Navigating local government approval processes for construction can be complex, and can be made even more daunting by the fact that the National Construction Code (NCC) doesn’t currently have specific requirements for greenhouses.
This toolbox offers two-page factsheets covering 13 important topics, ranging from understanding the basics of greenhouse construction (like site selection and layout) through to navigating local government requirements.
The toolbox offers growers guidance for getting their greenhouse built, and gives them the tools they need to ask the right questions of the right people throughout the process.
The project also developed a Proposal for Change to the NCC to incorporate specific classification guidelines for greenhouse structures. This is designed to help alleviate some of the expensive (and sometimes unnecessary) compliance measures that growers need to add to their greenhouses to gain approval – like needing to install fire-related sprinkler systems to comply with a determination that a greenhouse should be treated like a factory.
The project was completed by Osborn Consulting Engineers, RM Consulting Group (RMCG), FERM Fire Engineers and Doyles Construction Lawyers, and was funded through Hort Innovation’s Vegetable Fund.