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At 131sqm, CORE 9 is a compact and functional prototype sustainable house designed to challenge the way we think about sustainable living. The 9.1 star building won the 2018 BDAV Award for Residential New Projects $300,000 - $600,000 Construction Cost category. A gamechanger in green houses at a lower price-tag, the design shows how close together affordability and high environmentally sustainable design have come. Designed by Ashley Beaumont of Beaumont Concepts, CORE 9 is an affordable, attractive and functional house that downsizes the physical and carbon footprints of our homes and has been designed specifically for the Australian climate. The contemporary, low maintenance three-bedroom layout can be adapted to any location with a construction scale allowing for energy ratings from 6 to 10-star to suit a range of budgets. CORE stands for the guiding principles of Carbon positive, Zero waste, Recycled, and Economic. CARBON POSITIVE Combining passive solar design, operational energy efficiency and construction with locally sourced sustainable materials to minimise embodied carbon. Z E R O WA S T E Work towards zero waste by adapting designs to use standard material lengths to minimise off cuts and select recycled or upcycled materials to avoid landfill contribution.

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R E C YC L A B I L I T Y With the ability to be manufactured with recycled content to reduce raw material extract be recycled, up cycled or reprocessed after use. ECONOMICS Affordable for the Australian housing market balancing energy efficient design, optimal thermal performance and operational efficiencies. Located in coastal Cape Paterson Victoria, the 456sqm site for CORE 9 features perfect northern orientation with rural views. The corner allotment is exposed on the east side to a road. The lack of any existing vegetation and no adjoining neighbours to the east or west provides little protection from weather exposure.

To keep construction costs as low as possible, standard construction methods were employed, but used in alternative ways where required. For example, the home employs an inverted roof truss allowing more light into the building, yet it doesn’t require any specialist construction methods or additional costs. CORE 9 includes extensive shading structures, thermal double-glazed windows, a photovoltaic system and low maintenance zero carbon cladding. The feature timber shade device structure is constructed with sustainable Australian Silvertop Ash hardwood which left unstained continues to gracefully age and develop in colour to compliment the coastal location. Continued page 9

“ The project promotes harmony with the natural coastal surrounds, and addresses sustainability from construction to consumption of resources over the lifecycle of the home. The compact, cost-effective home sits comfortably within the site and actively benefits from passive solar principles and energy-efficiency and environmentally-conscious provision of recycled mass. CORE 9 aspires to support an industry change from legacy of poorly constructed and socially-isolated housing to become the pinnacle of sustainable design and people-orientated homes. ” B D AV J U D G I N G PA N E L

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The eave and shading device of the northern façade of the home demonstrates the use of solar panels as a shading device to the living areas which provides considered balance to winter and summer solar gain.



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Energy modelling indicates that the CORE 9’s operational costs could be as low as $0 a year which is a huge saving considering that the Victorian house running costs average $2000 - $3000 per annum according to the ABS.


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The grand scale of glazing including Trend thermal doubleglazed argon filled windows and low-e glass used throughout the Cutlers encourages light and air flow of internal living areas to outside areas facilitating engagement in entertainment and social interaction.


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The interior features upcycled, locally-made furniture, Eco Ply and Eco Blend concrete floors, LED lighting, locally manufactured low VOC paints and sealers, and an in-draw composting system in the kitchen. Reverse brick veneer walls with 100% salvaged red brick from a local demolition site features throughout which bring a rustic warmth to each room and also creates thermal mass to regulate internal or core temperatures.

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"From the very beginning, we wanted to create something that changed the way people think about building a sustainable house. For most people, cost is the biggest barrier. We wanted to show that a highly sustainable house is affordable and it can lead to zero, or negative running costs." BEAUMONT CONCEPTS


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Founder and principal of Clever Design, Mike Cleaver has gained a national reputation for his niche in sustainable, contemporary and innovative design. Mike’s career has spanned over three decades in both the building and design industries. Furthermore, his extensive experience as an educator in Building Studies and Diploma of Building Design has provided him with an invaluable depth of knowledge for delivering creative, dynamic and pragmatic building design outcomes termed what Mike refers to as a “responsible design practitioner”.

Mike has been the recipient of over 90 design awards including BDAV Building Design of the Year 2012, national and state awards in sustainable, residential, interior and commercial designs. A few pinnacles of his career to date have been the HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year 2013 and his self-published book ‘Sustainable Clever Design’ Q: What is/are your favourite project/s that you have worked on, and why? A: Batman House and our Clever Eco Series. This project was for a builder’s own home. I always enjoy working with these projects as I enjoy stretching their skill sets beyond their horizons.

It was a great example of the client’s trust in our design and executing the build in strict accordance with our design details. I would love to live in this house myself; it’s contemporary, minimalist and oozes excitement. The Clever Eco Series is something that we keep on fine tuning to optimise with what I phrase as “sustainable future-proofing contemporary, flexible residential design” encompassing what I have learned over the years. It is a project quite special to me and my team.

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Q: To date, my biggest business/design challenge has been? A: Probably the biggest challenge was when I converted from pen to 3D cad in 1996! Yep, that’s not 2D but all 3D back in ’96. Determined not to pick up the pen again and to stick it out with a mouse and computer. Q: My favourite finish is?

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A: There are many, but my favourite would have to be natural stone and timber used in contemporary forms. Natural materials simply do not date. Q: The architectural style of the home I grew up in? A: 70’s flat roofed rectangle with great views and lots of glazing - however all the glazing was southwards!

Q: My favourite Australian building is? A: A residential building! ‘Berman House’ – Harry Seidler Q: My favourite international building is? A: Walt Disney Concert Hall – Frank Gehry

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Q: My words of wisdom for a student building designer are?

