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Welcome This month’s edition features a great article from Verity Campbell on the importance of having a business plan in place before you embark on a marketing plan. We also present a report on the BDAV’s Japan Study held last month, plus a special feature by Chris Webber on the BDAV Engagement Agreement, and why Webber Insurance is assisting with this invaluable document. Plus lots of case studies, industry news, and more! Enjoy the read! Giselle Grynbaum Editor

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In This Edition.... Cover Story: Kangaroo Ground Project............................................................................. 4 Industry News: International Collaboration between CIAT and BDAV...................................................... 3 Proposed Building Regulations 2017............................................................................ 3 New Residential Design Guidelines for SA..................................................................... 7 Annual Salary Guidelines............................................................................................... 7 Japan Study Tour - a Great Success............................................................................ 8 Merger for Leading Law Firm....................................................................................... 13 Kingspan’s Australian Factory Achieves ABCB CodeMark Certification....................... 17 NSSA Accreditation Program Launched..................................................................... 23 Frasers Property Wins Australian Workplace Design.................................................... 25 Nobu Downtown......................................................................................................... 31 OEO Studio................................................................................................................. 35 Developing Skills in Energy Efficiency........................................................................... 39 50 Ways to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings....................................................................... 39 Design Vision Wins Industry Award.............................................................................. 42 VBA News: Changes to Victorian Owner-Builder Requirements....................................................... 3 Disciplinary Action Against Building Surveyor................................................................. 7 VBA CEO to Retire...................................................................................................... 28 Make Sure Your Gutters Are Not Up the Spout........................................................... 29 Planning Tidbits:..................................................................................................12 Insurance Issues: BDAV Engagement Agreement...........................................................................11 CPD Items: BDAV Planning Seminar.............................................................................................. 12 NATSPEC National Seminars...................................................................................... 28 Windows - the Soul of the Home : Webinar, 17 July 2017.......................................... 39 Marketing Matters: Why You Shouldn’t Put the Cart Before the Horse: Marketing.................................15 Financial Matters: New Financial Year - Financial Changes...............................................................19 Technology: Todd’s Top Apps.......................................................................................................... 27 Job Market...................................................................................................................... 41

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International Collaboration between CIAT and BDAV BDAV has extended its global reach following the signing of a Collaborative Arrangement with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). The Arrangement provides for collaboration on matters relating to Architectural Technology and Building Design and allows the two organisations to share relevant information, knowledge and best practice for the betterment of professionals, the built environment and the wider society. The areas of collaboration include sharing expertise and fostering professionalism regarding education, practice, technical and certification activities and performance standards, and working together to foster cooperation within allied professional bodies, government authorities and others.

Speaking of the collaboration, Gary Mees, President of CIAT said “The Arrangement demonstrates the implementation of CIAT’s vision for the global reach of Architectural Technology and the Institute’s aim to align, collaborate and partner with innovative bodies such as BDAV.” “The importance, value and impact of Architectural Technology and of its kindred discipline, Building Design, are critical to ensuring that projects are realised efficiently and effectively, with the performance of buildings relating to function and form optimised”. BDAV President, Lindsay Douglas said, “BDAV is one of Australia’s lead bodies for building design professionals and we are excited to share knowledge, expertise and best practice in our

field with a progressive, like-minded organisation such as CIAT.” “We are confident this Collaborative Arrangement will better serve the needs of all members, and advance the practice and profession of Building Design and Architectural Technology in our countries in years to come.” The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

Changes to Victorian Owner-Builder Requirements The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has refined its requirements for ownerbuilder applications. The key change is the VBA will now accept construction induction cards issued by interstate regulators as set out in WorkSafe Victoria’s Guidance Notes. Previously, the VBA only accepted WorkSafe Victoria issued White Cards. An owner-builder is someone who takes responsibility for domestic building work on their land. VBA Director of Enquiries, Inspections and Complaints Murray Smith said people applying to be an owner-builder must demonstrate they understand their obligation to provide a safe workplace. “Completing the owner-builder eLearning assessment on the VBA’s website, and providing a WorkSafe Victoria White Card, or interstate equivalent, is the only way for an owner-

