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Welcome It is with great pleasure that we present the 20th edition of BuildIT™, the Resource Guide for Builders and Renovators. Since it was first published 19 years ago, BuildIT has become a highly valued information source for builders, specialist contractors and construction industry professionals. BuildIT is the foremost information source dedicated to providing the building industry with comprehensive information on building technology and building materials. BuildIT provides a simple and convenient resource to help the building industry not only locate the right product and information, but also the right expert - all in the one place. BuildIT is recognised as a publication key decision makers can rely on for detailed, cross-referenced, easy to find information about the products, services, technologies and expertise they need to know about to carry out the business of building and construction. To meet the needs of such a large and varied sector, the range of product information, technical references and expert advice in BuildIT is the broadest in the publication’s history and testament to its place in the industry. BuildIT sets out to be 'THE' Resource Guide for Builders and Renovators across the country, large and small, and for the professionals who make such important decisions as how to build, what to specify and where to source products and services. ark:media specialises in providing media, marketing and communication services for building and construction industry associations throughout Australia, and we hope you will find BuildIT a useful and practical tool that you will use again and again, throughout the year.

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For more than 128 years, Master Builders have built Australian family homes, schools, offices, essential public infrastructure and iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. More than 33,000 Master Builders members represent close to 95 per cent of the Australian building and construction industry. They consist of large national, international, residential and commercial builders, civil contractors, smaller local subcontracting firms, as well as suppliers and professional industry experts. Master Builders members are recognised for their commitment to excellence and proudly display the Master Builders logo as a quality assurance to their clients. As the peak organisation representing the building and construction industry, Master Builders provides advocacy, training services, strategic advice on building regulations and policy, workplace relations, legal matters, economics, workplace health and safety and international relations. Master Builders has offices in all capital cities and major regional cities of Australia. Our expert staff understand the local market and regulations and can provide you with a range of services and products.


Master Builders Australia promotes the interests, viewpoints and contribution of its members and Australia’s $200 billion building and construction industry. Master Builders is the only national voice representing all sectors of the industry. Comprised of firms large and small our members include large national, international, residential and commercial builders and civil contractors, smaller local sub-contractors, suppliers and professional industry advisers.


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Master Builders is the peak industry association representing building and construction in Queensland since 1882. With more than 8500 members, we are the voice of the industry. Our services support members to operate professional and profitable businesses that deliver superior quality outcomes to their customers.


In the ACT, Master Builders was formed in 1925 and represents the interests of commercial builders, residential builders, civil contractors, suppliers/subcontractors and professionals. Master Builders is also a Registered Training Organisation and a Group Training Organisation.


Master Builders Association of Victoria was established in 1875 by a group of distinguished builders intent on raising standards within the industry. Over our 140-year history, the Master Builders Association of Victoria has consistently provided innovative services for our members and their clients; we exist to serve their needs.


Since being established in 1891 Master Builders Tasmania, has been active in seeking to improve the conditions under which the building industry operates. It’s a non-political and not-forprofit making organisation set up to safeguard and promote the interests of its members in their business of building and construction contracting, to assist them in the execution of their work and to encourage and promote a high standard of workmanship and integrity in the building industry.

Master Builders Association of South Australia was established in 1884 to represent South Australia’s building and construction industry. More than 130 years later, we take pride in doing the same thing, representing a complex sector that now comprises commercial builders, civil contractors, residential builders and specialist contractors as well as industry suppliers and manufacturers.


Master Builders Association of Western Australia has been representing and promoting the views and interests of the building and construction industry in WA since 1898 Master Builders services more than 1600 member organisations and provides a broad range of services, which includes building contracts, training, building apprenticeships, legal services, industrial relations, technical advice, industry economics and safety advice.


Master Builders has represented the building and construction industry in the Northern Territory since 1950. From 1980 – 2009 the trading name was changed to the Territory Construction Association. In 2009 members supported reverting to Master Builders to acknowledge the national affiliation with the Master Builders Australia.


With over 900 member companies, Master Builders is the market leader in both the Housing and Commercial areas of the building industry. Members include commercial builders, housing builders, subcontractors, suppliers and professionals. Almost 95 per cent of all commercial builders in the region are members, as are the overwhelming majority of housing builders.

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Master Builders was established in 1873, making it the oldest employer association in Australia. With nearly 8000 members in NSW and eight regional offices throughout the state, Master Builders is the only industry body that represents all sectors within the building and construction industry.



The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has launched an education campaign to raise awareness of security of payments requirements under the 2016 Building Code. The ABCC‘s education campaign will focus on contractors with security of payment obligations under the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016. The campaign was launched by ABCC Commissioner Stephen McBurney.

Mr McBurney said the issue of late payment or nonpayment of subcontractors’ money was widespread and had resulted in many otherwise viable businesses going to the wall and jobs being lost. The campaign aims to educate subcontractors on their rights, how they can report payment disputes and delays. The ABCC material emphasises that payments must be timely and non-payment of due and payable claims must be reported to the regulator. As part of the campaign Mr McBurney has written to more than 1,300 of these contractors and subcontractors outlining their rights and responsibilities under the Code. “To help subcontractors, the ABCC, where it can, will seek payment for the subcontractor as voluntary rectification of Code breaches.” Often a letter from the ABCC is all it takes to ensure the situation is rectified. However at the other end of the spectrum contractors that breach the Code run the risk of a sanction that excludes them tendering for Commonwealth-funded building work for up to 12 months.

“The Code imposes the highest standards of lawful conduct by contractors that want to perform Commonwealth-funded building work,” Mr McBurney said.


ABCC embarks on national security of payments campaign


There are two key messages being promoted by the ABCC

“Regardless of where we are in the economic cycle, the Commonwealth is consistent in its delivery of construction projects and being Code compliant gives you access to this stable and steady work.” A 2017 survey commissioned by John Murray AM for his Review of Security of Payment Laws, revealed 72 per cent of Australian subcontractors in the building and construction industry said at least 40 per cent of their invoices were paid late, with one third saying 60 per cent of their invoices were paid late.

This is a significant penalty given the billions of dollars of Commonwealth funded building work.

educative role to play in the building and construction industry.

Mr McBurney said the ABCC had also produced new resources, including security of payment guides for contractors and subcontractors and new website content. These are available at securityofpayment.

In 2017-18 alone, the ABCC delivered presentations to more than 5,100 building industry participants and responded to 6,932 enquiries and requests for advice from all sectors of the industry.

“In short, we ask contractors to pay their subcontractors on time and if there are payment delays or disputes to sort these out quickly and reasonably,” Mr McBurney said. The ABCC appears to be venturing into unchartered waters by dealing itself into an issue that has plagued many sectors of the industry. The ABCC is more commonly associated with litigation against trade unions, most notably the CFMMEU. It has 40 matters currently before the Courts of which 35 feature the CFMMEU and its officials as respondents.

While the agency has had a focus on education, it has not shied away from taking legal action when the law is broken. In the last financial year, the ABCC obtained Court orders for penalties exceeding $6m with $5.6m incurred by the CFMMEU and its officials. Whether the ABCC can make a difference on a critical issue affecting the industry remains to be seen. But there are already positive signs that the key campaign messages have resonated with subcontractors. Securing better outcomes for subbies, and providing a circuit breaker for payment disputes would be a welcome step forward for the building and construction industry.

The foray into security of payments suggests the ABCC is attempting to fulfil its mandate as a full service regulator. A cursory examination of the ABCC’s website indicates it has an important





House Energy Star Rating training courses online… NatHERS CPP41212 - Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. Why pay for a house energy rating when you can do it yourself? The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) is a star rating system (out of ten) that rates the energy efficiency of homes, based on the thermal performance of their design. NatHERS is the most common way to show that a new house or major renovation meets minimum state and territory building energy efficiency requirements based on the National Construction Code (NCC). At Education In Building, we identified this at the onset since the NatHERS introduction in 2013. We have since focussed incredibly hard on being the leader in House Energy Rating, Thermal Performance & Energy Efficiency training online accredited courses. In particular, we are a major training provider of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) qualification: CPP41212 - Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment throughout Australia. We are proud to be the only Nationally Registered Training Organisation providing NatHERS software training in all three software tools AccuRate, BERSPro or FirstRate5. Understanding how to use energy rating software is an integral part in the completion of the Certificate IV in NatHERS assessment qualification. EIB includes Energy Rating Software training in the NatHERS course. Who Is Nathers For? This formal NatHERS qualification is designed to enhance a business that operates in fields such as: • Building Designers • Architects • BASIX Assessors • Building Certifiers • Builders • Local Council/Government agencies • Energy Assessors • Pre-Purchase Building Inspectors • Non-accredited assessors What Will Be Learnt? You will learn essential skills such as: • thermal resistance and capacitance of building materials • window glazing values • occupancy patterns (including internal heat loads, typical occupancy times and occupancy behaviour) • window coverings (which are standardised for all ratings, noting they are likely to change during the life of the building) • different types of zones in the house and whether they are conditioned/ unconditioned • thermostat settings (temperatures at which artificial heating/cooling is no longer required to achieve thermal comfort, noting this varies depending on climate zone) • local climate and weather (including temperature, humidity, wind and sun) • shadowing/overshadowing by adjacent buildings and features • size of the building being assessed (noting smaller buildings generally have a larger wall surface area than bigger buildings)


Enrolment Enrolments can be made at any time of the year with an immediate start. To get your enrolment underway, simply complete the “Enquire now” form in the EIB website and we will send you an Information book with all the details about the NatHERS course or download the “Request a quote” form and by providing us some additional details we can send you an individual quote.

Training Or RPL? Education in Building delivers this nationally recognised NatHERS Certificate IV qualification via three (3) modes, being: 1. Complete the entire course online 2. A combination of Recognition of Prior Learning and online training 3. Full recognition of prior learning (RPL) If you are uncertain about which NatHERS Certificate IV mode would suit you best, contact EIB and we will advise you on the most beneficial and cost effective pathway to achieve your qualification to become an Accredited House Energy Rater. We will recognise your current skills through recognition of prior learning (RPL), where possible. We recognise that most participants who wish to gain these formal qualifications have lots of life skills and experience in their current field of work, which is why we will provide you with a free quote on what you can be credited for in recognition of your current skills and experience, what you would need to do to obtain the qualification, how you would do it and how much it would cost. The objective of the RPL assessment process is to ensure that an individuals prior learning achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experience is appropriately recognised which enables you to forego training and move directly to having your skills assessed, thus avoiding the need for unnecessary training that brings with it additional costs, including time and effort. Our Price Promise: • In the unlikely event, you receive a lower priced written quote on the identical training, we will beat it. • The Recognition of Prior Learning price is based on RPL of the full qualification. The reason for the low price differentiation is due to the fact that RPL is an assessment only pathway. In other words, the training component is not provided where a learner is applying for RPL. • We do not accept upfront payments of more than $1,500. • For your convenience monthly Payment Plans are available. We GUARANTEE the quality of our training as we only use certified professional instructors. Our speciality is bespoke training solutions because we are flexible in our delivery modes and skill set. Enrol Now: To learn more about the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment CPP41212 simply click on

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HAVING TROUBLE WITH A CAVITY FRAME? SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A JOEY PREMIUM HAND BUILT CAVITY FRAME! Joey Cavity Frames has been supplying quality cavity frames to the building industry since the 1960’s. Creators of the internal wall cavity frame, our brand name Joey has become synonymous with a durable, reliable product. We now have a new range of products that encapsulates the same reliability and quality. The Joey Fast Fix, Joey Zero and Joey Soft Close all use the same solid aluminium track which provides a smooth and quiet operation. The track has a machined end which enables the Joey Soft Close to be fitted after installation. You can also upgrade the rollers, if required, in a simple process.

Joey Cavity Frames specialises in custom-built frames. We can suit popular finishes such as shadowline, Ezy Cav or plastered reveals. All our cavity frames have KDHWD exposed timbers helping to minimise any bowing at the cavity throat. Our team can assist you with the design or on-site design issues. All our cavity frames are fully guaranteed for 10 years. Visit our website for technical drawings and further information.

The Joey Fast Fix spring-loaded bracket allows for a quick and easy installation process. The door can be simply installed in a one-person operation which will save you time and money. The Joey Fast Fix four-wheeled trolley is available in 80kg and 180kg capacity. Both have precision bearings for smooth operation. The Joey Zero is a premium system available in 80kg and 180kg, perfect for all full height doors as well as standard sizes. The Joey Zero gives a modern, sleek look and allows a spacious flow between rooms. The Joey Soft Close, available in 15kg, 30kg, 50kg and 70kg capacity, can be supplied with or retrofitted to the Fast Fix and Zero track. Easy to install they are German designed for reliability and functionality. We manufacture a standard range to suit architraves in both 2040mm and 2340mm door heights. The door widths start at 520mm and go through to 1220mm.


These Joey cavity frames have steel stanchions behind the split jamb providing strength and can be made on the Joey Fast Fix and the Joey Zero.

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OVER 400 VEHICLES INCLUDING USED UTES AND 4X4S East Coast Commercials stocks used commercial vehicles, ranging from light commercials including utes, 4x4s, vans and ex-government cars, to trucks and buses available through East Coast Truck and Bus Sales. We stock a variety of popular vehicle brands including: Holden, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and new Fiat’s. Our range includes: Trade vehicles, Service vehicles, Wheelchair vehicles and Refrigerated vans.

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The Concrete Institute of Australia Who we are The Concrete Institute of Australia (the Institute) is a professional association made up of a range of members who share a common interest in professional and knowledge development and staying at the forefront of concrete technology, design and construction in this country. Our mission is to promote and develop excellence in concrete research, technology, application, design and construction. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in concrete, and interested parties can join either as Individual, Academic, or Company members. With a stakeholder base of over 10,000 the Institute is viewed by many as the leading construction material professional association in the country. What we do • Seminars • Site visits • Networking opportunities • Awards for Excellence • Conferences • Mentoring program • Publications • Concrete in Australia magazine • eConcrete – Online learning • Social activities – Golf days, trivia evenings, lawn bowls

Our concrete community Our concrete community continues to grow in response to several new membership initiatives we have developed, two of which are our Mentoring Program and our Members-Only LinkedIn Group, which has recently launched. By providing our Members with opportunities to engage with the industry, we are providing a sense of community and belonging. As an organisation, we think that communication is at the peak of member engagement. We like to engage our concrete community across our suite of social media channels – Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Our concrete community can get #inthemix by following us across our platforms, where we regularly post updates – including industry news, upcoming seminars, new resources, fun facts and throwback Thursdays! To join our concrete community, jump onto our social channels.

The activities that the Institute undertake are wide, varied, and all designed to provide members and stakeholders with opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Here is a snap shot of our more recent initiatives. e-Concrete Our recently launched online learning platform, eConcrete, has revolutionised the way our Members are learning about industry trends, current research, digital engineering and award-winning projects. It is now easier than ever to boost your knowledge in certain areas and fulfil CPD requirements without leaving your home or office! We aim to upload a new eConcrete presentation each week, which is delivered by industry leaders from the world of academia, consulting firms, or industry product suppliers.


To compliment the traditional areas where our Members seek more information, we also like to provide unique learning opportunities. We have included resources which cover areas such as legal issues in construction, or reviews of our own publications so Members can purchase the most appropriate document for their organisation.


Whilst eConcrete is still in its humble beginnings, we see big things in the area of digital networking and online learning.

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Awards for Excellence in Concrete Established in 1971, our Awards for Excellence in Concrete program recognises and publicises the many significant contributions to excellence in concrete design, construction and materials in Australia. Our program is held every two years and runs alongside our biennial conference program.

Industry conference – Sydney 2019 The Concrete Institute of Australia delivers an engaging and informative conference, held every two years around Australia. Led by a specialist organising committee of industry leaders, every effort is made to ensure that delegates receive value and take home a wealth of knowledge.

Each year, we look forward to viewing entries that push the boundaries and explore the diverse capabilities of concrete. Our judging panel routinely consists of specialists from several areas – architecture, structural engineering, academia and the Institute’s very own National President.

Our 2019 conference will be held at the state-of-the-art ICC, right within the heart of Sydney. We are looking forward to local and international keynote and invited speakers covering industry trends, current research and remarkable case studies.

The Institute’s Awards program provides the perfect opportunity for organisations who dare to explore the extremities of concrete and innovate with such a diverse construction material. Awards for Excellence are granted on the basis of design, durability, novelty, research and technology, with a range of project entry categories to suit both the organisation, and the nature of the project.

For more information on our Awards for Excellence in Concrete program, visit:

Mentoring Program Our recently launched mentoring program provides the ideal opportunity for experienced industry leaders and newcomers to connect and transfer their knowledge and skillset. Since launching, we have seen several mentoring pairs blossom as they progress through the mentoring journey.

Our conference is open to those with an interest in concrete or the construction industry, with passes available for those who wish to visit our world-class exhibition hall. Filled with a range of leading industry suppliers and consultants, Concrete 2019 will be one not to miss.

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The program has been a welcome addition to our list of Membership benefits, with mentoring partnerships formed all across Australia. Our Membership Services Manager has ensured that the application process is quick and easy, and every effort is made to ensure applicants are matched with their ideal industry pair. We are very pleased with the outcome of our Mentoring Program, and the diversity of participants it has attracted. We have seen mentoring pairs form between consultants, graduates, suppliers, designers, contractors and academics, and we look forward to growing and developing our mentoring program to benefit the concrete community.












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Beyond the basics to design for the future It wasn’t that long ago that solar-powered batteries, voice-activated appliances and electric vehicles were something you might only see in sci-fi movies. Now, this kind of technology is part of everyday life in a growing number of homes, businesses and institutions as technology develops at an exponential rate.

Make way for battery storage Many builders already allow space for solar panels in the roof design of their homes and commercial buildings, but it’s likely that more customers will also be looking for battery storage space in the future.

According to Synergy Energy Solutions Manager, Aidon Thomas, getting ready for a new energy future starts from the ground up, with the design of residential and commercial buildings.

The uptake of battery storage in homes and businesses has generally been restricted by the high upfront cost and having the space to safely store a battery. As the technology continues to develop, it’s likely that battery storage will become more affordable, and more streamlined batteries will be easier to configure into the design of new buildings.

“Things are changing, becoming more efficient, more streamlined and more intelligent, ready for new products, services and tools,” he says. “Residential and commercial customers need buildings designed for the future, to integrate the technology and new ways of living and working it will bring.” Here are Aidon’s recommendations of key things to consider when designing future-proof buildings. Start with the basics The principles of solar passive design have become a fundamental part of any building design – and for good reason. In a residential building, for example, around 40 per cent of a home’s energy costs come from heating and cooling, so homeowners need a home that’s set up to help them save energy into the future. Having the right block orientation, roof and wall materials and effective windows can make a significant difference in keeping the heat out in summer and trapping warmth in winter. Allow for automation Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are already at work in homes and businesses across Australia – and this seems to be just the beginning for smart spaces.