A: I met Sean Hamilton ex BDAV President back in 1996. Sean was inspirational and it was an obvious choice to join a professional body with other like-minded persons. I was one of the first Tasmanians to join.

A: Never say or accept “you can’t do that” rather explore options and see where that may lead you. Ask yourself, is there another way and keep an open mind together with respect for other views.

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Positive attitude, passion and good work ethics will take you where you wish to be it’s up to you. Why not take the vibe and give it no less than 100% (all in 3D BIMx mode I hope!) Q: When I was a child I wanted to be? A: A builder and a rock star. Well I started playing guitar in pubs for various rock bands at 14 years old for 20+ years (aiding to my deafness). Early in my building career, it wasn’t long before I realised there must be an improved way to produce “better functioning buildings” that are responsive to suit our Australian climate zones and how I can make a difference on Australian soil. Q: Outside of work, I am passionate about? A: Contemporary design of all forms. Q: At the moment I am reading? A: My reading has recently switched to digital online architectural and design mediums. Q: My life in 4 words? A: Explore, chocolate, passion and design.

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By Peter Lombo In early May this year a small and excited group of building designers, architects, engineers, landscape architects amongst a few from other industries went on a South American study tour organised by the BDAV in conjunction with Impact Events. The two-week tour began in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and extended through to Brazil where we covered São Paulo, Brasilia and finally ending in Rio De Janeiro. Both Diahann (wife) and I have been attending the study tours since they began in 2015, the first one being China, followed by Spain in 2016, Japan in 2017, and Scandinavia last year. Each of the tours have had plenty to offer culturally and architecturally where there was a great deal to be learnt about the way others live and build in comparison to what we know.

Just over halfway through our tour we arrived in Brasilia where we visited the many landmark buildings of Oscar Niemeyer, the superblock south 308, and the incredibly impressive landscape by Roberto Burle Marx. Brasilia’s planning was somewhat reminiscent of our Canberra city. Opened as recent as 1960, Brasilia still today appears to be a progressive city where much is to be learnt. Satellite cities which surround the centre of Brasilia can be viewed from the top floor of the transmission centre of radio and tv.

Travelling in an organised tour so far has proven to be my preferred way to travel for many reasons. It was great to be in the company of like-minded people who were collectively taking an interest in the architecture and design of each city. We constantly shared and exchanged opinions, thoughts and photos which would create a reflective dialogue over an enjoyable lunch or dinner. The tango show in Buenos Aires was one of our most memorable nights - we didn’t expect to be picked up from the hotel in 1920’s vintage cars that took us back in time to where Carlos Gardel used to sing at the Esquina Carlos Gardel for a gala dinner and tango show. Earlier that day we had visited La Boca district where we saw the typical immigrants’ houses painted in a patchwork of bright bold colours for which it’s known for. La Boca was the district where the Tango was born. After exploring the 20th century modern architecture of Buenos Aires, from Puerto Madero through to Palermo, we had a full day of leisure which gave us the opportunity to slow down and tour the city at a relaxed pace. We were also able to catch up on some souvenir shopping and visit a couple of Contemporary Art Museums which weren’t included on the itinerary. It is important that these free days occur throughout the tour so that we have time for exploring individual areas of interest. Site seeing options and recommendations were always offered to us on those days and this was of value to us as well. Iguazu Falls was one of the tour’s nature highlights. We were able to view the falls from both the Argentina side and the Brazil side. Our accommodation, The Belmond Hotel had the most spectacular view of the falls. It was also one of the most beautiful hotels we stayed at which made our welcome into Brazil very inviting and exciting. One of our most memorable meals was when we unexpectantly met an incredible Peruvian chef who happened to be the guest chef at the hotel’s restaurant that night. From Iguazu Falls we then headed to São Paulo where we visited the work of Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer and Marcelo Ferraz. We also discovered how the biggest city in Latin America started and developed into the richest city in South America.

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Our final destination, Rio De Janeiro was a great place to end the tour, however it rained the whole time we were there. We did however push through the wet weather and armed with umbrellas we were able to see most of what was scheduled. Apart from covering all the scenery and tourist sites such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, we booked an additional tour during our last leisure day to view two of the favelas (highly populated slums). These were eye openers and we suggest that they are included in the next tour that goes to Brazil! On the whole the entire tour did meet our expectations and we look forward to the next one. Catch you again 2020 tour where ever you take us.

THANK YOU FROM BDAV Thank you to the wonderful team at Impact Events for designing and running another successful BDAV Study Tour. These study tours are an exciting way for architects, building designers and other related industry professionals to obtain CPD points while discovering and exploring new destinations. Each tour has its own unique focus combining the works of famous local architects and building designers and local history.

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– Whether the new development meets the side and rear

Little bits that can make a big difference to your town planning outcomes

setback and north-facing window standards for residential development under clauses 54 and 55. – Whether the protection of the existing rooftop solar

energy facility will unreasonably constrain or compromise the proposed new development. – The type of existing rooftop solar energy facility. A

multiple string system is less affected by shading than a single string system which is more vulnerable to shading, or any other system features such as micro inverters or bypass diodes which can operate with partial shading.

YO U R P R O P O S A L A N D YO U R N E I G H B O U R ’ S S O L A R PA N E L S In October 2018, Ministerial Planning Scheme Amendment VC149 introduced additional considerations for planning permit applicants into the Commercial 1 and Residential zones. The changes require specific consideration of a proposal’s impact on neighbouring rooftop solar energy generation facilities.

