Simplifying
Building Codes.

Tools™ helps prevent costly mistakes and maximise efficiency by transforming the National Construction Codes (NCC) into interactive, easy-to-understand graphics and where appropriate incorporating deemed to comply and best practice information.

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How does it work?

We’ve summarised the NCC into simple, interactive graphics. Building Codes, version and Class references are all included, as well as best practices and risk information that you won’t find elsewhere. Stop wasting your time researching Codes, interpreting confusing rules and communicating requirements using words. Find, Zoom and Share the essential information you need.

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Find

the Tool™ you need.

Zoom

discover knowlege.

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by SMS or email.

A picture tells 1,000 words.

Humans are hard wired to understand images far quicker than blocks of text. Tools™ transforms as much as 30 pages of text, tables and figures into a single, informative graphic.

Why sift through piles of confusing, disorganised rules and regulations when you can just use Tools™?

Waterproofing
External Waterproofing
Threshold
Sub-sill with Set Down
Fire
Bushfire Construction
Bushfire Prone Development
Building Fabric
Masonry Veneer
Site Works
Pool Safety
Building Fabric
Box Gutter

About us.

Jerry Tyrrell’s brainchild, Tools™ was born after decades of frustration, witnessing the same easily avoidable mistakes being made.

Knowledge is the solution to our industry’s quality crisis. Millions of wonderful ancient buildings were built by proud designers and craftsmen using age old best practice and wisdom. They didn’t need piles of confusing rules and regulations.

Tools™ unlocks construction knowledge and simplifies building compliance.

A short history…

1788
Europeans start building in Australia
1976
Students search libraries
for best practice
1988
Launch of the
NCC
2016
NCC becomes
free
2017
Tools™
is created
2022
Tools™ App
launched
2023+
Defects decrease.
Build quality increases

Pricing

We want everyone to have access to Tools™.
That’s why you can always access Tools FREE of charge.

FREE

For individuals who need the basics of Tools™.

$0
Free Forever
$0
Free Forever
  • Access 10 Tools™/mth
  • Share to unlock more Tools™
  • Access new releases monthly
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Individual PRO

For individuals who need unlimited Tools™ + all features.

$29.99
/month, billed monthly
$289.99
/year, billed yearly
  • Unlimited Access to Tools™
  • Unlock all PRO features
  • Access new releases monthly
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Teams PRO

For teams collaborating internally and externally with Tools™.

$19.99
/month, per team member, billed monthly
$191.90
/year, per team member, billed yearly
  • Everything from Pro Individual
  • 2+ team members
  • Team Management
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Customer Stories.

Hi Jerry,

Just an update. I intend to retire this year and therefore will not require your service. My biggest regret is that you and your company didn’t exist 50 years ago. I still think it is the most fantastic resource for architects and construction professionals I have ever seen. In a weird way I am disappointed I no longer have a need for it.

Well done and good luck.
Stephen Petrie
Architect
Thanks Jerry.

LOVE this stuff!! Makes me want to continue designing!
Kylie Mitchell
Chapter Liaison
The ABCB should be embedding Tools into the NCC – its a nonsense to try to adequately describe a 3D world in text.
Angus Crowe
Architect
Hi Jerry,


I’m loving the Tools app. Ssooo easy to understand. After 35 years in the industry, it’s teaching me things critical to designing safe and compliant spaces.
David Andrew
Senior Associate
Using this website has saved me a lot of time in referencing building standards, whether in the initial design phase or in the later detailed stages, such as the Specifications mentioned on the website. Although I haven’t yet adopted images as details, it has already addressed critical points for several projects, all without the need to consult relevant consultants or incur additional costs.
Stephen Zang
Accredited Building Designer
Hi guys,

Just wanted to let you guys know that your program Tools is getting better and better. I am starting to use It more in my design and documentation of my projects and it gives me the direct answers I need instead of deciphering the NCC always.

Keep up the great work and looking forward to more future updates.
Louis Rizzo
Principal Director
This is how quick you get information. It’s not just for yourself. This is to make sure that the end product is proper.
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Chris Knierim
CEO of BDAA