To build or not to build? That is the question after a flood

Many will remember the computer game SimCity, an opportunity to build fictitious cities, with the aim of being re-elected as mayor and generating enough tax revenue to maintain vital community infrastructure. Despite the advanced level requiring some consideration of fires,…

Uniting Australia on building compliance

In 2018, Australia’s regulatory mechanisms for building control and compliance remain fragmented by the federated landscape of individual state and territory jurisdictions. Sure, our National Construction Code (NCC) is national, but it is confined to technical provisions for construction of…

After Years of Complacency, Reform has Arrived

Times certainly have changed. It wasn’t so long ago the notion that governments would take up issues of non-compliant building products would have been laughable. And yet today we have multiple government inquiries into just that issue. Outcomes of these…

Building Product Compliance – how Big is the Problem?

That is the alarming issue confronting the building and construction industry in Australia today. The recent high-profile case regarding non-compliant aluminium cladding which helped to fuel a dangerous apartment fire in Melbourne’s Docklands in November 2014, has shone the spotlight…

Building in Bushfire Prone Areas, Considerations for Construction

Australians have a fundamental connection to the bush. Much of our cultural folklore surrounds Australia’s beautiful bushland areas. It is of little surprise then that many of us share a desire to build our dream home in such an area.…

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