– Whether the siting of the existing facility takes into account

The new Decision Guidelines in the General Residential, Neighbourhood Residential, Township and Commercial 1 Zones include consideration of:

to protect it from overshadowing through placement higher on the roof and further from existing lot boundaries to:

– The impact of overshadowing on existing rooftop solar

energy facilities on dwellings on adjoining lots in a General Residential Zone, Mixed Use Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone or Township Zone.

And for the Mixed Use and Residential Growth zones:

– The impact of overshadowing on existing rooftop solar

energy facilities on dwellings on adjoining lots in a Mixed Use Zone or Residential Growth Zone. Amendment VC149 also changed Clauses 54 and 55 (ResCode) by including additional assessment Standards and Decision Guidelines relating to the impact on adjoining rooftop solar panels in a General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone or Township Zone. It is noteworthy that the existing rooftop solar energy facility must exist at the date the planning application is lodged. Since the introduction of these provisions the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VACT) has made a number of decisions that are relevant to permit applicants who are trying to understand how to assess overshadowing of solar panels. With the introduction of VC149, Practice Note 88: Planning Considerations for existing residential rooftop solar energy facilities was also released and provides guidance on the application of the new provisions. The Practice Note includes relevant factors to consider when determining whether any overshadowing is unreasonable, including: – The extent of existing overshadowing by existing


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the potential future development of adjoining lots. – The extent to which the existing facility has been located

– increase the separation between the panels and any

neighbouring development; and

– reduce the height that any neighbouring

development extends above the panels, minimising the likelihood of overshadowing. The following decisions illustrate how VCAT has interpreted these new provisions thus far and highlight some important considerations for permit applicants. Mellas v Hobsons Bay CC [2019] VCAT 400 involved the construction of three double storey dwellings in the General Residential Zone. A neighbour appealed Council’s decision, raising concerns about overshadowing to solar panels (among other matters). The Tribunal found that the extent of shadowing to neighbours’ solar panels was reasonable because: – A lower row of the neighbours’ panels on a single

storey dwelling in an area where the Planning Scheme permits development up to 11 metres in height (General Residential Zone) was not ideally located to provide protection from shadow. – The complete avoidance of new shadow to the existing

solar panels at the objector’s land would unreasonably constrain the development of the application site. Cameron v Port Phillip CC [2019] VCAT 298 involved the construction of a dwelling in the General Residential Zone. The neighbour had an 8 panel solar facility adjoining the subject site. The Tribunal made an interim order and required further information, including:

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–  When the energy facility was erected on the subject building. –  The model and type of energy facility (including whether the

facility is ‘multiple string’ or ‘single string’, or if the facility uses a ‘feed-in’ or ‘battery storage’ installation). – Any other system features of the energy facility, such as

micro inverters or bypass diodes, that assist operations of the facility in partial shading. – The maximum power generated from the energy facility and

details of typical solar power generated during a 24-hour day - over a 12-month period.

In the appeal made by neighbours, the Tribunal was not able to properly assess the impacts on the appellant’s solar system as the appellant had not provided details of the age, quality and type of system, it’s maximum capacity and extent of loss of energy efficiency. The Tribunal found that the appellant’s panels had not been installed in an optimal location. In a recent request for further information Clause 1 was asked to provide the following: – 3D shadow or sectional shadow drawings to show the

extent of shadow cast over the existing solar panels on the adjoining property. Shadow drawings must include the following times (daylight hours which provide function to solar panels):

– The estimated loss of energy efficiency from the facility

that may arise from overshadowing of the panels from the proposed development on the review site. In this instance the neighbour’s solar system was an older ‘single string’ system. It was submitted that, in these systems, shading of any one of the panels would ‘significantly’ diminish energy output from the system. In its decision the Tribunal found that: … the availability of an alternative location for the solar energy facility on the applicant’s property, including the age and use of single string panel technology, are all relevant considerations... and …an alternative location exists on the applicant’s site … [to] ensure unfettered access to sunlight throughout the day. The Tribunal considered that the facility was outdated and suggested the applicant relocate the solar facility or upgrade the system. Hall v Moreland CC [2018] VCAT 2022 involved the construction of a dwelling in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone. The neighbour was concerned about the impact on his solar (single stream) system during the warm months of the year, generally after 4.30pm until approximately 7.30pm in the summer months. The Tribunal noted that the zone provided for a dwelling height up to 9 metres and two storeys and that the construction of a single stream solar system was unsatisfactory in those circumstances, and also that overshadowing of the system could occur from other circumstances such as vegetation growth or other structures not requiring a planning permit. It was indicated that while it may be unfeasible to modify the system, that issue needs to be balanced against whether it is unreasonable to constrain or compromise a modest redevelopment on an adjoining lot. Beal v Yarra CC [2019] VCAT 411 involved the construction of a two storey extension to a dwelling in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone. The dwelling to the south of the proposal had a bank of 12 solar panels on the north facing roof plane.

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– winter solstice 22 June between 8am and 5pm

– equinox 22 September between 7am and 5pm

– summer solstice 22 December between 7am to 7pm

– If solar panels are overshadowed, details (if possible) of

the type of existing rooftop solar energy facility e.g. single string or multiple string / or any other system features such as micro inverters or bypass diodes which can operate with partial shading. – An outline of how overshadowing of any existing rooftop

solar energy facility is proposed to be mitigated. Our recommendation to planning permit applicants is to ensure the location of neighbours’ solar systems are included in the initial site feature survey and shown on plans. Where there is potential for the overshadowing of those panels, sectional shadow diagrams should be provided (throughout the times listed above) along with a written submission assessing the location of panels and other criteria listed in the new Decision Guidelines and recent VCAT decisions.

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By Emma Green, NATSPEC Communications Building designers and other building professionals can directly contribute to the effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Applying the principles of sustainable development and considering the context of each project ensures the construction of buildings with greater longevity and a reduced impact on the environment. This can be achieved with good documentation.

