Do you manage or live in a Class 2 Building ?
Recently, the NSW Government introduced new laws for the Building Industry. These are designed to give the public more confidence, make buildings safer and help builders and homeowners work better together.
The laws were introduced in response to the NSW Government’s Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report, which found that there were some problems within the NSW construction industry.
These problems included concerns about the building work, the safety of workers and the trust between builders and owners.
Building work covered by these laws:
Currently, the laws apply to ‘class 2 buildings’ that started construction on or after 1 July 2021. Class 2 buildings are usually multi-storey, multi-unit apartment buildings or mix-use buildings (shops and apartments).
The laws also capture building work on existing buildings where it affects one of the five building elements listed below. This can include repairs, remediation, or renovation.
The parts of a building (known as the ‘building elements’) covered by the laws include:
- the fire safety systems of a building
- an internal or external load bearing component of a building that is essential to the stability of the building, or part of it
- a component of a building that is part of the building enclosure
- those aspects of the mechanical, plumbing and electrical services for a building that are required to achieve compliance with the Building Code of Australia.
For more information relating to these law changes please visit NSW Fair Trading https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/changes-to-class-2-buildings.