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builder to demonstrate they understand their responsibilities,” Mr Smith said. “The eLearning assessment must be completed before an application for a certificate of consent to become an owner-builder can be submitted. Evidence of a White Card, or interstate equivalent, must also be provided at time of application. The VBA does not accept statements of attainment for completing construction induction training.” These strict requirements underline the fact that owner-builders have similar responsibilities to registered building practitioners, including: ƒƒ Obtaining and complying with a building permit; ƒƒ Arranging for certification of completed work, ensuring work complies with Australian standards; ƒƒ Ensuring site and worker safety; ƒƒ Ensuring appropriate insurance policies are in place; ƒƒ Some obligations that last for six and a half years after completion of the building work. People thinking about applying to become an owner-builder should read the Owner-builder information and study guide on the VBA’s website.

Under legislative changes introduced in 2016, an owner-builder in Victoria can only build or renovate one house every five years and must intend to live in it once completed. Further changes will be implemented during 2017-2018. For more information about ownerbuilder requirements, visit the VBA’s website, at

Proposed Building Regulations 2017 The Victorian Government is now undertaking public consultation on the proposed Building Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations). The Regulatory Impact Statement provides the basis for consultation about the preferred regulatory options, the proposed Regulations and other topics in the RIS. The draft Building Regulations 2017, associated Regulatory Impact Statement and details about making a submission are available at buildingregulationsreview. Submissions must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 18 July 2017.




Cover Story

Kangaroo Ground Pavilion Steve Laux Building Designs (formerly S L Building Designs) won the People’s Choice Award in the BDAV’s 2016 Building Design Awards for their Kangaroo Ground Pavilion project. The project also received a commendation in the category of Residential Design: New Houses $300K-500K construction cost. With sweeping southern views of the rolling hills and the Dandenong Ranges beyond, this sloping allotment on 8.17 hectares in Kangaroo Ground presented a pristine canvas for a family home. Steve Laux was brought in to design a stylish new home on a strict budget. The challenge for Steve was to make the most of those superb views. This is traditionally done through large areas of glazing. The problem is that large swathes of glazing on the south side of a building can compromise the thermal performance of a home through heat loss (generally you want to minimise glazing on southfacing walls). Steve’s scheme went against conventional wisdom with floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the south, but he specified high performance, thermally-broken, double-glazed, low-e systems frames and glazing. He achieved his views and a decent thermal rating. To bring the design in on the budget, while creating a home with visual impact, Steve says he had to “pare back some of the non-necessities. It was a real juggling act. ”Alongside the non-negotiable high spec windows, Steve added a rammed earth wall. “I wanted to pull back from using traditional materials in this project,” he explains when questioned

about the rammed earth and corrugated iron. “I wanted to avoid traditional, hard looking materials that could be seen as unsympathetic to the surrounds. The rammed earth works really well to anchor the building to the landscape, and the iron cladding emphasises the lightness of the built form. The rammed earth wall is the main feature you see as you enter the property and the home, because it runs right through the corridor. It’s not only visual but a very tactile part of the design.” Steve opted for a low-lying roof form and lineal layout with efficient planning. The layout for the home is based around two pods – one for living, the other for sleeping – linked by an operable fully glazed walkway that, when opened, connects the north- and south-facing outdoor areas to create a massive entertaining area. Viewed from a distance this glazed central form

also breaks up the lineal form, softening the ‘bulkiness’ of the building on the landscape. The interiors feature timber floors, white, and neutral tones to make hero the landscape views through the glazing. Through attention to detail, Steve created the simplicity he is proud of. “It’s just a very simple pared-back home in its design, yet very detailed. Real beauty can sometimes be found with the least amount of ingredients and the most amount of thinking, and I believe this house achieves that. The crux of the house – the living area – is only five metres wide, but that allows a beautiful combination of sunlight during the winter that almost enters the full five-metre width of the home, whilst during summer no sun comes through at all. It’s very well designed to screen out the elements.”

