Cladding!

Article from Insurance and Risk Insurance brokers have been warned that non-compliant, highly flammable cladding appears to have been used in buildings around the country – not just Victoria. The Victorian Building Authority last week revealed that of the 170 buildings audited as part of the their investigation, which was prompted by the Docklands Lacrosse apartment fire of November 2014, 51% were found to …

Protect your family, insure your house

Source: ABC News A young family who believed their insurance had lapsed after an early morning fire badly damaged their home in Melbourne’s north, three days before Christmas, have discovered that they are still covered. The family had a lucky escape after a neighbour alerted them to fire in their Pascoe Vale home. Firefighters were called to the home in …

Cheap external cladding materials from China pose fire risk

Article by Landis Michaels, Rebecca Hosking and Gavin Creighton Colin Biggers & Paisley Some types of cladding materials imported from China fail to comply with Australian standards and lack the fire-retardant qualities of compliant products. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) could exacerbate this problem. Combustible external cladding allows Docklands fire to spread In November 2014 the Lacrosse Residential Apartment Building in Docklands, Melbourne …

Ladder safety tips

A recent report showed that approximately 7 Victorians die each year as a result of injuries sustained in a ladder fall at home. Ladder falls have also led to over 8,000 hospital admissions between 2009 and 2012. Most ladder fall hospitalisations occurred among 55-74 year old men. A fall of 1 to 2 metres can be enough to cause broken …

Minimising foundation movement and damage to your house – information sheet

The VBA has released an information sheet to provide new homeowners with advice about what steps they can take to maintain their homes and contribute to the prevention of damage caused by movement of the foundations. The information sheet ‘Minimising foundation movement and damage to your house’ has been designed for builders to give to the homeowners at the handover …

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 …