NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler is looking to hire up to 60 professionals from the construction industry to work as building project auditors, as he fleshes out plans for a major overhaul of the state’s building industry.
NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler is making promises for change in 2020 that he intends to keep.
UPDATED 21 Dec 19: News from the front desk, issue 462: If 2020 signifies perfect vision then it could be a brilliant irony that in the most populated capital of Australia the air’s been thick with smoke and pollutants and visibility ultra low. On the other hand it could be a last loud warning. After […]
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Tomorrowland points to the intellectual and structural changes that will impact this sector, including construction, real estate technology, and the cities, for years to come, says Robert Harley.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Australia’s top commercial property developers are talking about “radical sustainability”. But if these ideas are to reach the mass market, the building industry needs to consolidate, cut costs and better train construction workers.
I don’t know about you, but after working in sustainability for 12 years, I have never been more hopeful nor more terrified of what the future could bring.
The panel of Indigenous knowledge experts set the scene and energy level for the day. Dr Virginia Marshall from Australian National University confirmed what The Fifth Estate has suspected for a while – that there’s booming interest in Indigenous knowledge.
There’s a great deal of anguish still to play out with people forced out of their homes but a new bill just presented to the NSW government looks like a good first step
Comment: You could never accuse David Chandler of being a shrinking violet.
It’s a national scandal – worse, for now, in NSW – but the problems of the construction industry will likely just keep growing until we manage to find a pathway to systemic change.
The Daily Tele was shocked at how David Chandler’s articles in The Fifth Estate have been so critical of the government but he still gets the gig as building commissioner.
Gladys Berejiklian has appointed David Chandler OAM the NSW building commissioner in the latest step towards an overhaul of the state’s building laws. Mr Chandler will commence the role on 14 August. He will be responsible for investigating misconduct within the building industry, overseeing disciplinary action, managing licensing and auditing, and driving legislative reforms. Mr […]
David Chandler kickstarts a national conversation about the role of basic building blocks in modern, integrated design that a more efficient Australian construction industry desperately needs.
“We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan. If he’d been talking of the building industry he might just have been right. Especially when you think how shonky it’s starting to look and especially when you think how big a part of the economy it is.
The construction industry is normally fiercely in favour of low taxing governments, less red tape and anti-nanny state interventions.
A promising new school and leveraging the residential sector to train the construction workforce of the future were among the key takeaways from a recent off site and prefabricated construction conference in Melbourne.
Any number of interest rate cuts will not make non-compliant buildings saleable.
The construction industry’s canary in the mineshaft is its most visible flaw – waste. David Chandler suggests that a galvanising call to reduce its embedded carbon would modernise and lift its game.
The traditional professional, trade and governance demarcations in construction are no longer relevant. They are dysfunctional and there are too many cracks that can no longer be papered over.
Despite the wailing of design consultants about the implications of the Lacrosse judgement and the Opal Tower engineering report, the importance of a viable Design and Construct constructor in these cases has proved critical to a way forward.
There have been more brickbats than accolades in response to the band aid solutions and ministerial tag team that has followed last week’s Opal Tower press conference.
The recent Building Ministers Forum in Hobart was noteworthy for its consistency in for declaring more red tape, more checkers checking the checkers, and avoiding any policies that would make a genuine difference.
Clients and their consultants are at the front of the bus, in a broken industry.
The NSW state’s construction industry is out of control. We need a NSW Commission of Inquiry. And we need Rowena Orr to run it. And we need it to be state based so that the politicians and bureaucrats can’t hide behind national inquires.
Opinion: It’s hard to believe that a government agency can be this ineffectual.
There is a lot of grief in Australia’s construction industry this week following the demise of Strongbuild. It’s time for some frank realities to be outed from the shadows.
The failure of Strongbuild last week has already opened the door to new possibilities in the industry. Replacing the initial shock of the failure of the popular company is a sense of new opportunities for those missed the prefab boat a few years ago.
Over the next year, industry watchers should expect to see a new piece of construction kit creeping into construction rental fleets.
Ye gods what’s going on with the Feds? Down the rabbit hole they go again.
Why should we care about the future of buildings? This question was posed last week by Dr Mathew Aitchison, Professor in Architecture and lead for the University of Sydney’s Innovation and Applied Design Lab at August’s Sydney Ideas – The Future of Building.