Building Terms Translated

Common Terms and Jargon used in Building


Addenda / Building Schedule
This is a document that details the range of fixtures and fittings that you have selected in include within your home. The Pre-start Administrator (your Personal Assistant) will be there to assist you through the Colour Selection process.

Building Commissioner
The officer referred to in the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Act 2011.

Building Permit
Building permit as defined in the Building Act 2011, given by your local council, this is your green light to construct a new home (a compulsory government requirement).

Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC)
This is received when a qualified Building Surveyor approve your plans in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards. This is required to lodge a for a certified Building Permit.

Contour survey
A survey that identifies the levels of your lot, including any existing retaining walls and adjoining structures.

Contract
The Home Building Works Contract together with associated documents which include such things as Conditions, Particulars of Contract, Appendices, Drawings and Specification and any incorporated documents. The Home Building Works Contract is a legal document is supplied by the Master Builders Association - an independent body that ensures the contents of the contract are equitable for both the client and the builder.

Crossover
The section of driveway that falls between your boundary and the road.

Defect
Is a non compliance relating to the quality of materials or workmanship.

Drawings and Specification
The Drawings and Specification referred to in the Contract.

Earthworks
This is all the site works undertaken to level your site in preparation of the slab being laid, including any excavation, removal of surplus material to compaction.

Formal Finance
Official unconditional loan approval from your bank or lender.

Handover
Everything is complete, you simply make a final payment and we will hand over the keys to your brand new home.

Lock up
The stage when all the windows and exterior doors are on and you’re able to effectively secure the house.

Plate high
The stage at which the brickwork or wall cladding has been completed, meaning your home is ready for the roof frame to be constructed and fitted.

Practical Completion
The stage when your house is completed except for any omissions or defects that do not prevent your home being capable of being used.

Pre-start
The stage when you work with the Pre Start Administrator (your personal assistant) where you choose all your colours, bench tops and appliances.

Prime Cost Item
An amount of money included in the Contract Sum to cover the purchase by the Builder or the Owner of a specified item.

Provisional Sum
An amount of money included in the Contract Sum to cover work or materials or both, the extent of which cannot be specifically detailed when entering the Contract.

Residential Design Code (R-code)
A code relating to different councils that dictates what can be built in different locations. Elements affected by R-codes include number of dwellings, building heights and setbacks.

Variation
After signing your Home Building Works Contract, any changes made are treated as “variations” to the contract.

 

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