Page 1653 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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On-site auditing of construction relates to compliance with building approvals and relevant building regulation, rather than the initial accuracy of the pre-construction assessment. Where feasible, ACTPLA building inspectors check for appropriate installation as part of general auditing. The final electrical inspection also considers clearances from electrical appliances and equipment. Please note that the clearance for downlights is 200mm not 400mm.

(2) Building certifiers must report work that unreasonably contravenes a building approval to the Construction Occupations Registrar. There is no specific reporting requirement on compliance with sub-regulations relating to installation of insulation.

Housing—lighting regulations
(Question No 1601)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 10 March 2011:

(1) What compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) lighting regulations will be required for renovations involving more than 50% of the existing house, noting that the new BCA rules regulate the lighting wattage in new houses and that this is expected to significantly reduce the use of halogen downlights in new houses.

(2) Will this mean that halogen lights need to be replaced in such renovations.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Building Code does not regulate lighting in a quantified way, but provides a non-mandatory quantified solution deemed compliant, thus—house lights not controlled by motion detectors, timers, sensors or dimmers etc, must be 5 watts/m2 or less. Halogen lamps must be separately switched. Under the Building (General) Regulation 2008, the code requirements apply to both new construction and to all of the existing part of a house that has its floor area altered by more than 50% within a 3-year period, excluding internal alterations that do not extend the floor area.

(2) No, code compliance does not ban halogen lamps, but does in effect limit their use. In practice, this will largely force their replacement with low power units.

(Question No 1603)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 30 March 2011:

(1) What are the key evaluation criteria applied to applications received for the Sport and Recreation Grants Program.

(2) Are membership numbers used as a determining factor in the amount successful applicants receive.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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