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Building Homes that are Pet Friendly

April 19, 2017 0 Comments
Building Homes that are Pet Friendly

According to the Animal Health Alliance, about 5 million households in Australia have pets, which is one of the highest records in the world. One-third of this figure are renting Australians, which means, there is a big demand for pet-friendly investment homes… many pet-owning rentals are finding it difficult to look for pet-friendly housing. If […]

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Waterproofing Construction Joints

April 3, 2017 0 Comments
Waterproofing Construction Joints

Concrete is one of the most common construction materials used in almost all types of infrastructure. From walls, bases, floors/ceilings, through to retaining walls, driveways, patios, roads, bridges and paths – it has a reputation for strength and durability. But while it can withstand a wide variety of weather conditions, it can be compromised by […]

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Celebrating 20 Years in the Construction Training Industry

March 20, 2017 0 Comments
Celebrating 20 Years in the Construction Training Industry

Guess who is turning 20 this year? While all the team members at Back to Basics Training would like to wish they were that wonderful age… it’s actually the company that celebrates 20 years this year! Hip! Hip! Hooray! 20 years! During that time Back to Basics has built a reputation for friendly, personable and […]

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Australian Standard Set to Improve Fire Safety

March 9, 2017 0 Comments
Australian Standard Set to Improve Fire Safety

Australians expect to be safe from risks of fire when frequenting public places such as malls, airports, and corporate buildings. Fire Safety includes designing buildings to allow quick evacuation and use of construction materials are to a standard. Serious injuries and tragic of loss of life due to fire reminds everyone just how important it […]

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Understanding Cracks and Building Damage

January 23, 2017 0 Comments
Understanding Cracks and Building Damage

Cracks and foundation movement are two major problems that can damage the appearance of, and compromise the overall building structure. The following symptoms and causes may be an indication of damage. Concrete Roof Slabs Cracks may vary in direction and depth, but these are commonly caused by: Shrinkage during setting Inadequate support Thermal movement Foundation […]

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Australian Hospital Construction Problems

January 16, 2017 0 Comments
Australian Hospital Construction Problems

It has been more than a year since Perth’s $1.2 billion Children’s Hospital was scheduled to open, but the project has had a setback due to unknown causes of the facility’s contaminated water supply. Media and the public interest has been drawn to the subject as the media is being blocked from a Supreme Court […]

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Concrete Fasteners Compliance

January 10, 2017 0 Comments
Concrete Fasteners Compliance

For many years Australia had no regulation for the selection, design, or installation of concrete fasteners and anchors for the Building and Construction Industry. And up to recent times there have been reports of a number of serious failures of concrete fastening and anchoring systems during construction. These failures were due to poor choice of […]

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Troubleshooting Dampness in a Home Renovation

December 26, 2016 0 Comments
Troubleshooting Dampness in a Home Renovation

Dampness within a building can cause many issues – including a build-up of mould (creating health problems) and defects (structural problems). If you’ve been called in to inspect or renovate a building that has damp patches and stains, then it is useful to know what some of the common causes for dampness are and where […]

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Project Bank Accounts Relating to Builders

December 19, 2016 0 Comments
Project Bank Accounts Relating to Builders

In an attempt to protect subcontractors from the ripple effect of major corporate collapses, the government has decided to implement Project Bank Accounts in every construction project worth more than $1 million in Queensland, by the beginning of 2019. In order to support the transition, the government has further expressed its support by planning to […]

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Need for Construction Professionals on the Rise

December 12, 2016 0 Comments
Need for Construction Professionals on the Rise

Great news for Construction Professionals as the need for tradespeople and professionals within the building and construction sector in Australia is currently on the rise. This is following red hot conditions in the apartment building market. According to a recent analysis of employment, the demand for construction professionals in Australia was up by 13% in […]

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