“Emerging technology suggests that a new intelligent energy future is already here,” says Aidon. “At Synergy, we don’t believe in doing things the same way because that’s how they’ve always been done. We encourage our customers – particularly those in the construction industry – to look to the future and join our exploration of what’s possible in energy-efficient, smart building design.”

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Automation systems use wireless internet connections to help manage energy and appliances from anywhere at any time. This technology can help a building to become more efficient by powering appliances only when needed and providing real-time data on how energy is used around the home or business. Builders are increasingly likely to offer future-proof designs which integrate automation systems and the ways the occupants will use them.

Drive ahead with electric vehicles With major car manufacturer Volvo announcing its plan for all new models released from 2019 to be available as either a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle, there’s little doubt that electric vehicles will be a major part of our daily lives in the future. Building designs can account for this, for example, by including appropriate electrical cabling in a home garage design to allow for an electric vehicle to charge. Shopping centres, restaurants, entertainment precincts, local councils and workplaces will also find a growing desire for charging spaces and the associated cabling, which can be built into their designs.




EWPAA Certification: The Mark of Confidence WHAT IS THE EWPAA? The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is a member association for manufacturers of engineered wood products, particularly plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF). We also represent a number of solid timber processors. From our office and testing laboratory, based in Brisbane, Australia, we support our membership throughout Australasia, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.


The EWPAA is involved in the development of timber standards; education to manufacturers, distributors, and specifiers; and product certification. A significant role of the EWPAA is providing accredited product certification and testing services for our members. EWPAA certification comprises a number of robust Type 5 certification schemes that assess wood products, and the manufacturer’s ability to reliably and consistently make those products in conformity to Australian and New Zealand product standards. WHAT MAKES EWPAA CERTIFICATION DIFFERENT? For the past 50 years, EWPAA certified products have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of their relevant product standards. EWPAA certification is a Type 5 Certification Scheme under the globally recognised standard ISO/IEC 17067:2013 ‘Conformity assessment —Fundamentals of product certification and guidelines for product certification schemes’. All ISO/IEC 17067 certification schemes require an initial determination

of product characteristics and the issuing of a license that attests to product conformity. Some product certification schemes stop there. The EWPAA’s Type 5 certification scheme goes further. It includes ongoing inspection and testing of product in the factory and in the market, as well as auditing of the manufacturing process and management systems. This puts the EWPAA certification scheme among the most comprehensive in the building products industry. WHY SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR THE EWPAA CERTIFICATION MARK? Engineered wood products are high reliability products that protect the safety of human life, as well as building occupants’ health and wellbeing. Ensuring the safety, health and well-being of building occupants requires confidence that the product is fit-for-purpose. The EWPAA’s certification is a mark of confidence. Additionally, the EWPAA’s certification scheme is industry led. EWPAA certified products are manufactured by companies with strong commitments to both the Australian market, and to the long-term performance of engineered wood. Further information: Phone: 07 3250 3700 Email: Website:

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Floor heating: the ultimate form of winter comfort There are many reasons for the claim that floor heating provides the best form of comfort heating. To begin with, it is a physiological fact that we feel more comfortable in winter when our feet are warm, even if the rest of our body is cool. It then follows that if we are comfortable with an air temperature a few degrees lower, the rate of costly heat loss through walls and ceilings is lower. The advantages don’t stop there. Since it’s hidden and evenly distributed, there are no limitations to furniture arrangement and it’s completely safe for children as there are no hot surfaces to touch. And your dog or cat will love you for it too. In our climate, the rooms given most attention are bathrooms. Once you feel the enjoyment of warm bare feet in the bathroom, you are a floor heating lover forever. Other rooms considered are kitchens, and selected living spaces. It is especially beneficial if there may be children playing on the floor, or where there are elderly occupants who often feel the cold in their legs due to poor circulation.


Although under tile heating is the most common application for floor heating, the use of other floor coverings is virtually unlimited. Heatec can advise on how to deal with a variety of floor construction and covering methods, including carpet, vinyl and timber. For bathrooms, the heating cable is usually embedded in the sand/cement screed that is used to provide a graded fall to the floor waste. An alternative method, and one that is more common in tiled living rooms, is called thin bed heating. This involves sticking the cable to a concrete surface, or cement sheet laid over timber, followed by a 3mm self-levelling material embedment. A heavy duty cable type can also be cast directly into a concrete floor after being attached to the reinforcing mesh. This is best suited for larger well insulated spaces where ideally, it is used for background warmth supplied by a lower-cost off-peak tariff.

Zone control using programmable thermostats is vitally important. Heatec uses separate touch screen thermostat controls for each area. In a bathroom for example, the temperature setting may be adjusted to 22ºC set point at 5.00 am (allowing for at least one half hour warm up) followed by a lower 18ºC set point at 8.00 am. Residual warmth in the floor and the daily temperature rise will carry through to around 4.00 pm, where a higher setting may be used again till around 10.00 pm. In this way, the running cost for an average bathroom would be $5 - $6 per week. Although many clients prefer that Heatec install the cable so that the 10 year warranty applies to the workmanship as well as the cable, there has been a growing demand for DIY kits. This involves the supply of cable, tape, instructions and thermostats. Heatec have been specialist heating cable installers in Queensland and Northern NSW for the past 25 years. With that sort of experience Heatec can assess a client’s needs and provide a quality outcome with a meaningful 10 year warranty.

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Floor Heating for Every Floor Can floor heating be installed under most floor coverings? Floor heating systems are available for most floor installations. The type of floor installation will dictate the system that is best for each particular project. If a bathroom floor is to be heated, usually a 20mm bed of cement is laid under the tiles to ensure all water on the floor runs to the floor waste. The in screed electric cable is best for this installation. If the tiles are to be directly stuck to the floor, the ultra thin electric cable system will be required as this will fit within the 5mm of tile glue used to stick the tiles to the floor. Under carpet and under timber floor heating foil mats are available and these are installed directly under the carpet or floating timber floor over the underlay. All the above systems are quick heating systems and are usually used for bathrooms or renovation projects of larger floor areas.

How are floor heating systems controlled? All the floor heating systems are controlled by thermostats which have floor sensors. This gives maximum control of the system to minimise wasting energy and maximising comfort. The new thermostat range available has WiFi capability which means multiple thermostats can be controlled together on a mobile phone or mobile device from anywhere in the world. Further information: Phone: 02 99798600 Email: Website:


Are there floor heating systems that heat large areas in the slab? If a cement slab is being installed, then the size of the slab will dictate the floor heating system. In the case of a small addition to an existing property, an electric in slab heating cable can be installed in the slab. The slab will hold the heat for long periods of time, so this heating system can utilise the off peak rates of electricity available overnight. This makes the running costs of the electric in slab heating more cost effective.

If larger areas of a new home build are being heated, the hydronic heating system will become a preferred option. This system will utilise a heat source to provide hot water to pipes located in the floor. This will then heat up the base slab or a 50mm cement bed topping on a subfloor. The heat source can be varied depending on the services available on the site.




THE GLOBAL LEADER IN STEEL FRAME CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY A world-leading technology company now calls Australia home, after relocating their sales, marketing and operational business functions from New Zealand to their new global headquarters in Brisbane, Queensland earlier this year. Scottsdale Construction Systems (Scottsdale) focuses on the research and initiative development of technology which drives light gauge steel solutions for the residential and commercial construction markets. Director of Scottsdale, Jake Gundry stated “we believe Brisbane is a well-positioned location to demonstrate our technology whether it be at mass production plants, on site displaying hundreds of homes or in our new facility where we carry out design training, production training and offer our suite of business support services for our global partners”. We chose to take advantage of the huge demand for steel frame technology providers in the construction industry in Australia, the benefit of collaboration with industry peers, and the progressive manner in which Australia is approaching building technology, including the hybrid integration with timber – ScotFrame. Scottsdale is dedicated to innovating, manufacturing, delivering and supporting the most globally advanced light gauge steel (LGS) wall frame & roof truss technology. We seamlessly integrate our software technology with our steel rollforming machines, provide durable solutions ranging from single to multi machine, with high volume

applications. Through our machine sales and software licencing structure, our business model is incentivised to provide business solutions through partnering and mentoring with the knowledge that comes from 25 years of industry experience, ensuring our customers’ profitability and success.

DESIGN SOFTWARE Scottsdale is the leading supplier of software and hardware solutions to the building industry. With the most advanced and complete solution for design and fabrication of light gauge steel framing, for both residential and light commercial construction. The ScotSteel design software is powerful, intuitive and easy to use. The software reduces the traditional multi-step fabrication process down to one integrated solution.

PANEL ROLLFORMERS Using the most up-to-date technology available, the series 500 and 700 rollformers raise the bar to new heights for steel framing systems. Components are now cut to length automatically within accuracy tolerances previously unheard of. This means frames are easier and faster to fabricate. Each rollformer is supplied with a powered decoiler, Scottsdale’s ScotPanel CNC software and Scottsdale’s latest ScotSteel CAD design software.


TRUSS ROLLFORMERS ScotTruss combines next-generation rollforming technology, sophisticated ScotSteel design engineering software, and innovative assembly processes into one integrated solution. ScotTruss is the most advanced and complete light gauge steel truss system available today. Each rollformer is supplied with a powered decoiler, Scottsdale’s ScotRF–Truss CNC software and powerful truss engineering software.

THE TOTAL SOLUTION Our automated framing systems “Total Solution” is comprised of: •• Powerful, user friendly ScotSteel design software, ScotRF rollforming software and ScotTruss engineering software for panel and truss design that easily syncs with the rollformer •• Low cost automated rollforming equipment that is at home in a plant or on the jobsite including the series 500 and 700 panelised fabrication systems •• Series 600 truss fabrication system •• Low cost containerised factories ready for deployment for on-site construction •• Comprehensive training on software, rollformer operation, and maintenance •• Internet based Request For Service (RFS) technical backup and support For the past three decades we have steadily made inroads worldwide into the light gauge steel market. Scottsdale users are utilising the technology for a wide range of applications ranging from residential housing, infill wall panels for multi-high rise commercial buildings, modular bathroom pods, lattice beams for roof & floor joists, internal wall partitions and roof panels.




BRINGING THE COLLABORATION OF STEEL AND TIMBER WITH EXPERT EXPERIENCE TO PROVIDE THE TOTAL SOLUTION Here at Scottsdale we are focused on moving construction methods and technology into the 21st century. For years the market has depended on wood framing as the standard for housing and light structures, but now Scottsdale can bring steel framed walls to the market at a cost which is well below what traditional builders have been exposed to over the past 150 years. Of course, at Scottsdale we can build an entire frame and truss system from steel for houses and light commercial projects, but for those who still need and depend on traditional methods, Scottsdale has developed its latest innovation—ScotFrame.

ScotFrame is an option to use steel wall frames in combination with timber trusses. There are a number of benefits to both manufacturers and onsite contractors for using ScotFrame steel walls, in particular steel frame walls come straight and true along with having the highest strength to weight ratio of all framing materials.

ScotFrame steel walls are simply anchored using concrete screws and bolts. You can then use a screw or nail connection for a timber ribbon plate to the ScotFrame steel wall top plate. From there, all standard connections are used for the timber trusses, which can make assembly plain and simple for carpenters and on-site contractors. Scottsdale has every option and variation covered.

Manufacturing ScotFrame steel walls is simple, from rolling the profiles to assembling the framing. From our experience, it is significantly cheaper and faster to fabricate using the ScotFrame system compared to other framing materials.



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The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia, or FIAA, is the first-choice association for furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery industries. FIAA’s focus is on member services and  training. The association ensures your business is supported with up to date, practical information, high quality training, resources on market trends and innovations, checklists and fact sheets to help your business stay compliant and relevant in a competitive market.

FIAA’s primary role is to promote the viewpoints and interests of these industries. It provides services to members on all the key topics, including training, workplace relations, business contracts and agreements and compliance with industry standards.

Run by and for businesses in the industry since 1948, the growing membership includes kitchen manufacturers, cabinetmakers, joiners and window furnishers, flooring specialists, lounge and bedding manufacturers, picture framers, suppliers, furniture polishers and upholsterers.

Our highly qualified training and assessing team offer training and mentoring services for apprentices and trainees throughout NSW, South Australia and the ACT. Fully customised to suit the needs of the business and ensuring quality outcomes for the apprentice, with a national recognised qualification. RTO Code 90432.


FIAA’s membership base extends from small family businesses to large national manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and professional industry advisers. With 24/7 access to business resources such as award wage rates, policies, contracts and more via the association’s easy to use website,, members across Australia have ongoing access to business tools to help you operate your business.

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Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchor Council (AEFAC) The Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchor Council (AEFAC) is an industry initiative seeking to enhance the specification, selection, design and installation of structural anchors and fasteners in the Australian construction industry. AEFAC was founded in 2012 and is a consortium made up of seven Founding Board Members, namely Ancon Building Products, Hilti (Aust.), Hobson Engineering Co, ramsetreid, Stanley Black and Decker (Powers), Swinburne University of Technology and Wurth Australia; and four Supporting Members, namely Allthread Industries, ICCONS Pty Ltd, Simpson Strong-Tie Australia and United Fastners Australia. Overview of AEFAC

The Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchor Council has won several awards including The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award (Industry Engagement) in 2015. The awards are for its work in improving safety standards and training for industry. The collaboration of AEFAC and Swinburne University of Technology has also won Swinburne University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Engagement Award 2015. This award was to recognise achievement towards fostering deeper engagement at Swinburne, in creating new and innovative opportunities, ideas, relationships and partnerships for the future.


Prior to the formation of AEFAC, the industry was fragmented; different terminology, evaluation procedures for products and design guidelines existed among suppliers, making selection of a fastener confusing to engineers and potentially dangerous to the end user. Frequent construction problems, failures have been encountered in Australia and other similar economies such as in Europe and the US when no guidance for safe design was available. The European and American markets have responded to catastrophic failures by introducing regulation to protect life safety. AEFAC is being pro-active to mitigate such failures by developing a safety framework in enhancing the specifications, design requirements and installation of anchors through the design provisions for

fastenings to concrete. This has been manifested in the publications of Standards Australia SA TS 101:2015 “Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings for use in concrete” and AEFAC Installer Certification Program. The SA TS 101 is referenced in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 providing deemed-to-satisfy provisions for design of safety-critical fasteners. SA TS 101: 2015 has just been upgraded to Australian Standard AS 5216:2018 “Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete” which is expected to be referenced in the 2019 NCC. Apart from proper design and product prequalification, installation is a critical aspect in the quality assurance framework for anchor performance to ensure that fasteners can perform as per intended design. Performance of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry is highly dependent on the way the anchors are installed. Incorrect installation is a leading cause of anchor failures. AS 5216 and SA TS 101 recommend that installation of safety-critical anchors to be done by competent installers such as an AEFAC Certified Installer. As part of the industry’s effort to enhance the standard of installation of post-installed anchors in Australia and bring in line with international practice, the AEFAC Installer Certification Program has been developed to train and equip installers with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform installation at the highest level.

what to do when the installation cannot proceed in accordance with the specification, and how safety may be compromised by not following instructions. A more comprehensive description may be found on the AEFAC website ( In addition to SA TS 101 and AS 5216, the AEFAC Installer Certification Program is referenced in Standards Australia Bridge Code AS 5100.1: 2017. Furthermore, AEFAC Installer Certification Program is referenced in TMR’s specification MRTS86 in QLD and VicRoads Section 680 specification. AEFAC Student Module As design of anchoring into concrete is generally not covered in typical engineering courses. AEFAC has developed a short teaching module to provide training materials for undergraduate and postgraduate students at universities across Australia. This module aims to provide basic training on key aspects of anchor selection and design for safety critical applications and is in harmony with the SA TS 101 and AS5216. This training should be helpful to graduates as they enter the workforce where such fastening technology is used in many applications. This training module is being considered by various universities across the country.

Installer Certification Program AEFAC has developed Installer Certification Program to verify that certified installers possess the necessary skills to properly install anchors as per manufacturer’s recommendations. The training and certification are intended for safety-critical applications. Safety-critical applications are defined as applications whose failure may cause injury or death to human beings and lead to considerable economic loss. AEFAC has partnered with several universities around Australia to provide relevant training. Currently, AEFAC is developing additional online training program which would be more accessible to the installers and supervisors and will help to increase the certified installers. The AEFAC Installer Certification Program reflects international best-practice for anchor installer competency. Candidates who are successfully certified through the program have demonstrated that they are competent installers of chemical and mechanical anchors for safety-critical applications. Certification requires the installer to demonstrate that they are competent at understanding and safely installing anchors according to manufacturer’s installation instructions and any supplementary information supplied by the specifier, understanding

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BOS Containers: the perfect answer to awkward locations with limited access


BOS Quick Build portable storage units can be delivered flat pack to site and assembled within minutes. Quick tool free assembly and dismantling make BOS Containers the perfect solution for tight locations.

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They are completely weatherproof, theft proof and secure using state of the art ‘Best Point Technology’ to join components together. BOS Quick Build containers are a versatile solution for building sites, storage, warehousing, farming and much more.

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BOS Flat Pack Containers The Build On Site (BOS) storage container is the perfect solution for safe and secure building site storage. The BOS container is delivered flat pack and can be erected in a matter of minutes - up the back of a site, in an underground carpark, and in tight locations. Engineered in Germany, the BOS container is simple to assemble with no tools required. The side walls simply slide into the back wall, doors are hooked in and the roof is lifted over the top and locked using internal eye bolts, so it’s virtually impossible to get in from the outside. Walls are made from 20 gauge galvanised steel and the floor is oriented strand board which sits on forklift skids for easy manoeuvrability. BOS containers are perfect for use as a small site shed on building sites. Keep tools and fittings safe from would be thieves or set up with a desk and chair as an alternative to a site office. When the build is over you can relocate your BOS container to the next site. Some builders like to set up a BOS container inside their building or at the back of the site. At the end of the build the BOS container can be dismantled and removed one panel at a time. Save on delivery costs. No need for a crane truck or tilt tray, BOS flat pack containers can be transported on a flat bed trailer. BOS containers are completely weatherproof and wind resistant. Unlike shipping containers which can become sweaty and moisture prone, the BOS container breathes by enabling air circulation, so you can be sure your items stay dry and moisture free throughout all conditions.



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Accessories include access ramps, anti-theft locking systems, connection kits, hose, cable and tool racks, and adjustable shelving. The BOS can also be powder coated in a variety of Dulux colours Visit our website for more information. The BOS is available for hire and purchase. Hire to Buy options are available too. For more information contact Aim Hire: Address: 14-16 The Nook Bayswater VIC 3153 Phone: 03 9720 4455 Email: Website: Website:


BOS containers come in various sizes and can also be joined using a BOS connection kit. You can join up to three BOS containers sideways and two lengthways. You can also stack the BOS container three units high outside.

