Rubber recycling innovation for residential market


A novel approach to rubber recycling could see end-of-life tyres repurposed into concrete for residential constructions.


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Victoria’s largest mass timber project completed at La Trobe University


Almost the entirety of La Trobe University's new student accommodation structure utilises cross-laminated timber and glulam beams and columns.


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Grain is good with Fairview


Fairview has evoked the calming principles of biophilic design for its new timber-look range of interlocking aluminium façade panels.


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Decision-makers in construction need re-education on their views toward people living with disability


Australian leaders of construction are missing the opportunities unlocked by hiring people living with disabilities.


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Coles and partners Replas, Red Group and RMIT install largest Polyrok pour


Last week Coles made the largest ever pour of Polyrok – concrete made with recycled soft plastic packaging – at its Cobblebank supermarket development.


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Common discrimination and no support – the plight of women in construction


A Victorian Government report has exposed a 'culture of silence' in which women don't feel supported to speak out about the lack of acceptance and inappropriate treatment they endure working in construction.


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New tech to make construction at heights safer


Technology specifically designed to make high level construction work on towers safer is in use at Victoria University's City West Tower.


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Construction is about using the right tools for the job and business software is no different


It'll give you greater control, eliminate budget blowouts and enhance productivity. Frank Feustel on the benefits of adopting digital business management.


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New app helps tradies and sole traders stay on top of their finances


Sole aims to make it simple for small business owners to manage their money from their smartphones.


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Archistar releases two new tools to help builders test and assess the feasibility of property designs


Archistar Homes and Next Generation Drawing Tools aim to help builders and developers quickly test, explore and assess the feasibility of property designs, saving time and money.


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Joint venture completes Sky Garden, Australia’s largest air rights development


Above The Glen shopping centre, Golden Age Group and Probuild, in collaboration with retail manager Vicinity, are celebrating the completion of the Sky Garden development.


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Australian construction companies spend 30 hours per week on quality assurance


A new industry poll from Procore reveals how much time is dedicated to quality assurance in Australian construction.


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Dulux’ envirO₂ range receives Global GreenTag certification


envirO₂ is low odour and has very low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, with less than one gram per litre, earning it GreenTag's GreenRATE Level A certification and PlatinumHEALTH status.


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News of the collapse of the Grocon empire is greatly exaggerated


Grocon, the Australian construction empire that grew from the family concreting business started by Luigi Grollo in Melbourne in 1948, is on its last legs. But Grocon, the privately held property development empire headed by Luigi’s grandson Daniel Grollo, will continue to operate.


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Chiodo makes a start on Ashburton townhouse development


Construction has commenced on Chiodo's $17.5 million townhouse development in Ashburton, in Melbourne's south east.


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Brookfield’s 405 Bourke Street tops out


Brookfield Properties is calling it a rebirth of Melbourne's core in the CBD.


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Disaster plan: insurers and builders join up for the future


The Insurance Council of Australia and the Master Builders Association have joined forces to develop proposals that will help strengthen homes and communities against natural disasters.


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Coles recycles soft plastic packaging in car park concrete


Coles has partnered with recycling organisations RED Group and Replas to install a concrete slab car park made partly out of recycled soft plastics.


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BPI Rating partners with Grimshaw to drive more sustainable product material selections


The partnership should enable building professionals to have a better flow of information on the construction materials they use.


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Charter Hall forges on with Wesley Place Precinct as 150 Lonsdale Street begins


Construction works commenced on 150 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne last week.


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Announcements from Procore’s 2020 Groundbreak construction conference


The first day of Procore Technologies' digital construction conference, Groundbreak, was marked with a range of new announcements and a message of positivity from company founder and CEO Tooey Courtemanche.


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What workers want – key drivers influencing Australians when choosing employment options


A new research report has revealed Australian workers want to be employed by those who put their personal health and safety first.


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Managing water on-site – to buy or borrow?


Rafi Tchopourian says managing water on site is best left to outside experts. Here's why.


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USG Boral launches Shaftliner MouldStop plasterboard panels


USG Boral has created an inter-tenancy wall solution with additional mould resistance.


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‘Let’s get what we paid for’ – the call for better NCC enforcement


'Let's get what we paid for' – the call for better NCC enforcement


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Mirvac and Landcom break ground at Green Square


Mirvac and Landcom have begun construction of Portman on the Park, a Sydney block of luxury apartments.


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2020 budget a ‘missed opportunity’ says CFMEU National Construction Division


020 Federal Budget, delivered last night, does little to support apprentices in the long term and is a missed opportunity to spark a construction boom, says the CFMEU National Construction Division.


