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Transition to new building standards

Transition to new building standards

The most significant changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) on record for new housing are in the process of being implemented.

New requirements to make housing more accessible, changes to the management and prevention of condensation, together with requirements to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency are all part of the 2022 amendment to the Code.

With tens of thousands of new homes and renovation jobs already in the pipeline for design and commencement in 2023, after these changes take effect, businesses need time to adapt including time to understand the changes, to make necessary changes to their business practices, to update home designs, to build display homes and to inform customers.

With completion times for existing sales now reaching beyond 12 months, the implementation of these new requirements must be carefully managed to avoid any further pressure on prices of homes already sold and allow future homes buyers sufficient notice of the changes.

 

HIA calls on an incoming government to

 

Adopt an appropriate and lengthy transition timeframe for both the accessible housing and energy efficiency provisions in NCC 2022 to provide certainty to industry and the community

Ensure homebuyers are educated about the changes that will be required for new homes as there will be significant additional implementation costs, impacting housing affordability

Fund industry to deliver training specifically tailored for residential builders and trade contractors on the NCC 2022 changes for energy efficiency, condensation and accessibility.