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The 2022 National Construction Code: What’s it Going to Change, and When?


The implementation of the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) will have widespread implications for the building industry and the way that houses are built in Australia well into the future.  

But what will the code change specifically and when is it set to be adopted? 

What Will the NCC 2022 Change?

Though still open at this point for amendment, the NCC will likely see a shift in National House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) minimum ratings from 6 stars to 7 stars. This will likely affect the design of new homes into the future, with new approaches to materials, insulation, orientation and passive design. 

The shift will also increase the demand for double glazing, low-e glass and windows with higher performing u-values. 

Another big-ticket change coming in NCC 2022 is increased building accessibility. Future homes will need to have wider doorways, and at least one step-free entrance into the home, and a pathway to the property boundary.

The NCC will also dictate several other changes in fireproof cladding as well as internal and external waterproofing.

When Will NCC 2022 Come Into Effect? 

A preview of NCC 2022 will be available from May 9, 2022 - but adoption nationwide will be delayed until the 1st of September 2022 to account for disruptions caused by the pandemic.

If you need help understanding window and door requirements for your new builds to remain compliant with the 2022 NCC please get in touch with our team. 

For additional information relating to the 2022 NCC visit the National Construction Code website

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