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Performance-Based Design: Benefits and Pitfalls
Buildings
Thursday June 23 2016

Performance-Based Design: Benefits and Pitfalls

Performance-based building codes are dedicated to allowing industry to tailor design solutions to achieve requirements and boost productivity.

What to Ask when Questioning the Use of Standards
Business
Monday March 7 2016

What to Ask when Questioning the Use of Standards

Recently it became clear that an understanding of the intent and purpose of a clause, or the “functional statement” in the NCC and an Australian Standard...

Turning Points Are the Key to Construction Performance
Business
Tuesday January 5 2016

Turning Points Are the Key to Construction Performance

Back in the now dim days of the early 2000s, I undertook a study for the Property Council of Australia with my colleague Tom Crow to...

Lowest Common Denominator Approach Hurting Construction
Business
Monday September 21 2015

Lowest Common Denominator Approach Hurting Construction

There are plenty of forlorn stories about the problems facing construction in Australia these days, but it shouldn’t be that way. We are supposed to be...

Australia Starting to Enter the Air Tightness Discussion
Engineering
Friday June 26 2015

Australia Starting to Enter the Air Tightness Discussion

While the subject of air infiltration or ‘whole building air tightness’ design and construction is common across Europe and North America where it is legislated and...

JV3 Energy Modelling Leads the Way
Green
Wednesday June 24 2015

JV3 Energy Modelling Leads the Way

Since the BCA section J; JV3 energy modelling protocol was introduced in 2006, energy modelling has been used successfully in achieving the compliance of buildings to...

Building Product EPDs: Can We Now Take Them Seriously?
Green
Monday June 22 2015

Building Product EPDs: Can We Now Take Them Seriously?

The tools needed to produce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) were available some 15 years ago. So why has it taken so long for Australia to get...

Are Critical IEQ Problems in Schools Being Overlooked?
Buildings
Monday June 15 2015

Are Critical IEQ Problems in Schools Being Overlooked?

The measurement and focus of indoor environment quality is not new. But when it comes to schools, it seems that targeting the performance of our...

The Case for Robust and Consistent Product Conformance
Business
Monday May 18 2015

The Case for Robust and Consistent Product Conformance

The Australian building industry is one of the most regulated and controlled building sectors in the world, and with good reason.