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Thursday July 19, 2018

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Building Control – From Monopoly to Free Market to Hindsight
Business
Wednesday July 20 2016

Building Control – From Monopoly to Free Market to Hindsight

Building control law reform and building regulatory developments post-1993 - what worked, what failed, what was learnt and what wasn’t learnt.

Should 116 Construction Standards be Withdrawal?
Business
Tuesday October 6 2015

Should 116 Construction Standards be Withdrawal?

As concern about dangerous and non-conforming products within the Australian construction sector grows, moves to withdraw more than one hundred construction standards are raising concern.

NSW Developers to be Hit with Defects Bond
Business
Wednesday September 9 2015

NSW Developers to be Hit with Defects Bond

Developers in New South Wales will be hit with a two per cent bond to cover the costs of building defects under proposed new laws designed...

Is Australia’s Building Control Regime Failing?
Business
Monday July 27 2015

Is Australia’s Building Control Regime Failing?

If any reminder about the need for adequate levels of building control during construction of houses, offices, apartments, hospitals and shopping centres was necessary, recent media...

“Earthquakes Don’t Kill People; Buildings Kill People.”
Business
Tuesday April 28 2015

“Earthquakes Don’t Kill People; Buildings Kill People.”

I read a comment in the Age newspaper that read: "the orthodoxy among seismologists is that earthquakes don't kill people; buildings kill people."

Building Reform: What Tasmania Can Learn from Japan
Business
Monday February 3 2014

Building Reform: What Tasmania Can Learn from Japan

Earlier this month, the Tasmanian government announced an overhaul of its building control regime and a review of its Building Act. The current Act largely reflects...

Latvian Roof Collapse: Another Failure in Building Control
Commercial
Tuesday December 17 2013

Latvian Roof Collapse: Another Failure in Building Control

The fallout from the supermarket roof collapse which killed 54 people including three firemen in Latvia was so great that the prime minister resigned despite being...

Why We Need a Floor on Building Surveying Fees
Business
Monday October 21 2013

Why We Need a Floor on Building Surveying Fees

As the class of professionals responsible for certifying that a building is complete and fit for occupation and (if not done by a Principal Certifying Authority)...

Three Building Control Challenges in Australia
Business
Monday September 16 2013

Three Building Control Challenges in Australia

Uneven standards of private certification, overwhelming complexity in the building code and the tendency of individual states to add on extra regulation are among key barriers...