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The Judges said “The Kangaroo Ground Pavilion is a simple, well resolved building which sits comfortably on the landscape and achieves spectacular 360 degree views of the Dandenongs and surrounding hills of Kangaroo Ground. The design, centred on the theory of ‘less is more’, pares back the built form to provide minimal intrusion on the landscape. This is achieved by using a simple palette of materials and colours, and low roof forms. The result is a contemporary home that offers many sustainable features.” Shortly after the BDAV’s 2016 Awards winners were announced, the house was snapped up by Collingwood footballer, Travis Cloke, generating much publicity for Steve Laux.

Acknowledgements Designer Steve Laux Building Designs Builder: Owner-Builder Building Surveyor: R A Melchiori and Online Permit Solutions Structural Engineer: Tony Kirk AKEng P/L and Tilling Timber P/L (Smart Frame) Geotechnical Engineer: Macgregor Geotechnical Photography: Urban Angles and Impress Photography




Industry News

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Disciplinary Action Against Building Surveyor The Victorian Building Authority has announced that it recently took disciplinary action against Mr Peter Eyers, a Victorian Building Surveyor. The VBA has imposed a stringent condition on Mr Eyers’ Building Surveyor Licence that significantly restricts his ability to practice. This condition is that he may not issue any new Building Permits which involve buildings which are attached until he provides the VBA with evidence that he has obtained a Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes from Victoria University of Technology (or a qualification that the VBA considers is equivalent). As an additional measure to protect consumers, the VBA also requires Mr Eyers to provide updated checklists and processes for all work he may carry out in the future across all different classes of buildings and in particular, properties that share a wall such as townhouses or apartments.

While the primary responsibility and culpability for the defective and noncompliant work in this matter was largely with the builder, David Brayer, the VBA considered Mr Eyers’ breaches of the Building Act were serious enough to warrant further discipline and imposed fines totaling $25,500.00.

in relation to construction of the walls. Furthermore, he was responsible for a variety of other defects at the properties including water ingress, poor standard of painting, lack of sound proofing between walls, no awnings over the balconies, and external timber cladding being buckled and warped.


Mr Brayer was also found guilty under the Act for conduct which constituted gross negligence or gross incompetence showing that he is not a fit and proper person to practise as a building practitioner.

In February 2016, the builder, David Brayer, was found guilty by the Building Practitioners Board (BPB) of four allegations in relation to the construction of 69 townhouses in an estate in Diamond Creek. The practitioner had breached the Act by building walls between the townhouses that did not meet fire separation standards in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. The builder had also breached building regulations by failing to carry out work in a competent manner and to a professional standard, for failing to adhere to performance requirements and

New Residential Design Guidelines for SA The Office for Design and Architecture of South Australia (ODASA) has released a proposal for a new set of residential design guidelines. The guidelines, which cover everything from material selection to neighbourhood context for residential developments, are now available for public consultation. The Design Guidelines aim to provide best practice guidance regarding the design quality of new residential developments. The recently released draft guidelines aim to improve such aspects of residential developments as neighbourhood and site context, access and movement, built form, open space and landscaping, building design and appearance, and materials and services. While the Design Guidelines are applicable to residential developments in SA of any scale, their primary focus is on medium-density development in designated infill growth areas. The draft guidelines follow an updated version of The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, a planning document that assumes the city will grow from its current low-rise suburban pattern to encompass more compact urban forms.

Although it will not be mandatory for architects and builders, ODASA introduced the draft as an aspirational guide that supports high-quality design outcomes for South Australia, beyond the minimum statutory requirements. The guidelines will serve as a best-practice tool until the Planning and Design Code is finalised and implemented. Once established, the Planning and Design Code will set out a comprehensive set of planning rules for development assessment purposes in SA. The code will be classified into zones, subzones and overlays. It will be the only statutory instrument that sets out the minimum performance requirements and deemedto-satisfy provisions for new developments in the state. Even once the new code has been introduced, the Design Guidelines will likely continue as advisory material. The draft guidelines are available for public consultation until 25 July 2017. To view the draft guidelines, go to uploads/Design_Guidelines_web_5MB.pdf Source: Architecture and Design

Determination On 24 May 2016, there was a VCAT decision on appeal of the BPB’s original decision. The cancellation of Mr Brayer’s registration became effective from 3 February 2016 and he was disqualified from being registered in any category until 16 August 2018. He was also fined $45,501.00.