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Frasers Property to deliver 144 new affordable housing options in Brisbane


Frasers Property will join the Queensland Government's Build-to-Rent Pilot Project, delivering affordable key-worker housing options to Fortitude Valley.


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Brookfield starts unveiling Heritage icon revamp


Brookfield has begun unveiling the finished façade restoration of Shell House as part of its $2 billion Brookfield Place development in Sydney.


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Military training facility refurb to create 80 to 100 jobs in regional NSW


Refurbishment of the Singleton Military Area in New South Wales is expected to provide a significant boost for local business and employment opportunities for a range of subcontractors.


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How important is data to you?


A new poll commissioned by Procore Technologies has found that data is extremely important to the increasingly digital Australian construction industry.


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Honeywell launches VeriShield 100 passive earmuff series


The lightweight hearing solution offers optimal comfort over long periods in a range of environments.


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Weld Australia and Gotcha4Life team up for mental health


Weld Australia has partnered with Gotcha4Life to help build the mental fitness of Australia’s welders.


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Construction Skills Queensland announces $42 million training package to boost construction recovery


Construction Skills Queensland's Annual Training Plan features increased investment in apprenticeship pathways, small business know-how and a mental health program.


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Mirvac completes Collins Street build at historic Olderfleet buildings


Mirvac Group and co-owner Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust are celebrating the completion of the new office building at 477 Collins Street in Melbourne.


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GECA achieves Green Star recognition for six new materials, products and services


Through the recognition, building professionals and architects will be able to select products that are better for the planet.


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Andrews Government to release reopening roadmap


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his government are this week holding discussions with industry, unions and community groups prior to releasing a reopening roadmap this Sunday 6 September.


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How 5G can boost the future of trade up-skilling


Better Building hears from Harvey Wright, head of Optus 5G, about how the technology's being used to make remote work training possible through state of the art technology.


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3MT winner finds a unique way to reduce construction waste


Twenty million tonnes of construction materials end up in landfill each year – comprising almost half of Australia’s total waste. But what if there was a way to stop that waste from being produced in the first place?


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Wynyard project tops out and renames to Brookfield Place Sydney


Brookfield Properties has marked a significant milestone in its delivery of the $2 billion office and retail development connecting Wynyard Station to George Street in Sydney, by celebrating the topping out of the new tower structure and the renaming of the former Wynyard Place project to Brookfield Place Sydney.


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Multiplex to deliver Canberra Hospital expansion


Multiplex has been appointed by the ACT Government to deliver the new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building as the centrepiece of the Canberra Hospital Expansion.


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Build sustainable industrial facilities now to avoid stranded assets – report


A new report by the Australian and New Zealand Green Building Councils warns billions of dollars of industrial buildings face becoming 'stranded assets'.


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Only 247 applications and no payments made to date – HomeBuilder two months in


A Senate committee inquiry into government coronavirus stimulus measures heard last week that only 247 applications and no payments have been made to date.


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Breaking: Melbourne construction to enter ‘pilot light’ phase in Stage Four lockdowns


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced tightened restrictions for three categories representing the entire construction industry as metropolitan Melbourne enters Stage Four lockdowns.


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Multiplex site shuts down after confirmed cases


Multiplex's Premier Apartments site on Spencer Street in Melbourne was shut for a hospital grade clean following 12 confirmed coronavirus cases.


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USG Boral creates five National Construction Code webinars


USG Boral has announced a webinar series on acoustics, health and aged care fundamentals in building design and fire rating systems.


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If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling


Design professions like architecture and engineering are set to go over a cliff in September. Geoff Hanmer of the University of Adelaide says construction is set to follow them in 2021.


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Australia’s small businesses in construction are among the most optimistic – report


Small businesses in Australia’s construction, manufacturing and healthcare sectors are most confident about the state of their industry over the remainder of 2020, according to a new research report released today by Xero.


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Digital solutions and construction – making face-to-face easy


Better Building speaks with Tim Hassett, of Spence Construction, about how digital solutions are enabling his organisation to continue working and remotely manage sites across Victoria.


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Unhealthy culture: Australians would show up at work with cold and flu symptoms, survey reveals


When asked to reveal why they would present to work with headaches, a stuffy or runny nose, or a sore or tingly throat, 58 percent say the symptoms were not serious enough to justify time off work. Forty-two percent say it's because they have too much work to do with no replacement available, 29 percent believe their employer won't regard their symptoms as serious enough, while 24 percent don't want to use up their sick leave or say they will have pressure from their employer to present to work.


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Master Builders welcomes Federal Government’s JobTrainer package


It's a "great move" that will keep young women and men in the building and construction industry working, says Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn.