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The LNA Master Landscapers Association NSW and ACT Offering Benefits to Members and Consumers Alike The LNA Master Landscapers Association (LNA) was formed in 1979 with the aim of raising the public perception of the Landscape Industry through increased quality in landscape construction works.

of Membership for Residential Contractors and the LNA, together with the Office of Fair Trading, help to educate consumers about the dangers of hiring unprofessional and untrained contractors.

Over the years, the LNA has seen innovative changes in techniques on landscape sites and has encouraged its Membership to advance work practices through changing technologies. It was LNA Members who constructed and regenerated many well-known landscape sites around greater Sydney and within our Nations’ capital, such as Barangaroo and the redevelopment of Darling Harbour. The creativity and quality of workmanship on these sites show the cutting-edge skills of LNA Members and are a great example of how LNA Members are the right choice for any landscaping project, large or small.

The LNA’s State and local activities provide members with a forum for open discussion, networking and learning. LNA Members can see the high standards of their colleagues and discuss issues of compliance and modern practices. With each passing year, the quality of work offered by landscaping professionals is outstripping previous years and the industry, in particular LNA Members, have developed a well-deserved reputation for excellent client care, creativity and master craftsmanship in building and horticultural techniques.

So, what can the LNA Master Landscapers NSW & ACT offer to landscapers and consumers?

The LNA provides a large menu of services to Members, including educational resources, landscape work agreement contracts, educational events and workshops. They also offer publicity opportunities, access to legal consultants and peer advice, as well as insurance and accounting advice, not to mention landscape industry and project excellence awards programs, certification programs for landscape contractors, and are involved in community and charity events. This large range of services benefit both professionals and consumers alike as they strengthen all aspects of running a landscaping business, as well as constantly maintaining and improving the quality of professional workmanship.

First, and most importantly, all LNA Residential Contractor Members in NSW are licensed, although Members in the ACT fall under different qualification conditions. An appropriate licence is a condition

The LNA is committed to assisting its Members individually, as well as growing the reputation, recognition and standing of the industry as a whole. Long gone are the days when landscapers were


Today, the LNA Master Landscapers Association is the peak industry body within the NSW and ACT landscape industry, representing hundreds of Australian businesses. Members include structural landscape contractors, landscape maintenance contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, educators, consultants and other allied trades, all of whom set themselves apart from the rest of the industry by setting standards of highly skilled workmanship, as well as compliant and ethical business behaviour.

seen as a man with a lawnmower and a ute! The modern landscape contractor is a highly skilled and professional individual with years of training and appropriate licensing. Through their continued professional development programs, the LNA seeks to continually maintain and improve the skills and workmanship of its Members, as well as keeping them abreast of important industry developments, such as legislative changes and local Council contracting opportunities. The LNA has strong ties with key industry businesses through its Corporate Partnership Program ensuring that Members are always up to date with the latest products and trends. This program is also coupled with an exclusive Membership Rewards Program offering discounts on a range of products and services in the industry. This allows LNA Members to offer additional value for money to clients whilst remaining profitable. Members’ General Meetings are held that are lively, fun, informative and offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and create new networks of colleagues and industry contacts that make working in the industry smooth and profitable. The LNA also uses these meetings to share knowledge and technical skills. Experienced Members of the industry share their talents and insights with newer and younger Members, creating a spirit of goodwill and cooperation between Members. Long-standing LNA Members enjoy the chance to give back to the industry whilst younger Members thrive on the knowledge that only experience can provide. Similarly, the LNA has close links to TAFE organisations that offer Landscaping qualifications

to students. These students represent the future of the industry and the LNA seeks to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for entry to the industry, addressing all the needs of clients and students in the modern landscaping environment. These links also allow the LNA to support apprenticeships from the outset, finding a good fit between students and landscaping businesses, as well as helping businesses to manage the apprenticeship program as smoothly and mutually beneficially as possible. With an eye to supporting existing and new businesses, the LNA long ago saw the need to produce a guide for Members to assist them to calculate the cost of projects, as well as the overhead costs associated with running a business. Now in its 16th Edition, the Rates Guide: Schedule of Rates for Landscape Works is considered by many landscapers to be an essential piece of equipment for running their business internally, as well as providing accurate and profitable estimates for new projects. The book is regularly updated and provides a guide to pricing for almost every aspect of landscaping estimation, from labour rates to the costs of raw materials and equipment hire. By helping landscapers to consider every aspect of a build before they begin, work quotations can be provided to clients in a timely manner. The LNA also supports and promotes the industry by hosting the Annual Landscape Excellence Awards, with entry open exclusively to Members. These awards recognise individuals and businesses across a range of categories that reflect the shape of the modern landscaping industry. The Landscape Excellence Awards represent the very highest of achievement in workmanship, innovation and creativity in the industry, with entrants and winners able to leverage their involvement and gain new exposure for their businesses and, ultimately, new clients. The ability to enter the Awards is

cited by Members as one of the key benefits of Membership, offering recognition by their peers and the wider industry for their skills and hard work. The presentation ceremony is a night of prestige and celebration that is promoted extensively throughout the industry and by mainstream media.

tirelessly to support the industry at large. An initial Membership package offers over $1000 worth of benefits, including custom-written landscaping contracts, a copy of the Rates Guide, as well as free access to educational workshops and events, amongst many other benefits.

The LNA tailors its services specifically for landscapers and landscape businesses. They represent the interests of Members and the industry on the wider stage, lobbying directly with Local, State and Federal governments to fulfil the needs of their Members in areas such as legislation and education. It is one of the key tenets of the LNA Association that by strengthening the industry as a whole, the benefits to consumers naturally follow. By ensuring industry conditions for Members, the LNA can safeguard the quality of workmanship produced, as well as maintain the highest standards of professionalism and safe work practices.

The LNA works to raise public awareness of the value of using an LNA member. Messaging covers areas including: by hiring an LNA Member consumers can be sure that they are contracting a qualified professional, equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to make bring their garden dreams to life; LNA Members have a reputation for quality coupled with business professionalism; No matter whether a project is large or small, commercial or residential, a rebuild, a renovation or simply maintaining your existing landscape, there is an LNA Member to suit every need; Use an LNA Member: Do it once, do it right.

Over the past 39 years, the LNA has earned the respect of the industry, government bodies and other associated professionals. The efforts of the LNA, together with the tireless work of its Members, has seen LNA Members listed as preferred contractors on government tenders and residential projects, as well as being extremely well-regarded by associated industries. Having relationships with similar associations throughout Australia and around the world, the LNA is well-placed to be a significant influence in the landscaping industry within Australia for many years to come. The LNA offers Members, both individuals and businesses, landscaping services that they can’t find anywhere else, tailor-made specifically for their needs. So, if you are a landscaping professional, why not become a Member of your industry Association? With the LNA in your corner you can strengthen your business and be part of the organisation working

If you would like to become a Member or need help to find a Member for your next project, the friendly LNA Team will be delighted to hear from you. Ph: 02 9630 4844 Email: Website:

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Professional Locksmiths More than just key cutters!


The origin of keys and locking systems dates back to 4000 B.C. in what was then the Mesopotamian kingdom of Assyria. The wooden designs from this period have some similarities to modern-day locks, with the underlying principle the pre-cursor to what we now refer to as pin locks. Professional locksmiths of today can definitely cut keys – in fact, they do this much better than other people who simply duplicate keys – but they can do a lot more. The professional locksmith can of course open the door to your home or vehicle when you have lost your keys, and they can rekey your property when you have been burgled. There are, however, a lot more things that the professional locksmith can do: • Design, manufacture and install a sophisticated master keying system (many major financial institutions, government buildings, airports, hospitals, etc. are secured by master keying systems built and maintained by locksmiths • Service and install safes and vaults (they can open your safe if you have lost/forgotten the combination too!) • Design, configure and install an electronic access control system for a home or business, including CCTV and alarm systems

• Produce replacement automotive transponder keys, even when you have lost your keys (a very cost effective and convenient alternative to the dealer) Professional locksmiths also have access to a number of restricted security products that are not available from hardware stores and general retailers, they know the ins and outs of these products, and they can install them. Professional security is not something for the home handy person. So if you want to secure the things you love, don’t think DIY. Think DIFM (do it for me), approach a security industry professional and hire a Master Locksmith. About the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA) The MLAA has been the peak body of the locksmithing industry for more than 37 years. The Association acts as a modern Not-For-Profit, and provides a range of services to industry, the general public, the Corporate and Government sectors, and to our Member base which comprises around 700 businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Master Locksmiths Association Australia (NSW Branch) was established by a group of like-minded

and passionate locksmiths in 1967, and incorporated as a National body in 1982. Today, the Association is a resource hub, a lobbyist, a conduit to the TAFE system, a connector of industry suppliers for products and services, a marketer, a problem solver, and more. The MLAA is also an important contact point for the Corporate sector, as well as for Local and State Government departments, providing advice and forging networks. The criteria for a Business to be a Member of the MLAA has always been challenging, however, in 2014 the bar was raised even higher. Members need to meet a number of criteria as a minimum. Master Locksmiths must: • Hold a Security Licence/Registration (in States where there is no Licencing, a police check is required) • Be registered with ASIC or the NZ Companies Office • Employ fully qualified staff to undertake locksmithing activities • Hold a minimum level of Public and Products Liability insurance ($20million in Australia, $5million in New Zealand)

All Business Members are also expected to comply with the Workplace Health & Safety and Industrial regulations for their State/Territory. And if this wasn’t enough, Master Locksmiths must abide by the Association’s Constitution and By Laws, and strict Code of Conduct. Whenever you see the Master Locksmiths Trust Badge you can be confident you are dealing with a industry professional. Locksmith Scammers Locksmith scammers are not new. They have been ripping consumers off all over the World for many, many years, often targeting vulnerable people, including the elderly, and those who have just been burgled. The unfortunate thing is that many consumers don’t realise that they have been scammed after the work has been completed and they need to call a professional locksmith to do the job properly. The scammers are known to intimidate people, and to charge exorbitant amounts for very poor workmanship and low-quality products. Making matters worse is that the locksmithing industry is only semi-regulated. There is no National system of Licensing for locksmithing, with each State having its own set of regulations and licensing requirements. In some States there are no licenscing requirements, and in most States there is no need to be qualified in order to obtain a licence! This makes it very easy for scammers, and poorly skilled persons, to operate as “locksmiths”.

In 2017, the MLAA and its Members took up the challenge to fight Locksmith Scammers by developing a campaign to educate consumers about how the scammers operate, and what they need to look out for in order to avoid being victims of scammers. This campaign involves the use of print material (posters) and digital marketing initiatives. It is hopeful that this campaign will also help in getting the relevant authorities to take a closer look at the licensing of locksmiths, introduce a more uniform set of controls around the licensing criteria, and to look at ways to better enforce compliance. Effective National licensing of locksmiths would significantly reduce the ability of locksmith scammers to undertake locksmithing activities, and ultimately help protect the general public. How to Avoid Being Scammed To avoid being scammed, hire a Master Locksmith. To become a Master Locksmith you need to successfully complete a 4 year Apprenticeship, and all Master Locksmith Businesses must meet the strictest of criteria. Consumers can be confident when they engage a Master Locksmith they are using a security professional who meets the highest of standards, and who abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct. How to Find a Master Locksmith It is very easy to find a Master Locksmith: You can Find a Locksmith on https://www. Many Master Locksmiths will provide a free on site consultation to review your security situation, and provide you with various options to upgrade/improve the security in your home or business.

For more Information contact Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia: Phone: 03 9338 8822 Phone: 1800 810 698 (Australia) Email: Website:




National Precast Building a sustainable Australia In 1990, a small group of New South Wales precast concrete manufacturers recognised the need for a national industry body. 28-years later, the precast industry now has a vibrant and highly regarded peak body to represent its interests within the wider construction sector. Today, National Precast’s membership comprises members both large and small, in all product categories, and across all states.

present alternatives to the need for custom moulds and colour pigments,” Ms Bachmann explains.

National Precast’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Bachmann, says that with a change in membership category structure and a solid package of services now on offer, membership is continuing to grow.

“Photocatalytic coatings are also now available in Australia and can offer further sustainability and maintenance benefits.”


“Our work stands out for all the right reasons as we strive to promote, protect, and empower the precast industry,” Ms Bachmann comments.

Raising the industry’s profile Since its inception, National Precast has driven the promotion of precast concrete as a best practice construction solution.

Representing while raising the bar Through representation and advocacy work, National Precast represents its members and the precast industry in more than 20 forums. Here, the Association is in conversations with the likes of Standards Australia, Austroads, state roads’ authorities, Safe Work Australia, state workers’ compensation authorities, and sustainability organisations, providing input on Standards, codes, and specifications.

This has been done through alliances with related industry bodies, partnerships with industry media, educational initiatives, development of publications like the Precast Concrete Handbook, involvement in exhibitions, and a website packed with valuable tools and resources.

While the Association’s efforts raise the bar when it comes to industry practices, they also focus on maintaining a level playing field across supply chains.

“That can mean helping precasters to solve problems or helping designers to understand precast’s sustainability benefits and the ever-evolving aesthetic options.”

“National Precast is about adding value, whether that is to our members as they run their businesses or to the broader industry,” Ms Bachmann says.

“We have built a strong reputation, having forged relationships with government, as well as allied industry and professional bodies across the country. They now come to us seeking input, which is a long way from where we began,” Ms Bachmann details.

The power of a unified voice Thanks to a small team, a committed Board of Directors and an invested membership, National Precast punches above its weight across many spaces.

“Not only are our members up to date with the latest regulatory and standards changes; several are involved first hand in research, high tech testing, and the development of new products and practices. They are constantly evolving and improving.”

“These are exciting times. The message about the benefits of using more products that are manufactured off-site is fast gaining momentum, and precast concrete has been making a valuable contribution in that regard for years,” Ms Bachmann says.

While historically, precast isn’t a new phenomenon, times are changing. With advances in precast mixes and manufacturing methods, turning a lacklustre project into a celebration of design has never been so obtainable.

“The future looks bright for the industry; it’s a good place to be. That goes for precasters too.”

“Use of BIM is on the uptake, there’s more factory automation and the use of cement replacements is common. At the same time, form liners and staining

There’s no shortage of outstanding opportunities in Australia’s construction space—and if there’s any way to grasp these prospects and thrive with them, it’s by becoming a member of National Precast.

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A snapshot of projects Geelong Library and Heritage Centre The nine-storey state-of-the-art Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is a spectacular addition to Geelong’s cultural and architectural landscape. Its unique dome design and precast glass reinforced concrete (GRC) cladding manufactured by Asurco Contracting is central to the architecture of this ambitious $45.5 million project. 41X As the striking new national office for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), 41X stands as something of an architectural marvel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. With all precast supplied by Euro Precast, the building’s façade features angular precast concrete fins as a reference to the chiselled masonry aesthetic of the city’s public buildings. As well, precast floor panels and columns reduced the need for formwork and maximised construction efficiency. Song School The Song School at St George’s Cathedral in Perth isn’t just a treat for the ears. With a striking white façade, tuning fork spires, and lancet-inspired arches, this award-winning development is music for the eyes. SA Precast manufactured a diverse collection of white precast elements, which included curved beams, spires, lattice feature wall panels, columns, and shells. Sydney Skytrain With an aesthetic appeal that sets a new benchmark in infrastructure, the Sydney Skytrain is a new elevated train line that has improved access to employment and services for local communities. Hanson Precast manufactured precast concrete barriers and platform units that serve form and function requirements. The project’s mix of precast and insitu elements called for Nawkaw photocatalyst technology to enhance key features of the structure’s aesthetic appearance. Pacific Highway Upgrade – Woolgoolga to Ballina (W2B) Stage 4 Lying beneath Stage 4 of Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project is a stormwater solution that will deliver more than 100 years of strength and durability. The project involves the duplication of 155 kilometres of the Pacific Highway to a four-lane divided road in New South Wales. Vital to the project’s success are 10 kilometres of steel reinforced precast concrete pipes manufactured by Reinforced Concrete Pipes Australia (RCPA).



Peppers Silo Hotel Overlooking the Tamar River Basin in Launceston, Tasmania, the historic Kings Wharf grain silos have a new lease of life. Duggans Precast supplied precast concrete elements that were integral in achieving the development’s aesthetic and sustainability ambitions. The company manufactured $1.2 million of precast columns, lift shafts, structural wall panels, and façade wall panels for the project. Fiona Stanley Hospital The Fiona Stanley Hospital is Western Australia’s largest ever building infrastructure development. The 6,300-room development boasts extensive use of precast concrete elements, both structural and architectural, manufactured by Delta Corporation and an innovative stormwater detention solution manufactured by Humes. Read about more projects at

Westfield Carousel The Westfield Carousel in Cannington has embarked on a new era of shopping following a $350 million redevelopment. The project will see the shopping centre expand from 82,000m2 to approximately 110,000m2—marking it as the largest in Western Australia. The project features a precast concrete stormwater drainage system of enormous proportions. Central to the system are five 2x5x2 metre precast siphonic discharge pits manufactured by MJB Industries.

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Achieving a 6 Star Energy rating is as easy as installing a Polymaster rainwater tank! For over 23 years, Polymaster has been at the forefront of rainwater tank innovation. Our range of rainwater tanks are extensive, and our Builders tank and pump packages are the ideal solutions for builders looking for a quick and easy way to achieve a 6 Star Energy Rating for their developments. By installing our 2020 litre rainwater tank you can reduce installation and connection time to less than 10 minutes, they come completely pre-assembled including the pump when delivered.

To complement your underground tank a Vortex Fine Filter is a unique innovative filtering system specially designed for your underground tank. It has a selfcleaning filter that removes over 90% of sediment and debris, providing you with clear storage water.

Two outlets come standard, so it doesn’t matter where your drain is located. A large 90mm overflow on both ends ensures your tank fits snug to the wall and less pipework is required saving you time and money.

How does it work? The filter works by fitting it to a horizontal drain pipe, it filters and diverts the rainwater to a storage tank. The incoming rainwater runs out of the horizontal drain pipe into the side of the Filter and is then led in a vortex to the filter housing below. There the rainwater is drawn through the vertically placed fine filter by adhesion and is led through the outlet to the storage area, whilst the debris is rinsed away with the remaining water to drain. • Filtering to 0.44 mm all by gravity. • Withstands up to 30-tonne vehicles. • Extension risers available for deeper underground installation.

These tanks make choosing a rainwater storage option EASY, with single and double storey pump options available they are the ideal storage solution. With a range of 22 Colorbond® colours you’re sure to find the colour to complement your next multi-unit development or residential build.

Polymaster products are subject to rigorous health and safety testing and are certified to AS/NZS 4766 for rainwater tank. They are made from BPA free food-grade polyethylene and certified to AS/ NZS4020, which is the Australian standard for drinking water.

When space is limited, an underground tank can be placed under driveways or lawns and when they are not considered aesthetically pleasing it becomes hidden from view making an underground tank the answer.

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When space is tight, these slimline tanks can fit through tight doorways they have easy grip handles built in to make manoeuvring on site simple and not back breaking. To obtain cleaner water a heavyduty screen mesh is fitted into the lid to keep out the mosquitos and debris.


