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Smart Choice of Building Materials to Cool Cities

August 11, 2018 0 Comments
Smart Choice of Building Materials to Cool Cities

In recent years, Australia has continued to come up with solid strategies to help make cooler cities across the country. Through research, partnership and collaboration with researchers, the local government hopes to fight climate change and the urban heat island effect. It is crucial for future urban developments to collaborate in order to combat the […]

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Polyethylene Cladding Ban in Australia

November 10, 2017 0 Comments
Polyethylene Cladding Ban in Australia

As you may be aware, after the Grenfell Tower fire a Senate Inquiry was put in place to investigate Non-Conforming Building Products in Australia. The result was a total ban on the importation, sale and use of Polyethylene (PE) Core Aluminium Composite. The ban states that aluminium cladding containing a flammable polyethylene must not be […]

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Modular Construction Code Handbook

October 22, 2017 0 Comments
Modular Construction Code Handbook

Monash University partnered with the Victorian Government and Engineers Australia to publish the Victorian Modular Code of Construction Handbook. Excitingly, it is the first comprehensive publication of its type in the world – and highlights the best practices in the building industry. Building construction uses about one third of the world’s resources and 40% of […]

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QBCC Reviews Companies in High-Risk Financial Circumstances

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
QBCC Reviews Companies in High-Risk Financial Circumstances

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is currently tracking down building companies operating under high-risk financial circumstances. According to QBCC Commissioner Brett Basset, the State’s Building Industry regulator has launched a comprehensive and more in-depth review into licenses that might have gone over their maximum revenue limits. “The QBCC supports a growing and sustainable […]

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CodeMark – Building Product Certification Update

September 1, 2017 0 Comments
CodeMark – Building Product Certification Update

For the past 2 years, builders have paid careful attention to the issue of ensuring the products and materials used in building projects meet the requirements of the National Construction Code in Australia and the Building Code in New Zealand. This transpired after the 2014 Lacrosse fire in Melbourne and became an even more urgent […]

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Green Building Council of Australia Update

August 29, 2017 0 Comments
Green Building Council of Australia Update

The Green Building Council of Australia recently made an update to its Green Star tools to prioritise carbon reduction in support of the industry’s goal to have carbon zero commercial buildings. Builders are now required to comply with the minimum greenhouse gas requirements. Buildings with 5-star Green Star need to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions […]

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Contract Administrators Needed

August 18, 2017 0 Comments
Contract Administrators Needed

According to feedback from recruitment agencies, there is a massive demand for Project Managers, Construction Managers, and Contract Administrators here in Australia following a boom in the home building sector (and the demand for residential dwellings) as well as various large Civil Construction projects. And update on each state’s needs are as follows: New South […]

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Legal Issues Surrounding the New Building Code

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Legal Issues Surrounding the New Building Code

The new building code released by the government faced its first legal challenge, with the Communication, Electrical, and Plumbing Union arguing that South Australian power workers must be exempted from the new code. have submitted an application to the federal court to downturn the decision. This was caused by the Australian Building and Construction Commission […]

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Grenfell Tower Fire Raises Building Cladding Issues

July 3, 2017 0 Comments
Grenfell Tower Fire Raises Building Cladding Issues

Following the Grenfell tower fire in London, investigations into possible building cladding issues in Australia have become a necessity. The Grenfell tower fire incident was a terrible tragedy leaving many residents dead. Investigators suspected the newly installed cladding on the building’s exterior, where flames rapidly spread. The Senate Economics Committee chair and Labor senator, Chris […]

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Plumbing Installations are Failing Audit Tests

June 16, 2017 0 Comments
Plumbing Installations are Failing Audit Tests

According to the Victorian Building Authority (building industry regulator in Victoria), more than one in five plumbing installations (in VIC) failed to comply with the required standards based on the audit test last April. 🙁 Results of the audit test show that 212 (20.54%) of the work associated with 1,032 Compliance Certificates conducted throughout the […]

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