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Guide to standards and tolerances 

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 was produced by the Victorian Building Commission in collaboration with NSW Fair Trading, the Tasmanian Government and the ACT Government.

The Guide is not a legal document and is not intended to replace the relevant provisions of the Building Code of Australia or Australian Standards. The Guide is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of the tolerances that a building professional will consider in determining whether a building element has been installed/constructed to an acceptable standard. The Guide should be regarded as an advisory resource rather than a series of prescriptive definitions.

The Guide helps home owners if building work is in dispute. It deals with such topics as shrinkage around timber window frames, door frames, nail popping in timber floors, paving through to footings and foundations.

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2007 came into effect on 1 January 2007 and replaces the previous version of the Guide issued in NSW on 1 July 2003.

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