design of buildings - an overview - A Hong Kong lecture series
explaining the basics.
- planning resources and discussion board. [01/05]
multimap - zoomable maps
of just about everywhere, though NZ not on the list.[03/04]
- RAIA house inspection service. This site also has guides for termites
heritage places inventory - A project of the federal and state
governments. It has a rather clever search facility.
places - a gazetteer of australian place names.[01/03]
Building Code of Australia
- Handy: You can now buy web access to the Building Code of Australia
from $33 per year, though you can only access it 12 times in a year
or you can access it for a whole month.[11/05]
dial before you dig
- a service which is usually free, specify the project address and
a few details and you will be sent piles of plans of the area by
australia - cool tools for calculating azimuths and altitudes
anywhere at any time of day. [10/04]
maps and images of australian
geoscience - federal government site with interactive maps.
Map themes include topography and culture.[11/05]
standards australia -
index of available standards - standards are available to download
at a price.[11/05]
- searchable street directory.[11/05]
where is - australia-wide
street directory with zoom function. [11/05]
planning environment - building and planning information and
Australia (New South Wales)
department of local government
- links through to NSW councils.
department of urban affairs
and planning - all about urban planning in NSW, also lists of
publications available, and information on lodging development applications
for projects of state significance. [04/04]
efficiency rating - check your house design's rating at this
Blue Mountains City Council site - PDF file.
land titles office - good
information on how to obtain the title information you're after
(click on records) - online title search companies (click 'on-line
- the new direction in New South Wales planning. The white paper
is available here.
and building - City of Sydney site contains information on the
planning and building approvals.
housing - NSW government site - it's new so doesn't contain
much of use - fairly commercial.
office - heritage listings and archaeological information, permits
and applications information.
Australia (South Australia)
- state government heritage information site.
renovator's building guide - how to go about renovating a Queensland
building control commission
- guide to appeals and building permits and building activity information
- has downloadable practice notes for building practitioners - a
good starting point for most things, including the new energy efficiency
requirements. Site revamped in late 2003.[11/03]
inspection services - you can order your sewerage plans for
the CityWest water zone here. Beware the credit card facility is
not yet secure.
of Sustainability and the Environment - very useful website
with planning schemes, maps and schedules. Click "planning
schemes". This information was previously on the DOI site.
- contains the new victorian heritage register - a searchable database
with photos and statements of significance.
land channel - vicmap
- once was a great place to get the basics on a site, I imagine
it still is if you don't mind paying between $5 and $200(!) depending
on the suburb. You can order title plans
and certificates through this site too. [03/04]
liquor licensing victoria
- everything you should need. [10/04]
national trust - register
of buildings and a forum.
interest rates - as determined by the Attorney General, are
summarised at formexpress.[10/04]
- state government homepage for that difficult new code. The clauses
are easier to find at the planning link immediately above. [11/02]
building and property - links to government building authorities.
sustainable energy authority
victoria - information on the 5 star energy rating that will
apply to new houses from July 2004, and the mandatory 'first rate'
software that is supposed to help figure things out - but there
is more in depth info at the building commission site (see above).
building regulations - huge badly formatted document offering
all the regs and forms for planning and building (the latter mostly
refer onto the BCA).[11/02] 2001
single dwelling amendments [02/03]
council - siting and design guidelines for building on the Victorian
architecture.co.nz - University
of Auckland portal to the online building industry - links to government,
act - access the act and amendments from here.
building industry authority
- responsible for building law. Information on the NZBC, approved
documents, and determinations. Also housing cost estimates by region,
and code quizzes! [10/04]
emap - by terralink - integrated
property information databases are available through the web. You
get 5 free tries to see if you like it.[01/03]
energy efficiency and conservation
authority - information, links and a magazine.
standards new zealand
- searchable index of available construction standards including
NZS 3604 for timber framing - some standards (not 3604) are available
to download at hefty prices. [03/02]
wises maps - city street directory
New Zealand (Auckland)
city council - commonly requested planning guides are available
as .pdf (adobe acrobat) downloads.
New Zealand (Wellington)
city council - design guides for specific areas, and planning
maps are available for downlaod as PDF files. [LINK
New Zealand (Christchurch)
council building and
planning - forms, and codes covering planning and building in
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