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“Turn what you have to do into what you want to do”

In spite of having to add ESD features to your development there are some good reasons for wanting to do so!

  • Basix Announcement – Boarding Houses

    We have talked several times in previous newsletters about the challenges of assessing boarding houses in NSW. This has been because Class 3 boarding houses have, over time, been interpreted as needing a Basix certificate as well as a full Section J assessment under the building code. In attempt to resolve this problem the Dept […]

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  • A Closer Look

    We have picked out a few key points from each of the new parts of Section J starting with J1.3 Roof and Ceiling Construction.   Roof and Ceiling Construction This appears to be a very short section which should be easy to get one’s head around. If you take out all the lines of text […]

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  • Solar Train

    This is a heart-warming story. Imagine a train that is fully powered by the sun. Sounds ideal doesn’t it? If it could be done it would have to be a world’s first, right? Well, it has been done and somehow it seems appropriate it was done in the seaside town of Byron Bay. Here is […]

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  • National Registration Framework

    In further response to recommendations of the BCR, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) have drafted the National Registration Framework (NRF) discussion paper, proposing a nationally consistent registration system which would require mandatory specific NCC training and CPD for each core disciplines involved in the design and construction of a building. To find out more […]

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  • Impacts for Occupancy Certificate sign off

    The BCR also brings to attention the documentary aspect of compliant work carried out and acknowledges that private building surveyors (private building certifiers depending on your jurisdiction) do not hold expertise in all aspects of building design and therefore often rely on engineers or other expert consultants to design and certify certain components of work. […]

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  • Re-building confidence in the Building Industry

    There has been a lot in the media about the building industry in the last few years. As a result of the defects exposed by the likes of the Opal and Mascot Towers buildings and residential apartment fires of London’s Grenfell and Melbourne’s Lacrosse buildings, one might say a call for building regulatory reform across […]

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