Building Amendment – Specific Use Bushfire Protected Buildings

Tuesday October 4 2016 by VBA Research and understanding of bushfires is generating significant improvements in safety and as that knowledge and expertise advances so do the regulations required to ensure consistent application for all buildings but especially those used by our more vulnerable community members. On 6 September, the Building Amendment (Specific Use Bushfire Protected Buildings and Other Matters) …

NEW CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ACT!

Article on VBA website – August 5th 2016 Changes have been made to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your rights and duties under the law. This section of the VBA website holds information about: how these changes relate to you as a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder when the …

Who owns the copyright to your plans? Know where you stand

If you are owner building or using a builder please be aware of the following: Author: Jacqui Rigby-King If a person commissions an architect or a builder to draw architectural plans for them in accordance with their own “mud map” designs, and even if there is not much additional design input into the drawing of the architectural plans, the architect or …

Managing Condensation

With the current trend of eco-friendly and green initiatives driving better energy consumption and sustainable design of new buildings, there is an increasing requirement to have buildings further sealed off to air leakage and ensure any air entering or exiting your apartment is avoided, which unfortunately can sometimes result in condensation and moisture build up. Condensation in modern apartments must …

Homeowners, tradies ‘ignoring’ dangerous Infinity cable

Article by Insurance News   About 2300km of potentially deadly Infinity electrical cable remains in thousands of homes, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warns.   The product, imported from China, was recalled in 2014 after tests showed its poor-quality plastic insulation breaks down over time, leading to electric shocks or fires.   Retailers and suppliers report electricians and …

Cladding

Article from Insurance and Risk   Insurance brokers have been warned that non-compliant, highly flammable cladding appears to have been used in buildings around the country – not just Victoria.   The Victorian Building Authority last week revealed that of the 170 buildings audited as part of the their investigation, which was prompted by the Docklands Lacrosse apartment fire of November 2014, 51% were …

Cement alternative is cheaper, stronger and quicker to install

This article is written by Springwise and sponsored by Geovation   Cortex is an easily transportable alternative to cement, in the form of rollable concrete sheets that are activated by water.   Cement trucks are incredibly expensive to run, especially in areas that only require a thin layer of cement — such as drainage ditches and canal beds in developing countries. …

UPDATE – Infinity Cables

Source: Insurance News Potentially deadly Infinity cables may degrade in hot summer months, causing fires and electrocution, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warns. The product, imported from China, was recalled more than a year ago after tests showed its poor-quality plastic insulation breaks down over time. The cables were first installed in NSW homes in 2010, where they may …

Stronger councils for Sydney and regional NSW

Source: https://www.nsw.gov.au/ Stronger councils for Sydney and regional NSW 18th December 2015 Improved infrastructure and services and stabilised rates will make ratepayers the big winners under a proposal for 35 new councils in NSW, unveiled by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today. Mr Baird and Mr Toole said the community would have the opportunity …

The development of roof trusses being engineered from plan and delivered on

The development of roof trusses being engineered from plan and delivered on-site is all so ho-hum normal these days. Even though some builders still use sticks engineered roof trusses are big business. Competition among manufacturers is fierce, which is good news for builders. The competition is keeping pricing keen and manufacturers are constantly looking at ways of reducing costs even …