Termite Management for Builders Print E-mail
Article Index
Termite Management for Builders
Termite behaviour
Termite Risk Management Requirements in the BCA
Other Statutory and Legal Implications
Termite Management Standards
A Focus on AS3660.1
Sub-floor Ventilation Requirements
High Risk Sites Require Special Attention
Creating a Manageable Process
- 1: Assessing Site Risks
- 2: Assessing and Acting Upon Design Risks
- 3: Selecting an Appropriate Termite Management System
- 4: Quality of System Installation
- 5: Preventing Problems During Landscaping, Paving and Site Works
- 6: Handing Over to the Building Owner
What is the Risk of Major Damage from Termites?
Appendix A - Termite Resistant Timbers
Appendix B - State Variations to the BCA
Appendix C - Termite Management System Handover Form
References, Acknowledgements and Disclaimer

This guide introduces the termite management issues which builders should be aware of. Use the links on your right to navigate to the various sections of the guide.

The guide is available as a PDF download (2.5 MB).



Good risk management practices can help reduce the risk of damage from termite attack on buildings. This web-guide details these management practices; it is orientated towards helping builders and designers involved in housing construction across Australia. It starts by outlining regulatory and statutory requirements. It then provides guidelines to use in the building process. It finishes by discussing the risk of damage to houses from termites. Three major issues require special mention because of their underlying impact on the above issues:

  • Builders and designers should work together to limit possible damage by termites.

  • The Principal Certifying Authority should check and ensure that installed systems comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and in most cases, AS3660.1 as well.

  • Consumers should be advised that they are responsible for organising post-construction management of termite risk.