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