For NATSPEC, specifying sustainability aligns with specifying quality and durability. This means using the appropriate product for the appropriate purpose and underpinning all design decisions with good documentation. The National Building Specification is an indispensable tool for building designers for setting out the durability requirements of products and projects.

The definition of sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The term was first used in 1987 by the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission. Since then, its derivative “sustainability” has become ubiquitous.

Durability and quality both depend on a building’s use and context. A door may be a good quality product by itself, but considering its context is essential in order to establish just how durable it needs to be. If the door is in a school, banging open and closed dozens of times a day, it will not prove to be very durable if not constructed and installed in the appropriate manner, no matter how high its objective level of quality. Producing a high-quality door that is not durable contradicts sustainable development. Such a product would require more maintenance and potentially need replacement, costing more materials, money and time. Ensuring the durability of a building and each of its components, therefore, is very important for promoting sustainability. By using documentation to specify sustainability and durability, building designers are taking responsibility for providing appropriate, fit-for-purpose buildings.

For the past few decades, sustainability has been the subject of many more UN conventions, international agreements and national policies. As Australia ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2017, it has committed to keeping the global temperature rise to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Each individual is encouraged to make the changes they can to help lower carbon emissions, but some industries have a greater capacity to make a difference. Globally, buildings produce 40 per cent of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, use 40 per cent of the world’s energy and use 20 per cent of all drinking water. Building designers, therefore, are in a powerful position to effect change by designing sustainable buildings. Sustainability can be hard to measure and hard to predict, especially for a building designer. The bulk of carbon emissions are generated from a building’s operation, not its construction and design. Operational carbon emissions, therefore, are a better measurement of sustainability. If the owners and inhabitants of a building do not operate it in the designer’s intended way, or if certain elements do not function as intended, the total greenhouse gas emissions may exceed those previously expected. As Sydney’s average temperature is set to rise by 3-­5°C by the 2050s, the demand for cooling energy will increase considerably. A global temperature rise has more than environmental implications; it creates and exacerbates social, economic and political issues. The temperature increase is not the same everywhere, which can mean that not everyone might have access to the appropriate cooling or heating to achieve indoor thermal comfort. For example, like in other coastal cities, eastern Sydney is about 9°C cooler than western Sydney.

NATSPEC documentation aligns with the NCC, Australian Standards and industry practices, thanks to its twice-yearly update service. The high-standard specifications are customisable for a variety of projects. From the first concept and design stages, specifications can improve sustainability by prescribing requirements for energy and water efficiency, selecting environmentally preferable products and identifying opportunities to reuse, repair and recycle materials. NATSPEC specifications present information clearly and create a level playing field for all building professionals involved in a project. For building designers, this means they can clearly set out their sustainability vision and ensure that the end result meets their standards of quality and durability. NATSPEC is a not-for-profit, government- and industry-owned organisation. It maintains the National Building Specification for Australia and has been a valued part of the construction industry for over 40 years. For more information visit:

Relying on renewable energy and passive systems improves buildings’ sustainability and longevity. Australia is among the top 10 countries with the highest solar power capacity, and has great potential as the continent with the highest average solar radiation per square metre. Sustainable precincts, like the Arden urban renewal precinct under development in Melbourne’s north, benefit from innovative passive and active technologies. Working in the design and development of the built environment, building designers have the opportunity to embody the principles of sustainable development and durable design in their projects.

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Compass Pools has unveiled a concept for a four-sided infinity pool atop a London skyscraper, accessed via a submarine-style door. Called Infinity London, the project is described by the swimming pool manufacturer as "the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool". The pool is imagined atop a 220-metre-high, 55-storey skyscraper. Containing 600,000 litres of water, it would be surrounded by clear walls made from acrylic. The bottom of the pool would also be transparent, so it could act as a skylight. At night it would be lit up with colour-changing lights. With no sides or deck, swimmers would have to enter the pool through a custom-designed hatch in the pool bottom. "We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool," said Alex Kemsley, founder and technical director of Compass Pools. "Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn't want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don't want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either," he added. "The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!" Other technology would include an anemometer to monitor the windspeed, which would connect to a computer-controlled building management system. This system would keep the pool at the right temperature and mitigate the risks of pool-water slopping into the streets below. To make Infinity London more sustainable, hot air created by the building's air conditioning system would be recycled to heat the pool using a heat exchanger. The plan for Infinity London is for a five-star hotel to occupy the top floors of the tower, with the pool available for guests to use. However, a location for the project has not yet been confirmed. The only thing it lacks is a swim-up bar and somewhere to put your towel. Similarly in New York, Kohn Pederson Fox is building a tower that will feature the "highest residential infinity pool in the western hemisphere" on its roof, and a skyscraper in Honolulu with a glassbottomed pool that extends from its seventh floor. Image courtesy:

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It was another record year for building work in Victoria with the VBA releasing their building permit analysis for 2018, the cost of works in permits reaching almost $40 billion for the first time.

The table on the right provides the permit numbers and Region permits % Reported cost of works reported cost of No. works for each region.







