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Understanding the National Construction Code, with Laura Terrnova, Deemed to Perform Consulting [NCC Series]

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Hello! This is episode 289, and in it, I’m talking with Building Surveyor, Laura Terrnova, Director of Deemed to Perform Consulting about project compliance, building approvals and updates to the National Construction Code.

This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022.

[For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to]

Laura is a consultative Building Surveyor. What does this mean? 

Well, you’ll hear more from Laura about this, but in short, Laura’s role on projects is to help homeowners navigate their building approvals more confidently and efficiently by understanding how their design and construction choices will impact their compliance with the National Construction Code.

Building Surveyor is a Victorian term. In other locations, this role can be known as a Building Certifier. 

In this episode, Laura will share what you need to know about this role, about achieving your building approvals, and especially how the latest updates to the National Construction Code need to be understood in the context of your project.

And in the next episode, Laura will step us through the process of achieving Performance Solutions, something that will become more and more important to understand in building approval processes for projects.

Laura is Victorian based, but what she shares is applicable throughout Australia, and we try to generalise the terminology where possible.

This is super helpful information from someone who is helping homeowners navigate this every day in the role she performs on projects, and who has really had to dive into the weeds of the National Construction Code updates as well!

Remember, if you’d like to grab a full transcript of this episode, plus information on the resources we discuss, you can do that by heading to

Now, let’s dive in!


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