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A roof made from COLORBOND® steel makes perfect sense Strong, secure and energy smart, COLORBOND® steel is tried and tested in Australian conditions to look great and deliver outstanding, long life performance. With 22 colours in the range, you can choose a roof colour that sets the theme for your whole home, or complements your other building material choices. In particular, you can select and match colours with your gutter, fascia and downpipes made from COLORBOND® steel. Furthermore, the range of thermally efficient light colours can help to keep your home cooler on hot, sunny days. Adapting to the demands of the building market, COLORBOND® steel has changed a great deal since its introduction in Australia in 1966. Not only has the colour range evolved, so too has the technology involved in COLORBOND® steel’s production. The most recent innovation, ACTIVATE® technology was introduced in 2013 and BlueScope holds numerous patents on the technology, both in Australia and around the world. No wonder we are now seeing COLORBOND® steel being used on roofs for anything from homes all around Australia, to large commercial buildings like the Adelaide Velodrome and the Margaret Court Arena. To be sure, you are getting genuine COLORBOND® steel from BlueScope, make sure you ask for it by name, and check for the brand mark on the material.


Complement your roof with COLORBOND® steel gutters, fascia and downpipes Whether your home has a COLORBOND® steel roof or not, COLORBOND® steel is a good choice for your gutter, fascia and downpipes. You can perfectly match or complement your roof colour and other building materials and, when maintained and installed correctly, be confident of long lasting performance.

Available in the full range of 22 colours, the latest generation COLORBOND® steel gutter, fascia and downpipes are made with the same five-layer system as our roofing, bringing you the benefits of Activate® technology, and the reassurance of 50 years of COLORBOND® steel testing under harsh Australian conditions. Gutter, fascia and downpipes made from COLORBOND® steel come in a wide range of styles, sizes and profiles, designed to look great and protect your home from the challenges of the harsh Australian climate. See Steeline Roofing Products’ range of COLORBOND® steel roofing, fascia and gutters at our Meadowbrook Showroom.

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Working at Heights Working in the building and construction industry can be rewarding – but it can also be dangerous. Between 2007 and 2016, 69 people died while working in this industry with almost half being due to falls from height. Although working at height can be risky, there are ways to manage these risks to ensure you, and your workmates, make it home at the end of the day. These risk management steps begin before even putting a foot on a ladder. The best way to prevent falling from height is to eliminate the risk by working on the ground or a solid construction. Prefabricating roofs and wall frames at ground level are good examples of how to do this. However, working on the ground won’t be suitable for some jobs. If that’s the case, there are a number of other ways you can minimise the risk of falling to ensure you and your workmates stay safe while working at height.

Although offering less protection for workers, work-positioning systems and fall-arrest systems can be used where the above methods are unsuitable. An example of a work-positioning system is a travel restraint that prevents workers

Fall-arrest systems reduce the severity of an injury to a worker after a fall occurs. It is always preferable to prevent a fall from occurring in the first place, so fall-arrest systems should only be relied on if other ways to prevent a fall are unsuitable. Ladders offer minimal fall protection and, in fact, are commonly involved in falls from height. Ladders should only be considered if other controls cannot be used. Ladders that are on unstable ground, too short to reach the level where the work is to be carried out, or incorrectly assembled or positioned pose a major risk to workers. One slip is all it takes for someone to be seriously, or even fatally, injured.

For general information on working safely at height, visit the Safe Work Australia website at For specific information on the laws and regulations on working at height in your state or territory, talk to your WHS regulator. Contact details are on the Safe Work Australia website.


The next best option is to use fall prevention devices, such as temporary work platforms. These could be as simple as scaffolding and guard railing which prevent workers from falling from an unprotected edge. The benefit of temporary work platforms is that once erected or installed, they do not require any further maintenance or operation by a worker. Elevating work platforms are also an effective fall prevention device, but for some—such as cherry pickers or boom lifts—workers need to wear safety harnesses. Have a chat with your relevant state and territory WHS authority for advice about your specific circumstances.

from approaching an unprotected edge, usually by wearing a safety harness connected to an anchorage point. Fall-arrest systems include catch platforms, safety nets and individual fall arrest systems. These systems also require supervision and greater levels of skill for safe operation.

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EDGE PROTECTION REVOLUTION At Rapid Height Safety, we are committed to your safety, offering the most efficient edge protection systems on the market. We provide a range of products to suit any project requirements no matter how big or small. Understanding that edge protection is not black and white, we listen to our clients’ needs and our specialists ensure a complete edge protection solution. Protecting those working at heights and those below. AS/NZS 4994.1:2009 Temporary Edge Protection compliant, Rapid Height Safety systems are a must have when working at heights. The integrated kick board prevents falling objects, protecting those below. Run-away screws that can be an extreme hazard are no longer a problem with Rapid Height Safety. In addition, the 2.7m fixing centres leading to fewer components, vastly reducing installation time.


Our Rapid Post System is 10x faster than existing drill and fix solutions on the market, with 20 meters erected in under 10 minutes.

An extensive range of worksite edge protection systems customisable to suit your site needs. Rapid Height Safety offers a new approach to edge protection with concrete, steel and structural timber set up options. Rapid Height Safety offers direct delivery and full installation of hired equipment where needed. Full training is provided with access to ongoing, professional support. After all Safety’s in our name.

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The Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia The Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia is one of the oldest and most active manufacturing representative organisations in Australia and is commonly known as the BMAA. The Association represents Australian manufacturers of blinds, awnings, shutters and components and the Association is justifiably proud of its long history and the list of successes it has achieved in its 70 year history. Originating in Queensland as an organisation to represent the Venetian Blind Manufacturers of Australia, the BMAA has grown into a truly representative trade body that covers every aspect of window covering manufacturing in Australia. Our members range from small family businesses to large national organisations. The BMAA charter is based on supporting the Australian manufacturing industry and to this end has developed a world-class Expo that takes place every three years to showcase the Australian industry.

The Association is currently updating its website to reflect its vastly expanded responsibilities which include administering industry standards, assisting the public in resolving disputes with product performance, as well as reviewing the enormous amount of government legislation that may affect our members. BMAA has been particularly successful over the past ten years in negotiating with government on many areas of legislation from child safety to building cladding, the latter being of particular concern to our members who produce awnings that fit on the outside of buildings. The BMAA has also introduced an Industry Recognition program to reward companies who have supported the BMAA over many years with levels of recognition from Bronze (five years) Silver (10 years), Gold (15 years) to Platinum (over 20 years). These awards are highly valued within the industry and is another way the BMAA supports our industry commitment.

These projects, and the many other projects the BMAA undertakes on behalf of its members, are made more admirable when considering the Association is run by a voluntary board of industry members. There are currently six Board members plus a full time administrator. The BMAA is also particularly aware of public perception of our industry. The Association closely monitors the use of its name in connection with reputable manufacturers with the specific aim of developing consumer confidence and a high degree of public trust, along with an awareness of the high standards that BMAA members strive to achieve. The BMAA has a Code of Ethics for members to adhere to and closely monitors breaches of the code. With membership heading towards 200, the BMAA aims to continue to be the voice of window furnishing manufacturing in Australia. For further information about the BMAA please visit our website at For membership enquiries please contact us by email – or telephone (07) 3801 8811.


As a result of a Training Summit that the BMAA held in 2016 to follow on from several years of planning, the BMAA has now developed and implemented a five-year training plan. Quality industry training is being delivered to educate and nurture young (and not so young) industry members to develop their skills and obtain certificates of competency that the industry recognises and values and to boost Australian manufacturing competency. Currently there are over 100 industry members enrolled in the training program with more being added regularly.

The BMAA has also been working on the development of a world-class energy rating scheme to have window furnishings included in energy rating software and systems to improve energy efficiency in building design. This scheme is for use by BMAA members and is now nearing fruition. The BMAA is constantly in touch with other industry bodies in Australia and worldwide and attends conferences regularly in the Energy Rating arena. Energy Rating is becoming a major issue worldwide and BMAA is at the forefront of all developments in this area.




All you need to know about security screens and doors Window screens and screen doors are common features of construction in most parts of Australia. They allow the circulation of air in hot weather whilst preventing insects from entering premises. However effective they are in keeping insects out, fly screens offer very little security and can be easily broken through. Security screen doors and window grilles on the other hand are strong enough to withstand most attempts at forced entry while retaining the advantages of flyscreens. They can also be installed on all types of windows and doors, including hinged, bifold and sliding. As an extremely popular home security option, security screen doors and window grilles also provide protection in other areas, such as bushfire, falls, emergency escape and cyclone debris, and can improve the energy efficiency of a home through shading. But, how do you know if your window and door screens are an authentic security product?

It is concerned mainly with resistance to forced entry and does not address the important issues relating to egress in the case of emergency. The Standard covers movable and removable security window grilles that can be used in such instances. AS 5039 is intended for use by regulatory authorities and all persons concerned with the manufacture, installation and general requirements of security screen doors or window grilles and gives protection to consumers. AS 5041: Methods of test - Security screen doors and window grilles provides the methods by which accredited laboratories must test products in accordance with. The tests include: • Dynamic Impact Test • Jemmy Test • Pull Test • Probe Test • Shear Test • Knife Shear Test

Australian Standards (AS) covers the security aspect of these products and must be followed when supplying a legitimate security door or screen product. What are the standards? There are three Standards that need to be met for security products: • AS 5039: Security screen doors and security window grilles • AS 5040: Installation of security screen doors and window grilles • AS 5041: Methods of test - Security screen doors and window grilles AS 5039: Security screen doors and security window grilles is the Standard developed to provide both the industry and consumers with specifications covering the general requirements and performance of these products.


This Standard specifies the minimum requirements for the performance of all types of hinged and sliding security screen doors and hinged, sliding, removable and fixed security window grilles used primarily in residential situations.

AS 5040: Installation of security screen doors and window grilles provides installers of security screen doors or window grilles with specifications covering the general requirements for installation of security screen doors or window grilles used primarily in residential situations. If a product is not installed correctly then it will not be secure.

Feature Alternative uses of security screen products Security screen products can be effectively used for purposes other than security. These include:

With cyclonic debris screening, your home is protected from cyclone debris at all times - ensuring that you don’t need to ‘batten down the hatches’ each time a storm approaches or worry if your home is safe when you are out of town.

Emergency escape When security screens are installed, it is important to remember that windows may provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. At least one window in each room must have a release mechanism on the security screen.

AS 1170.2:2011 Structural design actions Wind actions sets out the requirements and test methods for different cyclonic regions in Australia. When purchasing security screens for cyclonic areas, ensure that the product has been tested and complies with the requirements in your area.

Homes with security bars, grilles or shutters covering their windows may be useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism.

How do you know who to trust or if you are purchasing a compliant product in the security screen industry? Membership of the National Security Screen Association (NSSA) is a good indication.

It is important to select security screens with overriding devices that can be released by an adult. Alternatively, ensure that you select a product that has an emergency egress feature and teach your family how to safely use an emergency egress device in an emergency.

The NSSA is a national association dedicated to supporting the needs of security door and window grille fabricators, retailers, installers and component suppliers and to give protection to consumers.

Ensure keys to all security door locks are readily accessible to enable escape from the home if required. Deadlocks, if engaged, will stop you from opening the security door without a key.

The NSSA encompasses all styles of design and materials used in the manufacture and installation of barrier security products as long as the end product will comply with the relevant Australian Standard that is applicable.

Protection from falls The National Construction Code (NCC) specifies various requirements for the prevention of falls from openable windows. There are also specific requirements in New South Wales for strata title properties.

Products are labeled to show compliance to AS 5039. NSSA members comply with Australian Standards and are part of an independent third party accreditation scheme subject to annual factory inspections to ensure products conform.


Look for these labels, Figures 5 and 6, and compliance certificate Figure 7. AS 5203 Protection of Openable Windows/Fall Prevention - Test Sequence and Compliance Method sets out the methods of test for determining the performance of a barrier screen and a restricted window opening to a level of force specified in the National Construction Code.

Using a NSSA member when purchasing your security screen products significantly reduces the risk of purchasing the incorrect product for your application.

If a window is accessible by a child and the window is not restricted, ensure that tested compliant security screens are fitted to stop your child from accidentally falling through. It is important to remember that a standard flyscreen is not made to protect your child from falling through a window. Using a tested compliant screen for protection from falls on a window, rather than restricting the window opening, gives you the benefit of full ventilation. Bushfire safety If you are in a bushfire area, check that your screens meet the local bushfire regulations and the requirements of AS 3959 - Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. The wrong flyscreens can burn in a bushfire and can be the cause of your home burning. Cyclone debris protection With the occurrence of cyclones being more common in northern Australia, it is a good idea to add another level of protection to your windows from cyclone debris.

Where do you get the right products? Contact your local NSSA member for information and guidance on the right product to use for all situations. Visit the NSSA website: FIGURE 7





Windows in Extreme Bushfire Prone Areas In 2009, Victoria suffered a firestorm like we had never experienced, and this, combined with a spread of more building in bushfire prone areas over recent decades saw a loss of life and property that was devastating. Black Saturday saw fire spread and crown fires so extreme, it redefined the thoughts of the community on what we need to do to be safe. Scientists had been watching this for some time, these more extreme fire events, and a new building standard had been drafted post the Canberra fires in 2003, but deemed too extreme and onerous to implement. Then Black Saturday happened…. In May of 2009, three months after Black Saturday, Victoria and the ACT adopted the new standard, AS3959-2009, Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas. 12 months later the other states followed, however with some interesting variations. Most states added extra requirements, generally around ember protection and access. One state, NSW, added a reduction of requirements by way of an NCC amendment for BAL FZ, referring the specification of building requirements to the relevant fire authority, in this case the RFS. The solution for windows allowed by the RFS until the end of 2017, was generally an aluminium roller shutter over a window very similar to a BAL 40 window. This changed as of January 2018 to require tested systems, finally in line with the other states. The barrier to fire provided by aluminium is very limited, as it melts at ~ 680°C. Bushfire flame temperatures range from 1000°C to 1500°C, pending the fire conditions. This is BAL FZ, around 80kW/m2. BAL FZ testing at Exova Dandenong

This heat presents another conundrum. The radiant heat coming through windows in extreme conditions is not compatible with life. As little as 15kW/m2 will peel skin in seconds. This is why the AS1530.8.2 test was added, requiring not only 30 minutes of fire integrity, but 30 minutes of insulation, to less than 15kW/m2 inside (-/30/30). A -/30/- product will offer integrity, but not insulation. With any (normal) volume of glass in a house, 80kW/m2 outside will give ~60kW/m2 inside, and result in internal house temperatures over 200°C, along with the risk of spontaneous combustion of curtains, carpets etc., without a fire breach. This will create a fatal indoor environment in seconds. So as builders, designers, and homeowners embark on this building journey, looking for products to satisfy the requirements should be asking their suppliers for proof of compliance prior to committing to purchase.

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If a window is going to protect the occupants during a fire, and the rating is BAL FZ, is the product: • Compliant to AS3959-2009 • Tested to AS1530.8.2 • Designed and warranted for the building warranty period as a minimum If there is not a resounding yes to all questions, and documentation to support, then it is probably not compliant and safe. With the courts currently considering who will have to fund replacement cladding on hundreds of Australian buildings, it is a timely reminder to be sure your choice is compliant and safe. Sonnenschutz manufactures window shutters for BAL FZ. These can be fitted to all wall systems. During testing to AS1530.8.2, we get 6kW/m2 at the back of the shutter, and less than 3kW/m2 inside the window. The safest choice by far, and one of the most economical!


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Providing Western Australians with locally made metal products for 100 years Suppliers of meter boxes and associated products to major stockists, builders, electricians and plumbers throughout Western Australia. Federal Sheetmetal is a family owned business which has been operating for over 100 years. We manufacture all types of metal products from our factory in Bassendean, Western Australia. Specialising in meter boxes approved to Western Power and Atco (SEC Alinta Gas) specifications. Custom-made meter boxes and sheetmetal products can also be manufactured to your specifications in a variety of finishes including galvanised, stainless steel, aluminium, etc.


Our products and services include: • Combination gas/electric meter boxes (plain side and recessed) • Electric and gas meter boxes • Multi-Unit Gas meter boxes (2 and 3 meter boxes and multiples) ** • Weatherproof combination gas/electric meter boxes • Weatherproof electric pole boxes • Weatherproof electric brick boxes • Commercial AL12 gas and electric boxes • Western Power and Atco approved locks and windows can be added to meterboxes or to existing doors. • Galvanised buckets • Rubbish bins

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Leading the way in the construction software industry for over 24 years They say necessity is the mother of invention and when it comes to the success story of the construction software, BEAMS – this saying couldn’t ring more true. Founded in Perth by company director Peter Fonte, the concept for the software came about when, working as a builder himself, Peter realised the need for an integrated building package. BEAMS was five years in the making and although initially developed for Peter’s use only, the ease and functionality of the software prompted him to make it available for commercial use in 1994. Since then, BEAMS has enabled a greater understanding of what is required to manage and maintain a profitable business thanks to its coverage of the entire building process. Unique in its offering, BEAMS covers web leads in CRM, estimating with CADIMage, scheduling and accounts, plus the addition of mobile functionality; a service not available through any other software system currently on the market. In addition to this, BEAMS is backed by an experienced and dedicated team who are constantly looking for ways to improve the package which is in perpetual development as the market changes and users’ needs evolve. When it comes to setting itself apart from other similar products on the market, BEAMS offers the unparalleled knowledge and understanding of a builder come company director with years of practical, hands-on experience.

“BEAMS customer support is suited to both the East and West coast, resulting in the longest support hours offered compared to other software providers.

And while having a vast offering is a key point of business for BEAMS Software, simplicity and functionality have always been areas in which they endeavour to deliver, time and time again. “Users are able to prepare quotes quickly and respond to their clients in a timely fashion,” Peter said. “We offer the ability to maintain accurate cost control which results in better profits, including time-line scheduling. “BEAMS keeps up with legislation changes including GST, TPar, Super Stream and the newest one being Single Touch Payroll and provides full financial reporting, including BAS & PAYG.” Backed by over 24 years in business and a relentlessly dedicated team, it is easy to see why BEAMS continues to lead the way in the construction software industry and with international expansion plans in the pipeline, it seems the sky is the limit for this innovative company.

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“BEAMS software was developed by a builder who understands the wants and needs of users within the construction industry,” Peter Fonte said.

