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New Legislation About Underquoting in NSW

November 2, 2015 0 Comments
New Legislation About Underquoting in NSW

A bill aimed at strengthening the law against underquoting was okayed by the NSW government mid-October. While this mostly affects Real Estate Agents – it could affect you as a builder if you are also a developer who sells your own spec homes, units, etc in NSW. This legislation means consumers purchasing a property will […]

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Asbestos Filled Building Products Still Being Imported into Australia from China

August 18, 2015 0 Comments
Asbestos Filled Building Products Still Being Imported into Australia from China

Asbestos is well-known as an extremely hazardous substance that has the potential to cause fatal lung diseases, including mesothelioma. Previously widely used in buildings, vehicles and household items due to its durability and versatility, thousands of Australians were exposed to dangerously high levels of asbestos, giving rise to serious illness in later years. In an […]

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Non-compliant Building Materials Sneaking into Australia

August 5, 2015 0 Comments
Non-compliant Building Materials Sneaking into Australia

Following a series of tragic accidents, a growing number of industry insiders are speaking out about the large quantities of hazardous building materials which are being imported into the country, then distributed to unsuspecting tradesmen and home owners. A significant percentage of the building products sourced from overseas aren’t fit for purpose and yet still […]

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The Importance of Cash Flow Projections for Builders

July 21, 2015 0 Comments
The Importance of Cash Flow Projections for Builders

An important consideration for any Licensed Builder is Financial Management – you need to ensure that your building projects are profitable. And a major aspect of profitability and management of finances, is cash flow. When managing your building business and putting plans together, a main focus should be creating Cash Flow Projections. Sadly, in the […]

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Women in the Building Industry

June 2, 2015 0 Comments
Women in the Building Industry

How come there aren’t more women in the Building Industry? An article was recently published in the UK around this question – and is still relevant here in the Australian Building Industry. At the heart of the issue is the fact that gender diversity in the building industry is terrible. According to the article, in […]

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Understanding Australian Building Contracts

May 25, 2015 0 Comments
Understanding Australian Building Contracts

There is a broad range of documentation that is needed before, during and at the completion of any building project. The document that binds most of these other documents together is the building contract. Prior to entering into negotiations with any client for any building project you will need to know and understand the types […]

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Building Industry and Cybersecurity

May 5, 2015 0 Comments
Building Industry and Cybersecurity

Does the Building Industry need to worry about Cybersecurity? Yes! There are those now saying that Builders and Construction Managers need to be preparing their businesses for the potential threat of breaches in their cybersecurity. An interesting article was published recently pointing out the risks to Building Companies from breaches in cybersecurity. If you are […]

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Building Industry Waste Management

March 2, 2015 0 Comments
Building Industry Waste Management

Building Industry Waste Management is in the spotlight which will encourage sustainable technologies and recycling. Last year the Western Australian Government sent a message to the building and construction industry; clean up your act and get more efficient or it is going to cost you more. The cost of disposing inert building waste went up […]

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Victorian Building Authority and Performance Audits

October 13, 2014 0 Comments
Victorian Building Authority and Performance Audits

The Victorian Building Authority conducts Performance Audits of the state building industry. These audits are a test of all work that is undertaken by Building Practitioners across the state. If you are a Registered Building Practitioner in Victoria then this article  will be of particular interest – but it does have importance across the entire […]

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Building Industry Products Must Conform

August 20, 2014 0 Comments
Building Industry Products Must Conform

No if’s or but’s – no matter where Building Industry Products are sourced, they need to conform. The costs of construction continue to rise. It’s a fact in the Building and Construction Industry. It means that more and more manufacturing will continue to be sourced off shore in China and other parts of Asia. And […]

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