Acceptable Standards of Construction
Class 1 & Class 10 Buildings
(Australian Publication)
New Edition 2013-2014
(Previously titled Acceptable Standard of Domestic Construction)

Softcover
145x 207mm
262pp

Published by Acceptable Standards of Construction Committee (NSW)

R.R.P.$34.90

ISBN 978-0-646-57447-9

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As reviewed in House & HOME Issue 65

Acceptable Standards of Domestic Construction is produced by the Acceptable Standards of Construction Committee NSW, and is a guide to those intending to build a home. The members of this Committee are dedicated to the development and maintenance of quality standards in domestic construction.

As a reference handbook, the standards of domestic construction in NSW are placed at your fingertips. For example, if you need to know what specifications are required for roof construction, this book will detail the different types of roofs, their ventilation requirements and claddings. Tables listing specific requirements are also included and in the case of tiled roofs, state that those with a mass of more than 60kg/m2 should be clad with natural slates, terracotta or concrete tiles plus battens.

You will also find detailed information on topics such as what major structural materials to use, how to prepare your site, constructing footings and retaining walls, guidelines on ground to floor construction and much more.

As well as helping you with materials and construction, this guide will also assist you in understanding the requirements of the relevant authorities such as lenders and local councils in NSW.

This book is a must for people who are renovating, owner builders and those considering building a new home.

Illustrations: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Metric

Contents

Foreword
Message to the Intending Home Owner
Introduction
General Procedures
The Site
Design
Approvals
Workmanship
Major Structural Materials

Concrete
Concrete Reinforcement
Masonry
Mortars
Timber
Metal Framing and Flashing
Compatible Metal Systems
Site Preparation
Sediment Control
Clearing the Site
Foundations
Excavation and Filling
Site Drainage
Footings and Retaining Walls
General
Strip and Pad Concrete Footings
Reinforced Concrete Slab-On-Ground
Pier and Beam Construction
Solid Rock Foundation
Retaining Walls
Ground Floor Construction
Perimeter Base Walls
Bearers, Piers, Posts and Stumps

Damp-Proof Courses
Weepholes
Sub-Floor Ventilation and Access
Vermin Proofing
Termite Management Systems
Floor Construction
Timber Floor Framing
Metal Floor Framing
Concrete Slab-On-Ground
Suspended Concrete Slab
Reinforced Concrete Stair Flights and Landings
Flooring Materials
Walls
Cavity Masonry and Masonry Veneer Walls
Galvanised Steel Straps
Cavity Flashings
Lintels
Solid Masonry
Framed Walls
Metal Wall Framing
External Cladding
Roof Construction
Convential Timber Roof Framing
Metal Roof Framing
Ventilation of Roof Space
Vapour Barrier
Roof Claddings
Reinforced Concrete Roofs
Roof Plumbing and Flashings
Roof Plumbing
Roof Flashings
Fireplace and Chimneys
Stairs and Balustrades
Stairs
Balustrades
Protection of Openable Windows
Internal and External Joinery
Timber Joinery
Metal Door and Window Frames
Window and Door Flashings
General Joinery
Glazing
Wet Area Construction
Internal Linings

General
Lining Materials
Plastering
Wall and Floor Tiling
Plumbing

Water Service
Drainage - Sewer and Sullage
Stormwater
Gas Services
Electricity
Smoke Alarms
Construction in Bush Fire Prone Areas
Painting
Bushfire Prone Areas
Flood Hazard Areas
Painting
Energy Efficiency
Landscaping

Paving
Fencing and Gates
External Fixtures - Lighting, Clothes Drying and Taps
Soft Landscape
Completion
Appendix One

Australian Standards Referred to in this Handbook
Appendix Two
Glossary
Appendix Three
Suggested List of Reference Material
Appendix Four
Timber Framing Sizes - Span Tables