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AUSTRALIAN STAINLESS STEEL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION The Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) was established in 1992 to address and harness stainless steel’s growth trend in Australia, and today remains as the Association’s core objective. ASSDA is a globally-recognised, not-for-profit industry body representing over 150 members across the stainless steel spectrum. Their aim is to foster the understanding and use of stainless steel in Australia by developing the competence and efficiency of the industry through promotion, education and training, the provision of adequate technical advice and industry accreditation. ASSDA offers a number of services to its membership and the industry as a whole: •Technical information and advice ASSDA’s Technical Advice Service represents a significant asset to the stainless steel industry, providing excellent and timely advice for the successful use of the product. The Association answers around 500 technical enquiries every year, using its own Technical Specialist, as well as a wide network of metallurgists and stainless steel experts. Technical advice is free for all ASSDA Members, materials specifiers (engineers, architects and builders), owners and purchasers of stainless steel plant and equipment, and others who make materials decisions. All enquiries can be lodged via www. In addition, ASSDA’s website contains a wealth of technical information relating to stainless steel families, properties, grade selection and surface finishes, plus various technical FAQs and bulletins. •Education and training ASSDA’s education vehicles include the Stainless Steel Specialist Course, monthly webinars, seminars and publications. The Stainless Steel Specialist Course is an online educational tool that provides a standard level of knowledge and qualification across the industry. It is an advanced and effective e-learning tool consisting of 17 challenging and rewarding modules delivered and marked online, covering a wide range of topics from introductory to more complex material. •Publications ASSDA’s consistent media generation has elevated the profile and reputation of its members. The Association’s flagship publication, Australian Stainless magazine, is a leading industry magazine devoted to showcasing the unique diversity and durability of stainless steel through its various applications, case studies and comprehensive technical articles.



ASSDA also has a number of technical publications, including the Australian Stainless Reference Manual, a 200-page technical guide to stainless steel, and the Food Code of Practice, a code of practice for the fabrication and installation of stainless steel process plant and equipment in the food and beverage industries.

•Industry fabricator accreditation ASSDA Accreditation is an industry-based scheme designed to establish a benchmark for stainless steel fabricators to become recognised providers (ASSDA Accredited Fabricators) of a standardised level of quality. For fabricators, it encourages a consistently high standard through industry selfregulation and signals a commitment to quality and best practice stainless steel fabrications. For asset owners and specifiers, it provides a reassurance and greater certainty that applications using stainless steel will be performed by technical competent industry specialists. STAINLESS STEEL Exceptional corrosion resistance, durability, sleek good looks and complete recyclability: these features combined have made stainless steel a popular material for industrial and domestic applications worldwide. As the use of stainless steel in existing applications grows – from railings and balustrades to appliance exteriors and interiors – so too does the range of new applications where stainless steel is proving to be the material of choice in even the most demanding environments. So, why stainless? Longer life, lower cost Stainless steel lasts longer and costs less over its lifetime. It achieves these two aims primarily because it is corrosion resistant and durable. Stainless steel is relatively cheap to bend and shape (fabricate). Stainless steel is also strong, defending against wear and tear that increases maintenance costs. The heat resistant advantages of stainless steel also significantly add to its life cycle by decreasing downtime and maintenance. Style and substance Stainless steel has become a feature in homes on refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers, benchtops and sinks. Stainless steel appliances and fittings, once confined to commercial situations, have found favour in the domestic market because of its aesthetic appeal.

Stainless steel lasts longer, so stainless steel products are retired less often, lowering the strain on valuable production resources. Stainless steel is an exciting and popular material, and with the right specification, is a product that will continue to perform, with little or no disruption, for many years. Cleaning of exterior stainless steel The visual performance of outdoor stainless steel depends on five interrelated factors: • Surface finish – smooth, clean and free of crevices. • Grade selection - appropriate for environment. • Good design - rain washing and uniform draining. • Maintenance program - regular cleaning. • End-user expectations. This technical article provides suggestions on a maintenance program for cleaning of exterior stainless steel, together with some recommendations for remedial action if stains occur beyond regular maintenance or where such maintenance has not been performed. Maintenance: Routine removal of grime Stainless steel holds its appearance best if it is washed regularly. When washing, use soap or detergent or one percent ammonia solution in warm, low-chloride water with cloths or soft brushes to avoid scratching the surface. Smears will be reduced if the surface is dried afterwards. This treatment applies to bare stainless steel, but care should be taken with coloured surfaces. Coloured and very smooth finished (e.g. BA or No. 8) surfaces subjected to excessive brushing or rubbing may lose gloss or even become scratched. Bleaches are not recommended. Simply wiping with a damp cloth is not adequate as it smears corrosive deposits without removing them. Table 1 from ASSDA’s Stainless Steel FAQ 6: Preventing Corrosion Coastal Corrosion (Tea Staining) - available for free download at www.assda. - provides a guide to the recommended frequency for cleaning exterior stainless steel.

Aside from building a solid following as a stylist and modern alternative, stainless steel is easy to clean and complements other materials in the domestic environment. Environmental pluses We live in an age where renewal and re-use are top considerations with consumers. Stainless steel meets this challenge by being completely recyclable and causing minimal negative impact on the environment. Stainless steel requires no finishing methods post fabrication and installation, freeing the air and waterways from possible pollutants such as paints and solvents.

Grease, oily films and other organic contamination Oils and grease may be removed by alkaline formulations or hot water and detergents or, if

necessary, by hydrocarbon solvents such as alcohol, acetone or thinners or eucalyptus oil. In all cases the surface should be rinsed with clean water and preferably dried. For directionally grit polished finishes, wiping along the polish direction with very hot clean water and a soft, absorbent cloth is a good final step to reduce smears. Heat from a hair dryer or glue gun may soften adhesive remnants from labels or protective films for removal. After exposure to UV degradation from sunlight, adhesives may require similar treatment to grease stains or even abrasion, with the probability of a bright or scratched spot. Adherent scales and mortar Adherent scales and mortar may be removed chemically but NOT using chemicals containing chlorides. NEVER use brick cleaning liquids that contain hydrochloric acid. Hot 25% acetic acid (vinegar) or warm 10 percent phosphoric acid are effective in removing hard water scales and dried mortar splashes. Following the acid wash, the surface should be neutralised with dilute ammonia or sodium bicarbonate solution, rinsed and dried. Remedial work The brown surface stains that can occur on stainless steel during atmospheric exposure are simply cosmetic rust stains. This brown ‘tea staining’ on stainless steels will not progress to potential structural damage as could occur with a carbon steel structure. The procedures outlined below may enable you to remove the tea staining. However, if the progression of damage is beyond these recommendations, it is advisable to employ an experienced contractor. Cleaning rust stained flat surfaces Early action after the onset of tea staining is desirable, before the appearance of the underlying surface is changed. If the surface is pitted, then it is probable that it will require mechanical repolishing. After mechanically cleaning off tea staining, it is preferable to passivate the surface by using a nitric acid gel or, if the item is portable, by immersion in a nitric acid bath. For marine exposures, passivation is very strongly recommended. In contrast to other acids, nitric acid is a strong, oxidising acid cleaner and has the added advantage that it is a passivating agent. The Nickel Institute has suggested that rust may be removed by the use of a 10% phosphoric or oxalic acid followed by a one percent ammonia solution neutralisation and then a water rinse. Alternatively, a mild acid-based cleaner such as sulphamic acid (used in some saucepan cleaners) can be used with some care to avoid local changes in appearance. NEVER EVER use hydrochloric or sulphuric acids.

There are also proprietary chemical cleaning treatments often based on citric acid or other chelating compounds. Although these agents passivate in the sense of removing free iron and other foreign matter, they do not augment the surface oxide film. Use of liquid acids on site is generally unsatisfactory as contact time is short and the acid may run off and damage adjacent components. Unlike the hydrofluoric acid pickling process used after welding, a nitric acid passivation process does not normally change the surface appearance of stainless steel, although it may cloud a mirror polished surface. Careful trials on inconspicuous areas are recommended prior to full scale cleaning.

Mirror polished 316 stainless steel and glass balcony. Courtesy of Balustrading WA.

Electropolishing is also used by some contractors to smooth rough edges and both clean and passivate the surface. It can be carried out on site or, more usually, in purpose-built tanks. Afterwards – Prevention of recurrence If tea staining has occurred, one or more of the five factors outlined in the introduction have not been considered carefully enough when the structure was designed and/or built. To improve the structure, the following steps may be taken to prevent recurrence: • Increase the frequency of maintenance. • Improve the surface finish - mechanical polishing and chemical treatment on-site. • Alter the design of the structure - redesign and replace the affected part of the structure. • Improve grade selection - replace the structure with a more suitable grade of stainless steel. If consideration of the aforementioned steps indicates an uneconomic result, the stainless steel can be painted. Paint systems using lacquers and polyurethane top coats are available and have been used successfully, but care and understanding is required. Painting the stainless steel is a step that should only be used as a last option as it is irreversible. Further information: please visit

Kitchen sinks are typically made from 304 grade stainless steel. Courtesy of Oliveri Australia.

Glass balcony fixed with stainless steel spiders. Courtesy of Balustrading WA.

A successful stainless steel installation in an outdoor setting. Courtesy of ASSDA.




High Performance Buildings Passive House (passivhaus) by a Builder, Sustainability Consultant and Architect. All around Australia people are designing, and constructing buildings to the international voluntary Passive House standard. This type of construction offers a high level of thermal comfort, excellent indoor air quality and is the perfect starting point for a building to reach net zero energy, net positive energy or carbon neutrality.

Continuous air seal layer installed - building under construction in Tasmania. Image credit J O’Conner

The categories, Passive House Classic, Plus or Premium, can be achieved depending on the renewable primary energy (PER) demand and generation of renewable energy. Additionally, there is a new Low Energy standard which provides an additional pathway to Passive House Certification. Each has particular requirements to achieve the various standards. To be successful, the Passive House standard requires a keen understanding of the local site, and climate. The main principles of Passive House are to suit the project with appropriate continuous insulation and high performing windows, continuous air seal layer, elimination of thermal bridges, mechanical ventilation and heating and cooling supply. These need to meet the appropriate passive house standard being sought. Passive House is not limited to cool, temperate climates. Passive House principles are adaptable to every climate on earth; from frigid, dry polar conditions to hot and humid tropical climates. While the principles remain constant, the design will change, based on the climate. In a cool, temperate climate such as Melbourne or Tasmania, high R-value building fabric elements, such as walls, roof and floors, are required to ensure heating and cooling loads are minimised. An airtight envelope, low thermal bridging and a heat/energy recovery ventilator are also required to ensure the building performs to the Passive House standard. Shading of glazed elements should be sufficient to protect against direct solar radiation in summer, and still allow the winter solar radiation to provide passive winter heating. In a warm, humid subtropical climate such as Brisbane, the key principles to focus the design around are: • providing an airtight envelope, to maintain comfortable indoor humidity • minimising glazing elements on East and West facing facades • ensure windows have low Solar Heat Gain Coefficients, and are well shaded to protect against direct solar radiation in both summer and winter; however, double glazing is typically sufficient. To maintain comfortable indoor conditions in a subtropical climate, such as Brisbane, the building fabric R-values need to be high, and thermal bridging needs to be minimised. However, in this type of climate, where ambient dry bulb temperatures rarely deviate more than 10°C from a comfortable indoor dry bulb temperature, these requirements tend not to be as stringent as in cool climates. The construction of a Passive House is all down to the detailing, it does not need to be difficult. “Adding more consideration to airtightness and its application, making sure insulation is installed well and correctly (ie: not squashed between studs and rafters). These are the main differences to how buildings are built now compared to a number of years ago,” says O’Conner.


The documentation for a Passive House project is critical for a builder, as it is a set of instructions on how to construct a building. Incorrect construction made up on site can have a negative impact on the buildings performance. Correct design detailing is vital, so the builder can do what they do best and ‘build!’ A popular misconception of Passive House is around operable windows. Providing an airtight building envelope does not restrict the use of operable windows. A well-constructed, and installed operable window can be airtight, when closed. Providing operable windows for occupants can be key to overnight cooling and ventilation in warm climates allowing building users (this could be automated) to open the building up to allow for natural ventilation.

Condensation found in an existing new code compliant building in Tasmania. Image credit J O’Conner

The dry-bulb temperature (DBT) is the temperature of air measured by a thermometer freely exposed to the air, however shielded from radiation and moisture. •

DBT is the temperature that is usually thought of as air temperature, the true thermodynamic temperature.

It indicates the amount of heat in the air and is directly proportional to the man kinetic energy of the air molecules.

Temperature is usually measured in degrees Celsius (°C), Kelvins (K) or degrees Fahrenheit (°F).

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Seeking carbon neutral certification? “Passive House is the perfect starting point to achieve carbon neutrality. While some carbon offsets will still be required, designing with Passive House principles will decrease the project’s reliance on carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality,” says Mason. Comparing this type of construction to standard code construction is interesting, as standard code construction is typically design oriented in its planning. Once being constructed, there is little verification on the air sealing or tightness of the construction. This is offset by air-conditioning systems being oversized to meet general needs, as the volumes used in the calculations are on fixed sealed (meaning we are heating or cooling the galaxy) volumes, which the buildings are not, due to the amount of holes built in with current construction methods. “It is not unlike how the development of high performance vehicles starts in F1 and filters down to all cars, there are various levels of performance, safety and comfort that can be achieved. One could think of Passive House as the Rolls Royce of buildings,” Mills often explains to clients. Exceptional indoor air quality compared using only natural cross ventilation, which means it is ‘comfortable’ year round. Minor upfront costs in Australia are presently due to it being an unfamiliar way of building, however these costs can be offset easily against running costs. A Passive House is verified that they are built as designed during construction, and at completion, present code compliant buildings are not. Placing a value on comfort and long term health benefits is difficult, it is hard to sell something that people cannot see. Words cannot describe the sense of wellbeing achieved when living in a comfortable, dry and healthy environment that can be achieved in a Passive House. This article addressing what a Passive House is, and why it is a good thing, is by Justin O’Conner, building to the Passive House standard, Tasmania; Gregory Mason, Sustainability Consultant, Queensland; and Kylie Mills, Architect, New South Wales. For more information visit: contact the state representative to get involved.



Conserve the forest protect the wood Whilst cost is really important, an early consideration when designing with timber is “how long will it last?” Most would agree that a piece of ironbark would last longer in the ground than pine in the same environment. How long a timber species lasts in a specified environment is referred to as its durability and using the right durability timber in an application will not only reduce lifetime costs but also protect the forests because timber in a structure or product does not need to be replaced as a result of premature failure. Proper management of timber durability means our timbers are fit for purpose and can withstand the various fungi (rot), borers and termites that threaten it. Many of our most durable timbers are expensive, however cheaper and lighter timbers can be made more durable through appropriate treatments. Timber will be used inside a building protected from the weather, exposed to the weather but above ground, in or on the ground and in marine environments. Six hazard classes have been identified with each Hazard Class having specified levels of protective treatment. The higher the Hazard Class, the higher the level of treatment needed. Hazard class


Biological hazard


Inside, above ground

Lyctid borers


Inside, above ground

Borers and termites


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Moderate decay, borers and termites


Outside, in-ground

Severe decay, borers and termites


Outside, in-ground contact with or in fresh water

Very severe decay, borers and termites


Marine waters

Marine wood borers and decay

Used together with a design that minimises risk and physical barriers, choosing treated timbers appropriate for a hazard class will protect the wood for decades. If timber is sold as ‘complying with the Australian Standard’ (AS1604), it must be branded as set out in the Standard. The brand is a three-part code fixed to each piece of treated timber. The first part of the code tells you where the timber was treated, the second part is the preservative treatment code number, and the third part is the hazard class, which may have a suffix to indicate penetration, preservative or utilisation restrictions. A full explanation of brand codes is at

Preservative treatment of the heartwood of timber is difficult, because the cellular pathways are blocked up by the timber’s own growth process to form the structural heart of the tree.

In 2006, use of CCA was restricted by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. It can’t be used to manufacture play equipment, garden furniture, picnic tables, exterior seating, residential decking and hand rails. The restrictions are precautionary as any research done, showed that no children were found to have been adversely affected by CCA. Alkaline copper quartenary (ACQ) is an arsenic-free alternative that provides highquality protection similar to CCA. It turns timber a different shade of green. Another water-based arsenic-free copper formulation, Tanalith E or copper azole, also provides similar protection to CCA. Tanalite E treated timber is a light natural green, that weathers to a warm brown. Micronised copper azole (MCA) uses microscopic particles of copper suspended in water and azole biocides. MCA treated wood has a light natural timber colour, or can have a long-lasting pigment added usually turning the wood an attractive brown colour. Light Organic Solvent Preservatives (LOSP) are systems where the preservatives are dissolved in a light solvent. Unlike the above processes, LOSP doesn’t add moisture to the timber so there is no swelling and therefore no need to re-dry the wood after treatment. LOSP treatments usually contain a combination of insecticides and fungicides, such as permethrin and azoles. Colours may also be added (such as blue framing). Water based azoles are available as an alternative low water up-take system LOSP treatment is ideal for high-value and engineered wood products.” Safety requirements for using treated timbers are identical to non-treated wood. Wash hands before eating, use dust, skin and eye protection and wash clothes after working with treated timber. All external timbers benefit from painting or staining. Although preservative treatment increases the durability of timber, it does not make it maintenance-free and an appropriate schedule will give your structures their longest possible life. Treated timbers should not be burned or used as animal bedding. Check with your local authority about recommended disposal methods for your treated timber. For small domestic offcuts and sawdust, normal waste disposal is fine.

The Timber Preservers’ Association of Australia (TPAA) represents the interests of the timber protection industry in Australia. The TPAA’s web site ( contains a great deal of information on treated wood and the Association can be contacted for any technical information related to protected wood.


Most long term treatments currently on the market, work by impregnating the timber’s sapwood in a specialised treatment plant in which the preservative is impregnated through the same cellular pathways that once carried the tree’s sap.

For many years, Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) treatment was the major option available. A water-borne solution is applied by vacuum and pressure, turns the wood green, and results in a cheap and extremely durable product. Chromium in CCA fixes the preservative to the wood.




From inspiration to information to implementation –WoodSolutions will take you there. One of the biggest challenges facing any home builder or renovator, especially when they want to do something new or work with unfamiliar products or materials, is sourcing ideas, information and suppliers. If your next project involves wood or wood products – and for a wide range of reasons they are becoming increasingly popular – the WoodSolutions website should be your first destination


Every day thousands of people visit the WoodSolutions website searching for a range of topics. For those that are statistically inclined, Google Analytics lists more than 10,000 pages for the website, each of which provides information about some aspect of wood or wood products. So, with so many pages to choose from, where do you begin? The home page and its drop-down navigation provides an overview of the site content, while if you’re looking for something specific, the Search function will narrow your options and point you in the right direction.

