This year’s release of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2014 and its application in May, as with every year, brings a number of changes.

One ongoing area of ambiguity for many years was the requirements for stairway treads, landings and ramps to have slip-resistant, non-skid or non-slip properties. These requirements made sense given that in Australia a staggering 144,000 hospital day beds annually are attributed to admissions due to falls. The problems arising with…