Defective Imported Building Products

What to watch for when building your home, read on! The increasing prevalence of leaky, toxic and downright dangerous buildings has put defective building products in the spotlight in Australia and New Zealand recently. Below-standard plasterboard, inflammable exterior cladding material, and problems with structural steel prone to failure are all creating liability concerns across the region. In Australia’s regions of …

Employees, subcontractors and contractors – a detailed examination of liability and apportionment principles

Wake up call to all builders and owner builders, in the event of an accident onsite and how the court apportioned the percentage of liability. Please read. Article by Vidal Hockless and Sophie Nauwelaers, Kott Gunning CASE SUMMARY: COOTE V TERRY’S CRANE HIRE & CGU INSURANCE & DEBRI PTY LTD This decision of Bowden DCJ, although at first instance, is instructive as to the …

What to watch out for when purchasing a home or apartment!

Original article on The Age  Melbourne’s surging population in recent years has had a number of ramifications. The impact is being felt on the transport and health systems, and the transformation of the city skyline through at times short-sighted development. Much of this has been well documented, though not resolved. Less understood is the damage being done in the rush …

The Uninsured Handyman: A risky venture that’s not worth the gamble

If you turn on the telly these days, it’s plain to see that DIY home improvements are all the rage across Australia. But contrary to what reality shows would have you believe, not everyone is born with natural do-it-yourself abilities. In fact, some homeowners would just as soon attempt brain surgery before picking up a circular saw! Remember Frank Spencer? …

3 Vital questions you MUST ask your builder before renovating!

Its great, you are about to start, the renovation is going to look great, BUT…….. Is your home insured? Sure, the builder has insurance & you have home and contents insurance BUT are you insured while the renovation is being built? These are the questions you must ask your builder – Have you insured the renovation? Have you insured my …

Should you Hire a Draftsman over an Architect, and Vice-Versa

The words “draftsman” and “architect” have become synonymous to the lay man, but for those in-the-know they are hardly one and the same. Both professions play important roles in the Australian building industry, but it’s extremely important to have a solid grasp on what exactly these roles are before you hire either one to work on your project. Learn from history …

Builders Warranty Insurance

Small Construction Companies Keep Australia on the Move

The building industry is a vital cog in the machine that fuels the Australian economy. The construction sector employs 9% of the total national work force and pumps nearly $200 billion back into the economy (Australian Bureau of Statistics). And it’s not just about creating living wage jobs, either. A modern and efficient infrastructure empowers innovation and productivity across the …