Australia Needs Better Regulation for Building Certifiers
“They are in a very difficult position because, on the one hand, they have been given a responsibility to protect the public interest—that is, the regulatory—and,...
Resolving Fire Safety for Aluminium Composite Cladding Products
The problems surrounding the Building Code and its enforcement with respect to aluminium composite panels (“ACPs”) used for building cladding, along with the dangers of combustibility...
New Laws to Impact on Parties’ Right to Terminate
The construction industry will soon have tighter regulations placed on the ability of parties to enforce the right of termination based on insolvency events.
Law Reform Concepts for Model Building Regulations for 2018 and Beyond
The built ecology, both locally and internationally, has encountered profound, if not unprecedented, change in the last 20 years.
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...
Construction Regulation: The Edge of Reality
Privatisation, performance-based products, deemed-to-satisfy, and builders warranty have all shaped our building industry, and their impacts have been inflicted on three sectors: consumers, builders, and now...
Australia’s Labour Hire Industry Faces Challenges
Australia’s labour hire industry fulfills a crucial need in the marketplace, linking willing workers with firms that need them. According to the the Australian Bureau of Statistics,...
Can the VBA Survive?
The revolving door at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) saw CEO Prue Digby retire amid the controversy surrounding high-rise towers in Melbourne and the horrific tragedy...
New Queensland Policy Puts Users of PFAS on Notice
Companies like 3M and Dupont have been known for a long time as innovators. They put manufactured chemicals like per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as...
Fletcher Didn't Breach Market Rules: NZX
Fletcher Building did not breach disclosure rules in relation to two forecast earnings downgrades last year, the New Zealand stock exchange has found.
Is Regulation Smothering Innovation in Architecture?
By all means the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre represented an example of what can be achieved through true architectural innovation.