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Building Designers Association of Australia partners up with Builder Finders


New South Wales builder broker Builder Finders has been endorsed as a Regional Industry Partner of the Building Designers Association of Australia.


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Multiplex finishes 80 Collins Street build in Melbourne


Multiplex has completed the new tower and retail precinct at 80 Collins Street, effectively delivering one of the largest brand new commercial office precincts in Melbourne’s CBD.


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Making house calls? Here’s what to do


The Victorian Building Authority is urging Victorians to take extra precautions when using builders and plumbers.


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NSW Government asks tradies for feedback on pay protections


The NSW Government is seeking feedback from the construction industry over a proposed security of payment regulation that will deliver a more secure system of contractor payments across the sector.


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CFMEU Vic/Tas teams up with DHHS in renewed COVID-19 crackdown


The increase in community virus transmission in Victoria has necessitated further safety measures.


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Incolink keeps building sites moving with COVID-19 testing blitz


Six thousand construction workers, at more than 100 sites across Victoria and Tasmania, have been tested for COVID-19.


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Deco Australia launches timber-look aluminium floorboard


Aluminium building products manufacturer Deco Australia has unveiled its new internal flooring system, DecoFloor, which offers the look of timber with the durability of aluminium.


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Global Resiliency Dialogue: building codes team up to address extreme weather risk


A number of organisations have welcomed moves by building codes in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US to collectively improve the resilience of built environments in preparation for extreme weather.


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This is a Conversation Starter: free ongoing mental health support for tradies and truckies


Trademutt, an Australian social enterprise that creates bold and bright workwear for tradies with the goal of tackling mental health head on, launched This Is A Conversation Starter in 2018.


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Multiplex tops out Melbourne Grand


Construction company Multiplex has reached a major construction milestone on Central Equity’s $470 million Melbourne Grand, ‘topping out’ the new 58-level high-rise apartment tower.


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Industry bodies call on Government to make every building count in economic recovery


Commercial building upgrades are a key opportunity highlighted in a report issued by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), Energy Efficiency Council, Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Property Council of Australia.


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New underground piping system a ‘game-changer’


A new underground piping system helps mitigate the billions of potable and recycled water lost each year to due ill-fitting, leaking pipes. 


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Construction of a high-tech medical research centre to begin in Adelaide next month


The Australian Bragg Centre will be built in the Adelaide BioMed Precinct alongside its sister building the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).


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HomeBuilder welcomed by industry bodies despite heavy criticism


The Federal Government's HomeBuilder scheme aims to assist the residential construction industry by providing homeowners with $25,000 grants, encouraging them to commence renovations and new builds.


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“Stimulus not subsidies” – Master Builders calls for $13.2 billion


A building and construction stimulus of $13.2 billion will stimulate more than $30 billion in new economic activity and create more than 100,000 jobs, according to a callout from Master Builders Australia.


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Toolbox Talk: addressing the mental health impacts of COVID-19


COVID-19's effects have been many and impacts on workers include financial strain, family issues and increased pressures at home. All of these factors can contribute to stress and exacerbate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. University of Sydney modelling suggests 750 additional lives could be lost to suicide each year for the next five years. One in four of these deaths will be young people.


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RS Pro donates thermal imaging cameras to volunteer fire-fighters


Thermal imaging cameras are used to collect accurate, fast and reliable temperature measurement during firestorms, in low visibility environments and in hard-to-reach terrain.


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Builders commend Government on procurement and payment time changes


Master Builders Australia has welcomed the Federal Government's move to amend its procurement and contracting arrangements to support businesses through COVID-19.


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Certain trades see increase as residents invest in lockdown home repairs


To make the lockdown easier to bear for residents, air conditioning and heating jobs, electrical services jobs and painting jobs were some of the jobs to see in increase in April.


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Tradies report a 20 percent decline in income


A ServiceSeeking.com.au survey of more than 900 trades professionals explored the effect on jobs and income in these challenging times.


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ETS6 Professional launches next software generation


As the world’s only engineering tool software for building automation, ETS guarantees installers and system integrators the highest level of efficiency in their work.


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How we build now – survey of Australian builders during the COVID-19 pandemic


Procore has released the results of a survey exploring how COVID-19 has influenced the outlook, impact and technology use of Australian builders.


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Corinthian Doors develops steel cavity units


Traditional timber cavity units can be prone to moisture absorption, rotting, bowing and white ants. Corinthian's steel range is engineered for superior strength and space.


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CFMEU Victorian Construction Division wins major court victory


The Federal Court has today dismissed an application by the Manufacturing Division National Secretary Michael O'Connor to restrain the Victorian Construction Division from enrolling and representing floor layers, glaziers and cabinet makers who work on construction sites.