If, however, like the headline of this article, you’re in the early stages of a project, the case studies are a great place to start. Here you can browse through more than 300 projects, ranging from single residences to apartments, retail spaces, offices and commercial buildings. Chosen for their excellent or innovative use of wood products, each case study includes images and a description of the project. A bookmark function allows you to save your favourites so you can return to them later. Once you’ve been inspired by the case studies and have some idea of what you’d like to do, the next question is the design. Here WoodSolutions can help too. A quick look at the Resources navigation will show you a range of free downloadable software that can help with span tables, BAL (Bushfire Alert Level) ratings and more. Under Publications you’ll also discover more than 40 Design Guides – with topics ranging from domestic timber decks to multi-residential housing. Plus, there are Environmental Product Declarations and other environmental information. Still short of vital advice? Need some more information to complete your design and make sure that it’s compliant with the building code? Simply go to the Expert Advice section and search the database of hundreds of questions and answers – and in the unlikely event that the answer you’re

looking for isn’t there, you can ask your own question, by phone or email. Design pretty much finalised, or perhaps you need some professional help from an architect, building designer or engineer who specialises in timber – the Supplier section is your answer. Suppliers will also be able to assist you with timber products and services, and advice related to them. The Suppliers search function will quickly and efficiently provide you with a short list of options, based on the criteria you provide. If you’re building yourself, don’t forget to check the installation guides for some tips and hints that will avoid you wasting time and materials onsite – and ensure that you will get the optimum result. Finally, you may like to go back to the Design Guides and look at the publications covering interior and exterior coatings to put the finishing touches to your job. Just one more thing, if you’re proud of the result, let us know and your WoodSolutions story could be a new case study or a blog post. We’d love to hear from you.



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Kiln dried and dressed Large feature posts Staircase components Handrail material

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Furniture components Joinery components Window sills and screening Solid doors

If you ever need SOLID Kwila products: Mr~Kwila Outdoor Furniture Pty. Ltd. 66 Raynham Street Salisbury QLD 4107

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Jambs T & G flooring Solid kwila letterboxes Step treads


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Outdoor gazebos Outdoor showers Sun lounges Quality workmanship

07 3277 2166 or 0432 198 739 (Ana Sinclair)

Durable timber for all types of harsh climates Kwila is a tropical hardwood found throughout Northern Australia, South East Asia and the South Pacific region. Kwila’s stability and natural resistance to splitting gives the opportunity to provide very durable furniture that can permanently remain outdoors in all types of harsh climates. For many years Kwila has been used for boat building, flooring, decking, marine jetties, mine timber and staircases. It is only in more recent times that Kwila has been used for furniture because the very hardness of the wood made it difficult to manufacture without specialist machinery. ABOUT KWILA Intsia bijuga (formerly Afzelia bijuga syn. Afzelia australis), is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, native to the Indo-Pacific. It ranges from Tanzania and Madagascar east through India and Queensland, Australia to the Pacific islands of Fiji and Samoa. The timber is a tropical hardwood with a high-level hardness factor of 8.6 compared with other popular timber species such as Jarrah (8.5) and Teak (4.5). Its physical appearance is golden to dark brown with yellow and black flecks. It has interlocked grain and has a texture which is coarse but even.

Mr Kwila Outdoor Furniture Pty Ltd started in Brisbane 2001 as a way of our parent company’s sawmill (based in Lae PNG) increasing the recovery rate of their locally sourced timber and to increase their range of value added products into the Australian timber and outdoor furniture markets.

At Mr Kwila Timber Division we supply high-quality dressed Kwila profiles at an affordable rate, giving our customers access to a diverse range of Kwila products to suit any project. Our timber products are great for T & G SN EM flooring, step treads and handrails, as well as making incredible furniture, boat building, decking and outdoor posts. Although 85 percent of our products are manufactured from Kwila, we are also an importer of other PNG timbers namely Vitex (also known in Australia as PNG Teak) and PNG Rosewood. We also have the ability to utilise our sawmill to run specific profiles for clients subject to samples being provided and being aware of the time frame of running the timber in another country and also taking into account the sailing schedule. Being organised is key and we have plenty of positive feedback from clients who have used this facility. The sawmill is owned by Sir Robert Sinclair and Mr Kwila Outdoor Furniture is run by his children. Come and meet the Mr Kwila Timber team at 66 Raynham Street Salisbury, Queensland, Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.00pm or contact us by phone or email.

Further information: Phone: 07 3277 2166 Email: Website:


As trends in outdoor furniture changed over the course of time, Mr Kwila Outdoor Furniture remained true to its original design and loyal customers by continuing to offer a well-constructed solid timber setting; however, as the Australian interest and demand to use Kwila in both a non-structural and structural timber

setting increased, so too did our range of solid timber products. As a result, in 2005 our primary focus changed to importing decking, flooring, posts, staircase componentry, sills, jambs, doors, and dowels.




Australia and New Zealand move on joint trans-Tasman forest management standard Australia and New Zealand are closer to developing a joint trans-Tasman standard for forest management following a joint meeting between the boards of Responsible Wood and the New Zealand Forest certification Association (NZFCA) in Wellington recently.

The New Zealand forest and wood products sector relies heavily on exports with around 70% of production going offshore. Increasingly, the main markets, particularly Australia, North America and Asia, are demanding third-party certification as proof of legality of harvest and quality of forest management.

Responsible Wood and the NZFCA operate PEFC-endorsed sustainable forest management systems in Australia and New Zealand respectively.

The Responsible Wood certification scheme is underpinned by two Australian standard – Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708); and Chain of Custody for Forest Products (AS 4707). Responsible Wood also manages the New Zealand Forest Management Scheme on behalf of the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA). The two standards are Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708:2014); and Chain of Custody (PEFC ST 2002:2013).

A significant outcome of the meeting between Responsible Wood and the New Zealand Forest Certification Association will be the development going forward of a joint Australia-New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management AS/NZS 4708. “We are confident of getting the right structures in place for the development of a joint standard recognised in both countries,” Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries said. The New Zealand Forest Certification Association is primarily concerned with forest-related certification activities and is the governing body in New Zealand for the global forest certification scheme PEFC.

More than 19,800 companies and organisations have obtained PEFC chain-ofcustody certification.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of Standards New Zealand who provided useful feedback and guidance on the joint initiative.

Responsible Wood is the governing body for PEFC in Australia. More than 8 million ha of forests is now certified providing sustainable building materials to architects, builders and retailers, and timber and paper products to craftsmen and all Australians.

Standards New Zealand is a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is New Zealand’s leading developer of standards and standards-based solutions, developed in partnership with Standards Australia.

Responsible Wood is a non-profit standards development organisation, formerly known as Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.

During the meeting, the Responsible Wood board visited the Masterton plywood and LVL operations of Juken New Zealand, 100 km northeast of Wellington.


Both certification schemes are endorsed by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the global authority on sustainable forest management with some 300 million ha of forest area managed in compliance with PEFC’s sustainability benchmarks.

JNL operates four wood processing mills employing nearly 900 people and manufactures advanced and innovative wood products from selectively-planted, managed and harvested radiata pine sourced from plantation forests in the Northland, East Coast and Wairarapa regions of the North Island.



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Paradise Timbers – a world of wood Wood is both universal and unique. Throughout human history timber has profoundly influenced civilisation and yet every single piece of wood is unique. The variation in colour, tone, texture, durability, flexibility and even sound qualities of different tree species have puzzled and challenged artists, architects, designers, builders and artisans for thousands of years.

Our pricing structure is based on size, not on the shape of the profile, so it doesn’t matter if the design is a square, flat profile or an intricate Hamptons style, the cost will be the same. We can match any profile with our onsite tooling facility, so it doesn’t matter how traditional or innovative your profile is, we can match it. We also make flexible mouldings – so flexible you can tie a knot it in.

Today the versatility and beauty of timber remains unmatched, and it is little wonder that contemporary designers and architects still embrace its use in outstanding modern designs.

We keep paint grade and clear Pines, Tasmanian Oak/Victorian Ash, Rosewood, Merbau/Kwila, Meranti, and Cedar in stock. But regularly supply American Oak, Walnut, Ash, Accoya, Spotted Gum, Blackbutt, Ironbark, Silky Oak, Jarrah, and Cedar.

The environmental impact of using timber is far less than man-made alternatives, despite uninformed claims to the contrary. The pollutants created by manufacturing processes, and the VOCs emitted from synthetic products like plastics and alloys, are far more damaging. There is also permanent scarring from mining, and extracted minerals will never ever come back. There is a renewed interest in the simplicity and beauty of natural timbers and a burgeoning movement to benefit from its use in building structures and design elements. The flexibility of timber structures is recognised for resisting movement such as that produced by earthquakes, and the aesthetics of natural materials are more valued as the popularity of cheap materials and austere design trends decline. Helping to maintain a balance between expense and aesthetics, Paradise Timbers manufactures and supplies the most innovative timber products of the highest quality at affordable prices.

After 35 years in the industry liaising with sawmills, wholesalers and importers, nothing is out of our reach – including plantation hardwoods from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmanian, South America and Asia. Accoya is taking the external market by storm as it offers a plantation softwood with dimensional stability, termite and rot resistance and a 50 year above ground or 25 year in ground warranty. Come in and see our extensive showroom or visit us at the Build and Design Centre South Brisbane.

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We create onsite an almost unlimited range of options in architraves, skirtings, decorative mouldings to match any profile, internal and external claddings, paneling, handrails, dowels and decking to suit any design criteria and budget.

We will machine any profile from any species, in whatever quantities are required – no order is too small. If it can be made from wood, we will give it a go.




Timber Flooring

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The Australasian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) is your ultimate ‘one stop’ timber flooring guide! Both trades people and consumers will find an abundance of wealth, knowledge, ideas and help available through the association.

The ATFA has great tips when searching for the industry’s best specialists. Look for an indoor or outdoor specialist depending on the job, if it’s an intricate job find someone who specialises in that area or has worked with that type of product before.

However, there is a way to avoid this. The ATFA offers a robust compliance program that assesses products, materials and equipment to ensure they comply with standards, industry requirements and consumer expectations. The program ultimately protects everyone involved!

For those in the timber flooring trade there are many seminars and workshops available and even social events to experience. It’s a great opportunity to be affiliated with an association that enables you to meet others in the industry, further your skill set and even to enjoy social events such as Golf Days.

Make sure they are ATFA accredited, this means you will be hiring one of the best in the business and it gives you the peace of mind that you have a fall back for queries if any problems arise.

The intent in the future is for the industry and government to climb on board and recognise this system hence giving consumers peace of mind whilst protecting the industry with less product failures to deal with.

For the general consumer, a plethora of support, guidance, information and inspiring flooring ideas is available through the ATFA. Building, renovating or upgrading can be a daunting process, and many consumers don’t know where to begin when searching for the right contractor for the job. The most common avenues consumers utilise are referrals from friends, recommendations from builders, architects, or designers, or advertisements in the local paper. But these methods are not the most reliable and consumers are often left not knowing much about the contractors being hired, including how professional they are and what is the quality of their workmanship. The ATFA is the best option to find the perfect professional for your project.


Recently the ATFA launched a fantastic new website geared to help consumers with all aspects of timber flooring. This great new initiative, found at, will take away all the guesswork and help alleviate the stress of finding the right contractor for the right job! Not only does help consumers to find the right contractor but it also offers many great creative ideas for flooring and provides directions on how to get the correct advice and who to speak to.

Get multiple quotes, but remember the cheapest isn’t always the best option, and always compare fairly by checking what is and isn’t included. You don’t want to be hit with another bill later or with having to find another professional to finish off the job. Another example of how the ATFA can help is with quality assurance. One of the most important timber flooring issues is quality assurance and yet often this is not highly valued enough. Typically quality assurance only comes into play after a timber floor is laid and there is a problem with it. At this stage it’s too late to easily fix and it becomes a costly experience to rectify, in turn this often leads to major issues for all the parties involved. For many years we have witnessed products land in Australia that are sold without any regulatory control, only to fail in the home or commercial space. Product failure causes much angst and often results in drawn out court cases or even more likely the company going broke with no recompense for the consumer. This effect snowballs into family issues with budget blowouts and stress as recognised factors. Another issue to keep in mind is that non-conforming products often have additional unsafe qualities, for example they are high in dangerous toxins, formaldehydes or poor manufacturing procedures that create dangerous circumstances.

Notably this system is designed to complement the Federal Government Building Ministers Forum for non-complying building products. Under the ATFA program, producers will be required to provide independent certification and/or reports that substantiate and support the validity of the producers claimed compliance and where relevant meet the minimum requirements set by the ATFA and the industry. So, before buying or installing any timber flooring product please ensure it has passed the ATFA quality assurance assessment to ensure the safety or your company, family and future. All products with the ATFA compliant logo will have passed the compliance program and should be safe to use and install. These are just a couple of the vast initiatives employed by the ATFA to help service and constantly improve the industry.

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Design your future with Built Form Design Academy (BFDA) - the online specialists in building design education.

Our courses equip you with the skills to succeed in a career in the building design and construction industry.

Offering qualifications in: • CPP40115 Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting • CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design • RPL (recognition of prior learning and experience)

BFDA also offer: • BIM capable CAD software short courses • CPD (Continuing professional development) short courses • Design Essentials short courses for DIY and just for fun!


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Creating Employment Opportunities Australia Wide When considering careers, building design as a profession is often overlooked in favour of professions such as architecture, which produce only a very small proportion of building design works carried out in Australia. Building designers have traditionally come from a variety of backgrounds, including draftspersons, builders, engineers, interior designers or others with an interest rather than a qualification in this area. Focused study in building design is available with qualifications such as the Diploma of Building Design or a Certificate IV of Building Design Drafting. Traditionally study in this area has been offered as a face-to-face or a blended learning option and not available for those living in regional and remote areas. Online learning is gradually changing this. With the ability to study from any location and tailor study to suit your lifestyle, a career in the building design industry has become a more viable career option. In turn, this is creating potential new employment opportunities in regional Australia.


‘Every building, no matter the location, has to be designed by someone and has to be documented to specific standards to obtain approvals and be constructed. Why should people be forced to seek services outside of their communities – when the demand for skills and knowledge can be sourced locally by making building design education accessible – irrespective of location?’ Teresa Serrao – Head of School, Built Form Design Academy. Leading the charge in making building design careers more accessible, Built Form Design Academy (BFDA) is one of the first dedicated online private education providers specialising in building design qualifications and continuing professional development short courses. BFDA was the first education provider in Australia to deliver the CPP40115 Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting as a fully online qualification. BFDA also offer

graduates of the certificate an option to obtain a higher qualification through their integrated CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design. BFDA staff have decades of experience working in the building design industry and have experienced first-hand the gaps in the education of building design graduates. The Certificate IV course structure has been specifically designed to provide the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge demanded by employers in the industry. Teresa Serrao, who is also a registered architect, explains the impetus behind the design of BFDA’s qualifications. ‘In the Certificate IV, we focus on providing the foundations – such as learning how to read and create drawings and documentation, standard construction methods and materials, how to use industry software packages such as AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and Revit, and how to source and apply information on building regulations and requirements for compliance. When we were writing the Diploma we wanted to ensure that our Certificate IV graduates could then focus specifically on developing design skills instead of, at the same time, being distracted by trying to learn core skills and knowledge.’ The building design industry offers a wide variety of career opportunities that don’t require years of university study, just access to a computer, the Internet and a desire to learn. Contact the Built Form Design Academy to learn more about how you can get started on your new career.

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BLENDED OFFSITE COLLEGE ONSITE FLEXIBLE TRAINING WORKS BEST! Biga Training has developed a training model that breaks away from the traditional 4 week block. Biga training will only book apprentices for a week at a time. If they can complete the subjects quicker in that week they will be returned to work or they will be given more subjects. The blended model allows for one on one time with a trainer to pick up on the finer detail and those trade tricks. Our trainers have many years of experience within their trades in Queensland conditions. The blended model also allows for the apprentice to attend college if work is slow or on wet days.

ONSITE PORTION Biga Training is able to deliver training and assessment to apprentices on site. The apprentice will work through task based work books, completing both theory and practical components onsite. The apprentice will need to capture pictures or video of them completing practical tasks relevant to the subject; they will also be required to keep a diary of work performed that is verified by the employer. Your trainer will be in regular contact, with both the employer and the apprentice, to see how the apprentice is progressing and will visit each apprentice at regular intervals throughout the year. All apprentices enrolled into this model of delivery will also be required to attend college to complete subjects that they are not exposed to onsite, unless they can demonstrate otherwise.

BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS/APPRENTICES • Early return to work if subjects completed quicker • Ability send apprentice to training if work is slow or wet days • Employer demonstrates meeting Award requirements by releasing apprentice to training • Apprentice does not incur further travel cost, we have campuses at Brendale, Salisbury and regional locations • Apprentices learn extra responsibilities of completing their work on time

WHY CHOOSE BIGA TRAINING RTO#30822 • Biga prides itself on quality training for industry that leads to better skilled tradespeople on the jobsite. • Biga promotes high practical activity components to reinforce skills when completing college subjects. • Biga training is a not for profit RTO guided by Directors from Industry; QMBA, BERT, CFMEU and AWCI.

• Apprentice is able to learn, practise and learn from mistakes at college not on the clients job The benefit of this model of training for both the apprentice and employer is it allows for apprentices to complete subjects both onsite and at college. The flexible training allows for tailored training plans to match what the apprentice is doing onsite.

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The Australian Institute of Waterproofing

COMMITTED TO RAISING WATERPROOFING STANDARDS AND TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA The Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW) represents the interests of the whole building industry in raising the standard of waterproofing in Australia by becoming the ‘central source’ of knowledge, augmented by members’ experience to mentor continuous change. THE IMPORTANCE OF WATERPROOFING Waterproofing may seem to represent only a small part of an overall project and any later water damage may be considered merely an aesthetically issue, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is for good reason that AIW stresses the importance of employing qualified waterproofing contractors who use the correct products for every project. If waterproofing is not completed properly it can become a major problem for construction companies, developers, owners and property managers. Water leaks cause structural damage which be a serious risk to human life, as evidence by such tragedies as balcony collapse in California in 2015 that killed six people and injured seven others. This devastating case highlighted the importance of waterproofing when the California State Licensing Board subsequently ruled that the collapse had been caused by shoddy material selection and poor waterproofing workmanship, which had enabled dry rot and decay to set in the timber joists.1 THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF BUILDING DEFECTS IN AUSTRALIA An often-quoted statistic in the waterproofing and insurance industry is: “Waterproofing is 1.8 per cent of construction cost but accounts for 83 per cent of building defect complaints.” Waterproofing defects and failures, including internal water damage and water entering from the outside of a building, are the number one cause of building defects facing Australia’s construction landscape today.


Defects from ineffective waterproofing represent a huge cost to business. Construction businesses not only have to deal with the frustration of managing water leak issues long after construction is complete, but also losing significant percentage of their profit margins due to waterproofing rectification and remedial services.