Inner Melbourne





North Central





North East





North West





Outer Melbourne





South West





Other key highlights: – 113,287 permits valued at $39.6 billion – Cost of works in permits up 10.7 per cent on the previous

year to $39.6 billion – Number of permits up 0.4 per cent for the year – August 2018 had the highest cost of works with a value of

almost $4 billion, representing the highest monthly total ever – Growth in both the number and value of building permits

reported in the Rural regions outstripped the percentage growth in the Metropolitan region (Melbourne) – Strongest growth in building use categories occurred in

Retail, up 24.1 per cent, and Industrial up 22.6 per cent – Domestic (houses) category saw an 8.8 per cent increase

in the value of building permits to $20.2 billion – more than half the total value of all building permits BDAV has completed an analysis of the 2018 building permit data. This information was extracted with all due care from the Victorian Building Authority’s DataVic material which is available at: This analysis included comparisons for local municipalities, region and the State for: – Building Permit Numbers – Reported cost of works – Project types




Given the legislative changes from 1 July 2019, where owners have a new duty to notify the VBA of revised final costs of work within 28 days of the owner being aware of the costs, it will be interesting to see the difference in the reported cost of works moving forward. PROJECT TYPES While domestic building permits make up 82% (consistent from 2017) of the state total, the value of reported works makes up 51%. The charts below show the proportion of project types by building permit numbers and reported cost of works across the state.

– Type of builder

# Building Permits by Project Type

Reported Cost of Works by Project Type

In 2018, Victoria had 113,287 (112,882: 2017) building permits for a reported cost of works of $39.6 billion ($35.8 billion: 2017). As with 2017, it will come as no surprise, Outer Melbourne has seen the most development with 42% (47,127) of the building permits, but interestingly only 36% ($14.1 billion) of the reported cost of works. Inner Melbourne holds the largest proportion of reported cost of works 46% ($18.2 billion), for 26% (29,782) of the States permits. This continues to be represented on the ground, by the number of apartment buildings being built in the Melbourne CBD.

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Inner Melbourne continues to have the largest proportion of commercial, hospital/healthcare, residential and retail, both for permit numbers and reported cost of works. While Outer Melbourne has the largest proportions of domestic and industrial for both permit numbers and reported cost of works. Interestingly in 2018, public building projects had very similar proportions of permits numbers in Inner Melbourne (33%) and Outer Melbourne (34%) however reported cost of works was slight great in Inner Melbourne (42%) than Outer Melbourne (36%). BUILDER TYPE Victoria continues to have a significant reliance on owner builders. While only 3% of the cost of works is reported for registered owner-builders, 14% of all building permits issued are to registered owner-builders. Registered builders make up 69% of building permits issued and 48% of reported costs of works.

SINGLE DWELLINGS – CLASS 1A / REGISTERED BUILDER With a large proportion of BDAV members involved in Class 1a projects with registered builders, further analysis was requested for all building permits with this specific criteria. Analysis shows for: – New dwellings (Class 1a and Registered Builder) across the

State are smaller however are more expensive than 2017. The average floor area for these builds are: 257sqm at $1,907 per sqm (273sqm at $1,825 per sqm: 2017) – Extensions to existing dwellings (Class 1a and Registered)

across the State have followed the trend of new dwellings with the average floor area added for these builds reducing in area but increasing in cost of works to an average of 64sqm at $3,483 per sqm (79sqm at $3,112 per sqm: 2017) The table below covers this analysis for each of the regions. It shows that new dwellings in Outer Melbourne are larger while extensions are at their largest in the North East. Gippsland takes the title for the smallest average floor area for both new dwellings and extensions.

However, it is pleasing to see that the legislation changes introduced in 2016 to tighten up the requirements for owner builders, has seen the percentage of owner builder permit applications decrease for the second year running. Those changes included:

Inner Melbourne has the most expensive per sqm for new builds and extensions; while North West is the cheapest for new; and North East cheapest for extensions.

– a restriction of one project every five years – a compulsory online assessment – a requirement that owner-builders must use

Class 1a & Registered Builder

registered practitioners.

New dwellings

Avg Floor area added (sqm)

Avg $ per sqm


Avg Floor area added (sqm)

Avg $ per sqm

RELIANCE ON OWNER BUILDERS (% PERMITS ISSUED) Reliance on Owner Builders (% Permits issued) 30%









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North East





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2013 Owner Builders

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Domestic Building Permits

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The average alteration of a Class 1a project with a Registered Builder has increased dramatically from previous year at $62,648 ($48,882: 2017) per building permit. Inner Melbourne has the highest average alteration reported cost of works $89,949. With the cheapest alterations occurring in the North Central region at an average of $23,584.

For those of you with an interest in the materials specified in new Class 1a building permits across the State: – 74% (70%: 2017) of homes are brick veneer – 89% (87%: 2017) timber frame construction – 80% (72%: 2017) concrete or stone floor construction

Alterations Avg per building permit

Class 1a & Registered Builder Gippsland


Inner Melbourne


North Central


North East


North West


Outer Melbourne


South West


Average for State


There is an interesting shift in the roof construction with steel losing its dominance in 2018 from 49% to 43% across the State. The use of steel within regions does vary significantly, which is not the case for the other construction elements noted above: – Inner Melbourne and Outer Melbourne – tiles more

prevalent – 37% (34%: 2017) and 56% (47%: 2017) respectively

– Gippsland, North Central, North West and South West–

steel prevalent – 46% (41%: 2017), 72% (74%: 2017), 62% (87%: 2017), 58% (60%: 2017) respectively

S O H O W B I G A R E T H E B LO C K S O F L A N D? Allotment size (site area or size of the building block in square metres on which new building work is to be carried out) for new Class 1a building permits has also been analysed and is reflected in the table below.