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New render look panelling means no more wet cladding


EasyTex comes pre-primed and can be finished simply with two coats of paint. According to a product description it is also less prone to dirt build up and doesn't suffer from cracking or lime staining.


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Australia’s first CLT hotel to open in 2020


TFE Hotels and Hume Partners Property will launch Australia’s first CLT hotel and the tallest timber adaptive-reuse project in the country – the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank – later this year.


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Roll-out of Project Trust Accounts in Queensland


The roll-out of Project Trust Accounts in Queensland will force major changes in the building and construction industry in that state – and other state and territory governments should follow suit, says Louise Stewart of ProjectPay.


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Lending for new homes continues to grow


The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has announced some positive news for the construction industry, with lending figures up for the most recent financial quarter.


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Young and old driving Australia’s most successful landscaping company


Better Building talks with Lucas Piperides and David Hosking, the intergenerational duo taking HL Landscapes to new heights.


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Exoskeleton tech building momentum in construction industry


In 2020, science fiction is looking more like fact, with exoskeleton suits growing in popularity and practicality within the construction industry.


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How to improve construction productivity


Construction productivity rates have barely increased over the last two decades. Why's this the case and what needs to be done to give it a necessary boost?


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Five ways businesses can address Australia’s mental health crisis


A draft report by the Government's Productivity Commission reveals the extent of Australia's mental health crisis. AccessEAP explores it findings.


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Avora 34: sustainability plus style equal net zero


Icon Homes' Avora 34 display home celebrates innovation in construction through the intersection of style and technology.


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Is it safe to work outdoors in bushfire smoke?


With smoke from Australian bushfires blanketing sections of the country, it's important to understand the associated risks and how to safeguard your health.


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Aligning sustainability projects with business strategy – part two


TURLOUGH GUERIN raises six more questions for environmental and sustainability professionals to ask themselves before pitching a project.


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Aligning sustainability projects with business strategy – part one


TURLOUGH GUERIN explains how environmental and sustainability professionals can lead projects in alignment with an organisation's development agenda.


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Look after your mental health this holiday season


SHAPE Australia presents some simple suggestions for how builders and construction workers can safeguard their mental health this holiday season.


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Federal Government to finance smart energy meters for Aussie buildings


The Australian government has announced $2.7 million in funding for an innovative Wattwatchers smart energy meter program.


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Better Building’s top 10 stories of 2019


As the new year approaches, we take a look at Better Building's 10 most popular stories of 2019.


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Penrith City Council to host masterclass on urban heat crisis


Penrith City Council seeks to explore solutions to Sydney's urban heat problem in a masterclass set to run in February 2020.


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Brick delivers architectural impact inside and out for winners of The Block


Architecturally inspired interiors and exteriors brought to life with a brick aesthetic proved a smart choice for the winners of The Block 2019.


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Why terrazzo will continue to reign in 2020


Interior design group Houzz predicts one of the biggest home design trends set to define 2020 – continued interest in terrazzo.


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A new approach to dealing with construction waste


Better Building speaks with Repurpose It CEO George Hatzmanolis about changing attitudes to waste and resource management in the construction sector.


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SEEK predicts 2020 to mark ‘turning point’ for construction jobs


SEEK's 2020 Trends Report predicts a positive year for construction-related jobs driven by an increase in large infrastructure projects.


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How builders can support budget-savvy customers


Innovative, responsible payment solutions can help alleviate 'bill shock' while ensuring builders can get to work faster and more effectively.


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Seven Australian projects win big at Tall Buildings awards


Buildings across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have received Awards of Excellence at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2020 awards program.


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Sydney Build Expo prepares for 2020


Sydney Build Expo – Australia's leading construction, architecture and infrastructure expo – prepares for its best event yet in March 2020.


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Project bank accounts can solve building sector’s non-payments problem


Subcontractors concerned about delayed or non-payments may find relief in a recent push for builders to establish project bank accounts.


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How simple features can help to define interior style


USG Boral reveals how builders can use decorative cornices to meet the design needs of homeowners.


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Sam El Rihani – defying industry decline


Decode Group's Sam El Rihani talks expanding in a slow market, shaping strong internal culture and being named Building and Construction Exec of the Year.


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Study finds UV exposure most common carcinogen in construction industry


Safe Work Australia reveals only eight percent of construction workers use adequate sun protection, putting the vast majority at higher risk of skin cancer.


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Experts envisage the house of the 2020s


Architects, interior designers and other housing experts discuss the trends that will define the homes of the 2020s.


