ABCB Handbooks

The ABCB and the participating Governments are committed to enhancing the availability and dissemination of information relating to the built environment.  Where appropriate, the ABCB seeks to develop non-regulatory solutions to building related issues.

 

Handbooks typically address topics that are considered to be unsuitable for regulation through the NCC. These Handbooks are non-mandatory with the aim of providing building industry practitioners with information and guidance on specific topics.

 

The Handbooks are available free of charge and can be downloaded by clicking on the titles below: 

    

 

 NCC Volume One Energy Efficiency Provisions Handbook Front Cover Image

NCC Volume One Energy Efficiency Provisions (2014)

The objective of this Handbook is to provide details of the current energy efficiency requirements of the NCC Volume One. This Handbook aims to provide practitioners with sufficient knowledge to successfully apply energy efficiency requirements at the design, approval and construction stages of the building process.

The Handbook has a practical focus. In addition to giving adequate theoretical knowledge, the Handbook is intended to provide an understanding of the policy objectives and the technical basis of the NCC requirements, this will enable practitioners to manage a range of situations where different design and assessment tools are needed.

PDF file size: 8MB

 

 2014 Condensation Handbook cover

Condensation in Buildings (2014)

This non-mandatory Handbook is intended to assist architects, designers and builders in the assessment and the management of the risk of condensation and its consequences in the contemporary industry environment and should be read in conjunction with the BCA provisions relating to Damp and Weatherproofing, and Energy Efficiency in all classes of buildings.

PDF file size: 9MB

 Maintenance of Safety Measures, Equipment and Energy Efficiency Installations

 

Maintenance of Safety Measures, Equipment and Energy Efficiency Installations (2014)

This Handbook has been developed to foster an understanding of the importance of maintenance in achieving building outcomes and highlight the existence of specific requirements in relevant State and Territory legislation. This Handbook addresses the issues in generic terms, and is not a document that sets out specific standards, schedules or competencies. It is expected that this Handbook will be used to gain an appreciation of the common principles and locate specific criteria through references contained herein.

PDF file size: 7MB

 

 Design and Construction of Community Bushfire Shelters  

Design and Construction of Community Bushfire Refuges (2014) 

This non-mandatory Handbook has been developed to provide guidance in the design and construction of community bushfire shelters. The role of the Handbook is to promote informed decision making by professional practitioners undertaking the design of a refuge.  It has been developed to ensure that a refuge built in accordance with the Handbook provides a reasonable degree of protection to occupants.

PDF file size: 5.6 MB

 

 Digital TV antenna systems Handbook  

Digital TV Antenna Systems (2013)

This non-mandatory Handbook has been developed to provide guidance to its users on digital TV antenna system installations in buildings which have MATV systems and for buildings with multi-dwelling units (unit or apartment blocks, townhouses etc.) or other buildings with shared systems such as public buildings and hotels.

PDF file size: 1.41 MB

 Lifts Used During Evacuation  

Lifts Used During Evacuation (2013)

This non-mandatory Information Handbook is targeted at designers, regulators, property owners, building operators, facility management personnel, maintenance contractors, and the general public when lifts are proposed to supplement other BCA egress requirements for evacuating people in an emergency.

The Information Handbook provides information to assist with the design of emergency lifts.

PDF file size: 5.73 MB

 

 Building in Flood Hazard Areas

Construction of Buildings in Flood Hazard Areas (2012)

This non-mandatory Handbook should be read in conjunction with the ABCB Standard for Construction of Buildings in Flood Hazard Areas. This Handbook provides a greater understanding of provisions in the ABCB Standard for Construction of Buildings in Flood Hazard Areas and provides additional advisory information outside the scope of the Standard.

PDF file size: 958 KB

 Using On-site Renewable and Reclaimed Energy Sources Handbook

Using On-Site Renewable and Reclaimed Energy Sources (2011)

This non-mandatory Handbook is targeted at designers, energy efficiency consultants and building certifiers who are responsible for designing or approving buildings. The intent is to explain the trade-offs available for the energy source of services through the use of on site renewable energy sources and reclaimed energy sources. This Handbook does not override or replace the BCA, but rather provides additional information and guidance with the principles explained.

PDF file size: 1.17 MB

 Energy Efficiency Provisions for Electricians and Plumbers

Energy Efficiency Provisions for Electricians and Plumbers (2010)

This non-mandatory Handbook has been developed to alert electricians and plumbers about the energy efficiency provisions of the BCA 2010 and how these provisions may affect them. These include energy efficiency provisions covered in previous editions of the BCA and new provisions introduced for BCA 2010. The Handbook is written in generic terms rather than detailing specific clauses and so does not include all the requirements that may affect electricians and plumbers. It is also limited to those requirements that address energy efficiency only.

PDF file size: 857 KB

 BCA Section J – Assessment and Verification of an Alternative Solution  

BCA Section J - Assessment and Verification of an Alternative Solution (2010)

This non-mandatory Handbook is targeted at designers, energy analysts, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and other specialist designers who are familiar with energy analysis software used to model the annual energy consumption of a building. The intent is to familiarise them with the BCA, the intent of a specific clause and how it should be interpreted.

PDF file size: 1.59 MB

 Applying Energy Efficiency Provisions to New Building Work Associated With Existing Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings

Applying Energy Efficiency Provisions to New Building Work Associated with Existing Class 2 to 9 Buildings (2010)

This non-mandatory Handbook provides guidance on the application of the BCA 2010 energy efficiency provisions to new building work associated with existing Class 2 to 9 buildings.

PDF file size: 832 KB

 

 Energy Efficiency Provisions for BCA 2010 Volume Two

Energy Efficiency Provisions for BCA 2010 Volume Two (2010)

The objective of this information handbook is to provide details of the relevant parts of the BCA and in particular the more recent changes. In highlighting key issues, the package gives practitioners sufficient knowledge to successfully apply energy efficiency measures at the design, approval and construction stages of the building process. The information handbook has a practical focus.
In addition to giving adequate theoretical knowledge, the handbook is intended to provide an understanding of the policy objectives and the technical basis of the BCA requirements. This will enable practitioners to competently manage a range of situations where different design and assessment tools are needed.

PDF file size: 7.85 MB

 Digital Building Telecommunications Access

Digital Building Telecommunications Access (2006)

This non-mandatory Handbook contains general information and guidance to facilitate the management of arrangements for access to buildings by multiple telecommunications carriers, carriage service providers and others involved in the provision of telecommunications services to tenants in buildings.

PDF file size: 2.74 MB

 Durability in Buildings

Durability in Buildings (2006)

This non-mandatory Handbook addresses the issue of durability within the context of the built environment. Aspects of durability relating to the objectives of safety, health and amenity are considered. It is intended as guidance for product manufacturers, appraisers and technical specification writers such as Standards Australia technical committees, for consideration when developing durability solutions.

PDF file size: 741 KB

 Landslide Hazards

Landslide Hazards (2006)

This non-mandatory Handbook has been developed to provide guidance to its users on the issues relating to building on sites that are prone to landslide hazard, including the planning, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and structures on such sites. It has been written principally for a general audience.

PDF file size: 2.88 MB

 Sound Insulation

Sound Insulation (2004)

This non-mandatory handbook is intended to provide guidance to all users of the BCA, be they involved in design, construction, development, certification or approval, as they work to develop, implement or review solutions that provide acceptable levels of sound insulation. Any acoustic design should be conducted in conjunction with the design of all other building requirements including, but not limited to, structural loading, wind loading, fire safety, earthquake design, ventilation requirements and buildability.

PDF file size: 755 KB

 

 

Updated: 29 July 2014