Senate Inquiry Uncovers Scandalous Construction Con
The Senate Inquiry’s revelations into the construction industry’s use of dangerous and deadly building products have been truly shocking.
Quality Control and Conformance: Making Contractors Accountable
On most building projects, quality control, conformance of the materials used and how the materials are installed is generally left as self-regulating exercise by the building...
Making Sustainable Bricks from Cigarette Butts
Researchers from RMIT have devised a method for manufacturing low-energy fired-clay bricks using the cigarette butts that are discarded in their trillions around the globe each...
Better Enforcement Needed for Non-Complying Products
Better use of existing regulation and the development of a register for complying products are critical strategies in the battle against building materials which do not...
Are Building Panels an Option in Showers and Bathrooms?
The polystyrene building panel has emerged as a viable alternative to tile and stone installations when it comes to indoor shower and bathroom environments.
Building Health and Safety for Firefighters
An update was recently released to a groundbreaking study by scientist Dr Susan Shaw, providing new evidence that brominated flame retardants may carry higher cancer risks...
Comprehensive Barometer for Building Materials Forecasting
New home building is set to reach record levels during 2015, and stay at a healthy (albeit lower) level in 2016.
Five Materials Changing the Face of Buildings
From aesthetics to environmental performance the reasons for exploring new building facade materials are many.
Materials Science and the Use of Waste Products
Australia has been witness to some ground breaking innovation and some spectacular if unfortunate failures in building technology. Without the risk of failure, no progress in...