Unit of competency details

CPCCBS8011 - Assess and advise on performance-based solutions for all types of buildings (Release 1)

Summary

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ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 05/Jun/2015

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  04/Sep/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.

Application

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to advise on the application of National Construction Code (NCC) performance requirements for performance-based solutions for all types of buildings, and to apply assessment methods to determine whether a proposed solution is compliant.

The unit applies to assessing architectural drawings and specifications for performance-based solutions and analysing them in relation to the relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).

The unit also covers supporting and supervising building surveyors limited by licensing restrictions to assessing and advising on performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys.

The unit supports the work of senior building surveyors who:

  • manage a practice or a team of building surveyors,
  • provide advice to architects and building designers on compliance requirements and options for performance-based solutions, or
  • act in the statutory role with responsibility for assessing the compliance of performance-based solutions and certifying those that are compliant.

Under legislation the building surveyor is responsible for ensuring that there is no conflict of interest between the two roles. The building surveyor cannot advise on, and then certify, the same performance-based solution.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Competency Field

Building surveying

Unit Sector

Construction

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1.

Develop a performance-based solutions information system.

1.1.

Regulatory intent of performance-based solutions is interpreted and documented.

1.2.

Sources of information on the interpretation of NCC performance requirements are researched and evaluated and processes are put in place to maintain currency of information.

1.3.

Network of technical experts qualified to advise on performance-based solutions for different aspects of construction and types of buildings is developed and contact details are maintained.

1.4.

Detailed information on innovative performance-based solutions for different aspects of construction and types of buildings, and the documentation required for certification, are gathered, analysed and documented.

1.5.

Information system is maintained to ensure accuracy and currency of data.

2.

Determine building surveying service requirements.

2.1.

Scope and limitations of building surveyor role in relation to advising on or certifying performance-based solutions are determined.

2.2.

Architectural drawings and specifications are obtained and performance-based solutions to be advised on or certified are identified.

2.3.

Requirement for performance-based solution is clarified and discussed with development team, as required.

2.4.

Service level agreements and budgets are negotiated with clients in the case of building surveyors providing an advisory service.

2.5.

Process for applying for assessment of performance-based solutions is clarified with clients in the case of building surveyors acting in a statutory role.

3.

Manage building surveyors assessing or advising on performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys.

3.1.

Project management strategies are implemented to plan and manage services involving assessing or advising on performance-based solutions to ensure completion within specified timeframes.

3.2.

Tasks are allocated in the department or practice according to expertise and availability of personnel, and specialist consultants are engaged and briefed as required.

3.3.

Advice on interpretation of NCC performance requirements or selection of verification methods is provided to building surveying team as required.

3.4.

Verification documentation is reviewed and analysed as required.

3.5.

Information updates on performance-based solutions are prepared and presented to the building surveying team.

4.

Determine assessment requirements for performance- based solutions for buildings over three storeys.

4.1.

NCC performance requirements and specifications for the material, form of construction or design of performance-based solution are interpreted and confirmed.

4.2.

NCC assessment methods  that may be applied to performance-based solution are determined and evaluated.

4.3.

Requirements for services of technical experts qualified to provide evidence or expert judgement in relation to the performance-based solution are determined and negotiated with clients, as required.

5.

Analyse performance-based solutions for buildings over three storeys.

5.1.

Analysis of performance-based solution is discussed with colleagues and relevant technical experts.

5.2.

Principles of fire safety engineering  are applied to analysis of compliance  of performance-based solution for fire safety.

5.3.

Design principles are applied to analysis of compliance of performance-based solutions for structural safety, health, amenity and sustainability .

5.4.

Strengths and weaknesses of performance-based solution are determined.

5.5.

Assessment methods required to verify performance-based solution are determined.

6.

Advise on performance-based solutions for buildings over three storeys.

6.1.

Assessment requirements for performance-based solution are explained to, and discussed with, clients.

6.2.

Strengths and weaknesses of proposed performance-based solutions are evaluated and discussed with clients.

6.3.

Optional performance-based solutions are developed and discussed with clients.

6.4.

Client is advised and assisted in selecting preferred performance-based solution.

6.5.

Verification requirements and evidence or expert judgment to support performance-based solutions are evaluated and explained to clients.

6.6.

Documentation for performance-based solution is gathered and prepared for submission for assessment.

7.

