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The NCC Public Comment Draft is now open for your feedback

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the next edition of the National Construction Code. These changes are shown in the NCC Public Comment Draft. A list of changes is also available.

Submissions provided will help inform the final version for regulatory consideration. Feedback on the NCC Public Comment Draft must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST 1 July 2024.

To help understand the changes, detailed information on each of the major changes is available on the ABCB website.

The ABCB will be hosting a series of Roadshow events in May and June 2024, to share information and answer questions about the proposed changes to the next edition of the NCC. Two plumbing webinars are also available which will cover the proposed plumbing changes in more detail. Register your attendance.

The NCC Public Comment Draft consultation is a crucial part of the NCC development process. Public consultation is essential to help meet the changing needs for Australian buildings and their occupants. The NCC Public Comment Draft is one of many steps that goes into the NCC development cycle. Learn more about the proposed changes

Roadshow registrations now open – learn about proposed NCC changes

Registrations for our ABCB Roadshow event series are now open. The events will be held in each capital city across Australia, and also online, between Wednesday 8 May and Friday 7 June 2024.

These events provide an opportunity to learn about the proposed changes to the next edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). ABCB staff will be discussing these changes and there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions during the event.

The events are free to attend but places are limited, so registration is essential. – Register to attend now!

Housing Energy Efficiency Calculator

The ABCB has developed a calculator to assist practitioners in using the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) elemental provisions for energy efficiency in Section 13 of the Housing Provisions.

The calculator was developed in response to feedback about the DTS elemental provisions from key industry groups following the publication of NCC 2022. – Learn more about the Housing Energy Efficiency Calculator

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Why digital twins have become critical

Australia is lagging some distance behind Europe when it comes to the adoption of digital twins in manufacturing, and risks being excluded from global markets if more engineers aren’t upskilled to take advantage of the technique.

That’s the warning from Professor Boris Eisenbart, Research Director of Swinburne University of Technology’s National Industry 4.0 Testlab, who is developing new ways to test and perfect components before they are even produced.

Digital twinning involves designing products using virtual models that exactly replicate real world conditions. The entire life cycle of each one can be simulated in a number of different test conditions, allowing technicians to optimise the design.


The role of engineers in decarbonising the world

In a special feature for create digital, new GHD CEO Jim Giannopoulos CPEng FIEAust explains how engineers need to lead the charge towards decarbonisation.

At the 28th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations climate convention in 2023, the world witnessed the launch of the first-ever “global stocktake” of climate action.

The results were unsettling but set the stage for our engineering community to tackle the climate challenge through leadership, innovation and collaboration.

The COP28 report found that current emissions reduction commitments are falling short of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, a base period defined as between 1850 and 1900.




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