In 2013, an independent report highlighted that 70% of the $1.1 billion per annum productivity gains delivered by ABCB reforms were derived from the current performance based code. The report also identifies possible future gains if there is an increased use of Performance Solutions. The ABCB’s strategy to do this is three-fold. Firstly, the ABCB is communicating what a performance based code is. This helps engender a performance mindset. Secondly, the ABCB is looking to provide supporting materials about how to use a performance based code, including how to develop Performance Solutions. This builds the capacity of practitioners. Finally, the ABCB is developing changes to the NCC to provide more performance-based compliance options. This is done by quantifying the NCC’s Performance Requirements and developing new Verification Methods.

Engendering a Performance Mindset

The focus of this initiative is on communicating what a performance based code is and emphasising the compliance choices available to practitioners. Initially, the ABCB is working with the architecture and building design industry to raise awareness about how performance-based design can be introduced into the building and construction process. This financial year, we are also looking to expand this work to include property developers/owners and project managers.

The ABCB is establishing  a volunteer Subject Matter Experts Network as a pilot for Architects and Building Designers to assist the sector in applying performance-based design.

Capacity Building

The ABCB is committed to improving the capacity of industry to properly use the performance based code. This is being achieved through the continual development of contemporary educational and other supporting materials. This assists to appropriately skill practitioners in developing and delivering Performance Solutions. Access our current range of materials from the Resource Library.

Quantification (including Verification Methods)

Unquantified, qualitative Performance Requirements have always been recognised as a barrier to the increased the use of Performance Solutions. This priority area consists of quantifying all of the NCC’s Performance Requirements and/or developing quantified Verification Methods to improve productivity and building outcomes.

NCC: A performance based code

An overview of the NCC as a performance based code. Read more

NCC: Meeting the Performance Requirements

An overview of the Assessment Methods contained in the NCC. Read More

NCC: Developing Performance Solutions

An overview of our guide to developing Performance Based Design Solutions. Read More

Why increase the use of Performance?

2017 NCC Information Seminar presentation on 'Why increase the use of Performance'. Read More

Unlocking the benefits of a performance based code

Informative presentation that provides both an historical and a future insight on the construction industry's adoption of a Performance based code. Read More

Performance Based Regulatory Frameworks

Informative presentation on the risk and regulation associated with developing Performance based solutions. Read More

NCC 2016, Consolidated Performance Requirements

Contains all the Performance Requirements as extracted from NCC 2016 Volumes One, Two and Three and supporting General Requirements. Read More

Compliance with the NCC

Provides an overview of how to comply with the NCC.

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Development of Performance Solutions

Outlines a process to assist practitioners with the development and approval of Performance Solutions. Read More

A Performance Based Code

Highlights the performance based nature of the NCC. Read More

Developing a Solution using the NCC

Illustrates the connection between the NCC Performance Requirements and the relevant Performance and Alternative Solutions. Read More