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Earth Buildings: Comfortable, Healthy and Zero Carbon

Earth Buildings: Comfortable, Healthy and Zero Carbon | Building Services | Scoop.it

Have you considered designing and building a really sustainable home?

 

Not one that is simply well-sealed and insulated, and therefore easy and more efficient to heat and cool using the ubiquitous air conditioning unit.  Not just a 10 star home that doesn’t need heating or cooling, but one with a zero carbon impact when everything is considered and one that is naturally conditioned with plenty of ventilation, enjoying communication with outdoors and recommended minimum air changes (one to two ACH normal atmospheres) all year.

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Why apartment boom should worry you

Why apartment boom should worry you | Building Services | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA is building more apartments than ever: Every corner I drive past has a big hole in the ground waiting for foundations to be poured, and the horizon is a jagged mess of cranes.
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How zero carbon buildings can save the world – and $20 billion

How zero carbon buildings can save the world – and $20 billion | Building Services | Scoop.it

When most people think of climate change, they think of the potential dangers: higher temperatures, rising sea levels and ferocious storms. They don’t think of a potential massive economic boost – but that’s just what Australia’s building sector has within reach, if only we can persuade governments to take the necessary steps to get there.

 

Climate change represents just that – change in the way we do things. With change comes opportunity.

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Victoria’s Construction Workers Earning Double the National Average

Victoria’s Construction Workers Earning Double the National Average | Building Services | Scoop.it

A new report commissioned by one of Australia’s leading building industry bodies indicates that unionised members of the construction sector in Victoria will soon enjoy extraordinary levels of remuneration compared to the national average.

 

The report, produced by Deloitte Access Economics on behalf of the Master Builders Association, indicates that entry-level labourers will earn a stunning $151,794 per annum in a year’s time, while carpenters who benefit from enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) will see their salaries rise to $163,825.

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How Can Victoria’s Domestic Building Insurance be Improved?

How Can Victoria’s Domestic Building Insurance be Improved? | Building Services | Scoop.it

As with other states around Australia, arrangements regarding domestic building insurance (DBI) in Victoria have been the subject of considerable debate in recent times.

 

In May of last year, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) reported that DBI is widely misunderstood, offers little in the way of genuine protection to consumers and is far more costly than it should be. A February article by Daniel Graham in Choice magazine, meanwhile, described protections under DBI not just in Victoria but across most states as being ‘only marginally better than a warranty that comes with a blender.’

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Residential building a bright spot for construction industry

Residential building a bright spot for construction industry | Building Services | Scoop.it

Australia’s home building boom has reached a new peak despite data revealing a slowdown in the pace of growth.

 

Official figures on total construction work done, released by the Bureau of Statistics yesterday, showed residential construction as the one bright spot for a sector that has become a drag on the economy.

 

Overall construction activity for the March quarter weakened sharply, with a seasonally adjusted 2.6 per cent slump in total construction work to $47.9 billion, coming despite a rise in residential dwelling construction.

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How to Stop Buildings from Falling Through the ‘Green Gap’

How to Stop Buildings from Falling Through the ‘Green Gap’ | Building Services | Scoop.it

Around 80,000 buildings in Australia have fallen through the ‘green gap’ and are missing out on retrofit opportunities that would improve their energy productivity, resilience and sustainability.

 

While the bulk of the nation’s premium and A-Grade buildings have already been upgraded – and a massive 30 per cent of our CBD office space is now Green Star-rated – the lower end of the market has been slower on the sustainability journey.

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Safety review of building products

Safety review of building products | Building Services | Scoop.it

THE SENATE Economics References Committe has revealed safety should not be a “matter of good luck” with the release of its interim report on nonconforming building products.

 

The committee is reviewing the impact on safety, costs and the overall quality of Australian buildings as a result of using products that don’t reach current standards.

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What Does the Latest Construction Approvals Mean for the Building Industry?

What Does the Latest Construction Approvals Mean for the Building Industry? | Building Services | Scoop.it

The first Tuesday in May was something of a ‘Super Tuesday’ for economists, with an update on residential building approvals appearing in the morning, the RBA decision on interest rates in the afternoon and the Federal Budget for 2016/17 being unveiled in the evening.

 

The news on building approvals was positive, with the total number of new homes approved increasing by 3.7 per cent in March. Both detached houses and multi-units saw approvals increase, by 5.1 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively during the month.

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Supporting women in building and construction

Supporting women in building and construction | Building Services | Scoop.it

The Prime Minister and the Minister for Women today launched a pilot mentoring programme to support women in the building and construction industry.  

 

Women account for just 11 per cent of the total construction workforce and they leave the industry at a rate almost 40 per cent higher than men. 

 

Without a commitment to greater gender equality, the building and construction sector is missing out on attracting and retaining the best talent.  

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Confusion over government's building code threaten building projects

Confusion over government's building code threaten building projects | Building Services | Scoop.it

Widespread confusion over the Turnbull government's proposed building code has threatened to derail building projects around the country, the Electrical Trades Union has warned.

 

The union has written to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash asking for clarity on how the proposed building code would affect agreements signed before its introduction. The Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 failed to pass through the Senate in 2014 as part of a Bill designed to reintroduce the  Australian Building and Construction Commission.

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Building approvals beat forecast in March

Building approvals beat forecast in March | Building Services | Scoop.it

Building approvals lifted for a second straight month in March, beating expectations of an overall decline as figures for both detached homes and higher-density properties improved.

 

Approvals for the construction of new homes rose 3.7 per cent seasonally adjusted to a total of 19,371 dwellings. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a 2 per cent decline.