Annual Salary Guidelines Bloomfield Tremayne and Partners BTandP have issued their annual salary guidelines for 2017 design and drafting professionals. For many years, BTandP have provided up-to-date, accurate and informative insights into current hourly rates and full time salaries for Architects, Interior Designers and Draftspersons. BTandP wish to highlight that with the 2017 review, a major change has occurred in how they treat Revit and ArchiCAD skills. In the past you would have seen that BTandP have shown a loading that could be applied in addition to the rate shown on the schedules for professionals with strong experience in BIM software. Given that the industry has achieved such a high rate of implementation of Revit and ArchiCAD, BTandP have now included this loading into the rates as they believe this best represents the actual market itself. Please refer to their notes that suggest those with only AutoCAD experience may be at the lower to mid-range in the accompanying scales. In line with the alliance that BDAV has with BTandP, these salary rates and guidelines are only available to BDAV Members, and can be found in the MEMBER pages of the BDAV website, under EMPLOYMENT.



Study Tour Review


Japan Study Tour – a Great Success Members who participated in last month’s BDAV architectural Study Tour in Japan have hailed it an outstanding success. Tour Leader, Mike Tuzee, from Impact Events, said: “Our tour sought a balance of architectural, cultural and culinary experiences.” “There were visits to major projects in Tokyo such as the Midtown complex, one of Tokyo’s largest mixed-use developments, including a deluxe hotel, residential, commercial offices, retail, museums and impressively landscaped grounds providing much needed green spaces in this metropolis of over 20 million inhabitants.” “At the other end of the scale the group enjoyed visiting small-scale Michiya’s or traditional Kyoto townhouses. Having numerous World Heritage listed sites, the Kyoto city council is encouraging developers to design homes sympathetic to these traditional townhouse designs. The builders receive official accreditation for these designs and we visited a display village where these homes are on show to the public, which locals can build on their own land much as we do in Australia.”

great value, and a good way to get to know fellow practitioners away from the regular routine.”

“Additionally there were visits to temples, palaces and other historic structures, and a variety of dining experiences, immersing our group into the culture of Japan.”

Peter Jackson, MBDAV Peter Jackson Design

Here’s what some of the participants said about the tour: “We were immersed in the culture of a friendly country with high values and fantastic varietal cuisine. The tour was

Robert McLauchlan, FBDAV McLauchlan & Associates “I enjoyed everything we did. The Japanese people, their food and lifestyle are quite unique .The tour was well planned and organised, fun, educational, and a tax write-off.”

“I enjoyed all the relevant attractions for designers, such as meeting Yukihiro Kataoka and being shown through the house he designed in Nagoya. These type of tours expand your influences and inspires. Also it’s great networking with colleagues, and an opportunity to meet the broader members.” Zol Nagy, MBDAV, Nagy Design

Being intrigued by the Statue of Liberty in the background of the above image, we asked Mike Tuzee for clarification. He said: “What’s perhaps most surprising about the replica of the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba is that it’s not Japan’s only one. At least two more exist (one in Shimoda, one in Osaka), though neither command views as impressive as those afforded Tokyo’s lucky Lady. Overlooking Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge, she has held her ground since 2000, back by popular demand having originally been a temporary fixture for ‘The French Year of Japan’, 19981999.”