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Lack of confidence costing construction SMEs cross-border trade


New research from OFX and CoreData reveals a lack of confidence in the economy is costing Australian SMEs billions in cross-border trade deals.


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AIPM responds to Design and Building Practitioners Bill draft


The Australian Institute of Project Management has delivered a mixed review of the draft legislation for the Design and Building Practitioners Bill.


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How employers can address domestic violence in the workplace


In acknowledgement of the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we look at ways employers can address domestic violence in the workplace.


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Australian industry standards to go digital


A new framework established by Standards Australia will see building and construction standards go live online as early as next year.


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How leaders can ensure they’re keeping employees on track for success


The importance of effective leadership in the building industry is often overlooked, but that needs to change to ensure greater accountability and success.


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Bonython builders win big at Master Builders Awards


The construction team behind Gosford's Bonython Tower has won three major awards at the 2019 Master Builders Association Newcastle Building Awards.


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Infrastructure upgrade plans a relief for SA construction industry


South Australian construction companies are set to benefit from a much-needed boost in infrastructure work funded by the federal government.


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Procore explores attitudes to health and safety on Australian building sites


New research from Procore and ACA Research reveals how Australian construction companies are approaching health and safety practices on the job site.


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Burwood Brickworks strives for Living Building certification


Burwood Brickworks is set to become the most sustainable shopping centre in the world as the team aims for Living Building Challenge certification.


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Five SHAPE Australia projects acknowledged at The MBA Awards


SHAPE Australia received awards for three high profile commercial fitouts, as well as a State Library of NSW restoration project.


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Masonry: playful experimentation and linking to the Australian environment


Think Brick CEO ELIZABETH MCINTYRE reflects on some of the creative and innovative projects using masonry to blend buildings into Australian landscapes.


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High-rise units prove bad business for developers


High-rise developments are proving bad business for builders, with lenders reluctant to lend and buyers not wanting to buy.


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Exploring the role of tech leadership in construction


The construction industry's notoriously slow to embrace new tech, but research shows that greater adoption has the potential to save time, money and jobs.


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HIA celebrates positive shift in Builder Award wages


The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is celebrating the positive conclusion of a campaign designed to streamline Building Award allowances.


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How to be a better mentee and develop your career


Top recruitment agency Hays has released a list of six tips to help builders be more effective mentees as they seek to develop their careers.


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Main works underway on Multiplex’s Sapphire by the Gardens


Mutiplex have commenced main works at the $565 million Sapphire by the Gardens mixed-use development in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.


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ABB Electrification launches interactive smart city


To mark the UN's World Cities Day, ABB Electrification has today launched a virtual smart city for viewers to explore from their desktops.


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Cancer Council calls on builders to implement sun protection policies


Sun protection should be a major concern for outdoor workers in Australia, yet a worrying 38 percent aren't properly protected on the job.


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Can we transform the building sector? (part two)


In part two of his article on transforming the building sector, TURLOUGH GUERIN explores ethics in construction, developments in supply chains and more.


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Can we transform the building sector? (part one)


In part one of his article on transforming the building sector, TURLOUGH GUERIN considers some of the highlights of the GBCA National conference.


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The rise of the technology architect


What is a technology architect and what does their emergence mean for Australian builders? MARK JEISMAN explains.


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Gender discrimination is keeping women from careers in construction


Randstad's 2019 Women in Construction Report paints a grim picture of the conditions keeping women from entering or remaining in the construction industry.


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Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway receives project management award


Sutherland Shire Council's complex and comprehensive Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway project has won its fifth major award.


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Cancer Council Australia joins silica awareness campaign


Cancer Council Australia has partnered with the IOSH to highlight the risks associated with exposure to silica dust.


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Coffee sets foundation for innovation in construction


An RMIT University engineering lecturer and his students have devised an innovative way to create more sustainable concrete – make it out of coffee.


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The Seed House snaps up Excellence in Timber Design award


fitzpatrick+partners' The Seed House has taken out the major award at the 2019 Australian Timber Design Awards.


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Future of waste and recycling on show at Waste Expo Australia


Waste management and resource recovery are high on the agenda for everyone and it will be at Waste Expo Australia where strategies will be discovered.


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Job losses loom as SA government tender rates hit record low


Thousands of people may lose their jobs as the South Australian government's tender rates continue to fall, warns the Civil Contractors Federation.


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Addressing the e-waste problem in Australia’s built environment


Australia's builders can't rely on government policy to address the rising e-waste problem. It's time to develop strategies capable of delivering solutions.


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Court decision clarifies builders’ rights to quantum meruit claims


The High Court's milestone judgement on Mann v. Paterson Constructions clarifies contractor rights to quantum meruit in cases of contract repudiation.


