LEARN TO SPEAK ‘BUILDERESE’
Know these common terms to keep your project on track.
BASIX: The Building Sustainability Index is part of the planning process in NSW. You need a BASIX certificate before you begin applying for permits and approvals.
DA: Development Application. You can prepare a DA yourself, but it’s often done by the design professional working on your job like the architect or building designer.
National Construction Code or NCC: “This is the big fat document to which all building work must comply,” says Kaitlin. “You’ll probably hear the NCC referred to throughout the project”. You can download a free copy by registering on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website.
Walk Through or Defects: The final inspection of the new work to identify anything that needs fixing by the builder. The wording will differ depending on your contract.
Prime Cost Items: This relates to fixtures and fittings like tiles, kitchen joinery and appliances, flooring, bathroom fittings, light fittings, etc.
Scope of Works: The document specifying criteria of a contract between you and your builder. It should clearly state project requirements, milestones, documents and reports that are expected to be provided by your builder.
Allowances: When preparing a quote, builders will make an allowance for items where there’s no set price. This includes things like electrical, tiling, lighting, etc. Once you’ve agreed to that allowance, that’s how much money you’ve got to spend on that item.