Australian Building Standards
Much has been thought, said, supposed, and conjectured over, regarding roof ventilation in general, but in particular to high fire risk areas.
Most of what has been stated, suggested and surmised has been on a platform of ignorance, fear and supposition with little or no true reference.
The Australian Building Codes Board, would seem to be in the habit of suggesting standards with no specific research to back it up.
When the department was questioned about various issues regarding ventilation, the ABCB claimed that the recommendations come from Peak Industries. Much like vested interests.
The analogy being like allowing banks to set preferred interest rates.
When asked to show the information, they have none, much less specific to.
Then the ABCB presents these standards to Australian Building Authorities & City Corporations, who blindly accept believing that the ABCB have the research to back their claims.
The ABCB accepts no responsibility for any negative outcome arising from their recommendations claiming that they are recommendations only. It is the City Corporations or Shire Councils that enforce these recommendations but accept no responsibility.
Mediocrity at it’s best.
When confronted with any anomaly in the Building Codes, the builder is advised to inquire as to whether the city council is accepting responsibility for any negative outcome arising from the standard/s imposed in the construction of the building.
Legal advice suggests that the legal responsibility resides with the enforcing body eg councils, insurance companies?