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How Schiavello overcame the impossible for Golden Century restaurant


How do you add an extra floor to a fully operational restaurant without disrupting business? Schiavello has the answer.


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Five tips for better building this National Safe Work Month


In recognition of National Safe Work Month, let's take a look at some tips on how you can make your workplace a safer one.


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Non-invasive technology optimises cladding identification process


Through the use of technology designed for anti-counterfeiting measures, identifying 'safe' cladding is about to become significantly easier.


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Commercial building approval rates break records


Commercial building approval rates hit record highs in August 2019 as new home approval continued trending towards a seven-year low.


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Builders warned to avoid non-confirming soffit insulation


Insulation Australasia has advised building practitioners to be aware of non-conforming soffit insulation as merchants attempt to liquidate obsolete stock.


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Rockwood Cemetery’s iconic art deco chapel receives refurbishment


Rockwood Cemetery's All Souls Chapel has undergone refurbishment under the direction of architectural firm Weston Williamson + Partners.


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New cladding guidelines make product identification easier


Standards Australia has established new cladding guidelines to further address simmering safety concerns.


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Calls for building sector to cut embodied carbon emissions


A new report calls for the building and construction sectors to cut down on embodied carbon emissions by focusing on product life cycles and processes.


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Demand grows for dementia design across Australia’s built environment


It's time to take the lessons learnt designing for people with more physical disabilities and apply them to dementia design innovations.


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Multiplex and Probuild back wellbeing program for perinatal parents


The Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing Program (PWWP) provides mental health and wellbeing support to new and expectant parents.


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Why a smooth quoting process is critical for business success


Looking for a way to boost your business? Start by overcoming the challenges of the quoting process, writes MICHAEL REID.


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Doric celebrates 30th year of business


Doric celebrates thirty years of business by reflecting on its greatest accomplishments and the approach that helped it reach such a rare milestone.


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CPB Contractors win Sydney Metro Southwest bid


Work on the $463 million Sydney Metro City and Southwest Pitt Street Station project is set to commence in 2020.


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New augmented reality app takes the stress out of site measurement


Site measurement and quoting is set to become easier for Australian tradies with the launch of a new Augmented Reality (AR) app.


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Curbing Australia’s culture of workplace bullying


In acknowledgement of R U OK? Day, researchers have revealed an evidence-based solution they believe can curb Australia's problem with workplace bullying.


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CBRE founds Indigenous Centre of Excellence


The CBRE Indigenous Centre of Excellence aims to increase supply chain diversity and connect Indigenous organisations with business opportunities.


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Finalists announced in Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards


A council, a university and a Nightingale Model apartment project have been named as the finalists in the built environment category of the Premier's Sustainability Awards in Victoria.


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Tips to help builders get paid on time


It's one of the most common frustrations for business owners of all kinds, but CHRIS STRODE has some tips to help builders get paid on time, every time.


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Portsea Surf Lifesaving clubhouse restored for a new generation


Almost 60 years after it was constructed, Portsea Surf Lifesaving Club's clubhouse has been restored for a new generation.


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Increasing automation in the construction industry


Frost and Sullivan's PRATHMESH LIMAYE looks at how modular buildings are making construction projects cheaper, quicker and more sustainable.


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Industrial development booming as demand rises


Industrial development is booming across Australia, driven by the needs of an ecommerce industry expected to be worth $35.3 billion by 2021.


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Construction Skills Queensland announces $37.6 million training package


The Construction Skills Queensland training package will give construction workers the edge in delivering $46 billion in upcoming construction work.


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How to retain customers and leave them wanting more


flexigroup's LIBBY MINOGUE shares four tips on how building business owners can give their customers what they want and keep them coming back for more.


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Building work approval hits lowest rate in three years


Building work approval dropped by 7.3 percent across Australia in July 2019 - the weakest monthly result since late 2016.


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New property defects are costing owners billions


Mozo's Property Pain - Building Defects Report 2019 details the cost Australians are paying for poor construction standards.


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Houzz and Home report reveals renovation trends


Australia's largest survey of residential renovation activity, the Houzz and Home study reveals the renovation priorities of homeowners across the nation.


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Are tradespeople being paid enough?


A recent survey from ServiceSeeking.com.au examines the current climate for Australian tradespeople, and the results are sure to surprise.


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Quality key to restoring consumer trust in construction


A notice from the Australian Institute of Architects calls for the construction industry to refocus on quality to regain consumer trust.


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Queensland Building and Construction Commission indefinitely bans five accountants


The QBCC has banned five accountants from providing further advice in relation to any licensed builder in Queensland, indefinitely.


