Guide to Standards and Tolerances

The Victorian Building Authority released an updated edition of the Guide to Standards and Tolerances in early 2015 to help building practitioners build quality homes and prevent disputes with their clients

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015 has been developed as a convenient reference to the minimum standards and quality of domestic building work that can be expected. It provides references to relevant areas of legislation and gives guidance on areas of building standards that are not covered by legislation or most building contracts.

The ViBA’s Director of Enquiries and Dispute Resolution, David Wolf, said most domestic building disputes arise because of disagreements between building owners and builders about the appropriate standards and quality of work.

“Although the minimum standards for some aspects of construction are regulated, many are not. So in situations where the domestic building contract doesn’t include an agreed standard of work, the Guide can be used to help resolve disputes by determining whether or not building work may be defective,” Mr Wolf said.

The 2015 edition includes important updates and revisions, such as:

  • adjusted tolerances in line with amended Australian Standards;
  • new information on building maintenance for owners, in relation to building foundations and footings;
  • updated diagrams and tables;
  • additional explanatory notes;
  • updated and expanded schedule of references used in the Guide.

“The Guide should be an essential part of any building practictioners toolkit,” said Mr Wolf.

The latest edition of the Guide is effective from 30 March 2015 and applies to domestic building contracts entered into from this date, or domestic building work commenced on or after that date (where a domestic building contract is not required).

Builders and building owners can access an easy-to-use version of the Guide to Standards and Tolerances on a smartphone or tablet.

The BDAV acknowledges, with thanks, the assistance of Roy Hodgson, FBDAV, for helping to review this Guide.

The Guide can be downloaded from the VBA’s website, at www.vba.vic.gov.au by CLICKING HERE.