Australia’s building and construction industry is critical to the country’s economy and society. The sector includes accessibility, cement, concrete, facilities management, fire protection, masonry, steel, timber, as well as other areas.
Building and construction standards aim to provide efficiency and improvements that can reduce cost and create confidence in the industry.
In Australia, there was an estimated construction spend of $207bn in 2016-17. Therefore, it is essential that efficient and effective minimum performance standards are in place.
Numerous stakeholders are impacted by standards in the sector, from government to the building industry to consumers, and Standards Australia is committed to working with industry and government to deliver standards that will provide benefits throughout the asset life cycle of the built environment. These standards go towards the National Construction Code.
Standards Australia is aware of the growing interest in digital engineering and our organisation aims to deliver and support the development of standards for emerging technology and processes in the sector.
Key current projects include:
- AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations, Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning
- AS 3959, Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas
- AS 3600, Concrete structures
- AS 3700, Masonry structures
- AS 4100, Steel structures
- AS/NZS 4600, Cold-formed steel structures