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Here are the home building 'hotspots' in Australia right now

Here are the home building 'hotspots' in Australia right now | Building Services | Scoop.it

Whether measured by housing starts or building approvals, Australia is in the midst of a residential construction boom that has never been seen before.

 

According to Australia’s Housing Industry Association (HIA), there were 602 locations across Australia that were housing construction “hotspots” in the 2014/15 financial year, a region deemed to have above average population growth and residential building work approved in excess of $100 million.

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Here are the best buildings in Australia this year

Here are the best buildings in Australia this year | Building Services | Scoop.it

Macquarie Bank’s highly-lauded renovation of the former Bank of NSW building at 50 Martin Place has received more recognition, taking out the coveted prize for Development of the Year at the 2016 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

 

The annual awards celebrate the best and most innovative projects and developments across the country.

 

The 1928 Mac Bank headquarters at 50 Martin Place also won the award for Best Office Development and Best Sustainable Development for existing buildings.

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Improving Workplace Performance Through Smarter Buildings

Improving Workplace Performance Through Smarter Buildings | Building Services | Scoop.it

As you walk in to work, your building recognises you; you’re welcomed by name and handed a coffee exactly how you like it. You are directed to that meeting room you can never find. And you’re able to control the comfort settings around you from the phone in your palm.

 

Does this sound like your workplace? It might not now, but take note, because the third revolution of smart buildings is on its way.

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Australia's residential building boom is showing few signs of easing up

Australia's residential building boom is showing few signs of easing up | Building Services | Scoop.it

Australian building approvals rose for a third month in April, casting some doubt on the widely held view that residential construction will slow in the years ahead.

 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), approvals rose by 3% to 20,243 after seasonal adjustments, easily exceeding expectations for a drop of 3%.

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How the Tender Process Fails Builders

How the Tender Process Fails Builders | Building Services | Scoop.it

The tender process should be a respected process within the building industry that delivers a fair and equitable outcome to the participants of the process, but that’s far from reality.

 

Our industry has an obligation to rectify a circumstance that is out of control and wasting time and money.

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Great Australian buildings: The Shine Dome

Great Australian buildings: The Shine Dome | Building Services | Scoop.it

A Canberra landmark since 1959, the Shine Dome at ANU is sometimes referred to by locals as 'The Martian Embassy'. It's easy to see why: the space age, 710-tonne concrete dome houses the Australian Academy of Science. Colin Bisset takes a look around.

 

The Shine Dome, or Becker House as it was called in 1959, is a quiet little treasure on the campus of the Australian National University in Canberra. It seems to sit and wait for you to find it.

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Housing construction boom continues

Housing construction boom continues | Building Services | Scoop.it

Australia's housing construction boom continues with the value of new building work at record levels. The drive could have a major impact on existing property values.

 

Potts Point in Sydney's eastern suburbs is one of the most densely populated areas in the country. Space comes at a premium and architects have come up with innovative ways to make the most of the limited space.

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Tradies in the business of building solid careers

Tradies in the business of building solid careers | Building Services | Scoop.it

TRADIES on the Coast were among those who celebrated Queensland Small Business Week last week.

 

Construction Skills Queensland took the opportunity to shine a light on the contribution small businesses make to the building and construction industry.

 

According to the ABS, there are more than 6939 Sunshine Coast construction businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

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Bullying, the Law and the Building Industry

Bullying, the Law and the Building Industry | Building Services | Scoop.it

The building industry is overrepresented with alpha males. With this comes talk that is plain and often blunt, assertive, sometimes acerbic and discourse can be expletive laden.

 

When this disposition takes root, it creates a culture that can enable bullying and is at odds with the more sanitised communication modus operandi  required in the modern work force.  For some reason, there are pockets within the building industry comprising those whom consider themselves to be a special case; this is the residue of a bygone era. Unless hostile site vernacular, delivery and demeanour that is all too commonplace undergoes some fairly drastic communication reengineering, employers in the building sector can anticipate a tsunami of bullying claims.

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Building booms but pay doesn't

Building booms but pay doesn't | Building Services | Scoop.it

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Despite a building boom in our two largest states, salary growth in the construction industry is lacklustre.

 

In the year to March, wages rose 1.6 per cent, unchanged from February and half the pace of two years earlier, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed on Wednesday/

 

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Workers in building and construction industries urged to prioritise safety

Workers in building and construction industries urged to prioritise safety | Building Services | Scoop.it

Workers in the building and construction industries are being urged to Look Up and Live after an alarming rise in electrical related incidents.

 

Ergon Energy Senior Community Health and Safety Advisor, Glen Cook said the number of incidents in these industries had gone up by almost 50% in 2015.

 

“The statistics are very concerning. Workers are often on roofs with long lengths of roofing materials such as guttering or flashing that have potential to contact nearby powerlines, resulting in electric shock causing severe injuries or worse, electrocution.

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Building activity lifts in April

Building activity lifts in April | Building Services | Scoop.it

A lift in NSW transport projects helped overall building activity pick up in April.

 

The Performance of Construction Index rose by 5.6 points to 50.8 in April, pushing above the 50-point level separating expansion from contraction. This follows building activity slipping to a 13-month low in March.

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Aussies build plastic cyclone-proof buildings

Aussies build plastic cyclone-proof buildings | Building Services | Scoop.it

Two Australian surfing mates have created specially-designed category-five-cyclone-proof buildings out of plastic.

 

The smiles and joyful bouncing of 1200 tribal dancers on Tanna Island in Vanuatu conceal a devastating daily reality. They’re chanting, clapping and stomping across the black volcanic sand and grass, creating a human drum beat that reverberates to the core.

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