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 providing supporting materials about how to use a performance-based code, including how to develop Performance Solutions. This builds the capacity of practitioners. Secondly, 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. Finally, the ABCB is communicating what a performance-based code is to help engender a performance mindset.
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.
In addition, the ABCB has established a volunteer Subject Matter Experts Network to assist sectors in applying performance-based design.
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.
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. The ABCB has been working with the architecture, building design and property developer industries to raise awareness about how performance-based design can be introduced into the building and construction process.