Risks to the Designers'Safe Interior Design Due to the Actions of Building Owners Undertaking Minor Building Alterations

Williamson, Brian J. (2007) Risks to the Designers'Safe Interior Design Due to the Actions of Building Owners Undertaking Minor Building Alterations. In Matthewson, Gill & McCarthy, Christine (Eds.) IDEA Conference on Inhabiting Risk - 3rd conference of the Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association., 2 - 6 July 2007, Wellington, New Zealand.


During the life of a building one can expect an owner to make minor internal alterations to accommodate changing circumstances. Generally these minor alterations undertaken by the building owner without design advice have in the past not reduced the original safe interior design. However, there are now signs that this situation may be changing. With the easy availability of a wide range of low cost inflammable sheet materials on the market, some owners may unknowingly use these materials in a way that increases the fire risk for occupants in the building. In other situations an owner may undertake minor alterations in a performance-based designed building. If these minor changes inadvertently alter any part of the Alternative Solution approval provisions then the building approval will be automatically cancelled and the building will be illegally occupied. It could be argued that there is some responsibility on interior designers to ensure that the owners are made aware of the limitation imposed by the Alternative Solution approval and the dangers of minor alterations using inappropriate materials. This situation is further complicated by the development in Queensland with the new legislated safe design obligations for designers.

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ID Code: 12683
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Safe interior design, minor building alerations
ISBN: 9780475123145
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Brian J. Williamson
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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