According to NAB’s quarterly business survey (Jan 2018) companies are expected to continuously improve business conditions and planning to lift investment and hire more people over the coming year. NAB's quarterly business survey found conditions were slightly higher in the final three months of 2017. Business conditions are strong across all major industry groups except for retail and finance. Specially the construction industry is performing really well. ‘The improvement in construction conditions over the last twelve months is due to improved trading conditions, profitability and employment, and [...]

Parklands – Award-Winning Commonwealth Games 2018 Infrastructure

The Gold Coast’s biggest urban renewal project, which will be used as accommodation for athletes during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, has won the top award at the 2017 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards. Urban Design Award 2017 The Awards recognise the best of Gold Coast’s built environment and have become the city's most prestigious platform to celebrate design, liveability and sustainability. Parklands is a master planned, designed and delivered site by Archipelago, Arkhefield, ARM Architecture and LAT27 for the developer, Grocon. It’s a perfect example of a [...]

Queensland’s New Planning System (2017)

From 3 July 2017, Queensland will operate under new planning legislation which will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The new planning scheme provides the basis for securing the liveability, sustainability, and prosperity of our communities. The legislation aims to deliver a more transparent and efficient system that not only contributes to investment and jobs but embraces genuine community engagement. Who will benefit from the new planning System? Better for the Community New bounded code assessment with clear and unambiguous code provisions will give the industry and community [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:08:41+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Commercial, Concepts, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

“L” Brackets – Best Method of Restraining tops of Internal Walls

In a recent audit of north Queensland building sites, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)  identified quite a few builders restraining the tops of internal timber walls by firing framing nails into metal ceiling battens installed onto the underside of roof truss bottom chords. This is a non-compliant building practice as it is not in accordance with Australian Standards AS1684 or AS4440. The QBCC revealed that this non-compliant method is widespread. However, when construction work of this nature is found, contractors are obliged to rectify construction and bring into conformity with Australian Standards [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:17:20+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Categories: Commercial, Good Building Practice, Residential, Technical|Tags: , , |