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Wall & Ceiling Specification to NCC 2022 – Pathways to Compliance & Performance

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Wall & Ceiling Specification to NCC 2022 – Pathways to Compliance & Performance


May 4th, 2023

Session Synopsis

For Australian architects and specifiers, the task of navigating a way through the National Construction Code (NCC) can sometimes be difficult.

Take walling systems as an example. As per the NCC, the regulations vary depending on the type of system involved – whether it’s a steel framed wall system, a timber framed wall system, a concrete / masonry wall system, an external wall system, or indeed a ceiling system.

Then, consideration must be given to Structural requirements (NCC Section B) Fire performance walls (NCC Section C), Water/mould resistance & acoustic performance (NCC Section F), thermal performance walls (NCC Section J), Impact Resistance, and more.

Then again, you need to decide whether you meet regulations via. Deemed to Satisfy (DTS) or Performance solutions. Which all adds up to a lot of complexity and the possibility of error (and non-compliance). This session is intended to help remove some of that complexity and highlight practical pathways to compliance and performance when specifying walling systems.

At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Identify the regulations that apply to the installation of wall and ceiling systems in Australia
  • Outline the ways various types of walling systems and materials are regulated in NCC 2022
  • Outline the ways factors like fire performance, water resistance, acoustics, thermal performance of walls and ceilings, and so on are addressed in the NCC
  • Explain the best ways to meet all the regulatory requirements associated with wall & ceiling systems, while also meeting performance aspirations


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