Regulation Changes & Advice

Regulation changes increase building costs

How much does a building cost?

It is difficult to give an accurate answer without having all the information required to completely estimate the building. There are many factors that can change the price of a building including location from metropolitan areas, the slope of the land, Wind ratings, Bushfire ratings, Foundation conditions, level of specifications, size and height of building and even underground pipes or trees local to the building.

Why is my house going to cost so much to build?

With over 13 years of Building estimating experience Organized Builders has been able to help many clients rescue their dreams from the draftsmans rubbish bin and bring them to reality with their builders. Many Architects and building designers are not aware of the costs to build certain items & often include items such as large picture windows, special external claddings & canter-levered structures which may cost far more than expected. Sometimes the clients have a list of items that their designer is requested to add to the design that may result in increasing the building costs.

Review of Databuild 2-36

DataBuild 2.36

Databuild is pleased to announce the release of

Version 2-36.

2-36 is a collaboration of many new features both designed internally, and suggested by our users. 

Physical fall protection to be provided for all roof work

Current Provisions: 
Some roofing work can be carried out without physical fall protection if workers are not exposed to an external fall from a height greater than 3 meters and provided certain conditions are met, such as maintaining a clear fall zone (section 6.9 of the Victorian Code*). * Worksafe Vic Code of Practice: Prevention of falls in housing construction.
New Provision and Date of Effect: 
01 August 2011

Where there is a risk of a fall from a height of two meters or more implement external fall protection in the form of a physical edge protection (e.g. Guard railing or perimeter scaffold.)

Truss and Batten Installation

Current Provisions: 
Roof trusses and battens may be spaced at up to 900mm centres to reduce risk of internal falls (section 6.6 of the Victoria Code*). * Worksafe Vic Code of Practice: Prevention of falls in housing construction.
New Provision and Date of Effect: 
01 January 2012

If internal fall protection cannot be provided, truss and batten spacing should be reduced to minimise the risk of internal falls by one of the following methods.

  •  If truss spacing does not exceed 600mm centres, the batten spacing must not exceed 900mm centres
  • If the truss spacing is greater than 600mm but not exceeding 900mm centres, the batten spacing must not exceed 450mm centres
  • If the truss spacing exceeds 900mm and the batten spacing exceeds 450, other fall protection must be provided.