The Australian Building Codes Board is looking to discover why so few projects are taking the Performance Solutions compliance pathway of the 2016 National Construction Code.

According to the ABCB, Deemed-To-Satisfy approaches are still used for the majority of projects.

The DTS pathway ensures a project meets the minimum requirements of the code.

The Performance option was formerly known as an “Alternative Solution” under previous iterations of the NCC. The wording was changed for NCC 2016 to emphasise that the pathway can achieve more sustainable and energy-efficient outcomes than simply code minimum DTS.

Taking the Performance route means a project needs to demonstrate through modelling and other verifiable information that it will still meet or exceed code standards.

A survey is underway that is specifically targeting architects as a key stakeholder group to understand “what would it take” to get more projects taking the high road. Other NCC users are also encouraged to participate.

Following an analysis of the results, the ABCB plans to develop strategic communications to encourage code users to regard Performance Solutions compliance as the first choice.

The survey closes 3 February 2017.

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  1. One of the challenges in proposing Performance Solutions is that many of the NCC’s performance requirements are not yet quantified. It is therefore problematical to verify that a solution “meets or exceeds code standards”. The only real option is the demonstrate that the solution is at least equal to DTS. As more PRs are quantified and more verification methods are developed, the performance path will be a more practical and attractive one.