Important Australian Standards

AS 1684.2–2010 Residential timber-framed construction – Non-cyclonic areas

Timber framed dwellings built in Queensland’s non-cyclonic regions must comply with Australian Standard AS 1684.2–2010. This standard provides procedures that assist in the correct specification and determination of timber members, bracing and connections, thereby minimising the risk of creating an environment that may adversely affect the ultimate performance of the structure.

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AS 1684.3–2010 Residential timber-framed construction – Cyclonic areas 

Timber framed dwellings built in Queensland’s cyclonic regions must comply with Australian Standard AS 1684.3–2010. This standard provides procedures that assist in the correct specification and determination of timber members, bracing and connections, thereby minimising the risk of creating an environment that may adversely affect the ultimate performance of the structure.

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AS 2870–2011 specifies performance criteria and specific designs for footing systems for foundation conditions commonly found in Australia. It also provides guidance on the design of footing systems, abiding by engineering principles. The standard sets out the criteria for the classification of a site, and the design and construction of a footing system for a single dwelling, house, townhouse or similar structure.

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AS 3660.1–2000 Termite management – New building work

Primary building elements susceptible to termite attack must be protected with a termite barrier. AS 3660.1–2000 specifies methods of termite management that must be implemented during construction of new building works. It can be used by builders, building designers, regulatory authorities, termite management system manufacturers and installers, and those people requiring termite management systems.

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AS 4773.2–2010 Masonry in small buildings – Construction

AS 4773.2–2010 provides simplified details for builders for the construction of masonry in small buildings, such as houses and garages. This standard provides acceptable construction practices for masonry in buildings of Class 1 and Class 10a, as defined in the Building Code of Australia, and designed in accordance with AS 4773.1.

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AS 3600–2009 Concrete structures

The principal objective of AS 3600–2009 is to provide users with nationally acceptable, unified rules for the design and detailing of concrete structures and elements, with or without steel reinforcement or prestressing tendons, based on the principles of structural engineering mechanics. The secondary objective is to provide performance criteria against which the finished structure can be assessed for compliance with the relevant design requirements.

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 AS 4654 -2012 Waterproofing for External above Ground Use 

This standard sets out the requirements for the design and installation of above ground external waterproofing membranes for use in buildings and structures, such a roofs, balconies, landscaped areas and planter boxes, on all classes of buildings. It is not intended for use in applications below ground level, such as swimming pools and spas, and excludes concrete admixtures or penetrant sealers and decorative coatings.

The standard is provided in two parts – Part 1: Materials and Part 2: Design and installation, which contains some detailed requirements for waterproofing systems to prevent the ingress of water.

AS 1657 -2013 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – design, construction and installation

This standard sets out requirements for the design, selection, construction and installation of fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders that are intended to provide safe access to places used by operating, inspection, maintenance and servicing personnel.

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