owner of an existing building is also to provide buildings are adequately maintained and capable of performing to the criteria set out in legislation. We can assist with the following compliance matters:
  • Plans are complying with the relevant Australian standards;
  • Plans and specifications are complying with performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia;
  • Building complies with the applicable legislative requirements;
  • Building complies with requirements of Building Notices and Orders;
  • The building meets with provisions of a Certificate of Design Compliance and conditions on a Building Permit;
  • Building and plans are complying with disability access and DDA requirements;
  • The building would not adversely affect the safety and health of its occupants and others; and
  • Building and plans are complying with fire safety requirements.

Site inspection on a different stage of a building project

 
Effective quality control and quality assurance processes are needed to ensure buildings correctly designed and constructed. Our inspections and certification can help builders that already applied formal QA systems (ISO 9000) to comply with their requirements and owners to esure finished building meets statutory standards.  To assist, we conduct site inspections and conform to the degree necessary:
 
  • Building complies with requirements of Building Code and relevant Australian Standards;
  • Building complies with requirements of building permit, building approvals, building notices and building orders;
  • Building complies with the applicable legislative provisions, planning approvals and relevant health requirements;
  • Building complies with requirements of Building Notices and Orders;
  • Building and plans are complying with disability access and DDA requirements; and
  • Building and plans are complying with fire safety requirements.

Disability access audit

 
People who design, build, own, lease, operate or manage premises already have responsibilities under legislation not to discriminate against people with disabilities. About access, they also have to comply with State and Territory building regulations which reference the Building Code of Australia.
 
Audits performed by the PBS or access consultants are typically at the request of our clients aiming to satisfy the above requirements. By checking access features, we assess to identify barriers or potential barriers to people with a disability accessing a building and using services and introduce adjustments that need to be made to ensure the building and its services are accessible.
Our service improves access and use of buildings and facilities for people with a disability and helps increasing usability and accessibility for all. The standard features that we take into account in our process are as follow:
  • Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs);
  • Handrails on stairways;
  • Nosings on stairways;
  • Open risers and overhanging treads on stairways;
  • Visual indicators on fully glazed doors and sidelights;
  • Door thresholds;
  • Reception desks and counters;
  • Signage required by the Building Code of Australia (BCA);
  • Floor surfaces;
  • Doorway circulation space;
  • Car park;
  • Continuous accessible path of travel;
  • Stairways, escalators and moving pathways;
  • Approaches and entrances;
  • Lifts;
  • Ramps;
  • Floor areas;
  • Sanitary facilities;
  • Listening systems for hearing augmentation; and
  • Furniture and fitments.

Building safety measures audits

The Building regulations 2012 sets responsibility of the owner of an existing building to ensure that the building’s services in each part of the building maintained and capable of performing to a standard set out in legislation. We can assist and confirm compliance with the following:
  • building fire integrity;
  • means of egress;
  • signs;
  • lighting;
  • firefighting services and equipment;
  • air handling systems;
  • automatic fire detection and alarm;
  • occupant warning systems;
  • lifts;
  • standby power supply systems;
  • building clearance and fire appliances;
  • glazed assemblies, balconies, balustrades, refrigerated chambers, strong rooms, vaults;
  • bushfire protection measures; and
  • building use and application.