Waterproofing external balconies

Monday November 7 2016 – Article by VBA Recently, the VBA has received a number of complaints involving failed waterproofed balconies resulting in major damage to homes throughout Victoria. The recent wet weather and rain events across Victoria highlight the importance of waterproofing in the building process. There are many reasons why waterproofed balconies may fail, and identifying the cause …

What is Construction Insurance & What Does it Cover?

Article by Insurance and Risk Construction insurance is a complex beast, capable of rocking the foundations of myriad projects, whether it’s run by an owner/builder, SME or multi-million dollar company. But with knowledge comes power – brokers who take the time to study the fine print will be well positioned to reap the rewards from this burgeoning segment. THE DEVIL’S …

How to choose a Building Surveyor

Under new changes to the Victorian Building Act, you ht home owner are now required to choose your Building Surveyor…NOT the Builder. What do they do? A Building Surveyor is a registered building professional who is responsible for ensuring the construction project meets the minimum standards set out in the building code of Australia, national standards, and relevant state and …

Does Your Glass Splashback Comply?

Wednesday October 5 2016 by VBA Safety in the kitchen is important for everyone. Good building practices will help maintain safety and one important area too often overlooked is the proximity of gas cookers to their surround, combustible, areas. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has recently seen a growing number of domestic gas cooking appliances installed in residential premises which …

Building Amendment – Specific Use Bushfire Protected Buildings

Tuesday October 4 2016 by VBA Research and understanding of bushfires is generating significant improvements in safety and as that knowledge and expertise advances so do the regulations required to ensure consistent application for all buildings but especially those used by our more vulnerable community members. On 6 September, the Building Amendment (Specific Use Bushfire Protected Buildings and Other Matters) …

Who owns the copyright to your plans? Know where you stand!

If you are owner building or using a builder please be aware of the following: Author: Jacqui Rigby-King If a person commissions an architect or a builder to draw architectural plans for them in accordance with their own “mud map” designs, and even if there is not much additional design input into the drawing of the architectural plans, the architect or …

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 …

When cheap is expensive!

When buying Owner Builder Insurance Everyone wants the cheapest price but in assuming all Owner Builder policies are the same will cost the Owner Builder in the event of a claim. And why else do you buy insurance – so in the event of a claim you will be compensated? Underwriter statistics show that (50%) of all Owner Builder claims …

Leaks, water damage can be major cost for apartment owners

Property Observer – Robert Caulfield Water leaks and water damage have been highlighted as a common and major maintenance issue for apartment buyers and owners, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Faulty workmanship, poor design or poor quality materials and ageing are the major factors in apartments or high rise buildings developing water leaks. Water leaks are one …