Is my Home up to Speed with Smoke Alarms?

New smoke alarm legislation will make Queensland households the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety. QFES has long recommended photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms to be hard-wired into homes and the decision to mandate this in what is the strongest legislation of its kind in the country, will see more Queensland lives saved. The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in the following areas: All bedrooms In hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:05:50+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: News, Residential, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

The Real Reason Why We Can’t Afford to Buy New Houses?

The high cost of housing raises questions about why Australians seem to be paying so much more than the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Housing Watch survey found that Australian housing had the second-widest gap (out of 24 developed nations) between house prices and average income. The average price of a residential dwelling is now sitting well over half a million dollars. Here are a few reasons why housing has become so expensive: Taxes - The costs associated with buying a property, such [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:07:59+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Residential, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , |

New Laws Expanding the Scope of the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme Commence on 28 October 2016

In case you haven’t heard there have been various changes to the home warranty scheme as a result of an inquiry by a Parliamentary Committee into the former Building Services Authority. What is the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme? As part of the regulation of Queensland’s building industry, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) administers a home warranty scheme to provide insurance cover for loss where a building contractor fails to complete residential construction work or to rectify it. The Scheme applies to work for detached houses, [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:20:06+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential|Tags: , , , |

Two New Apartment Buildings in the Heart of Southport

The AMBD team proudly presents its two new projects. A lot of work has gone into designing and drafting up these two big apartment buildings in Queen Street.  They are located in the heart of Southport, with the very best it has to offer conveniently within reach. Both buildings come with breathtaking views and beachside-living coupled with the convenience of location. These brand new apartments are finished to a high standard and will have you amazed from any floor. Apartment Features Both Queen Street Apartment buildings consist [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:16:13+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential|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: , , , |

2 New Projects in Australia’s Fastest Growth Area on the Northern End of the Gold Coast

Broadwater Avenue is only meters away from the Broadwater and so close to the prestigious Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island Resort and the Marina Quays shopping.  It is in walking distance to the recently approved Woolworths/Aldi Shopping Centre and local bus transport. These new tranquil townhouses are strategically positioned in Australia's fastest growth area on the Northern end of the Gold Coast, around 100 meters from the Broadwater. The northern Gold Coast's Hope Island is home to the upmarket Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island developments, which have grown in [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:27:37+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential, Townhouses|Tags: , , |