Last week NSW set itself a three year deadline to remove flammable cladding from affected buildings and appointed construction company Hansen Yuncken to oversee each removal job. “Project Remediate” is the NSW government’s response to the fire-risk posed by certain cladding products exposed by the UK’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and the Melbourne’s Lacrosse […]
The devastating collapse of the Champlain Towers South condos in Miami has triggered alarm bells for Australia’s construction and property sectors. Here’s what we can learn.
The Grenfell Tower inquiry revelations will come as no surprise to many who work in the field of building control and regulation.
The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has revealed a catalogue of horrors in the construction trade, implicating manufacturers of plastic insulation and cladding that’s widely used to meet regulations focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency. Barristers have testified that the companies involved viewed the fire safety certificates for their products as marketing tools […]
Jay Gualtieri of Ausnviro says of all the NABERS ratings that can be done, waste is beyond doubt the hardest.
The job market is heating back up, with new job ads posted on SEEK up 60.6 per cent in the last fortnight. Searches for businesses for sale are also at their highest ever “Trades & services” is among the categories showing the most growth, which is likely to continue with stimulus money flowing into the […]
What if architects and green builders were to write their own political manifestos – their own wish lists for “if I ruled the country”? What would you put in yours?
FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, UK – You’d have thought it wouldn’t happen again. The fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate in Bolton, northern England, on 15 November spread rapidly due to its plastic external cladding, just as with the Grenfell disaster.
OPINION: Australia needs a different way of thinking about construction industry reform and systems thinking could hold the key.
The use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products is on the rise around the world but struggling with low awareness levels and concerns about fire risk and toxicity. Now the industry is fighting back. Last year in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster the UK government banned combustible materials from […]
Some insurance companies worldwide have stopped insuring tower blocks clad with the same sort of materials that led to the rapid spread of the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people. Building regulations are also struggling to catch up with effective regulation and monitoring.
The fallout from poor building practices in high rise continues to leave a trail of unintended consequences that are spreading beyond the impact on the people that bought into or live in the buildings.
Government and industry to take joint responsibility and act together to restore trust in the building industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s Planning Minister, Richard Wynne recently dropped a bombshell on thousands of apartment owners whose buildings are covered in flammable cladding.
Victoria will introduce a “world-first” financial mechanism to help residential building owners pay for urgent rectification works caused by the installation of non-conforming and non-compliant flammable cladding on high-rise apartment buildings in the state.
Housebuilders should be “ashamed of themselves” for failing to build to high energy efficiency standards, according to UK government climate change watchdog chair John Gummer.
The Grenfell Tower fire resulted in the greatest loss of life from a fire in Britain since World War II.
Built environment and sustainability champions have been lauded in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
While audits into cladding on high-rise buildings continue to deliver bad news, the long-awaited Shergold and Weir review of building regulations has thrown down the gauntlet to building ministers to step up and adopt a national approach to compliance and enforcement.
Uniting Communities’ “U City” mixed-used development in Adelaide has scored more Green Star points than any other South Australian development.
Another year has come and gone, so what were the main themes that have come through in The Fifth Estate’s articles?
We’re galloping towards another end of year and if you’re feeling all at sea instead of the racetrack it’s no surprise. This country’s politics has pitched us all onto the high seas in rocky boats, getting wilder than ever.
Building industry stakeholders are outraged that the NSW government has covertly and substantially watered down legislation to reduce non-compliant and non-conforming building product use. And the fear is that this will be replicated around the nation.
Better more competent certifiers more often might help stem the tide of bad building practice. So might bringing an end to performance based standards that allows some builders to “turn black into white”.
The federal government has refused a Senate inquiry recommendation to ban the import, sale and use of aluminium composite panels with a flammable polyethylene (PE) core.
Federal Labor is pressuring the Turnbull government to announce a ban on flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding, ahead of Friday’s meeting of the Building Ministers’ Forum.
The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors has called for urgent, nation-wide overhaul of building regulations to address dodgy building products. Since no one else has.
There’s no place for the import, sale or use of combustible polyethylene (PE) core aluminium composite panels in Australia, a Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products has declared.
Four Corners has done it again – ripping the bandage off yet another festering scandal with an expose on the “tens of thousands” of buildings over four storeys in Australia that may have flammable cladding.
A federal Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products has yet again been delayed, and a final report will not see the light of day until at least 30 April 2018 – two-and-a-half years after the initial deadline.