Assess compliance of performance-based solutions for buildings over three storeys.

7.1.

Documentation for performance-based solution is reviewed for completeness and requests are made for further information, as required.

7.2.

Verification information supplied to support performance-based solution is analysed and evaluated.

7.3.

Evidence or expert judgment to support performance-based solution is analysed and evaluated.

7.4.

Compliance of performance-based solution is determined and documented according to regulatory requirements.

7.5.

Documentation is processed and client is notified according to legislative and regulatory requirements.

Foundation Skills

This section describes the language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills essential to performance in this unit but not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill 

Performance feature 

Learning skills to:

  • critically evaluate the logic and reliability of information from a wide range of sources
  • use sophisticated methods for storing and accessing information.

Numeracy skills to:

  • extract and analyse a range of mathematical information embedded in complex texts related to the construction industry and gather additional mathematical information from other sources.

Oral communication skills to:

  • understand and use specialised construction industry vocabulary in a variety of situations, for example explanations, descriptions and discussions with architects, building designers and specialist construction industry personnel.

Reading skills to:

  • use structures, layout, features and conventions of complex legal and regulatory texts to locate specific information.

Writing skills to:

  • use accurately-spelled specialised construction industry vocabulary in emails, letters and reports to clients and specialist construction industry personnel.

Planning and organising skills to:

  • lead a team of building surveyors ensuring project deliverables are met, through highly developed interpersonal, planning and time-management skills and team leadership.

Range of Conditions

This section specifies essential operating conditions and any other factors essential to the work environment. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

NCC assessment methods  must include:

  • calculations
  • inspections
  • tests
  • other method recommended by appropriate technical experts in relation to the material, construction method or design.

Principles of fire safety engineering  must include:

  • International Fire Engineering Guidelines, Part 1
  • characteristics of building materials in relation to fire
  • fire-modelling
  • fire science, including:
  • fire behaviour and dynamics
  • impact of fire on structures and materials
  • products of combustion
  • fire control strategies
  • fire retardants
  • fire detection technologies
  • fire suppression technologies
  • fire containment
  • human response to fire
  • interconnection of fire systems, including cause and effect matrix
  • interaction with other services.

Analysis of compliance  must include:

  • comparison with deemed-to-satisfy specifications
  • evaluation against one or more of the NCC assessment methods
  • evaluation of the level of performance applied to the development of performance-based solutions.

Structural safety, health, amenity and sustainability  must include two or more of the following:

  • access and egress, including access for people with a disability
  • damp and weatherproofing
  • energy efficiency
  • light and ventilation
  • room heights
  • sanitary and other facilities
  • services and equipment
  • sound transmission and insulation
  • structural safety.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=7e15fa6a-68b8-4097-b099-030a5569b1ad

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must provide advice on three performance-based solutions:

  • one performance-based fire safety solution for a building over four storeys in height
  • two performance-based solutions for structural safety, health, amenity and sustainability.

In doing the above, the person must:

  • develop and maintain an information system relating to performance-based solutions, including a network of relevant technical experts
  • determine service levels required by the client or clarify assessment processes with the applicant
  • determine the performance requirements applicable to the solutions
  • analyse performance-based solutions against performance requirements
  • advise on compliance of performance-based solutions, including optional solutions
  • advise clients on the documentation required to verify solutions
  • assess performance-based solutions and certify those that are compliant.

Knowledge Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • construction methods and materials applicable to performance-based solutions
  • drawing symbols, notations, acronyms and construction terminology used in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian standards, working drawings, building design specifications, and building permit documentation
  • international standards and guidelines relevant to performance-based solutions
  • performance requirements specified in the NCC and associated Australian standards relevant to performance-based solutions
  • project management strategies that ensure thorough and timely advice is delivered according to service level agreement
  • regulatory intent of performance-based solutions.

Assessment Conditions

Suitable assessment of performance requires:

  • equipment:
  • computer with internet access and business software currently in use in building surveying practices
  • materials:
  • documentation for three performance-based solutions specified in the performance evidence
  • specifications:
  • access to the NCC and associated standards.

Assessor requirements 

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

In addition, assessors must also demonstrate current membership of a relevant industry association and have current registration on the National Building Professionals Register in the Building Industry Control category (level 1) or be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme at Building Surveyor level.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=7e15fa6a-68b8-4097-b099-030a5569b1ad

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