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Termite management for new building work

An overview of Australian Standard AS 3660.1 which sets out the requirements for the design and construction of subterranean termite management systems for new buildings and new building work.

Overview of the Standard 

AS 3660.1 sets out the requirements for the design and construction of subterranean termite management systems for new buildings and new building work, including solution for both physical and chemical termite management systems.

This Australian Standard includes methods to deter concealed entry by termites from the soil to the building above the termite management inspection zone. 

What does it include?

  • AS 3600.1 is broken into 7 sections (with illustrations) consisting of:
  • Section 1 deals with the scope of the standard, references and the definitions / explanations of components and systems.
  • Section 2 deals with identifying potential termite entry points and barrier breaches.
  • Section 3 deals with the general structural requirements below management systems, including for suspended floors.
  • Section 4 deals with the protection of concrete slabs (on-ground and suspended), including edge exposure.
  • Section 5 deals with material and installation requirements of sheet-style protection methods.
  • Section 6 deals with material and installation requirements of mineral grain protection methods. 
  • Section 7 deals with the installation requirements of chemical management methods and stages of application, including soil preparation and restricted areas of application.

The standard also contains 6 detailed appendices consist of:

  • Appendix A talks to the guidance of installation methods for management systems.
  • Appendix B lists the wood-feeding species of termites for consideration by the Standard. 
  • Appendix C provides a detailed list of the timber species that have demonstrated natural resistance to wood-feeding termites in Australia.
  • Appendix D specifies the required preservative treatment levels to protect timber from termite infestation.
  • Appendix E details the soil-sampling protocols required for horizontal and vertical protection systems; including procedure, analysis and reporting requirements.
  • Appendix F lists the building site management precautions required to reduce the risk of termite infestation during and immediately after construction.

Is the Standard referenced in NCC or other legislation?

Yes, the standard is referenced in both NCC Volumes One and Two providing Deemed-to-Satisfy Solutions for termite management systems in buildings.

Who is the Standard for?

The primary users of this standard are termite protection installers, pest inspectors, builders, carpenters, manufacturers, building certifiers and surveyors and site supervisors.

Related Australian Standards

  • AS 1684 - Residential Timber framing standard series.
  • AS 1720 - Timber structure design series.
  • AS 2870 - Residential Slabs and Footings.
  • AS 3660.2 - In and around existing buildings and structures
  • AS 3660.3 - Assessment criteria for termite management systems
  • AS 4773 - Masonry in small buildings series
  • NASH Standard Part 2 - Design Solutions – Section B4.3.

Related HIA Information Sheets

Getting a copy of the Standard

An electronic copy of this Australian Standard can be purchased through the Digital Australian Standards webpage.

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

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