Safer Buildings: How to find the right Building Industry Professional

Part 2 of the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist is now underway and it requires relevant building owners to engage a Building Industry Professional to assist with its completion.

With the help of Building Industry Professionals, Part 2 will bring us one step closer to peace of mind when it comes to understanding the extent of combustible cladding use in Queensland.

If you’re completing Part 2, a Building Industry Professional will need to come to your building and complete a Form 34 Building Industry Professional statement after inspecting the building.

The first step as an owner is to find a professional. You may have a reliable contractor in mind already, but not all building professionals are equipped to legally complete the Form 34.

The following guide can help you locate the right person to meet the requirements of Part 2 of the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist before the deadline on 31 July 2019.

Fire Safety Professional

A fire safety professional can complete a Form 34 according to the regulation.

To be considered a fire safety professional for the purpose of completing the form, a person has to hold one of the following QBCC licences:

  • Fire Protection Occupation Licence
  • Fire Protection Contractor Licence
  • Fire Protection Nominee Supervisor Licence

You can ensure a fire safety professional has the right licence to work in Queensland with the free licensee search on the QBCC homepage.

An appropriately-qualified fire safety professional is able to complete the Form 34 for all construction types and building classes.

Builder or Building Designer

There are three levels of licence for Builders and Building Designers – low rise, medium rise and open.

Builders and Building Designers with an open licence are able to complete a Form 34 for all construction types and buildings classes.

Buildings and Building Designers with a medium rise licence are able to complete a Form 34 only for buildings that are no more than 3 storeys and less than 2000m2.

Those with a low-rise licence are unable to complete the Form 34.

You can check what type of licence a contractor has by using the free licensee search on the QBCC homepage.

Building certifier

As with Builders and Building Designers, there are three levels of building certifier licensing, issued by the QBCC.

Those holding a Building Certifier Level 1 licence are able to complete the Form 34 for all construction types and building classes.

Those holding a Building Certifier Level 2 licence are able to complete the Form 34 only for buildings no more than 3 storeys and less than 2000m2.

Building Certifiers with a Level 3 licence are unable to complete the Form 34.

QBCC-licensed building certifiers are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).

You can ensure a building certifier has the right licence to work in Queensland with the free licensee search on the QBCC homepage.

Architects

Only registered architects may legally use the term architect.

In Queensland, the Board of Architects of Queensland (BOAQ) maintains the register of practising architects.

The BOAQ website offers a free search of the register to allow you to find a suitable architect.

Architects are able to complete the Form 34 for all building classes and construction types.

Engineers

It is a requirement of the Professional Engineers Act 2002 that professional engineering services in Queensland or for a Queensland based project are carried out by a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

As with architects, this register is maintained by a board. The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) also offers a free search of the register.

There are many engineering disciplines, however only four are equipped to assist you with the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist.

Use the register search on the BPEQ website to find engineers qualified in:

  • Civil engineering
  • Fire engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Fire safety engineering

These four types of engineer are able to complete the Form 34 for all building classes and construction types.

For more information about the combustible cladding checklist, visit the Safer Buildings website or call 139 333.