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Building Companies are Still Businesses

October 12, 2017 0 Comments
Building Companies are Still Businesses

Sustainable practices, delivering positive outcomes to clients, and making more than what you spend can make many businesses thrive… and of course this is true also for the building sector. Too often small business enterprises (including building companies) overlook the word ‘business’ and get so caught up in doing the ‘business activity’ they fail at […]

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The Ripple Effect of Offsite Construction Components

August 1, 2017 0 Comments
The Ripple Effect of Offsite Construction Components

As a standard practice, builders would apply margin to the total estimated cost of construction at the time of tender. This includes labour, materials, consultants, and other associated costs. The basis of builder margin is well understood in the construction industry and is often shown as a percentage and the corresponding value in the tender […]

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Construction Labour Hire Operators in the Spotlight

May 26, 2017 0 Comments
Construction Labour Hire Operators in the Spotlight

The construction labour hire operators in Victoria and Queensland are being investigated as the government attempts to shut down devious operators who exploit labour hire workers. A Filipino worker Edwin de Castro, landed a job on a construction site in Narrabri, New South Wales through a labour hire firm. He was excited, however, his excitement […]

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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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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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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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What Every Builder Should Know About Contract Works Insurance

August 4, 2016 0 Comments
What Every Builder Should Know About Contract Works Insurance

Upgrading your qualifications to become a builder is a fantastic achievement and means you can now delve into those larger projects you may have been wanting to manage. It’s important to know that with your new qualification comes new responsibilities and this can raise some questions, particularly with regards to insurances. Below are some commonly […]

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Safe Work Method Statements for High Risk Construction Work

July 20, 2016 0 Comments
Safe Work Method Statements for High Risk Construction Work

Here’s the ‘what, when, where, why, how and who’ of Safe Work Method Statements for high risk construction work. What is a Safe Work Method Statement? A Safe Work Method Statement (aka an SWMS) is a document that needs be prepared for high risk construction work prior to commencement of work. The document informs the […]

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Why Risk Management is Vital to Your Construction Business

May 24, 2016 0 Comments
Why Risk Management is Vital to Your Construction Business

Risk Management has been a common theme throughout the last few articles, and here’s the answer as to why it plays a major role in your construction business. Risk Management is your path to ensuring your construction business is compliant. It is also a way of covering yourself if something untoward did happen during production. […]

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Understanding Constraints in a Building Project

April 5, 2016 0 Comments
Understanding Constraints in a Building Project

Constraints in a Building Project can sometimes be confused with risks. But they are different, and as a worker in the building and construction industry you should know the difference. As a general rule: constraints as those things that are imposed on the project – knowingly or unknowingly – that you have no real control […]

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