Common terminology.

Addenda / Building Schedule  This is a document that details the range of fixtures and fittings that you have selected to include within your home. 

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

Building Permit — As defined in the Building Act 2011, this is your 'green light' to construct a new home (a compulsory government requirement). A building permit is provided by your local council.

Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) —​​​​​​​ This is received when a qualified building surveyor approves 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 (HBW), or Residential Building Works Contract (RBW), together with associated documents such as conditions, particulars, drawings, specification etc. The HBW and RBW are legal documents supplied by the Master Builders Association (an independent body), ensuring the contract is fair and equitable for both parties.

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 —​​​​​​​ The site works undertaken to level your site in preparation for the slab being poured, including any excavation, removal of surplus material and compaction.

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

Handover —​​​​​​​ Everything is now 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 Height —​​​​​​​ The stage at which the brickwork or wall cladding has been completed, meaning your home is ready for the roof frame to be constructed.

Practical Completion —​​​​​​​ The stage when your home is completed except for any omissions or defects that do not prevent your it from being used.

Pre Start —​​​​​​​ The stage when you work with the Pre Start Administrator to select all your finishes and appliances.

Prime Cost —​​​​​​​ 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 Codes (R-Codes) —​​​​​​​ A code relating to different councils that dictates what can be built in different locations. Elements affected by R-Codes include the number of dwellings, building heights and setbacks.

Slab Down —​​​​​​​ The stage at which the concrete footings and slab have been completed, meaning your home is ready for the brickwork or wall framing frame to be constructed.

Variation —​​​​​​​ After signing your contract, any change/s made are treated as variation/s to the contract.