Class 1a & New dwellings


Allotment Size (sqm) Median

Allotment Size (sqm) Average



Inner Melbourne



North Central



North East



North West




Building Permit 2018 - Class 1a New - Load Bearing Walls Construction

BUILDING PERMIT 2018 Class 1a New Roof Construction

BUILDING PERMIT 2018 Class 1a New Load B e a r i n g Wa l l s Construction

Concrete or slate

Fibre cement




Not disclosed


Brick, double

Brick, veneer

Concrete or stone

Fibre cement


Curtain glass






Brick, double

Curtain glass

Concrete or slate


Brick, veneer


Fibre cement

Not disclosed

Concrete or stone


Fibre cement



Not disclosed



Outer Melbourne


Building Permit 2018 - Class 1a New - Roof Construction

Building Permit 2018 - Class 1a New - Frame Construction

Building Permit 2018 - Class 1a New - Floor Construction

BUILDING PERMIT 2018 C l a s s 1 a N e w Fr a m e Construction

BUILDING PERMIT 2018 Class 1a New Floor Construction





Concrete or stone

Not disclosed



Not disclosed



Concrete or stone



Not disclosed


Not disclosed


South West



The averages are significantly inflated in the regional areas due to some considerably large properties, however the median prices give a good overview of standard “in town” blocks for regional areas.

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Members can access a detailed analysis of raw data in the Members Area of the BDAV website. Disclaimer. No warranties either expressed or implied are made in relation to the information. To the extent permitted by law, the VBA and BDAV excludes liability and responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage caused by use or reliance on anything contained in the information.

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Chasing late payments on invoices is one of the toughest and most awkward tasks for a small business owner. It is never easy asking for money. But this is business and it is only fair that you get paid for the work you have done.

This will help to ensure regular cash flow and clients are less likely to default on payment mid-project if terms are more manageable and clearly defined.

One of the most commonly asked topics we get from Members is how do I keep on top of our cashflow?


The last resort is to issue a Letter of Demand which is the final step before engaging a debt collection agency or commencing legal proceedings through VCAT. To avoid having to use a Letter of Demand here are some top tips on keeping on top of your cashflow from the outset. M A K E PAY M E N T T E R M S C L E A R F R O M T H E S TA R T Set very clear payment guidelines for clients upfront, both verbally and contractually. Ensure that your client knows your payment terms and conditions before you commence the project. The best way is to step them through the process with the contract in front of you and get their nod as you explain the process. The BDAV Engagement agreement covers the following regarding payment of fees: – Basis of payment fees – lump sum; hourly rate;

percentage of construction cost or a combination of the three – fees due at each stage of the project – invoicing and

receiving payments in instalments is a great way to ensure cashflow – period of submission of accounts – period for payment of accounts – interest rate on overdue accounts – accounting fee on overdue accounts – disbursements

Being upfront, open and transparent is key to avoiding payment issues down the track. AV O I D S U R P R I S E I N V O I C E S Being transparent about all service costs extends to variations on a project. Avoid sending clients invoices they are not expecting. Speak to them before sending that 'surprise' invoice. S P R E A D O U T PAY M E N T S

Hire an experienced accountant who can pick up the phone on your behalf, talk openly with a client in a polite, professional manner, and get the bill paid. Your accountant should be watching cash flow figures closely and ensure debts don't build up. C H A S E E A R LY, N O T L AT E R Avoid debts occurring in the first place by following up early. Adhere to your own terms and conditions set in your contract and send invoices out in a timely manner. As soon as a payment becomes overdue, make sure you commence follow up procedures. This could include: 1. Once the payment is overdue phone or email the client to ask if they are happy with the services. Remind them that payment is due and has not been received. Ask them when they will be paying you and keep a record of the conversation or email. 2. When the client has not paid as per the terms and conditions agreed upon, give them a second phone call or email to let them know that you have not received payment. Remember to be nice, they may have forgotten or paid into the wrong bank account. 3. In the event that all attempts to contact them have failed, consider sending a Letter of Demand. This should be done as a last resort, as it can damage your relationship with the client. 4. If you have still not been paid, then you should consider using a debt collecting agency to collect the outstanding money from your client; or alternatively commence legal proceedings through VCAT. BDAV have added a Letter of Demand template to the Practice Notes section of the Member only section of the website. Visit Members are welcome to use this template or alternatively BDAV's preferred lawyers Sinclair + May can tailor a specific response at a discounted member rate.

Rather than insisting on full payment upfront, spread payments over a reasonable time span.

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By Sherlyn Moynihan The basic principles of social media marketing is about understanding your audience, crafting different, targeted and appropriate messages for those audiences, and creating engaging content.

Some popular social media channels that you can use include: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp……. Here are some tips that may help you to create a social media presence: 1. LO V E A N D C A R E A B O U T YO U R AU D I E N C E If you don’t show any love to your audience, why would you expect them to show any love or loyalty to you? Love goes both ways. After all, social media is all about relationships and engagement. Being authentic and timely is a good start. How can this be done: – Responding quickly to customer complaints, issues, and questions and replying to every request, jumping into the comments of all your posts, etc. – Be real –do it in a meaningful way that nurtures and supports the customer – Be present and interact within the site, instead of just using them to get visibility – Take the time to understand your customers and how they interact with your brand, product or service on each social media site, and then engage with them in the right tone, with the right medium, and in their communities – Make the interaction feel like it is 1:1 – Build true relationships using communities, groups. Let your audience know that they matter to you and your business – Become an invaluable resource for your audience. Be the trusted person they connect with should they need a product or service that you offer 2 . T E L L A U T H E N T I C S T O R I E S A N D S H A R E M O M E N T S T H AT M AT T E R This means: – Less of static updates and more behind-the-scenes, raw, and intimate stories – Genuine storytelling about things that matter to your audience - like secrets or ideas or changes that impact them – Create one-minute videos on topics that matter in your local area, posting these videos to Facebook, LinkedIn, and other channels – Recycle video content from your favourite sites and create blogs and post on a variety of platforms like LinkedIn

