Australia Needs Better Fire Safety Regulation
Often, when people think about a building’s fire protection system they think about its alarm and sprinkler systems.
Australia Needs a Competency Framework for Fire Protection
When owners of one Sydney apartment complex upgraded the safety of their building following a local council request for an annual fire management statement, they were...
Concrete Industry Demands Action on Fire Safety
Australia’s concrete and masonry industry has called for more action to ensure that non-combustible materials are not installed on multi-storey buildings.
Understanding Smoke Control in Buildings
Smoke exhaust systems provide a means of increasing occupant evacuation time from a space affected by fire and smoke.
How Commercial Buildings Could Generate Their Own Energy
Around much of Australia, the presence of solar panels on roofs has become commonplace.
Overhaul of Standard Will Unleash Masonry Design Opportunities
Artistic, versatile, durable and resistant to fire, and sound, masonry construction has been used in architectural achievements such as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Colosseum in Rome,...
Cladding Under Scrutiny in Grenfell Probe
The cladding system on the outside of London's Grenfell Tower was so conducive to the spread of fire it did not support the "stay put" policy...
Which Approach to Non-Complying Products is Best?
Since the Grenfell tragedy in London and the Lacrosse apartment debacle in Melbourne, politicians of all stripes have been under pressure to act on combustible cladding...
Sprinklers are Critical for Apartment Fire Safety
For Chinese student Ginger Jiang, recounting the night her life changed because of fire in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown in September 2012 was gut-wrenching.
Suspect Cladding Loses Certification
Certification has been withdrawn for several types of building cladding products amid heightened fears of fire hazards across Australia and globally.
NSW to rebuild trust in high-rise towers
NSW will undertake a major overhaul of the way high-rise apartment buildings are built, starting with the appointment of a Building Commissioner to step up compliance.
Melbourne Tower Residents Can't Go Home
Residents at a fire-damaged Melbourne high-rise covered in flammable cladding will have to wait until at least next week before they can go home.
Arson, Terror Fears over Suspect Cladding
Apartment towers fitted with high-risk cladding could become a target for arsonists or terrorists if their locations across Melbourne are revealed, the city's fire service warns.
Overcrowding Concerns at Melbourne Tower
The first photos from within a fire-damaged Melbourne tower covered in combustible cladding have been revealed as authorities raise issues of overcrowding inside the apartments.
Apartment Block Alight in Melbourne CBD
A high-rise Melbourne apartment building fire that forced an early morning evacuation, contains the same combustible cladding on London's Grenfell Tower, authorities say.
Sydney's Cracked Opal Tower Sound: Report
An interim report into Sydney's cracked Opal Tower has found several factors could have contributed to the building's problems, but has ruled out extreme weather and...
Why Australians Should Choose Higher-performing uPVC Windows
Windows play a vital role in regulating temperatures of buildings and their overall energy efficiency, whatever the climate. Energy efficiency is not just about preserving heating...
We Must Lift Its Game on Indoor Air Quality
In his younger years, Rick Fedrizzi would become sleepy at his office at around 3 pm each day.