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Master Builders forecasts clouded future for Australian builders


Master Builders Australia has released forecasts for the building industry into 2024, and the news isn't great for those in the commercial or home sectors.


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Mirvac launches Australia’s first urban life focused impact accelerator


The Impact Accelerator is designed to fast-track innovation in environmental and social change to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.


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Victorian Building Authority suspends building surveyor


The Victorian Building Authority has used its disciplinary powers to immediately suspend a registered building surveyor on public interest grounds.


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PGH Bricks launches 2019 styles guide


PGH Bricks has once again teamed up with leading design studio Nexus Designs to launch the stunning 2019 PGH Bricks Styles Guide.


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2019 Think Brick Awards winners announced


$70,000 in prize money was presented to designers whose work showcased bold and brave designs in contemporary Australian architecture.


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2019 Gyprocker Awards open for entries


#ImAGyprocker campaign launches in search of creative craftspeople using Gyprock to shake up the industry.


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Consult Australia warns developers against ‘reverse justifying’ business cases


Developers who fixate on delivering a project a certain way risk losing perspective of the project's purpose, resulting in a loss of value.


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Mental health concerns growing at UK’s largest construction site


A mental health crisis is unfolding on the site of the UK's largest post-war construction project, refuelling discussion about a tragic issue felt across the industry on a global scale.


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Can Australia can lead the world in sustainable infrastructure?


Urgent action must be taken to establish best practice across the building industry, but if undertaken effectively, it could see the nation become the world leader in sustainable infrastructure.


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Report on email marketing provides important insight for built environment professionals


A new benchmark report on email marketing reveals some interesting and potentially revenue-driving results for professionals in the built environment industry.


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Sydney’s Metro tunnel waste to lay foundation for new airport


More than 500,000 tonnes of sandstone displaced by Sydney's Metro tunnel project will be used in the building of the new Western Sydney International Airport.


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Study explores the impact of extreme heat on urban development


Research published by the Urban Land Institute reveals strategies to mitigate the impact extreme heat conditions are having on urban development.


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Salvaged timber lays foundation for community projects in northern NSW


Once destined for disposal, 1000 cubic metres of timber has been salvaged for use in renewable and sustainable community projects.


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Construction experiences sharpest drop in six years


The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index report for July 2019 reveals a 3.9 point slump


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Nightmarish Cost of Sleep Deprivation to Workplace Productivity Revealed


In recognition of Sleep Awareness Week, AccessEAP reveals the financial and mental impact of sleep deprivation, and offers some tips on how to deal with it.


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Mounting Insurance Claims Raising Concerns About Site Governance


Industry bodies say the use of non-compliant materials on Australian building sites is responsible for a sharp rise in PII claims and commensurate losses.


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Cladding Safety Victoria CEO Appointed


Dan O'Brien appointed CEO of Cladding Safety Victoria in the state's most recent step in overhauling its approach to the removal of hazardous cladding.


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Images Leak of Kanye West’s ‘Class Breaking’ Low-Income Housing


West's goal is to found a housing community that seeks to break down class boarders through the implementation of innovative architecture.


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Craft Metal and CASA Merge Operations


The move means CASA now provides end-to-end solutions to architects and builders by adding non-ferrous materials like zinc, copper, and aluminium to its offerings. 


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Australian Smart-Home Solution Set to Hit US Market


Quantify Technology's smart-home solutions will be available on the US market from September 2019 thanks to support from Austrade's Landing Pad Program.


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Ralan Group Collapses, Leaving Behind $500m Debt


Market slowdown is still weighing on commercial developers, with Ralan Group becoming the second major developer to fold in the last two months.


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Moat’s Corner Wins Building Design of the Year Award


Vibe Design Group’s Moat’s Corner has won Building Design of the Year at the annual Building Design Awards


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Automated Energy Technology Helps Australian Entrepreneur Disrupt World Spice Market


A partnership between Schneider Electric and Australian entrepreneur David Soo highlights the disruptive power of automated energy technology.


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ABCB Confirms Position on Timber Cladding in Wake of Crisis


After lengthy discussions with The Wood Cladding and External Fixtures Alliance, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released an Advisory Note regarding its decision on the use of timber cladding.


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Industry leaders call for federal intervention to address cladding crisis


Five of Australia’s built environment peak industry bodies have urged the federal government to take a leadership role in addressing the crisis that has arisen from the use of combustible cladding.


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In the swim of things: innovations in pool design


With more than 25 years of experience in landscaping, Dave Franklin is director of Franklin Landscape & Design, one of Victoria’s leading boutique landscape design firms. Dave’s landscapes have been showcased on The Block, Australia’s Best Backyards and Open Homes Australia. Better Building speaks to Dave about the latest innovations in pool technology.


