Building Code of Australia

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 >>

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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 are often times where additional work, unknown … Read More Building Costs >>

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The Stages of House Construction

House Construction Stages When you build a house, extend or renovate your home you sign a building contract (approved by the Housing Industry Association) 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 … Read More The Stages of House Construction >>

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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 or home extensions might involve … Read More Plumbers and Certificates >>

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Builders Suspended and Fined

Bad Builders Bad Builders are the scourge of the industry but what can you do to avoid them and protect your valuable asset from shoddy and dangerous practice? Recently, a builder has been reprimanded and had his registration suspended for four months after he demanded payment for the frame stage before the work was completed, and … Read More Builders Suspended and Fined >>

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Box Gutter and Overflow Design

Box Gutter Design What are the advantages of modern box gutter design and in what way are they a great investment while renovating or building? Failing to install appropriately designed box gutters and correctly sized and positioned overflow devices can lead to serious damage to buildings and contents – especially in shed and flat house roof … Read More Box Gutter and Overflow Design >>