By now everyone is aware of the process and involvement that MGAC commits in the development application, design development stage of projects that comes through to our office.
When site inspection come around both in the preliminary and final stages, there is a general phobia/misconception that MGAC are “Black and White” and if something is wrong – it must be wrong and needs to be corrected under AS1428.1.
In this non-perfect world, there are times where certain building elements are incorrect under the deemed to satisfy provisions of the BCA and adjustments will need to be made. However, it is the work methodology of MGAC that when finishes are non-compliant at the built stage these non-compliances do not necessarily needs to be “ripped out” and “reworked”. A resolution can be used as to what other products and/or adjustments can be implemented under an ‘alternative solution’ as there is awareness that certain things cannot be undone.
Recently, there has been 1 issue where this work methodology came into play. The noncompliance was an entry door leading into a common use residential garbage area. This door had a latch side clearance that needed 530mm but measured on site 500mm, clearly non-compliance under BCA and AS1428.1. At that time it was observed and acknowledge that “it would be very difficult to remove block work” given the existing restraints of the surrounding area. It was at this point that a determination was made that a “ball catch system” can be used to overcome this issue under an alternative solution.
Although this product is not a typical “off the shelf item” from Bunnings, the outcome was that the $56 “ball catch” system was installed at low cost and no down time to the project schedule. This was a well-supported outcome from the builder when compared to the cost of rectification.
MGAC does work closely with architects and builders to ensure the project does conform to BCA and AS1428.1. There will be times where reworks need to be action within a development to satisfy codes. However, it is my approach and the approach of others within MGAC that alternative measure can be put in place by way of products or supportive solution that can make a difference.
This process involves the collaborative efforts of all parties to ensure the next project does not have the same non compliances.