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Balcony Failures

January 11, 2018 0 Comments
Balcony Failures

Property owners and their investments have been at risk due to unspecified regulations resulting in faulty materials used in construction, particularly in relation to buildings with balconies. When framing a house with a balcony, one would assume that the builder would choose durable materials, especially for the detailing for the balconies and balustrades. The materials […]

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Understanding the Roof Valley System

November 27, 2017 0 Comments
Understanding the Roof Valley System

A roof valley is a system which allows water to be drained from a roof in an efficient, controlled manner. As the name suggests, they are v-shaped and usually built from galvanised metal to ensure durability and cost-effectiveness. Valleys run alongside the folds in a roof where different aspects come together, protecting homes from any […]

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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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KNOCK KNOCK! Everything You Need To Know About Doors

October 4, 2017 0 Comments
KNOCK KNOCK! Everything You Need To Know About Doors

Most buildings have a door, and we all know what they do. You open it, you close it — it’s that simple. But do you know the various parts that comprise this essential piece of every building? Let’s walk through it (pardon the pun!). Head This is the part you actually walk beneath. It’s usually […]

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Working with Adjustable Props

September 19, 2017 0 Comments
Working with Adjustable Props

Adjustable props are temporary steel supports which are designed for a broad scope of propping scenarios in building and construction. Height adjustable, the props are generally used to support vertical loads ranging from form work and lintels to joists. As adjustable props are often installed to support heavy loads, it’s essential to calculate the specifications […]

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The Humble Weep Hole

September 14, 2017 0 Comments
The Humble Weep Hole

What are Weep Holes? Weep holes are a prescribed solution for protecting a home against the threat of damp and associated problems. They are a small hole in the external wall of a building that makes it possible to drain water from masonry construction. The holes can be found between the bricks in the external […]

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The Latest on Non-Compliant Building Products in Australia

July 12, 2017 0 Comments
The Latest on Non-Compliant Building Products in Australia

The Building Products Innovation Council (BPIC) says the Australian policy makers are not taking action with regards to non-compliant building products, despite the Lacrosse fire incident three years ago, and more recently, the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower. This urged the group to complain about the government’s passive approach to stop dangerous and non-compliant building […]

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Wood Destroying Agents that Damage Timber Structures

July 10, 2017 0 Comments
Wood Destroying Agents that Damage Timber Structures

Often failure within timber structures is more a result of poor maintenance and lack of knowledge of the characteristics and properties of the material itself. When wood is not well maintained, structural damage occurs as it is attacked by wood destroying agents – and often what the public (mistakenly) often refers to as pest damage. […]

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Better Building Practices to Avoid Leaky Buildings

June 13, 2017 0 Comments
Better Building Practices to Avoid Leaky Buildings

Are you familiar with better building practices to help you to avoid leaky buildings? One of the biggest culprits of envelope failures in buildings is water infiltration. It’s often a result of a handful of factors piling up for years and the cumulative effect results in leaks. Once there is leakage in buildings, then it […]

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