A new survey by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) aims to gain insight into attitudes and behaviours of architects when using the National Construction Code. The ABCB seeks to understand the reasons behind the poor uptake of performance based design among stakeholders, especially architects who are potentially most likely to adopt innovative design and ideas. The low enthusiasm among architects is especially surprising given how performance based design provides more flexibility and innovation for the industry.

Findings from the survey will also help the ABCB determine ‘what it would take’ to convince stakeholders to make Performance Solution compliance their first choice.

ABCB is currently trialling a pilot project that will develop a communication campaign targeting architects based on the survey results. The communication message will focus on furthering the architecture industry’s understanding and use of Performance Solutions. If successful, ABCB aims to replicate the strategy among other stakeholder groups who also have the potential to increase the use of performance based design.

Architects participating in the survey get a chance to win a $100 Gift Voucher, which will be drawn at the conclusion of the survey. The survey closes on 3 February 2017.

Access the survey here.