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We loved the image at right for the architecture of the site. Located in Tokyo, it is home of a diverse collection of Japanese and Asian premodern art. Mike Tuzee commented: “Yes this is one of my favourites, the Nezu Museum, designed by famous Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma. The Japanese Gardens around it are beautiful, a real oasis in the heart of Tokyo The Nezu Museum (Nezu bijutsukan), formerly known as the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, is an art museum in the Minato district of Tokyo, Japan. The museum houses the private collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art of Nezu Kaichir (1860– 1940). The museum foundation was established on the death of the founder Nezu in 1940 and exhibitions were first opened to the public in 1941. The museum collection was stored away from central Tokyo during the Second World War and escaped the destruction suffered by the estate property in the bombing of May 1945. Exhibitions were restarted in 1946 after the war. Closed due to large-scale renovation and renewal from 2006 onwards, the museum re-opened in fall 2009 with a completely new museum building by the

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Included in the collection are a pair of Edo period folding screens of Irises by Ogata Korin. It also includes other paintings of renown, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and

archaeological materials, as well as objects in lacquer, metal, and wood. The collection also consists of Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. The Nezu Museum is also known for its extensive, Japanese-style garden.”




Insurance Issues

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BDAV Engagement Agreement Why Should I Use This in My Business?

All Professional Services businesses, which includes Building Designers, want to provide a wonderful experience for their clients. But what happens if things don’t go to plan? ƒƒ How do you know what your rights are regarding a fee refund? ƒƒ If legislation changes, does a client need to make payment for a plan change or will the Building Designer wear the cost? ƒƒ How do you handle a dispute with your client? ƒƒ You would love to put a sign up showing that it is your design, but what are your rights? The BDAV Engagement Agreement sets out the responsibilities for both yourself, as the Designer, and your Client. Should something go wrong, or even just need clarification on what to do, the Agreement addresses these points.

What else does the BDAV Engagement Agreement have in it? Outside of the terms and conditions that both you, as the Designer, and your Client agree to work to, the BDAV Engagement Agreement also provides a detailed costing sheet that allows you to provide upfront costs of a project on either: ƒƒ A Percentage Basis ƒƒ Lump Sum Basis ƒƒ Hourly Time Charge Basis. By providing a detailed, transparent costing sheet up front to your client, the chances of a payment dispute later down the track reduce. Not only that, by providing a detailed costing up front, Building Designers are much more likely to receive an accurate fee for their completed work, without having to worry about covering unexpected costs that weren’t brought up with a Client. The BDAV Engagement Agreement also sets out from the beginning, the potential list of Consultants that will be required on a project, such as building surveyors, various engineers or energy assessors.

Finally, the BDAV Engagement Agreement allows you to provide a full list of services you will be providing, as well as those services that aren’t being provided under the Agreement.

Why Is Webber Insurance assisting with the BDAV Engagement Agreement? As a Building Designer, insurance is one of those necessary costs of doing business. In saying that, when something goes wrong, your insurance policy is what assists you in sorting out claimable issues that arise. It is our experience in dealing with claims on behalf of BDAV members over the past three years that having the BDAV Engagement Agreement in place ensures the following: – Less matters progress to being claims Whether it is seeking a fee refund, or who pays the costs associated with mediation, these issues are addressed in writing, allowing you to rely upon a signed contract when dealing with a client concern. When an issue does arise, having the BDAV Engagement Agreement in place reduces the chances of matters escalating into a claim in the first place. – Claims progress faster When the BDAV Engagement Agreement is in place and an issue arises, most times the issue is addressed within the terms and conditions of the Agreement. Your insurer and its lawyers will review the claim against you and, if the matter is addressed within the BDAV Engagement Agreement, will either defend you where necessary, or progress to settlement quicker. – Claims costs are reduced Time is money. When there is no BDAV Engagement Agreement in place, the insurer must spend a significant amount of time trying to follow email trails, invoices and other documentation to obtain information about the project itself and your role.

The BDAV Engagement Agreement Protects YOU Most importantly, the BDAV Engagement Agreement protects you and your business. When you work with another professional, or if you engage

Chris Webber

When was the last time you utilised the services of an accountant, lawyer, IT contractor or any other professional for your business? Do you remember the process you went through? What did they make you sign before they started doing work for you?

a business in your personal life, you are usually required to sign their terms and conditions. This is no different for the relationship between you and your Client.

