Home Design Guides: Regulations

How to identify and deal with asbestos

If you're renovating an older home, there's a fair chance you'll come across asbestos. Because it's so dangerous, laws exist about how it should be handled, and by whom.

When do I need an electrician?

Installation work? Maintenance work? Need something replaced or upgraded? Find out what kinds of work electricians do, and when you need to call one.

Safety certificates for electrical work

For all work done by an electrician in Australia, you should obtain an electrical compliance certificate. Find out what a compliance certificate is, how it works and why you need one.

Noise pollution laws in Australia

Sound pollution laws make for good neighbours - and knowing what everyone's rights and responsibilities are in terms of sound levels will also help you plan your insulation. Find out more about noise pollution laws.

How to choose an electrician

How to choose an electrician

There's not much electrical work you're legally allowed to do for yourself in Australia. Find out when you need to hire an electrician, and how to find the right one.

Carport regulations

There are a myriad of local and national regulations that can affect building a carport.

Bath regulations

Bath regulations

There are a few different regulations relating to the way that baths need to be installed. These include rules about the quality and manufacture of the bathtub itself - it has to be built to Australian Standards.

Pergola regulations

Pergola regulations

A pergola's not necessarily a very technical thing to construct, but there are some rules about what you can and can't do, and it's a very good idea to learn about them before you start making plans.

Electrical regulations

Electrical regulations

Find out more about electrical regulations in Australia, when you're likely to need an electrician, and what you'll need to know about the regulations when you're building or renovating.

Lighting regulations

Lighting regulations

Lighting, just like all electrical work, is heavily regulated in Australia because of the dangers it poses - and to help encourage energy efficiency. Find out what sorts of regulations apply to lighting.

Compliant windows

Do your windows comply?

All Australian windows and doors must meet minimum requirements under Australian building regulations. To ensure they can withstand Australian conditions...

Safety glass

Safety glass requirements

Windows bring natural light and fresh air into our homes as well as offering views that connect the inside to the great outdoors. However, window related accidents and security...

Window regulations and labels

Window regulations & labels

Windows are one of the many aspects of a house that are rarely replaced. That’s why it’s important when building a new home or renovating that you choose windows that will stand the test of time and meet relevant building regulations.

Bushfire safety and windows

Devastating bushfires are unfortunately an all too common occurrence across Australia.
In response to recent bushfire attacks a revised building standard has been...

Australian standards logo

Window & glass regulations

All window manufacturers in Australia are required under the Building Code of Australia to produce windows and doors that meet certain requirements. These requirements are...

Hot water system regulations

Hot water system regulations

Find out what regulations apply to different types of hot water systems, and how those regulations affect the way your system is selected, installed and maintained.

Temperature and pressure valve on a hot water tank

T&P valves and discharge pipes

All tank storage hot water systems must be fitted with T&P (temperature and pressure) valves and discharge pipes. Find out how these parts work and what role they play.

Thermostatic valve

Position and output temperature restrictions

Find out how regulations in Australia dictate where and how you position your hot water system, and at what temperature water must be stored and released from your taps.

Temperature zones in Australia

Hot water rebates

If you're planning on installing a hot water system that uses solar energy, chances are you're eligible for a big government rebate. Find out more about rebates and how to claim them.

Phase out of incandescent light globes

Phase out of incandescent light globes

The difference between an efficient light globe and an inefficient one is amazing. To prevent unnecessary waste, inefficient incandescent GLS globes are being phased out in Australia.