1268.0.55.001 - ABS Functional Classification of Buildings, 1999  
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Residential Buildings

      Separate, kit and transportable houses
          Separate House
          Kit Houses
          Transportable or relocatable houses
      Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses
          One storey
          Two or more storeys
      Flats, units or apartments
          In a one or two storey block
          In a three storey block
          In a four or more storey block
          Attached to a house
      Other residential buildings n.e.c.
    Other residential buildings n.e.c.
    Other residential buildings not elsewhere classified includes all those residential buildings not else where classified.

      Residential buildings
      Buildings that contain one or more dwellings, constructed for the purpose of the provision of long term accommodation. Examples include: detached houses, townhouses, flats, cottages and weekenders.

      This division excludes buildings providing short term commercial accommodation.

      Where non-residential functions are contained in the building, such as shops, hotel/motel rooms, or an office, only those buildings which are dwellings and can be separately identified are counted as residential buildings.

      Separate, kit and transportable house.
      A class covering houses that are free standing. The class has three subclasses:
        Separate house
        This is a house separated from other houses (or other buildings or structures) by space to allow access on all sides (at least 500 millimetres). This sub-class also includes houses which have an attached flat (eg. a granny flat). The attached flat will be included in the 'Flats, units or apartments' sub-class.

        Kit house
        A type of separate house which structurally consists of predominantly prefabricated components, generally provided as a kit, and intended for assembly on site.

        Transportable/relocatable house
        A type of separate house specifically designed to be readily transportable or relocatable to another site, this sub-class includes caravans intended for long term residency. Short term caravan accommodation is excluded.

      Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse
      This class covers dwellings with their own private grounds and no separate dwelling above or below. A key feature of these dwellings is that they are either attached in some structural way to one or more dwellings or are separated from neighbouring dwellings by less than 500 millimetres. Multi-storey townhouses are separately identified from those which are single storey. Includes duplexes.

      Flats, units or apartments
      This class covers all dwellings in blocks of flats, units or apartments. These dwellings do not have their own private grounds and usually share a common entrance foyer or stairwell. This class includes houses converted into flats, and flats attached to houses such as granny flats.

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