The Talk:

This talk is part of the ‘Building Accessibility’ series. The 1.5-hour talk discusses the background of performance-based design (PBD) (Performance Solutions) and how we now have a National Construction Code that allows a prescriptive compliance path, or a performance-based compliance path, or a combination of the two.

The presentation outlines the development of PBD, economic benefits, factors for the success of PBD, issues in recent years with PBD and how the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) has embarked on a campaign to increased acceptance and awareness of PBD.

Suitable for anyone involved in building projects, as PBD is now increasingly becoming common on construction and refurbishment projects.

There is a Part 2 in this series: Performance-Based Design 2: The National Construction Code, DDA and Performance Solutions

The Presenter:

Presented by Lee Wilson, a disability access and egress consultant in Melbourne. In early 2018 he was appointed as a volunteer Subject Matter Expert (Disability Access) by the Australian Building Codes Board. Lee has been actively campaigning for a universal design approach to egress for several years and published numerous articles, a guidebook and a white paper on universal design and egress concepts.

Workshop Content:

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Performance-based building code objectives
  • Performance-building design (PBD) reform
  • Outcomes focussed building design
  • Prescriptive mind-sets
  • PBD history
  • Performance-based regulations introduction
  • Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee
  • Benefits of PBD
  • Issues with PBD
  • Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) Initiatives
  • Additional time will be provided for questions

Who should attend?

This talk is suitable for people of all backgrounds and professions working in construction and property management. It is designed as an entry-level introduction to the background of performance-based design and how to comply with the minimum Performance Requirements of the Building Code and the Premises Standards under the DDA.