Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia Australian Standard AS1657 The revised Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders plugs some serious holes. Guard rails made of rubber, for example, are now explicitly unacceptable. While absurd, rubber guard rails technically complied with the 21-year-old AS1657 and the example shows just how sorely an update was needed. Changes to … Read More Building Code of Australia >>

Building Costs

Building Costs Contingency Budget Establishing a budget is one of the first steps in planning a successful construction project. Setting a plan for where to spend the money (building costs), and budgeting for all the work takes experience, attention to detail and a detailed project scope. However, there is often times where additional work, unknown … Read More Building Costs >>

The Stages of House Construction

House Construction Stages When you build a house, extend or renovate your home you sign a building contract with the builder. Once the builder has given you a domestic building insurance policy and certificate of currency for your property you pay the deposit to the builder. Once house construction begins progress payments are made for … Read More The Stages of House Construction >>

Building Surveyors

What does a Building Surveyor do? Since the dramatic landslip at a construction site in Mount Waverley investigations have revealed that in the past six years dozens of surveyors have been reprimanded and fined or had their registration suspended or cancelled. So, what does a Building Surveyor do? Are they providing a quality, valued service? … Read More Building Surveyors >>

Plumbers and Certificates

Plumbing Compliance Certificate Once they have completed their work a licensed plumber is to issue a plumbing compliance certificate. Always use a licensed plumber for any installation, repairs or renovations involving gas work. This not only applies to jobs like installing hot water systems and heaters, but also where renovations might involve disconnection or relocation … Read More Plumbers and Certificates >>

Exterior Lightweight Cladding

Cladding Systems Exterior cladding systems are insulators of both noise and heat. They can assist in keeping the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter whilst reducing power consumption and ultimately your energy bills. Architects and draftsmen are using a mix of materials, textures and colours to create feature walls and beautiful visual and … Read More Exterior Lightweight Cladding >>