Do I Need a Building or Renovation Contract?

On the QBCC website, you can download free and fully compliant contracts for new home construction, renovations, repairs, extensions, small building projects and demolition of residential premises. If you are doing domestic building work of over $3,300 you will definitely need a contract but even for small building projects under $3,300, it is recommended to have a contract or an agreement in place. If you are not sure what should be in your building or renovation contract then read on. There are different types of QBCC contracts: QBCC [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:09:25+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Good Building Practice, Residential|Tags: , , , |

The Benefits of Building Smart and Sustainable Homes

The Department of Public Works produced the initiative ‘Smart and Sustainable Homes Program’ in an effort to create more awareness for environmentally friendly homes.  The information presented in the program explains the simple application of climate-responsive design in a specific zone. For purpose of example, we will only focus on sub-tropical climate design in this post but you can read all about it here: Smart Design QLD Climate  “Homes in sub-tropical climates have hot and humid summers and cool winters, that require controlled shading and ventilation to [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:10:25+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Categories: Concepts, Good Building Practice, News|Tags: , , |

The Importance of Compliant Threaded Cyclone Rod

Houses in cyclone-prone regions have to be built to withstand strong winds. The key to protecting against the sucking force or ‘uplift pressures’ created by cyclones, is to ensure that all the parts of the house are securely fixed together and down to the foundations. In the worst-hit areas of Queensland, 2011’s Cyclone Yasi ripped off 20 percent of roofs fitted in the 1980s, before cyclone-resistant building measures were implemented. Only 3 percent of roofs installed afterward were lost. There is a lot of information on how often a [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:15:33+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Categories: Good Building Practice, News, Residential|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: , , |

AMBD Building Design Services Gold Coast Australia

Andre Melville Building Design & Drafting Services Well, this is the first Blog for Andre Melville Building Design & Drafting Services, we also like to call our self’s AMBD for short, as you can imagine saying the company name every time you answer the phone feels like it sometimes takes forever. AMBD is a small architectural Building Designer & Drafting firm specializing in Building Design & Drafting services from small renovations to large commercial and multi-residential projects. Our team consists of Qualified Building Designers, Draftsman, Contract Draftsman, Project Managers, Interior [...]