Building damage caused by water leaks also impacts many property owners who are required to endure lengthy legal battles for rectification costs or outlay the expense themselves. COMMON CAUSES OF WATERPROOFING DEFECTS The causes of waterproofing damage and defects across building and construction sites are many and varied. Some of the more common causes are the following. Lack of contractor expertise When waterproofing services are overlooked in the planning phase of construction it is frequently due to a lack of contractor expertise. An inadequate knowledge of waterproofing issues can lead to inappropriate waterproofing membrane product selection, and/or incorrect installations that result in failure. A contractor without the right level of expertise can incorrectly diagnose the root cause of a waterproofing problem, which then results in the failure of expensive repairs to fix it. Cost cutting Cost cutting on waterproofing in the building process is, at best, very short sighted. Water leaks and the consequences of extensive damage may lead not only to extensive remediation works but also lengthy legal battles. Waterproofing contractors may attempt to cut costs by omitting recommended primers, or by selecting inferior, incorrect and inadequate waterproofing membrane products. Cost cutting can lead to contractors omitting application and preparation techniques that are critical to the long-term performance of a waterproofing system. The reality is that skimping on appropriate and correct waterproofing in the build phase will inevitably end up costing the builder more. Quick fixes add up over time and are more likely to be more expensive and create more stress than high quality waterproofing properly installed the first time.

Building movement Building settlement, building movement or an inadequate amount of expansion joints, or indeed the complete lack of them, can cause the waterproofing membrane to fail. This may be exacerbated by the selection of an inappropriate membrane, such as a system with inadequate elongation properties to cope with normal movement of a building envelope. Waterproofing membrane at the end of its effective service life Though product marketing may say otherwise, a waterproofing membrane unfortunately does not offer a permanent lifelong solution against water damage. Over time a membrane’s effectiveness will decrease, especially membranes exposed to the harsh rigours of the Australian climate. Knowing when to re-apply or install a completely new membrane is crucial to maintaining the longterm structural integrity of a building. ARE YOU SURE IT WON’T LEAK? A growing problem in Australia is that waterproofing standards and quality are falling as waterproofing shortcuts increase. Many decisions made on waterproofing are based purely on price, and this leads to using cheap labour and unlicensed trades using inferior products. As waterproofing is unlicensed and unregistered in some Australian states, many builders/developers make the fatal mistake of not hiring professional certified waterproofers and instead offering the task to a contractor, who claims to be a waterproofer, and the result is the project is not waterproofed to Australian standards. As far back as 2016, in Victoria’s daily newspaper The Age addressed this problem in, “Melbourne's high-rise nightmares taking a tall toll on residents and investors.”2 The article claims “Waterproofing (or the lack of it) is considered a leading and systemic problem for apartment buildings in Melbourne today, with many who manage the city's apartment towers saying, ‘if it has a balcony, it will leak’.” The issues described in this article are still happening today throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Feature “Some apartments have become uninhabitable through water damage caused by poor construction methods, with water seeping through multiple levels where proper waterproof membranes have not been installed.”

This course is based upon a practical common-sense approach to utilise the Australian Standards at hand and apply the everyday practicable mentality to waterproofing.

The key points raised are: • Residential multi-story, multi-dwelling, apartment buildings are experiencing an alarming frequency of building defects, most commonly caused through waterproofing failure. • Developers were identified as partly responsible for the condition of the building, with a call to be financially responsible. • Balconies were identified as a major cause of waterproofing problems, with the assumption that “proper waterproofing membranes have not been installed,” combined with poor ceramic tiling installation. • Faulty windows and installation process cause considerable water leaks into walls and ceilings. Pressure issues identified as causes were nominated as a failure to pick up defects through the building surveyors inspection process, plus the cost pressures to use cheap (inferior) materials to save money. • The market has inconsistencies in insurance cover, both from building trade cover and the residential owners’ cover, resulting in the building owner having to self-fund the corrections to the building.

The MBAV course is intended to educate personnel involved in the planning or design stage of a project, assist in the selection of material and methods, and the various types of waterproofing used in construction.

AIW supports registering waterproofing trades The AIW supports registration of waterproofing trades to improve the standard of work. Currently in Victoria the full responsibility of waterproofing works is under the control of the Registered Builder, sub-contract trades like waterproofers are not independently liable. Waterproofers are not a category of tradesperson registered by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). As such waterproofers in Victoria do not necessarily carry correct insurance policies. In New South Wales and Queensland, the State building authorities have registered waterproofers as a trade, and as such, they are subject to building liability with a requirement to meet Standards, ongoing training and compliance checks.

The MBA in other Australian states are in the process of looking at offering this course to their members. If you are in Victoria and wish to attend the “Waterproofing in Construction” short course, call the MBAV Training Department on: (03) 9411 4555 Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing AIW has collaborative relationships with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in different States of Australia. Industry Seminars Members of the AIW Committee are regular speakers at industry functions and associations covering waterproofing topics and answering questions, focusing on BCA and Australian Standards compliance. AIW has presented at numerous seminars on behalf of the Architects Designers Engineers Builders (ADEB) throughout Australian capital cities. AIW Committee members also present in-house waterproofing standards and information sessions for architects, builders, building surveyors, designers and developers on request. If your company is interested in booking an in-house training session on waterproofing, call AIW for further information on: 1300 249 466.


THE AIW CHARTER OF ACTIVITIES • To always represent the best interests of our members. • To promote relevant Australian Standards and inform members of significant changes. • To provide up-to-date ‘best practice’ waterproofing application assistance to members via electronic media. • To provide members with ‘continuous learning’ of construction and waterproofing via Stakeholder formal training, member sponsored short courses and downloadable modules. • Lobby governments and authorities to promote waterproofing industry changes, plus lift AIW industry profile awareness. • Hold activities and participate in stakeholder functions to promote membership. • Support the education of the construction industry with the goal of obtaining defect free waterproofing. AIW MEMBER BENEFITS The AIW welcomes all construction industry professionals: architects, builders, developers, building designers, surveyors, manufacturers, affiliated trades etc. Belonging to the AIW helps raise the standard of waterproofing in the industry and provides members with significant direct benefits: • Access to the latest technical information, including technical drawings. • Access to ‘formal course’ and ‘outline’ training via our network association with AMA and our own course material. • The rights to use the AIW logo in members’ communication to build brand credibility. • ‘Forum’ web connectivity with others in the industry to update information or find solutions. • Contractors ‘lead’ generation in the local area or field of expertise. • Greater connectivity to members’ websites • The opportunity to get a discounted business website designed. • Economical annual membership fees in every category.

THE AIW COMMITMENT AIW President, Paul Evans, firmly believes the construction industry deserves to have access to trained waterproofing experts with extensive knowledge. As the national waterproofing industry association, AIW is committed to supporting of all forms of training to all sectors of the building industry. Short Course Training Aside from formal qualifications, it is important to educate other stakeholders on regulatory requirements. AIW has currently developed several courses, focusing on Australian Standards Compliance, Inspections, Material Compatibility and Membrane Selection, and Best Practice Applications.

1. Wells, M (2017, June 5) “New documents reveal poor construction caused balcony collapse” The Daily Californian, Retrieved from: 2. Dow, A. (2016 Sept 25) “Melbourne’s high-rise nightmares taking a tall toll on residents and investors” The Age, Retrieved from:


Over the last year AIW, collaborated with the Master Builders Victoria (MBAV), to design and now have a scheduled short course: "Waterproofing in Construction."

Further information: Contact the Australian Institute of Waterproofing Address: 155 Barkly Ave Burnley Victoria 3121 Phone: 1300 249 466 Email: President: Paul Evans, Manager/Director Findlay-Evans Waterproofing Mob: 0418 312 646 Web:




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Architectural Door Hardware Association (ADHA) is an association body with members in Australia and New Zealand that represents architectural hardware manufacturers and distributors. But what is architectural hardware? Architectural hardware is a complex arrangement of many products such as mortice locks, door closers, door handles, hinges, door and frame seals, sanitary hardware, key systems and much more. At the turn of the century it was known as ironmongery and in some parts of the world this is still the case. The industry association was founded in the 1970’s to disseminate information on a wide range of topics relevant to members, and to serve as a source of networking and education. Today, in 2018, training continues to be the core focus of ADHA along with promoting the industry as a career path and playing a part in the development of Australian Standards and applicable International Standards, building regulations, such as the National Construction Code (NCC), and legislation.

Are you utilising the power of knowledge? ADHA’s involvement in standards and regulations is essential and training ensures this information is passed on to ADHA members. Education is of equal importance for our members and ADHA provides opportunities for members to take part in online training, attend forums and receive technical product training specific to brands by its member manufacturers. ADHA training consists of a two-level package: Level 1 covers the fundamentals of architectural hardware through to the more complex, and Level 2 training will enable students to write a full door hardware specification for a commercial sized project. Why choose an ADHA member? Have you ever asked questions like: Can I use a mechanical hold open door closer on a fire door legally? When I have a door closer installed on a door that needs to meet the DDA, what is the door opening force stated in AS1428.1 design for access and mobility? When am I required to use an exit device in preference to a vestibule lock? Can I use a square non- latching deadbolt to my apartment entry fire door?

ADHA members can provide for the right answers to these and many more industry specific questions. The combined technical know-how and industry expertise of ADHA members can be relied on for consistent professional advice. Building practitioners and architects use ADHA members safe in the knowledge that member companies understand the technical features and benefits of architectural hardware products, if they are fit for purpose, and those specified by an ADHA hardware consultant, or suggested at the trade counter, will meet applicable building codes. ADHA members are more than just manufacturers or distributors they are members of an organisation that benefits from ongoing, joint industry knowledge. So next time you need assistance with architectural hardware, ask yourself this vital question: Am I dealing with an ADHA professional member? For further information or assistance please contact ADHA on 1300 119 514.


Through its technical committee, ADHA has represented members on a number of Australian Standards in recent years including AS 4145.5 Controlled door closing devices, and AS 1905.1 Components for the protection of openings in fireresistant doors-walls, and also provided technical support to AS 1428.1 Design for access and mobility, AS 1530.4-2014 Methods for fire tests on building materials components and structures - Fireresistance tests, and AS 2688 Timber and composite doors. Furthermore ADHA has assisted with public comments and submissions to the ABCB and Parliamentary working groups.

ADHA takes an active role in standards and legislation so that architectural hardware is represented in applicable regulations and to ensure that those with the appropriate knowledge can address the safety concerns. Standards also bring quality measures and safety to products that allow consumers a measurable choice of comparison and peace of mind.


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WINDOWS YOUR GUARANTEE OF PERFORMANCE The Australian Window Association (AWA) is the peak national industry association representing all window and glazing manufacturers and their suppliers in Australia. It is a co-operative; all members have one vote irrespective of size and financial contribution. The Association Business Plan is monitored and reviewed by an elected Board representing all states and territories of Australia. With over 600 members, we endorse compliant, sustainable and fit-forpurpose products and provide services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully: • Drive product conformity and compliance. • Provide advice and support to members. • Facilitate technical capability and knowledge. • Develop relevant skillsets through training. • Influence industry and product sustainability. • Advocate to governments and regulators. • Promote to members, stakeholders, the community and consumers. The AWA is committed to raising standards, improving benefits to home owners and protecting the rights of consumers. We work in the best interests of both our members and consumers and offer a mediation service.

The AWA keeps the window industry informed via magazines, website updates, meetings, conferences and industry exhibitions and promotes the industry through media outlets, trade exhibitions and presentations at industry conferences. TECHNICAL SUPPORT The AWA offers the most current technical, regulatory and compliance information. Members are provided with access to our Technical Manager as well as Industry Codes of Practice, Key Messages, Guides and Standards, Technical Bulletins, Meeting Minutes and other important information: • Guides helping members understand Australian Standards. • Key Messages tackling key issues for the industry and providing explanations of Australian Standards and regulations. • A quarterly magazine, Fenestration Australia, featuring top-class editorial with the latest news, views and analysis from industry leaders and experts. • A monthly e-newsletter, Window Watch, providing updates on the Association, latest notices and upcoming events. • Industry Alerts containing industry information of high importance. • Website,, containing up-to-date news, events and other pertinent information to support the businesses of our members. The website also contains relevant information for consumers.

We also advocate at federal, state and territory levels on regulations and issues affecting the industry.

SETTING THE STANDARD Members of the AWA are required to manufacture window and door products in compliance with all relevant Australian Standards, ensuring that their products are fit for purpose and are made to withstand Australian conditions.

CUTTING THROUGH THE COMPLEXITY Our members are committed to a more professional industry and are provided with access to the latest changes in regulation and industry standards to ensure compliance and up-to-date business practices. We work relentlessly to represent the industry in as many forums and on as many work groups and committees as we practically can, on all industry issues.

Our members are bound by a Code of Conduct to conduct business with honesty and integrity and to guarantee their windows against faulty workmanship and materials for a period of 6 years (subject to correct installation and product maintenance).

We provide a national voice on technical issues through representation on numerous Australian Standards Committees, Residential and Commercial Building Code committees, Committees for Mandatory Energy Requirements and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Technical Committee.

It is important to understand that while the AWA Accreditation Scheme is not mandatory across the window industry, it has federal government recognition through its NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accreditation as an


We are also represented on numerous Australian Standards committees, the National Construction Code (NCC) and the Australian Fenestration Rating Council (AFRC) which ensures information impacting on the window industry from all of these bodies is relayed in advance of any changes.

PERFORMANCE ACCREDITATION & VERIFICATION At the AWA, we take product performance accreditation and verification seriously. Since the AWA Accreditation Scheme’s official launch 20 years ago, the AWA has been helping members ensure they manufacture window systems in accordance with Australian Standards, with manufactured products physically tested and verified against the fabrication details in test reports.




inspection agency and is a core and highly valued requirement of AWA membership. The scheme is made up of two parts, Auditing and Market Surveillance.

WERS follows all AFRC protocols and processes as required by the National Construction Code of Australia and is an accredited AFRC member.

Members must verify their windows’ design performance using a NATA accredited testing laboratory and lodge these reports with the AWA Accreditation Administrator. Members’ windows are labelled with the ‘wind pressure’ and ‘water penetration resistance’ performance data determined by these tests in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Standard, AS 2047-2014 Windows and external glazed doors in buildings - Selection and installation.

The aim of the scheme is to help consumers evaluate the relative energy performance of different types of windows and then make an informed decision suited to their needs. The window’s cooling and heating performance are rated on a separate scale of 0 to 10 stars - no stars shows that the window is a very poor performer and 10 stars shows that the window has excellent performance.

Not only are products tested by a NATA accredited third party to provide independent assurance of technical competence, but audits of member factories are conducted regularly, based on their accreditation status, to verify fabrication details against test reports. The AWA has a small, independent team of senior industry personnel residing in each state who audit the operations and products of member companies. Each of these auditors has decades of experience in the window industry and includes engineers and former managing directors. These auditors provide ongoing mentorship to members; raising awareness of standards and helping members find technical solutions. Auditors come into members’ factories and randomly select products and ask to review the test report. They ask to be shown how the windows are made and check the seals, gaskets, labelling and glass. They then check the final product against the fabrication drawings in the test report. The AWA also conducts market surveillance through the purchase of products from member and non-member companies, which are physically tested to the requirements of AS 2047 - 2014.

The ratings apply to the effect of the whole window including the relative contributions of glass and frame. WERS rated windows and skylights display the WERS logo and each rated product has a certificate which certifies that it has been energy rated. WERS ratings are designed to ‘plug in’ to Australia’s Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme accredited software, NatHERS. Similarly, the FirstRate house energy rating software from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria will accept WERS data for ‘real’ windows. This enables designers to ‘try out’ different windows during a rating before a final selection is made. WERS is truly international in its foundation and draws on research and development in 15 countries over the last 20 years. It is based on close and continuing collaboration with the evolving energy-rating systems developed by the American National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). WERS is an accredited scheme. All participating window manufacturers are able to use WERS data, providing their products have passed the testing requirements of AS 2047. To view or search the WERS database, visit

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE AWA ACCREDITATION SCHEME ARE: • To ensure that members manufacture their products in accordance with the fabrication details on their AS 2047 test reports. • Product ratings and labelling requirements are continuously verified and maintained to provide meaningful consumer comparative product performance information. • To enable architects, specifiers and building inspectors to meet or enforce compliance with Building Codes. • To ensure that manufactured products being supplied to the market are compliant and have passed AS 2047 physical tests. This accreditation program is a proven and nationally recognised method of achieving compliance to assist certifiers, builders, specifiers and homeowners to ensure products selected comply with the Australian Standards regulated through the NCC. COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING The AWA provides comprehensive proprietary training and technical support documents through our training division, the Australian Fenestration Training Institute (AFTI). We hold a national conference annually as well as state and territory member forums. These forums allow the industry to come together as a whole to talk about important issues such as regulations and standards, training and testing, and marketing. The forums provide valuable networking opportunities as well as critical insights into what is going on locally as well as from a national perspective. We also provide a range of essential online training courses for both members and non-members, including builders, architects, designers and specifiers. These courses are designed to inform of important technical and regulatory information as well as to ensure compliance and up-to-date business practices.


These online courses are conducted at a time that is convenient and from the comfort of your home or office. You can start at anytime. THE WINDOW ENERGY RATING SCHEME The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) is an independent scheme owned and managed by the AWA with the full support of the window industry. Independent of any one manufacturer, WERS is a fair, rigorous and credible system for rating the energy performance of windows and glazed doors.

Further information: Please contact the Australian Window Association on 02 9498 2768 or visit



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Abbey Aluminium delivers the superior quality, style and performance our customers have come to expect from Vantage and Elevate windows and doors. Australian owned and made, our extensive range of residential, commercial and designer series windows and doors are manufactured in Sydney, with outstanding performance and aesthetics for contemporary building projects or renovations. Delivering flexibility in design through our team of experts, we specialise in working with builders, architects and home renovators to deliver the highest quality results for your projects.


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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE HUME DOORS & TIMBER FOR YOUR PROJECT RESIDENTIAL An extensive collection of architectural aesthetic designs to suit all styles of homes

COMMERCIAL Hume Commercial specialises in the design and manufacture of doors and products to meet all commercial situations

BUSHFIRE ZONE Doors designed and manufactured to meet regulatory requirements of building in bushfire zones

SAFETY We are committed to health and safety and we continuously strive to keep our most important asset - our people - safe

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Innovation in doorway technology Doors and manufacturing excellence are at the core of everything we do. Every door we build, every product we create, every progressive step we take is driven by our relentless pursuit of perfection. Our spirted bloodline stretches back over 60 glorious years. Our story is one about inspirational people, vision, courage and commitment. In 1953, Don Buckley founded the Hume Group of companies with just 15 people and only a handful of products, however his vision was not small. Today, over 60 years later Hume has grown to be one of the nation’s largest door manufacturers with operations in every capital city and strategically placed regional branches within Australia and New Zealand.

To this day, the Hume Group remains a 100% Australian owned family company and encompasses the values set forth by Don Buckley himself: family, trust, teamwork, great engineering and safe reliable manufacturing. Whether leading the way in sustainability, innovation or design, Hume Doors & Timber remains committed to developing outstanding products for the Australian market.

Today, we provide innovation in doorway technology and products to a range of sectors within the building industry including commercial, industrial, multi-unit, aged care, residential and renovation.


We combine cutting edge technology and the industry’s best minds with the know-how and speed to market derived from decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of the building industry. We work in close collaboration with our customers and partners and the majority of our programmes focus on creating products to meet the challenges of the building industry in the 21st Century.