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3 . V I D E O, V I D E O, V I D E O ! Videos tell great stories. Create a 30-60 second video that you can use on your Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn news feeds. – Live video: partnering with employees or your customers to give a real human touch. You can load live video clips on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat – Interactive video: Craft short videos that can run as ads on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn  ou don’t have to be Spielberg to create interesting video Y content... your smartphone can take quality videos to keep up with the pace of content and have a more authentic presence. 4 . FA C E B O O K M E S S E N G E R A N D C H AT B O T S F acebook Messenger and Chatbots have fantastic open rates and are one of the most effective ways to reach and build audience engagement. It’s simply email blasting, except it’s done via Messenger, and you’ll earn much, much more engagement. 5 . E N H A N C E T H E C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T U S I N G SOCIAL MEDIA  eople crave a sense of belonging with their respective “tribes” P and want to participate in meaningful Groups. Facebook has an area where you can create Groups to engage more intimately with your communities.  usinesses should invest in creating and managing niche groups B to foster deeper relationships with their communities. Start off Groups in topics your clients could be interested in for example: tiny homes or sustainability or social topics around combating homelessness through building design and linking it to a charity. 6. I S 2019 T H E YE A R O F L I N K E D I N F O R YO U? Did you know that even if you have a small LinkedIn following, your posts and engagements on LinkedIn are making a big difference by being shared and reaching wider audiences than where you are located? By using LinkedIn more people will be able to see your projects and designs in other parts of Australia. Your personal brand grows and you quickly become a thought leader in your industry. A trusted person to turn to for your next client’s project. LinkedIn is evolving and making a huge push toward becoming an informative business content sharing and connection nurturing network.

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Some quick tips on how to create a great LinkedIn profile:

You have to brag about yourself.

– Put in the time to make it awesome

– Update your status

– Get a custom URL

– Become an Author or add Your Blog

– Choose a great photo for your profile image. Ensure it is professional, clear, friendly, and approachable

– Make sure people can find You

– Be warm and welcoming – Add multimedia to Your Summary – Show case your work and achievements by adding projects you have worked on. Ultimately people are looking at your profile to gauge who you are and if you will be able to help them achieve their vision

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– Don’t forget to add your email address (or blog, or Twitter handle, or anywhere else you’d like to be found) This article is written from various sources including: Search Engine Journal, The Muse, Entrepreneur Magazine and provides a general overview of social media.

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TA L K I N G A R C H I T E C T U R E & D E S I G N

A monthly review of must have, worthy of looking or just plain interesting apps that are relevant to the design industry. LO G I T E C H CO N N E C T Trying to save time travelling to meetings but still value the face-to-face meeting experience? Want to gauge body language, put faces to names, have free flowing meetings but without the travel? Then maybe it’s time to take another look at web cams. Or Conference Cams. Logitech Connect is definitely one of the better ones allowing you to have a video conference call in a face-to-face environment with good sound and video quality, even share screens and record the meeting. Packed full of quality features – with a very intuitive interface – the Logitech offering provides an excellent user experience both in terms of its technical capability as well as the visual and physical feedback you get from it. Specifically, the lighted base tells you whether the system is on Active or Mute mode via different colours. The remote control also neatly flips around and becomes a cover for the camera, so you never feel like someone is watching you if you’re not using the device. ZOOM Ok so you’ve raced out and bought a new conference cam and you want to start using it. Depending on what phone or device you own you’re probably used to using WhatsApp, Skype or Facetime for video conferencing. All good offerings; but some, like Facetime, are only possible to use with Apple devices. Enter Zoom – a cross platform compatible with virtually all devices. As with most apps – download, sign in and off you go. Zoom allows content sharing, multiple participants, send texts, voice messages, files and images. So whether you’re in an office using conferencing equipment or in the field using a handheld device Zoom will connect with anyone, anytime and allow as much collaboration as any other platform – without the need for brand specific OS or equipment. OILIST Yes, I know there are heaps of camera apps available. I guess cameras are one of the most commonly spruiked features of the modern mobile phone these days; so maybe not surprising there are so many apps to support the constantly improving camera tech. Oilist is just a feel-good app that essentially turns normal photos into oil paintings. Lots of settings as you’d imagine, but the results are soft and warm oil style pictures from your library or straight from the camera. Not sure you’d be using it for headshots in your LinkedIn profile but there may be other uses.

Talking Architecture & Design podcast series talks about a range of issues that affect Australia’s architects, building designers and built environment professionals. These podcasts give a regular bitesized dose of what is important and sometimes what is just plain old interesting to anyone and everyone in the business of building design. Here is a summary of the latest 9 episodes: Episode 17: Russel Harris, Craig Brennan and Cecelia Wells explain the importance of windows, window design and window technology.  pisode 16: Tone Wheeler talks women in sustainability, New E York, urbanism, transport, safety and what's wrong with Canberra. Episode 15: Koos de Keijzer, principal of DKO Architecture talks urbanism, good vs bad design and why architects are more than just 3D enablers. Episode 13: Nick Deeks from WT Partnership talks about the future of infrastructure. Episode 12: Graham McCabe from Urbis talks transport & urban design Episode 11: Philip Vivian talks on the sustainable benefits of timber architecture, the urgent need for urban densification, building for the long term, affordable housing and automation in design. Episode 10: Ed Horton from The Stable Group talks about sustainable building, limitations of the legacy approach to building, challenging convention, adaptive reuse of old buildings, the need for councils to incentivise sustainability, the embedded electricity network trend, and the housing market. Episode 9: Paolo Bevilacqua talks on the increased focus on sustainability among developers, residential solar installations, energy security, community microgrids and Fraser’s green power push. Episode 8: Architect, academic and educator Tone Wheeler talks about architecture needing purpose and place, localisation, sustainability and the growing population, robots, and the need to ‘slow it down’. Listen to ‘Talking Architecture and Design' on Apple Podcasts.

