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HIA information sheets cover a wide range of industry topics. Prepared by HIA information specialists, they are designed to help HIA members answer questions about a variety of complex areas. You can search by category. Members can also talk to HIA for additional help and support.

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  • Mandatory sprinkler protection for Class 2 & 3 buildings (245KB)

    This information sheet provides an overview of the changes included in the 2019 National Construction Code that have introduced mandatory sprinkler requirements for Class 2 & 3 buildings that has a rise in storey of 4 or more storeys. Information on the different methods for compliance, including the use of drinking water or hydrant sprinkler systems is provided, and includes a summary of the offsets that can be made to other fire protection provisions when using sprinklers.

  • Mandatory water efficiency labels (93KB)

    This information sheet explains the requirements for water efficiency labelling by builders when they are displaying homes for sale and providing advice at the time of selling a new home.

  • NCC 2019 Changes (290KB)

    This information sheet provides an overview of the changes included in Volumes 1 and 2 of the 2019 version of the National Construction Code that was released on 1 May 2019. The information effects houses, apartments and commercial buildings, and provides information on the Australian Standards that have been updated and any transition periods that may apply.

  • NCC 2019 Changes – Fire Safety Provisions for Class 1 Buildings (318KB)

    This information sheet provides an overview of the changes included in the 2019 National Construction Code that effect fire separation requirements for Class 1 buildings. Changes and new provisions addressed include those for cantilevered separating walls between attached Class 1 buildings, required extent of external walls, smoke alarms and encroachment details.

  • NCC Energy Efficiency Verification Using Reference Building Method

    This information sheet provides advice to members about the release of a video by the ABCB on changes to reference building method and how to apply the method.

  • Principles of Life Cycle Assessment (86KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet introduces LCA and how it can be used as a decision making tool for the assessment of building products, when the builder or owner is interested in considering the overall environmental impact of a building.

  • Section J Changes - Are you Prepared?

    This information sheet provides a breakdown of the key NCC 2019 Volume One Section J energy Efficiency changes.

  • Silica dust hazards and solutions

    This information sheet provides details on how to safely protect yourself and other workers from exposure to silicosis

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panel Installation (50KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides information on solar photovoltaic panel systems which can be installed on homes to generate their own electricity.

  • Using power tools on total fire ban days

    Significant penalties, including jail, prohibitions and fines, apply for not adhering to prescribed restrictions and prohibitions on the external use of power tools on total fire ban days. Here are details of a state-by-state ‘guide’ to assist members in understanding their state or territories requirements.