Architecture & Building, House Renovation

Moisture in Buildings

Moisture in buildings is a major concern for two reasons:

·        Health of Occupants

·        Deterioration of Building Elements

The health of the occupants is obviously first and foremost as damp living environments have been associated with adverse health effects including[1]:

·        Upper respiratory symptoms

·        Coughing

·        Wheezing

·        Asthma

·        Dyspnea (shortness of breath)

·        Lower respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children

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Architecture & Building

Urgent NEWS regarding Cladding behinds having their approvals revoked

On 21 February 2019 the Victorian Building Authority issues a media release outlining the none previously approved cladding products have had the Codemark Certificates revoked.

There is much information surrounding this or how it will play out in due course. This is one defect that will be around for some time.

The products are:

  • CM40029 Ozone Panel Building Systems
  • CM40066 Alpolic A2
  • CM40067 Alpolic FR
  • CM40076 Ultrabond FR
  • CM40079 Vitrabond FR
  • CM40082 Dulux Exsulite TM Kooltherm Façade System
  • CM40093 Larson FR
  • CM40138 Dulux Exsulite TM Thermal Façade non-cavity system
  • CM40162 Cladex FR

See link below for further information.,-including-acp-and-eps

Architecture & Building, Construction Consultant, House Renovation, Interior Design

The Construction Advocate

Those who know me, understand my passion for quality and detailed construction. This combined with having spent the last few months contracting to BDW Solutions who are a forensic and remedial building consultant has furthered this passion, and I have now established ‘The Construction Advocate’.

Whether you are an owner builder, strata manager, developer, unit owner or a builder, we are here to help navigate you through the challenging construction process. Our diverse on-site experience and knowledge of construction details, standards and codes are what set us apart from the rest.

My passion for good building practices in my own company CBS Builders, led me developing a thorough knowledge of the relevant Australian Standards, building products and techniques.

Now I wish to share this knowledge across varying platforms, not just in my new business, but also through the Master Builders Association, as the Vice President of the St George area, as well as my lecturing at the University of Technology Sydney in the subject of Professional Practice.

At CBS Builders and the previous firms I worked for, gave me insight into all aspects of construction, budgets, design management and compliance, as well as defect resolutions.

With the majority of my 20 years experience being site based, give me a practical and real world insight into construction problems. We are not a team of office intellectuals, but builders with real world knowledge and understanding of construction and its complications.

This combined with our wealth of knowledge, and experience across all construction sectors, including:

  • Education – universities, public and private schools.
  • Developments – units,  terraces and precincts.
  • Residential – standard to high-end ultra-luxury homes, penthouse fitouts.
  • Defence & Military projects.
  • Aged Care
  • Commercial – pubs, clubs, restaurants, shop fitouts.
  • Industrial – factories and warehouses.

 Our role is to be your experienced representative whether as a superintendent, construction advisor, defects manager or independent expert. Our knowledge of the Building Code of Australia,relevant Australian Standards, and industry guides coupled with a solution-oriented practical approach have built a reputation of excellence and trust.

ABCC, Construction Consultant

SOPA disputes on Commonwealth funded projects need to be reported to the ABCC

So many will be surprised to know that under Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016, any contractors and subcontractors who have expressed interest in or tendered for Commonwealth funded building work since 2 December 2016 are covered by the Code as the funder is a ‘code covered entity’ in relation to payment of Progress Claims under the Security of Payments Act (“SOPA“).

Whilst this sounds confusing, in layman terms it means that if you are working on a Commonwealth funded project and enter into a payment dispute under SOPA, this dispute must be reported to the Australian Building and Construction Commission (“ABCC“) by the head contractor.

Any disputed and delayed payments to subcontractors must be reported to the ABCC as soon as practicable after the date that payment is due. Further detail on reporting obligations and a security of payment reporting form are available on the ABCC website, but this came into force on September 1 2018.

This reporting obligation was initially announced in July at the commencement of the ABCC’s security of payment campaign aimed at creating awareness of payment obligations and rights under the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

The campaign also asks code covered contractors to:

  • make payments in a timely manner
  • resolve disputes reasonably and cooperatively
  • document and follow their dispute settlement process
  • not coerce or pressure subcontractors regarding payment
  • comply with any adjudication determinations.

A breach of the Code of failure to disclose a SOPA dispute could lead to removal of the contractor from the tendering of any further Commonwealth funded projects.

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