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Victorian State Government announces $600 million package to address flammable cladding problem


Victorian premiere Daniel Andrews has announced a $600 million fund to rectify issues around high-risk cladding. A request for the federal government to join the initiative with an additional $300 million in funding has; however, been denied with federal industry minister Karen Andrews saying the commonwealth “is not an ATM for the states”.


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Turning strangers into satisfied paying customers


Digital marketing offers a cost-effective way for builders to find and nurture future clients. Here SABRI SUBY explains how builders can grow their client base online.


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ABS figures show green growth apparent in Australia’s housing market


New home building approvals across Australia increased in May, adding to evidence that Australia’s housing market is in the early stages of a recovery.


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Queensland government proposes state-wide ban on combustible cladding


The use of combustible cladding could soon be banned on all new Queensland buildings, following industry support for proposed new regulations.


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How to merge lived experience with cutting edge tech in the building sector


As new software applications enter construction sites left, right and centre, Better Building takes a look at some of the key challenges and changes builders can expect over the coming year.


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New regulations governing the issuance of building permits come into play in Victoria


Building surveyors in Victoria must now apply for a Building Permit Number (BPN) from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) before they can issue a building permit as part of a three-year overhaul of the state’s building industry regulations.


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A new roadmap sets a course for sustainable homes


A new report outlines a roadmap for sustainable homes that would benefit builders, consumers, the economy and the environment.


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Multiplex breathes new life into Melbourne’s historic Trades Hall


Multiplex has completed a complex restoration and refurbishment of Melbourne’s three-level Trades Hall building in Carlton.


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Cracks appearing in market for high-rise apartments, warns industry expert


The risk of poor demand for high-rise units is increasing as recent major issues in their construction impact the market.


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Featured project: elongated brick gives turn-of-the-century home a modern update


After purchasing Highcliff, an old dual-level residence in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill, Sean and Shelley Anderson took on the challenge of bringing a modern industrial design to a classic home.


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MBA fears insurance cost increases could drive building certifiers out of business


Construction industry leaders are urging federal, state and territory governments to address insurance cost increases for building certifiers, which Master Builders Australia says could bring building and construction activity to a standstill.


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Good design helping build community and redefine retail precincts


Gold Coast boutique retail precinct Cornerstone Stores, a finalist in last year’s Think Brick awards, is an example of how small retailers can create an experiential shopping experience to compete with the big conglomerate shopping centres.


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A guide to construction finance solutions for builders


Buying a finished house and building a property are two completely different options and require a different approach when applying for finance, writes Jason Arnold.


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Mirvac aims for carbon neutrality by 2030


As part of its Planet Positive plan, Australian property group Mirvac has outlined its intentions to become carbon neutral by 2030.


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Featured project: Botanical Apartments


With 74 units across seven storeys, this project, built by 60-year-old WA company Jaxon, is an attempt to bring an element of ‘fine china’ into WA’s Subiaco district. Melanie Basta speaks to Travis Harvey, business development manager at Jaxon.


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Sydney’s Mascot Towers evacuation unlikely to be a one-off, report suggests


The recent evacuation of Sydney’s Mascot Towers apartment complex has thrown the problem of shonky building practices into sharp focus.


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Government backs creation of prefabricated building lab


The federal government has pledged up to $2 million dollars to support the development of a collaborative lab to encourage innovation in the prefabricated building sector.


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Investor risk associated with high-rise units is contributing to oversupply


While, overall, there has been a major reduction in the number of units in the pipeline, there are still areas where the stock is well exceeding population growth, and which continue to have high risk.


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Project: Shaw Wines cellar door


Shaw Wines is a family owned and operated business located in Murrumbateman, NSW. Better Building speaks to Dean Kensit and Nick Pelle from ACT-based Oztal Architects about the project, as well as Kevin Tanchevski, builder and project manager for the cellar door.


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West Australian sub contractors win additional protections


West Australian construction industry sub contractors granted additional protections under changes to the Small Business Development Corporation Act.


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MBA research shows building activity slowing


Latest research from Master Builders Australia (MBA) shows a decline of 3.3 percent in residential building activity since September of last year.


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Newly completed CLT extension shows trend toward sustainable materials


The use of cross-laminated timber has moved further into the mainstream with the completion of a five-storey extension to a commercial office space that was constructed with the material.


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New web application to allow streaming of detailed 3D information


Aerial imagery business Nearmap has launched a new on-demand streaming app that allows users to access detailed, AI-generated datasets of geographical areas.


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