If any other members use or know any new or interesting websites, tech or apps, please feel free to drop us a line and we will share it with the other members.

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I am currently seeking employment opportunities as a building designer. I have 10 years' of experience predominantly designing and documenting modest to high-end single dwellings, multi-residential unit developments and mid-rise mixeduse apartment buildings. I am proficient in AutoCad and Sketchup and I am currently completing a Revit Course at RMIT. My passion for architecture, art and design, along with a background in construction enables me to design with a considered, rational and creative approach. For further information and CV please contact Anthony via email at ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTPERSON ( F U L L T I M E / PA R T T I M E )

Award winning building design company Beaumont Concepts is seeking an experienced draftsperson to join their Wonthaggi office. Candidates will possess relevant qualifications and ideally have experience in documentation of residential and commercial projects. The ability to prepare production drawings from beginning to end using Revit drafting program is advantageous. Please send written applications to Beaumont Concepts care of Ashley Beaumont, PO Box 825 Wonthaggi VIC 3995 or email at R E C E N T G R A D U AT E S E E K S E M P LOYM E N T

Erick, a recent graduate has successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architecture) and is seeking full-time employment. He has had the opportunity to learn software AutoCad and Archicad and is able to produce a set of plans. He is ready to join a successful company and become an asset, not a burden. Erick is willing to make himself available at a time of your convenience. Please contact Erick by phone on 0415 598 444 or via email

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Shepparton based Bruce Mactier Building Designers are seeking a confident draftsperson to join our 16 strong team to complete AutoCad plans for Town Planning and Working Drawings. Good knowledge of the NCC and ResCode will be beneficial. Our firm offers a diverse range of services including residential, commercial, aged care and educational plans that adds variety. Please send your resume through to BUILDING DESIGNER | ARCHITECT

REALM Building Design based in Echuca, Northern Victoria is seeking a design professional to join our creative team. The right person will be passionate, have the ability to liaise with clients, manage and organise projects, and prepare accurate and compliant documentation. This position requires the ability to think creatively, document effectively using REVIT and apply a sound knowledge of construction and the relevant regulations. Knowledge of the project lifecycle is important. Experience in residential design and documentation is essential. Please contact Janita Norman via email for further information or to apply for the position email FULL TIME REVIT DRAFTSPERSON REQUIRED

Our mid-sized design and construction business is seeking someone to join our building design and drafting team, based in Brunswick. The role involves providing support in all aspects of the design and documentation process. The successful applicant will have 1-2 years' drafting experience, be proficient in the use of Revit, and have a solid understanding of the NCC, relevant building regulations and Australian Standards (in particular AS 1428). Previous drafting experience of commercial projects would be an advantage. To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to, quoting reference code DRAFT11903.

Early in the year, the Fair Work Commission granted a 3% increase to minimum wages effective from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019. The 3% increase applies to workers who have their pay set by the national minimum wage or a modern award. The new national minimum wage will increase from $719.20 per week to $740.80 a week. BDAV has updated the following practice notes to reflect the increases: – MN002 Architectural Draftsperson Wage Rates – MN012 Architect/Graduate/Student Wage Rates The practice notes outline the minimum rates required to meet your practice’s obligations under the relevant Award and the National Employment Standards. The practice notes are available in the Members area of the BDAV website. For those of you who use contractors for your services, Bloomfield Tremayne have updated their rates for architects, building designers, interior designers and drafting personnel. They have also be uploaded into the Members area of the website. Members need to review their wage calculations to check that employees are being paid at least the minimum wage at all times, particularly when it comes to penalty rates and allowances. Penalties apply to employers who fail to meet minimum wage obligations, so if you have any questions about the new rates, we encourage you to speak to your accountant or contact the Fair Work information line on 131 394 or visit

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Membership Benefits include: • Belong to a true non-profit Association • Discounts on industry and business tools/services • Monthly Journal: BDAV News • Weekly eNews • Annual Awarded Magazine • Member updates • Continuing Professional Development: comprehensive program of seminars, workshops, webinars, and regional meetings • Documents for building projects: – project specifications – engagement agreements – indemnity documents – standard form contracts for residential and non-residential projects • Reference material, including a great suite of Practice Notes, Advisory Notes, and much more • Free* advice on matters including copyright, contracts, wages and conditions, legislative and regulatory requirements, etc • Access to Professional Indemnity Insurance through our preferred insurance agent • Accreditation for Thermal Performance Assessors • Lobbying and Representation • Annual Building Design Awards to promote your skills as a designer • Annual 10 Star Sustainable Design Challenge to promote knowledge of energy efficiency principles • Free website listing to generate referrals for your business in Find a Building Designer/Energy Rater

One look inside tells you that being a Member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria entitles you to many member benefits. Advantages such as important information to help you to promote your business, advice* for greater efficiencies, and especially our comprehensive Continuing Professional Development program, will assist you to reap the rewards.

• Free Job Listings for Members seeking staff or Members looking for work

Being a BDAV Member is a sound investment for your business – especially for sole-practitioners, who often work ‘in a vacuum’ and value peer support for advice and guidance.

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Phone: (03) 9416 0227 Fax: (03) 9416 0115 Email: *Advice is of an elementary nature. Anything significantly complex should be referred to an appropriate professional advisor. BDAV is an approved CPD Provider for the Victorian building industry, as administered by Victoria’s Building Commission.

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• Online Member Forum • Access to latest information from the nation’s leading suppliers • Networking • Use of BDAV logo: provides recognition on your website and business stationery and much more!

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