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 …

What should I do if something goes wrong?

The best endeavours to prevent problems will never guarantee that the building will proceed without any problems. Each state has building tribunals set up under the various government consumer bodies e.g Office of Fair Trading (NSW). In the end the builder will have to be accountable to a tribunal set up to allow owners a fair hearing. Details on taking …

Owner Builder Home wins Built Environment category prize at 2015 Qld Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Article by Nathan Johnson Architecture and Design An owner-builder residential project that surpassed one of the toughest sustainable building performance tests in the world has been awarded the Built Environment category prize at 2015 Qld Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Over a 12 month period Robert and Tracy McVicker, owner-builders of Vicker Ridge in Logan Village, Qld put their home to one …

Cost Estimating

How much will my home cost to build? This will show you upfront whether you can afford to build your project.If you don’t cost your job then how do you know how much to borrow.This is your roadmap to building within your budget. You should not start without it (the bank will want it).  [column-group][/column-group]

Project Management

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. The owner building project is typically…  [column-group][/column-group]

Be wary of cheap imported products they may come back to bite you!

A recent debate has been circling the building industry around the high volume of cheap imported building materials failing to meet the safety and performance requirements.    The issue came to a head last year with 5 major commercial projects facing huge losses and repair bills due to the failure of imported Chinese glass.   At 150 Collins Street Melbourne the cost …

Turning the spotlight on energy

Changes to the Building Code of Australia will put significant limits on the maximum wattage allowable for lighting – and won’t be a case of changing a few globes. [column-group][/column-group]  

Concrete Pavers

Concrete Pavers … the natural and economical  choice [column-group][/column-group]