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Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete the best flooring solution Among the many floor finishes available, polished concrete is the best solution for beautiful, durable and economical floors, with the huge benefit of thermal capacity. The most popular system is Hardened floors = Densification. Many concrete hardeners on the market are poor quality and will result in low durability and high, long-term maintenance.

Contact the experts at IBS for DURABLE POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS The CERTI–SHINE Polished Concrete System is regarded as the best “green” system in the world and the only certified Fire Resistant Floor (complies to ISO/IEC17025) Our fully trained, Certi-Shine licensed, contracting teams are available to do any size job anywhere in Australia. They all use TERRCO floor grinders which produce the flattest floors the fastest. Polished Concrete Showroom Mon to Fri 8.30am - 3.30pm 20 Sir Joseph Banks Rd Botany 2019 Architectural presentations by appointment Call today for a free quote and site inspection: 02 8338 0000 & 02 9700 0701 or Ivan 0403046038

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Vexcon is a trusted brand and the Certi-Shine densified system, is widely acknowledged as the leading high-performance, certified fire safe and ‘green’ product for polished concrete. Polished concrete has three standard finishes 1. Fully exposed - aggregate exposed like a terrazzo-looking floor 2. Partially exposed - normally a 25% exposure of the stones in the slab 3. Non-exposed - just shows the paste and no stones Practical tips When pouring fully exposed finishes, the concrete must be vibrated like a checkerboard to get an even distribution of aggregate, and then lightly powerfloated flat and smooth. When placing a non-exposed slab it must also be power-floated smooth and flat. A burnt finish is required, not over burnt. Order 32mpa or 40mpa concrete and make sure the truck is cleaned well first to avoid contamination.

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Timber Roof Trusses second to none! Leach Trusses is the longest established timber roof truss plant on the Sunshine Coast. We have built a reputation for quality and service during that time that is second to none in the industry. Our company is smaller than some of the plants in the area, but that allows us to offer personalised service and quality. Norm, our estimator with 35 years + in the truss industry and Rob, our detailer who has over 25 years of experience manufacturing roof trusses are both very highly regarded in their respective areas of expertise.

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Leach Trusses PO Box 122 Landsborough QLD 4550

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If you are a builder who offers a quality package to their customers, this should include quality Roof Trusses that are designed and manufactured by a qualified and experienced team on the Sunshine Coast. Also delivered, when required, to improve build time and give peace of mind that they are the right trusses for the job. So if you are considering a new truss supplier, send us a plan by email, fax or post and we will return a competitive quote to you (most quotes returned within 48 hours). Servicing all areas surrounding the Sunshine Coast: Brisbane, Gympie, Caboolture, Kilcoy, Maryborough, Noosa, Bribie Island, Hinterland, Burpengary, Cooroy, Redcliffe, Woodford, Maroochydore. Further information: Phone: 07 5494 1077 Fax: 07 5494 1180 Email:, Address: PO Box 122 Landsborough QLD 4550



Improve the safety of your fleet Businesses in the building, design or landscaping trades are likely to be operating a fleet of vehicles to transport staff and materials from suppliers to building and project sites. Under the new Heavy Vehicle National Laws, the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ will extend to vehicle standards and maintenance and this may affect businesses with fleets in this sector. Everyone in the supply chain who has control or influence over elements in the heavy vehicle road transport process will be held responsible for non-compliance. The penalties for non-compliance are significant: entire fleets could be grounded, businesses fined up to $3,000,000 and directors and senior executives could face fines of up to $300,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment (or both). sgfleet has developed the Inspect365 inspection management software to help customers improve safety and manage their compliance responsibilities. Working closely with industry experts and leveraging our 30 years of industry-leading fleet management expertise, sgfleet has developed a system that not only allows customers to manage their safety inspections but, through integration with repairers, also permits the reporting of progress on identified action items and the reporting of completed repairs by the repairer.

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Further information: Phone: 1300 138 235 Email: Website: 1300 138 235

Midcoast Timber Centres is a Multi-Branch Timber and Building Supply business with seven locations across Sydney and the Central Coast. Sourcing from the best timber mills in Australasia, Midcoast Timber Centres’ relationship with key suppliers ensures product quality of the highest standard. This has been a hallmark of the company which has been a market leader for more than 30 years.




Are you looking to build a house, undertake a major renovation? Midcoast Timber Centres can help you with all of your needs. The vast range of building supplies, from foundation steel, trusses and frames, all the way through to door furniture, will make your next project or that renovation a breeze. We offer a next day delivery service for stocked items and if we don’t stock it, we will procure it in a timely fashion, so as to not hold up your project. We also offer technical advice, from experienced staff, various take-off services, and can even offer supply and install for certain products, to make your building or renovation project a lot simpler. So why not give Midcoast Timber Centres a call for your next project?

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Surface Coatings Association of Australia e-learning course Introduction to Surface Coatings Enrol any time by completing the online enrolment & payment form at (under Education)

Hardware/Software requirements The course is designed for modern browsers on computer desktops, laptops and tablets.

About the course The Surface Coatings Association Australia Inc (SCAA) has been the major provider of technical education to the coatings industry for many years. ‘Introduction to Surface Coatings’ is SCAA’s second e-learning course, complementing the ‘Advanced Course in Surface Coatings Technology’. In this introductory course, we aim to give an introduction to the materials, product types, uses and technologies that are used in surface coatings. It is designed for people who work in the coatings and related industries, but who are not graduate professional scientists.

How will you benefit? SCAA’s education programs are well accepted and valued by the coatings industry, both in Australia and internationally. Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to: • Identify the main reasons for the use of surface coatings • Recognise the main applications or end-uses for surface coatings • Recognise the four main classes of component ingredients used in surface coatings • Understand the main ways that surface coatings are generally classified.

There is no technical background required. We do not discuss the chemistry of the coatings or ingredients in any detail, but rather focus on the fundamentals of the topics.

Once you have completed the assessment quiz for all lessons, you will be able to print off your SCAA course certificate.

Who should apply? The audience for this course spans a wide spectrum from those people directly involved with coating operations, to those who are just keen to learn more about the topic of surface coatings. Whilst the following list is not necessarily exhaustive we feel it could be representative of those who may benefit from the course: Employees of: • Paint manufacturers • Printing ink manufacturers • Raw material suppliers and distributors • Coatings retailers • Painters, applicators and fabricators • Specifiers, architects, designers


Roles such as: • Sales and Marketing • Customer Service • Factory operators • Laboratory technicians • Office & Administration • Purchasing For detailed technical content, graduate scientists are directed to SCAA’s ‘Advanced Course in Surface Coatings Technology.’

Course prerequisites and exemptions As this is an introductory-level course, there are no prerequisite qualifications or experience. Given the specialised nature of the course, exemptions will not be considered. All students are required to complete all lessons. Please note that a good level of English language ability is required. As a guide, we refer you to the Sample provided on the website. Course structure The course comprises 13 e-lessons, the first of which is a short introduction to the course. Ideally the lessons should be completed in the given sequence. The early lessons cover the main classes of coatings ingredients which are the building blocks from which coatings are made. We then look at three topics which relate to coatings of all types, and finally the second half of the course is devoted to the main types of coatings themselves. • Lesson 1: Course Introduction • Lesson 2: Raw Materials – Binders (Polymers and Resins) • Lesson 3: Raw Materials – Solvents & Additives • Lesson 4: Raw Materials – Pigments • Lesson 5: Coatings Manufacture • Lesson 6: Colour – Measurement & Matching • Lesson 7: Safety, Health & Environment

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Lesson 8: Architectural Coatings Lesson 9: Heavy Duty & Marine Coatings Lesson 10: Automotive Coatings Lesson 11: Industrial Coatings Lesson 12: Printing Inks Lesson 13: Adhesives & Sealants

Assessment There are no external assessments for this course. Each lesson includes a ‘Final Assessment Quiz’ comprising five multiple choice questions. When you have correctly answered all five, you will have successfully completed the lesson. Then, when you have completed all the lessons, you will be able to print off your SCAA certificate. Within each lesson there are several ‘selfassessment’ questions which do not count toward your Final Assessment Quiz, but are there to help you check your learning during the lesson. Resources All course content is provided online. There are no further reference materials required. After application and payment, you will be issued a unique user id and password with which you can access the course material. Course Fee, enrolment and payment • For Australian residents, the enrolment fee is AUD $500 (inc GST). • For overseas residents, the enrolment fee is AUD $500. You can enrol in this course at any time by completing the online Enrolment & Payment form at (under Education). Payment will be required at the time of enrolment and is preferred to be by PayPal or credit card. Where necessary, payment by EFT or cheque will be available but will require notification to SCAA at:

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GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM – Water Based Sealer

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Silica Dust Suppressant GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM is a water based, acrylic penetrating sealer. Silica dust found in concrete is carcinogenic. Applying GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM to the concrete will encapsulate the silica dust and will prevent it from becoming airborne and hazardous, significantly improving safer working conditions in the concreting and construction industries.


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Same Day Sealer Sprayed on freshly laid concrete, once capable of withstanding foot traffic. GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM as a same day sealer, greatly assists in maintaining moisture retention during the early curing stages, minimising cracking of the freshly laid concrete. GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM with a mould inhibitor, provides brutally tough protection and is UV Stable, Oil & Stain Resistant and Non Hazardous. Invest in your investment with Global Coating Solutions Water Based clear and coloured sealers to create a low maintenance surface and a fresh long lasting appearance, enhanced by the increased lifespan expectancy of the sealed surface. Wet on Wet Application As a wet on wet application, sprayed from a Pressurised Sealer Applicator (PSA) GCS Eco-Seal 10-89TM Water Based Sealer is effective, economical, efficient, eco-friendly and non-toxic. Large concrete areas can be sealed in a short period of time, providing protection for the concrete, suppressing the Silica Dust and ultimately delivering Improved Work Health & Safety conditions for all involved.

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HS 2K ImpactOil two component high solids vegetable oil based timber stain

LOBASOL® HS 2K ImpactOil Color is a two-component high solid oil based on vegetable oils – solvent-free and with a solids content of 100%. This oil brings out the wood’s pleasant warmth and natural appearance, enhancing its unique grain and beauty. The use of a hardener creates a surface that is extremely durable and resistant to water stains. Available in 19 attractive stains

With continued business success, consumer confidence, devoted employees and an unwavering commitment to product quality, LOBA is a trusted partner for your entire surface finishing needs.


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There is no denying that in order to become a master of your craft, years must be dedicated to perfecting your skills. After more than 90 years of designing, finishing and protecting timber and cork flooring, LOBA can proudly boast its master status. Developed and manufactured in Germany, LOBA is a specialist in water-based coatings. Decades of experience give both customers and partners alike the benefits of a manufacturer they can trust.  Innovative research and development also puts LOBA ahead of the curve with an incredible high quality.   Synonymous with hard-wearing, easy-to-apply products, LOBA stops at nothing to ensure every element of business reflects its commitment to serviceoriented customer care. A dedicated team of more than 25 experts work in the development of varnishes, oils and floor-care products, in the testing laboratory in Germany. Delivering individual surface design and care, LOBA’s experienced employees deliver a service that is second to none and one that continues to advance the company.   Further to this, the company devotes more than 60 percent of production time to quality control. Numerous tests are performed throughout the entire production process: from the raw materials to the final inspection. LOBA’s quality control does not stop once the product is sold. Samples of all production batches are continuously tested to ensure the highest of quality standards.


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The Earth Building Association of Australia The Earth Building Association of Australia (EBAA) is an organisation formed to promote the use of Unfired Earth as a building medium throughout Australia.

The methods and techniques used are as varied as the people of the earth, the resources available to them and the climates in which they are used.

It is flexible because it can be moulded and shaped when wet, rammed and pressed when moist but hardens in the sun so that it is durable.

EBAA is a broad based organisation which has members that include builders, specialist contractors, tradespeople and owner builders, specialist manufacturers and suppliers, architects and designers, consultants, educators and students, with a common interest in the use of Unfired Earth.

There are at least 12 methods of earth building used and these can be further divided into a total of at least 18 techniques.

It can be carved, shaved and sawn when dry. The surface when wetted can be reworked to a polished finish if required. It can be used to create buildings of any shape or style. It is raw and natural and has low embodied energy and can be used to achieve thermal mass and insulation by adjusting its density and thickness. The material is non toxic, non allergenic, controls humidity, is fire, rot and termite proof and therefore earth can be used to create safe and healthy buildings. Earth offers great sound isolation.

The formation of EBAA commenced in 1990 at a gathering held in Maldon, Victoria. A subsequent meeting took place in Mildura, Victoria in 1991 which elected the first Committee of EBAA. Since then the primary focus of the Association has been communicating constructively with all levels of Government concerned with the regulation of Building practice in Australia as well as educating and informing our membership and the public. Our association has a strong national focus and is the peak body for Earth Building practitioners, both private and commercial, in Australia. Membership is open to all with an interest in earth building. Aims and Objectives • To represent the interests of members in the advancement of unfired earth technology within Australia and internationally. • To promote the informed use of unfired earth as a building material within Australia. • To establish an information and referral network for those wishing to use earth within the building industry. • To uphold the interests of earth building in public or private forums. • To act as an information source in any process to establish rules, regulations or code of practice which effect the use of unfired earth as a construction material. • To promote earth building technologies which are environmentally benign. • To liaise with other groups or individuals, both in Australia and internationally, who have interests in promoting earth building. Earth Building Earth Building is the practice of building using unfired earth material. Earth is used to construct walls, floors, roofs and even furniture, fireplaces and ovens. It is a building technology with an 11,000-year-old history and tradition, which is utilised worldwide. Today it is estimated that between one third to one half of the world’s population are housed in earth homes. BUILD IT 2018

The common feature in all earth building techniques is that the earth material is subsoil that is composed of clay, silt, and sand where clay is the binder or cementing ingredient and that the drying process is through the evaporative effect of sun drying.

Earth Building Techniques Perhaps the best known techniques are: Mudbrick/Adobe Mud brick is the most popular name used in Australia to describe bricks made from various compositions of soil and dried at air temperature in the brick production stage. There are almost as many ways of making mud bricks as there are mud brick makers. With puddled mud bricks, the moisture content is quite high and the texture is that of mud or dough. The material is poured or moulded in simple bottomless moulds. The mould is often lifted off immediately and the brick left to dry through evaporation. When dry mudbricks has a density of around 1750kg/m3. Rammed Earth (Pisé) Rammed earth is damp or moist earth, with or without any additive, that is rammed (tamped) in place between temporary moveable formwork. It is a solid masonry wall which does not have, and does not need, any cavity. Since the 1970’s cement has been used as a stabilizer in rammed earth and with the addition of a waterproofing additive stabilized rammed earth has proved itself capable of competing with other forms of masonry walling on price, serviceability and speed of construction. It has become popular with architects and engineers winning many awards along the way. Australia leads the world in modern rammed earth construction, both in quality and volume of projects built. When dry rammed earth has a density of around 2100kg/m3. Whereas traditional Pisé was often rendered to hide the marks of rudimentary formwork modern rammed earth both stabilised and unstabilised are most often left as off form finishes to expose the true natural beauty of the finished earth wall. Appropriate, Renewable, Sustainable Technology Earth building is an appropriate, renewable, sustainable technology. We believe it is exactly what the world needs today to provide safe, durable, comfortable and desirable homes. Those who have owned or lived in an earth home would know and appreciate this. Earth building is appropriate technology because it is simple and available to everyone – poor or rich alike. The material is durable (100 – 400 years plus proven in Australia, Europe, England, Middle East) offering longevity rivalling modern western housing (25-50 yrs, Australia). It is adaptable, being used for footings, floors, walls and roofs utilising many techniques.

Many designs and methods of utilising earth have been developed around the world to suit various climates and cultures. Earth is a very attractive building material, in harmony with the local environment from which the material was found and especially when used with other locally sourced, natural building materials. The aesthetic beauty and also comfort can be enhanced if local vernacular building styles are utilised. Local indigenous or traditional building styles often use climate responsive designs and are appropriate in relation to other environmental factors like weather and natural hazards. Earth Building is renewable technology because the material is often simply borrowed from the earth for the life of the building and can be reused and recycled indefinitely as a building material or returned to the earth. The energy used to dry the earth into bricks or monolithic walls, floors or roofs is solar energy because in earth building the earth is sun dried through evaporation. The thermal mass of earth can be used to store both warmth and coolth, balancing diurnal fluctuations in temperature in all seasons. Earth building therefore uses basic solar technology to produce the building and maintain comfort. Earth building is sustainable technology. The use of raw unfired earth as a building material dates back to 9000BC and today it houses one third to one half of the world’s people. The material is abundant and widespread, uses very little energy in the entire process from raw earth to building, is durable, and its properties make it an excellent choice for climate responsive buildings. These buildings achieve thermal comfort and a degree of free running through consideration and selection of the appropriate method design. As previously stated, earth can be easily recycled and reused. Its sustainability credentials outshine any modern material in any life cycle analysis; from the embodied energy in creating the building through the reduced energy used in its long life, in maintenance, heating and cooling, to demolition and reuse.



Coffs Harbour Hardwoods, Celebrating 50 Years!


Coffs Harbour Hardwoods is a proud Australian family owned and operated company and has been supplying timber products around Australia and overseas since it was established in 1961. Timber has a unique, natural beauty that cannot be substituted. Timber is one of history’s best building products and in recent years there has been renewed interest in using it, due in part to modern sustainable logging methods now in place that ensure it should remain that way.

Beautiful, natural & timeless… Products: • Tongue & Groove Flooring • 13mm Overlay Flooring • Decking • Cladding • Joinery • Stair Treads, Stringers and Risers • Sawn Hardwoods • Bridge and Wharf Timbers • Poles and Piles • Cross arms

Ph: 02 66492006 | Fax: 02 66492122 Email: | Web: Address: 161 Tallawudjah Creek Road, GLENREAGH NSW 2450

The many different facets of our company provide a range of services in hardwood timber; from flooring, decking, cladding, joinery timber to even power poles. Our green mill produces sawn timber for many applications including bridges and wharves. We have the expertise and capabilities to provide our customers with an unmatched range of products and services over the entire spectrum of cutting and milling hardwood timber products. It can be difficult to source certain timbers in today’s market, so why spend countless hours of your time trying to track down products when we can do it all for you?

Further information: Phone: 02 6649 2006 Fax: 02 6649 2122 Email: Website: FASTENERS

Green Building Earth is possibly the ultimate Green Building material. How do we meet the challenges of comfortable safe buildings whilst reducing the energy used in construction, heating and cooling of buildings, improve indoor air quality and longevity of buildings and reduce toxic waste to landfill? How do we raise the living standards of poorer people and maintain ours without depleting resources, increased environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity? How do we future proof our buildings against spiraling energy costs and shortages? How do we build homes, enjoy our existing lifestyle and reduce our need for fossil fuelled energy and GHG emissions dramatically? It is a technology that is ancient yet still most relevant.

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