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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Australian civil engineering projects due to rise during 2015

downloadThe civil engineering sector is expected to see similar levels of activity throughout the coming years, with projects remaining mostly unchanged across the country.  Though there has been uncertainty for types of project, such as renewable energy development, the interest in common projects such as infrastructure expansion and mining continues to remain at the same high level.

The present financial year should see approximately 63,105 billion dollars’ worth of civil engineering work completed across Australia according to the Australian Construction Industry Forum, though this figure does not include mining projects. Continue reading


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