Building Homes in Australia

buildahouseIf you intend to build a house in a high bushfire risk area, there are some regulations you will need to follow in order to fulfil the requirements for residential permits. The requirements that proposals need to adhere to are set out by the Government of South Australia. Details of these requirements can be found in the Building Code Australia state variations. Plans are assessed according to the bushfire protection planning provisions of the relevant local area development plan. The County fire service also needs to be referred to in relation to how difficult protecting the structure from bushfire will be.

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Trends in Construction to Watch Out For This Year!

cdo-construction-august-2013As the economy continues to improve, so too will the construction market. To catalyse and sustain this growth, new trends are already emerging within the global construction market. The following trends described in this post will show a glimpse of how the construction market is continuing to evolve and what it will look like throughout 2015 and beyond.

The old idea that engineering design and construction companies were separate entities has been scrapped in favour for a more efficient joint effort. For example, important data for engineering design is often created in-house, then contracted out to an outsourced firm to develop. This method relies on many individual components and companies working together, which is practically a recipe for time mismanagement and miscommunication. Continue reading

Skyscrapers!

Skyscrapers-Mirror-1024x768In a world where things are constantly pushed to be bigger and better engineers are at the front line of boundary pushing innovation. Add cheaper and faster to the list of expectations and failures are bound to occur. Failure however is not just the mother of innovation, but also of civil engineering enterprise. Where one fails another learns, and engineers are coming up with solutions that provide possibilities for increasingly incredible structures. As new materials are developed designers utilise them to greater performance and in tackling unprecedented challenges, engineers must refine safety margins. They must also consider greater variables and are held accountable for remarkable successes that would not be possible with a more conservative, less intensive design process. Continue reading

Storm Water Structures Essential in Australia

download (1)Parts of Australia are particularly susceptible to storms during summer months, with Queensland and the Northern Territory especially necessitating precautions. Both property owners and managers need to avoid the potential of damage created by weather related events, and the following insurance woes.

The solutions of course start with storm water design, properties that have sufficient run-off capabilities will be much less likely to suffer the adverse effects of events like flooding. However, there are things to look out for that are applicable no matter what storm water design you have in place. Wind can be an influence that requires other forms of preparation to avoid damaging effects. Ensuring that loose items such as outdoor furniture are properly fixed where possible, and that debris, rubbish, and lighter objects such as unstable plant pots are kept clear of common areas, will prevent many hazards that extreme winds pose. Continue reading

Planning for Construction!

download (1)The world of construction is one that is constantly developing and countless construction projects are always underway around the world. In order for these projects to be completed successfully, the management has to be overseen by experts with a great wealth of experience in the industry. However, even with the most experienced managers at the helm of projects, things can still go wrong. The following are a few things to bear in mind when you are tasked with organizing such a project! Continue reading

Residential Permits on the Rise

Building-Construction-IndustryActivity within the construction industry is expected to soar this year after the amount of residential building consents issued reached a level higher than the previous seven years. It is estimated that this could add 2 to 3 percentage points to economic growth spread over three to four years. Something that promises to boost economic growth overall.

Analysts had expected the number of residential permit approvals to fall 2.7% in November however the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the number issued has raised 7.5% to 18,245 units since October. Residential permits to build houses fell by 0.3%, while approvals for apartments, townhouses and other dwellings leapt 16.7%. Continue reading