Performance Solutions Costing Home Owners Billions
Performance solutions is the new name for what used to be called alternative solutions less than two years ago. Apart from the renaming, little else has...
Australia Needs Tougher Home Energy Efficiency Standards
Since the last upgrade to residential energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2010, power bills have soared and technologies and design options...
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...
What You Need to Know about NCC Fire Safety Amendments
Following the Greenfell tragedy in London and earlier Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, regulators across Australia have scrambled to address issues relating to flammable cladding.
Australia Must Stop Cladding Apartments with Flammable Material
By all accounts, the pace at which fire ripped up Melbourne’s Lacrosse apartment tower in 2014 was frightening.
Can the National Construction Code be Made More Readable?
In the 1990s, there was agreement that 60-year-old legislation in respect of income taxes in Australia could be made clearer and easier to understand.
Many Balconies Will Fail Prematurely
Lax and unspecified regulations put far too many home owners at risk due to faulty materials and work on their balconies.
Low Rise Buildings: Australia’s Hidden Fire Danger
Amid the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower and the earlier debacle at the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne in 2014, dangers associated with fire in high-rise...
‘Too Late, Mate’ as the House Burns
The Australian idiom of ‘she’ll be right mate’ suggests that ‘whatever is wrong will right itself with time’ and has been part of our culture and...