Does Compliance Really Matter?
In the building and renovating world, you’re required to meet a number of different standards in the construction of a home or commercial building.
Compliance standards tend to cover two main areas: performance and safety. These standards are set by the Australian Building Codes Board, and outlined in the National Construction Code. They cover a range of aspects of a build, including your windows.
When your home or other structure doesn’t meet these standards, it’s deemed to be “non-compliant”. There are several potential consequences of non-compliance, so in this post, we’ve outlined the key consequences of using non-compliant windows. We also discuss our key tip for ensuring that you avoid the headache of non-compliance by choosing compliant windows in the first place.
A number of window compliance rules are concerned with safety.
For example, bedroom window openings where a child or adult could fall more than two metres if they went through the window must be protected. This rule is hardly surprising, as no parent even wants to imagine what would happen if their child took such a fall. And no builder wants to be responsible for building a home where this could happen.
Another example of compliance standards that deal with safety is bushfire ratings. Thanks to Australia’s dry, drought-prone climate, bushfires are a regular summer feature. Bushfire compliance standards require homes to have windows that meet certain minimum requirements in terms of materials and design. These minimum requirements vary depending on the location of your home, and are designed to help protect it against the threat of bushfire.
In these cases, and more, having compliant windows matters because it keeps your family – or the people you’re building for – safe. But while compromised safety may be the most serious consequence of non-compliance, it’s not the only one.
We’ve all heard stories where someone didn’t realise their windows were non-compliant until they were dealing with a building certifier.
The problem is that a building certifier usually turns up when your build is finished. Fixing issues at this point can be incredibly expensive.
For example, if the windows are meant to meet an acoustic rating, but they don’t, you may need to replace all the windows with higher-grade windows that come with the right glazing and systems to meet the compliance standard. As you can imagine, this can be costly, and it can create all sorts of arguments about who’s going to foot the bill – the builder or owner? That’s why it’s important to ensure from the start that your windows are compliant, so you can avoid the cost and mess of non-compliance.
If your building certifier requires you to make changes to meet the compliance standards, you won’t just be wasting money.
Fixing the problem of non-compliant windows also wastes everyone’s time. For home owners, the time taken to order and install new windows and arrange a repeat visit from your building certifier is all time that you’ll spend out of your new home, because you can’t move in until the building is compliant. For builders, this is time you could be spending on your next project or quoting on contracts.
Time is money, but even if it wasn’t, nobody likes to have theirs wasted. Ensuring your windows are compliant saves time for everyone.
Choosing Compliant Windows
To avoid these consequences of non-compliance, it’s important to choose compliant windows in the first place.
But how do you ensure your windows fit the requirements of your locale?
We recommend that you order your windows from a company with plenty of industry experience. That way, they’ll know the right question to ask, and the right details to pay attention to, to ensure that your build is compliant with the Australian standards as they apply in your location.
At Bradnam’s, we take great care to ensure we provide windows that meet and exceed all the standards required based on building plans and specifications. Thanks to our years of experience, we understand the complexity of building requirements and certifications. We don’t want anyone to endure the headache of non-compliant windows, so we’re passionate about helping you to get things right the first time.
Want to Learn More?
This blog has been a crash course on compliant windows. But if you want to learn more, we’re happy to have a chat. To discuss compliance solutions in more detail, contact Bradnam’s today.