Monday, October 10th, 2011 - Code Group
Earlier this year the new Building Act 2011 was passed through parliament. The new Building Act that reforms the way building approvals are managed in Western Australia will now come into effect on 1 January 2012 (instead of October 2011 as previously envisioned), following a series of consultations held around the State to engage with the building industry and local governments (source: media Statement Department of Commerce 4 October 2011 – Building Act Implementation)

The Act is intended to promote building compliance from an early stage in the design process, and aims to reduce the potential bottleneck produced when completed drawings are lodged with the Local Authority. This means that the Act now allows organisations to shift the liability to private building surveyors or building certifiers to work, on behalf of cities and shires, with the designer towards compliance from an early stage,speeding up the building approval process.

The delay, although unexpected will allow Code Group to continue educating commercial property groups,
architects and other stakeholders about the new legislation, before all systems and processes change January 1 2012. The Code Group is a highly experienced and qualified Building Certification and Surveying organization, specialising in Building Code of Australia (BCA) Compliance and Access (Access to Premises) for Class 2?9 buildings.

The Code Group will provide experienced and consistent advice regardless of the building’s location, ensuring the approval process runs smoothly from the beginning through to practical completion.

Director of Code Group Gary Cox said, “We and the WA Building Industry have been looking forward to the
implementation of the New Building Act for some time and working towards the expected start date of 29th
October 2011. Unfortunately the State Government were unable to meet this timeline and have set a new start date of 1st January 2012. While this timing is not ideal, we have been assured by the Building Commission that this new date is realistic and highly probable.”

“We at Code Group are confident that January 1st 2012 will mark the beginning of the new Building Certification system that will provide numerous benefits to the industry. Some of those benefits include better service, assurance and certainty and a systematic methodology to compliance that can be relied upon throughout WA”,he added.

Code Group offer full building certification services for commercial projects throughout Western Australia.

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The Code Group (formerly known as Code Solutions) is a highly experienced and qualified Building Certification and Surveying organization, specialising in Building Code of Australia (BCA) Compliance and Access (Access to Premises) for Class 2?9 buildings.

The Code Group offers commercial compliance solutions to all of your BCA Compliance needs. Each project is approached with integrity and professional confidence and every effort is made to assist our clients in finding the best possible solutions and premium service.

Our understanding of the practical demands of the construction industry gives our clients confidence to move forward with the design and construction phases of their projects. Evidence of this are the numerous projects in which we are and have been involved ranging from International and Northern WA Mining Projects to high?rise apartments in Perth.

Our complete compliance service from concept design to building completion and certification includes:
• Preliminary Design Consultancy
• Design Certification
• Construction Certification
• Fire Engineering Advice
• Access Appraisals – Disability

In addition, Code Group specialises in:
• Mixed Use developments
• Apartment & Hotel developments
• Commercial Buildings and Fit?outs
• Industrial Projects
• Health Care & Aged Care Buildings
• School & Educational Facilities
• State & Federal Government Projects
• Australian & International Mining Projects
The Code Group are members of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).
Gary Cox
P: 0439 983 791
M: 0439 983 791
W: www.codegroup.com.au/

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