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Senate Told Audit of High Rise Buildings Needed to Assess Risk of Potentially Flammable Cladding

Senate told audit of high rise buildings needed to assess risk of potentially flammable cladding

Melbourne’s MFB calls for national audit of modern high-rise buildings, citing widespread use of poor non-compliant cladding. Audit of 170 high-rise buildings in the Melbourne reveals more sites using the flammable and non-compliant cladding. Developer of St Kilda Road site believes the all material complied with building regulations and was certified as safe. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade fire safety director ... Read More »

Master Builders Calls for More Attention to Safety After Construction Site Fatality

Master Builders calls for more attention to safety after construction site fatality

MBA calls for greater on-site safety scrutiny after death of three workers in separate Perth construction sites. An investigation into the accident will look into what qualifications the two men had in doing the specialised work. CFMEU will carry out its own full investigation to determine what happened at the Jaxon site. Gerry Bradley and Joe McDermott, construction workers on ... Read More »

Engineering Construction Down but Residential Construction to Record Levels Says ABS

Engineering construction down but residential construction to record levels says ABS

September numbers show overall construction fall faster than expected as engineering work dries up, despite record numbers in residential work. Engineering construction fell 7.3 per cent in the September quarter, and 11.7 per cent over the year. Housing remains strong, rising 2 per cent in the September quarter, and 12.4 per cent over the year. According to recent data from ... Read More »

Poor Results and Resignations at Masters Plague Woolworths Meeting

Poor results and resignations at Masters plague Woolworths meeting

Woolworths chairman announces no decision to be made on Masters stores chain until a new five-year business plan is complete. It’s estimated that Masters stores are losing $78,000 per store each week, dismal results for 2015. Lowe’s has a one-third stake in Masters and a buyout option it could use to receive fair market value. Masters director Melinda Smith resigns ... Read More »

Adequate insurance cover for the bushfire season

Adequate insurance cover for the bushfire season

With bushfires already burning in some parts of Australia, now is the time for householders and businesses in bushfire-prone areas to check their insurance to make sure they have adequate cover. Fire authorities have warned that hot, dry El Nino conditions this summer mean a worse than normal bushfire threat in large areas of eastern, southern and western Australia. Homes ... Read More »

The importance of Contract Reviews

The Important of Contract Reviews

As a pending homeowner, ensuring that you understand your Domestic Building Contract and that it protects you is a vital first step to building your future home. Your Domestic Building Contract is debatably the backbone of the entire build, as it sets out terms and conditions of the build, costs, plans and any variations you wish to include. The Domestic ... Read More »

Lend Lease Ordered to Report on Cladding Installation to Melbourne Hospital

Lend Lease Ordered to Report on Cladding Installation to Melbourne Hospital

Lend Lease on the hook to rectify cladding which does not meet safety requirements on major hospital project in Victoria. Victorian health minister orders report after an investigation in August revealed non-compliant cladding was present. Hospital will be placed on heightened fire surveillance by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, likely costing taxpayers more. Victorian health minister, Jill Hennessy, has ordered construction ... Read More »

Apartment Boom Builds October Construction Figures

Apartment Boom Builds October Construction Figures

Apartment activity 9.2 point jump to 72.4 on the Performance of Construction Index offsets decline in house and engineering building. Acceleration in apartment growth marks the fastest pace of activity growth in building in a 10-year record. The Performance of Construction Index (PCI) headline rose 0.2 points to 52.1 indicating overall expansion. Driven by a the fastest pace of growth ... Read More »

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