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NSS5 - NCC 2016 Volume Amendment 1
5 - 13 Sep


 

Continuum (online CPD)

Continuum’s extensive range of online courses allows you to build your skills and complete CPD without leaving your desk.

Continuum courses cover a wide range of topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management.

Continuum courses:

  • are recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects for formal CPD points
  • meet the CPD requirements of the NSW, WA and Queensland boards of registration
  • are claimable for Building Practitioner Accreditation requirements in Tasmania

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New Continuum Courses available!

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Biophilic design: An introduction for designers
This seminar highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design, and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature. The seminar will explore "what is" and "what is not" biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles, and also explore case studies that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist readers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments.
 
 
OAB at the Edge
In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself. The boundary between landscapes, urban and rural, the edge between different urban fabrics - all those areas have their own specificity and must blend or interact with its immediate environments in a special way. This boundary is not only physical but intellectual, and for instance can be between two cultural inheritances. This seminar from the 2018 National Architecture Conference EDGE will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge - not only a physical edge, but most importantly an intellectual one.
 
  Humanizing the Megascale and Repossessing the Public Realm
In this seminar from the 2018 National Architecture Conference EDGE, Moshe Safdie explains how the combination of densification, congestion and the new dominant typologies have brought about a dramatic deterioration of the public realm. Moshe uses projects from his practice (such as the Habitat 67 complex) as case studies to show how they have tackled the challenge of mixed-use complexes throughout Asia, with the objective of restoring the public realm, befitting our times, culture and economy.
 
  Getting the Right Fit - from briefing to specification

Two vital steps to project success are communicating the client's needs (in the brief) and communicating the detail of how those needs will be met (in specifications).

Through case studies of claims, the legally qualified Risk Managers from informed by Planned Cover will discuss an architect's duty of care when it comes to briefing and specifications, and look at ways to reduce the risks of errors and claims.
 
  Safety in Design (2018 update)

This seminar will provide a refresher on the work health and safety legislation in relation to designer responsibilities and discuss how designers can achieve a safe design approach in their projects. 

The focus will include what designers should endeavour to eliminate from the workplace and design innovations which can create productive workplaces free from injury and disease. The seminar will address methods of communicating safe design in documents, plans and reports to ensure that design intent is not lost in the build process. 
 
  Launch of the 2018 Australian Building Industry Contracts

On the 10 year anniversary of the first edition of the Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC), the joint authors Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders’ Association have revised the contracts and are launching improved editions of Major Works, Simple Works (commercial and domestic) and Basic Works (commercial). This seminar will examine the new contract provisions and mechanisms in detail, how to administer these, as well as looking at the supporting guidance materials and templates available to users of the
new contracts.
 
  Now is Not Too Soon

In this presentation Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function.

Thomas explores concepts such as "Third Wave Thinking" and the "Third Industrial Revolution" and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people's needs.


  ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects

Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes.

The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management.

  Passive House on the Rise

Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types. The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential.

Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like. 

  How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.
 
   The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
The use of performance-based design will be explored as an option to achieving compliance with the NCC’s mandatory Performance Requirements.

The seminar will explain the fundamental principles of the performance-based code and how it is applied, along with an outline of ABCB resources available to support industry in its application. An overview of the ABCB reforms will be provided with the aim of fostering a performance culture, increasing innovation and productivity.