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+00:00November 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+00:00November 18th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential, Townhouses|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+00:00November 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 residential, commercial and industrial 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, [...]