Agenda

Pre-Conference Workshop – Monday, 24 February 2020, 9 am – 5 pm
 
Façade Design, Emergency Planning and Managing the Building Environment Digitally 
 
Workshop Leader:
 
 
Matthew Patterson
Matthew is a senior building surveyor with Hendry and has more than 20 years’ experience in the building industry since commencing with the City of Melbourne in 1997. His qualifications include a Degree in Building Surveying and Master of Fire Safety Engineering. Matthew has had experience in all aspects of Victoria’s building regulation system including building research, legislation and building code development, issuing building permits and undertaking enforcement action and prosecutions. 
 
Previous roles include:
  • Executive Officer for the Victorian Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commissions;
  • Manager Research and Building Audit with the Victorian Building Authority;
  • Project Officer at the Australian Building Codes Board; and
  • Manager Regulatory Services and Municipal Building Surveyor with the South Gippsland Shire Council

Overview

The workshop has three themes relevant to today’s built environment. Sessions 1 and 3 will focus on the design, approval and construction process for commercial building facades. The combustible cladding crisis and increase in water ingress building defects indicates there is a need for an increase in the level of competency of building practitioners to ensure compliance with Australia’s building requirements. Session 2 will provide an overview of a best practice approach to emergency planning for commercial buildings whilst Session 4 will explore the opportunities and benefits digital technology such as 3D scanning and Virtual Reality for managing and maintaining our built environment.  
 
What you will learn: 
  1. Key factors in designing, approving and constructing compliant building facades 
  2. How to implement a best practice approach to emergency planning for commercial buildings 
  3. The opportunities and benefits available managing the built environment digitally

Agenda

 
9:00-10:30 SESSION 1:
Design, Approval, and Construct: Waterproofing of Facades
  • National Construction Code requirements 
  • Minimum levels of documentation for façade construction 
  • Considerations for approving façade construction  
  • Key risks associated with façade construction  
  • How to verify products and façade construction compliance
10:30-11:00 Morning Break
 
10:30-11:00 SESSION 2:
Best Practice Approach to Emergency Planning
  • Managing base line building data including BCA performance solutions 
  • Emergency management plans/procedures and the importance of tailored response solutions 
  • Training of wardens/staff, emergency response exercises, and training in the use of equipment 
  • Evacuation diagrams and other visual aids 
  • Use of technology in emergency planning  
12:30-1:30 Networking Lunch
 
1:30-3:00 SESSION 3:
Façade Design – What’s Involved
  • Key Considerations for Façade Design  
  • Documentation and Certification 
  • Prototype Testing for Façade Designs
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Break
 
3:30-5:00 SESSION 4: 
Managing the Built Environment Digitally
  • Opportunities and benefits for managing the Built Environment digitally 
  • Overview of digital products available including 3D scanning and virtual reality 
  • An interactive demonstration of Built Environment digital products
5:00 Workshop Ends

08:30

09:00

09:10

  • Lessons drawn from the Opal tower investigation 
  • Potential solutions in the identification and rectification of structural defects in existing building stock 
  • What measures need to be taken to avoid structural defect incidents in the future? 
 

IMPROVING ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY

09:40

  • Why ensuring accountability of all key personnel in the industry should be at the centre of reform agenda 
  • Instilling a culture of compliance across the whole building and construction supply chain 
  • How the Design and Building Practitioners Bill will impact different industry stakeholders 
  • Examining the need for a national or nationally consistent registration system of building designers and engineers

10:30

11:00

BEYOND CLADDING: THE MAJOR DEFECTS IMPACTING AUSTRALIAN BUILDINGS

11:30

  • Identifying the key types and causes of defects impacting residential buildings 
  • Understanding the impact that defects have on buildings, owners & occupants  
  • What measures need to be taken to avoid defects in the future?

12:00

  • Understanding the causes of waterproofing and façade leakage defects in our buildings 
  • Exploring the strategies and best practices used to mitigate the risk of water leaks 
  • Update on the current initiatives for increased waterproofing standards and regulation and what you need to know

12:40

01:40

  • How the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 will impact Architects, Builders, Designers, Engineers and other construction professionals 
  • Understanding your responsibilities and liabilities under the new industry-wide principle of duty of care 

02:10

  • The Australian Apartment Advocacy reveals the most common building defects experienced by apartment owners nationwide, including an overview of the findings for each state 
  • How the presence of defects is impacting buyer confidence and endorsement

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

02:40

  • Update on the current initiatives for standards and regulation in the building and construction industry   
  • Facilitating increased engagement and compliance with standards in the sector  
  • The importance of standards for minimising defects and ensuring the safety of Australian buildings 

03:10

03:30

  • Improving the quality of graduate skills through innovative training methods and a focus on core elements of construction 
  • Facilitating increased engagement and compliance with Australian building and construction standards 
  • Ensuring high quality continuing professional development (CPD)

04:20

04:30

08:30

09:00

POLICY AND REGULATION

09:10

  • Assigning liability 
  • Recent legislative changes in NSW regarding cladding 
  • The need for mandatory home warranty insurance

FINANCING RECTIFICATION 

09:50

  • Assigning responsibility for the cost of building rectification  
  • What role strata financing can play in covering the costs of building rectification 
  • What the Victorian Government’s $600 million rectification fund means for other states and territories – will they follow suit?

10:30

INSURANCE 

11:00

  • PI insurance – what it is and how it works 
  • Implications for building surveyors of holding PI cover with cladding exclusions 
  • Adopting a nationally consistent approach to address the falling availability of PI insurance 
  • Viability of introducing a statutory insurance scheme for claims arising out of building surveyor’s conduct

11:30

  • Adopting a coordinated approach between insurers, brokers and builders to minimise gaps in cover for cladding risk 
  • Government engagement with the insurance sector to ensure availability of information regarding high-risk buildings 
  • How the ICA’s Residual Hazard Identification Protocol can help building owners and experts evaluate risks posed by flammable cladding and non-conforming building products 
  • Exploring the potential of a statutory insurance protection scheme for high-rise buildings 

12:20

BUILDING DESIGN AND SAFETY

01:20

  • Full replacement of combustible cladding on our commercial office building in Brisbane 
  • Combining ACP replacement with other refurbishment works 
  • Repositioning our refurbished building to attract increased tenant interest 

01:50

  • Carrying out effective testing and licensing and the importance of maintenance to ensure the robustness of fire safety systems and products 
  • Promoting accountability across the fire safety system certification process: is there a need for further reform?  
  • Emergency services: Implementing plans for rapid response for high-risk buildings 
  • Innovations in fire safety engineering – what new technologies can we harness to improve fire safety standards? 

02:40

03:00

  • Implications of 2019 changes in the NCC for architectural and façade design 
  • Using emerging technologies for design and construction processes for safer and more resilient buildings 
  • How good façade design can improve the fire safety and resilience of buildings

03:50

  • Building sector professionals spend thousands of hours searching for safe, resilient, sustainable and compliant materials for their projects
  • There are hundreds of product standards and certifications to consider when choosing the right materials for a project
  • There is a lack of places to go to find information about building materials and compare alternatives
  • BPI is a free, transparent, and unbiased platform to find the materials you need, compliant with all the standards you’re looking for, in one place

04:20