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Saturday November 17, 2018

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Further Reforms are Coming to Building Law
Business
Tuesday July 17 2018

Further Reforms are Coming to Building Law

Much has been written recently on the issue of fires in buildings not only in Victoria but also elsewhere, including overseas, where the combustible cladding placed...

Building Ministers Forum Must Act on National Licensing Recommendation
Business
Tuesday November 14 2017

Building Ministers Forum Must Act on National Licensing Recommendation

At the start of the official inquiry into the London Grenfell building fire, a minute's silence was observed to honour those who had lost their lives.

Can Building Regulations Deliver ?
Business
Thursday September 28 2017

Can Building Regulations Deliver ?

Legislation cannot be used as an effective means of controlling recalcitrant behaviour unless the enforcement regime has real purchase.

State Regulators: Reckless and Dangerous
Business
Tuesday September 26 2017

State Regulators: Reckless and Dangerous

"Reckless and dangerous" describes how our biggest state governments are dealing with the current issues facing the building industry and what their questionable policies are now...

Non-Complying Product Scapegoating is Major System Failure
Commercial
Tuesday September 19 2017

Non-Complying Product Scapegoating is Major System Failure

Much has been said and written of late about the failure of manufacturers to produce complying products in the wake of the recent UK Grenfell Towers...

Can it or Can’t it Burn? That is not the Question
Buildings
Thursday September 7 2017

Can it or Can’t it Burn? That is not the Question

Lately, we have heard much about fires involving facades of high-rise buildings, and the discussion has invariably turned to the façade materials. When it comes...

Jerry-Built: A New Major Category of Building in Australia?
Business
Wednesday August 23 2017

Jerry-Built: A New Major Category of Building in Australia?

Planning Minister Richard Wynne and VBA CEO Prue Digby must be very concerned with their stated positions that the Lacrosse Building in Docklands that burnt in...

Regulators Put Cost Before Safety
Business
Tuesday August 22 2017

Regulators Put Cost Before Safety

A recent New York Times article presents a view as to what brought about the Grenfell tower fire disaster.

The Grenfell Effect: What We Can Learn from the London Tower Fire
Buildings
Wednesday July 5 2017

The Grenfell Effect: What We Can Learn from the London Tower Fire

The Grenfell fire, where dozens of citizens woke in the night and died in their homes, was a preventable disaster and manifests an endemic problem.