New partnership to save time for permit applications

Group Four have partnered up with PSI Global to create an API. Mutual customers of both companies will now be able to use their PSI reference number to pre-fill parts of the building permit application. This will help to: Reduce data entry errors Decrease double handling for permits team Transport property info easily from PSI [...]

BAMS: the new way to get a building permit number coming 1 July

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is getting ready to change the way the building permit levy is paid and more importantly, how you get a building permit number. Starting 1st July, the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) will need to request the building permit number from the VBA. But before that, the RBS must pay or [...]

National Construction Code 2019 preview released: here’s what you need to know

The National Construction 2019 Preview was released on 1st February with changes coming into place from 1st May 2019. Download a free copy from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). At Group Four, we predominately use the NCC Volume Two which impacts Class 1 & 10 construction. So far, these are the changes we’ve identified as [...]

They’ve missed a spot: the difference between mandatory inspections and quality control.

Increasingly, Building Surveyors are answering the question “why are you not inspecting to ensure that the finish of the house is in immaculate order?” Of course, everyone would like their house to look like what they see on “The Block".  However, it is not the Building Surveyor or Building Inspectors role to ensure that the [...]

5 Reasons to Consider Liveable Housing Certification

Liveable Housing Australia (LHA) is a set of design principles that make homes more liveable over the lifetime of the occupant, seeking to improve accessibility and movement around the home. There are three levels of performance that can be achieved, Silver, Gold or Platinum. To achieve the base Silver certification, the home must meet at [...]