What Changes Are Coming to the BDAV Engagement Agreement? Webber Insurance has been working with the insurer and their lawyers together with the BDAV to update the BDAV Engagement Agreement to reflect the latest changes to legislation. It is important to ensure that any Agreement you use remains up to date. We believe that the lawyer, in this case Clyde & Co, who handles all BDAV claims is in the best position to ensure that the BDAV Engagement Agreement provides you, as the Building Practitioner, the maximum amount of protection. At Webber Insurance, we like to make things easier for people. Almost all documentation that we provide to our customers is now electronic. We want to ensure that the BDAV Engagement Agreement is electronic, allowing you to complete it online with your clients – hopefully saving you time in the process. Ideally, we would like it developed into an ‘app’, but this will be down the track. We understand and appreciate it is you, as the Building Designers, that use this document together with your Clients. We welcome any feedback or ideas you might have and our desire is to work with all stakeholders to make this document a key part in each of your businesses. If you would like further information please call us on 1300 668 553 or email Chris Webber is the Managing Director of Webber Insurance Services with diplomas of both Insurance Broking and Risk Management. Webber Insurance Services is the approved Insurance Broker of the BDAV. For any enquiries, please call 1300 668 553 or email


Planning Tidbits


Incomplete right of appeal A recent VCAT case, Chin v Boroondara CC [2017] VCAT 521, looked at the issue of exemptions from third party notification and review rights and provides a timely reassurance that these exemptions must be upheld. In the above case, Ms Chin (who appears to be the owner of the neighbouring site) sought review at VCAT of Council’s decision to grant a planning permit for the partial demolition and construction of alterations and additions to an existing dwelling (including carport, swimming pool and outbuildings) on the subject land. The subject site was over 1000sqm in size and the only relevant permit trigger was contained within the Heritage Overlay (HO) that affected the land. At Clause 43.01-3, the HO lists several classes of application that are exempt from third party notice and review rights. In assessing how these exemptions impact Ms Chin’s right of appeal, the Tribunal member noted:

10. In my view, the carport and ‘store’ aspects of the development are included within the above-cited exemption contained in clause 43.01-3 of the Scheme, with the ‘store’ component of the development either falling within the concept of a ‘shed’ or that of ‘a similar structure’. However, arguably, amongst the elements of the proposed development that are not exempt pursuant to clause 43.01-3 of the Scheme is the:

Construction of an extension to the dwelling between the carport and the existing dwelling.

Ms Chin’s Statement of Grounds included concerns relating to the proposed carport and store area. These appear to have been the elements with greatest impact on Ms Chin’s property. After consideration of the exemptions contained at Clause 43.01-3, the Tribunal concluded that the majority of Ms Chin’s grounds were misconceived because she did not have a right of appeal against the carport and storage area:

BDAV Planning Seminar Ashley Thompson from Clause:1 Planning presented a great seminar last month for the BDAV titled Town Planning – a Year of Change. One Member summed up the majority of participants’ feedback: Ashley was fantastic. Clear, concise and absolutely directly to the point. A DVD of the presentation is available to order at the webshop at the BDAV’s website.

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17. To the extent that Ms Chin ’s objections relate to elements of the development that are exempt from notice, decision and review requirements and rights – such as the carport and the store – Ms Chin is not able to seek the Tribunal’s review of these approvals under a section 82 review… In this instance, the offending grounds were struck out as misconceived and it was left up to Ms Chin to confirm if she wanted to continue to pursue the appeal on the relatively minor concerns relating to the small addition proposed between the carport and the existing dwelling.

Planning Tidbits

Exemptions to third party notification and review can be a powerful tool and permit applicants need to know how and when they apply.

Smart Planning Program In July 2016, the Victorian Government introduced the Smart Planning program, to make the planning process in Victoria easier to understand, more efficient and accessible by: ƒƒ simplifying and modernising Victoria’s planning rules; ƒƒ making planning information easier to find and understand; ƒƒ introducing new technologies to improve accessibility and interaction with information and services; ƒƒ establishing more effective and accessible engagement with community, businesses, local government and industry. The current planning system is perceived as becoming increasingly complex, inaccessible and inefficient, leading to lengthy approval times and high compliance costs. There is also a perception of barriers to the community and business professionals understanding and participating in the planning process. Since the last review of the planning system in 1993, planning provisions and schemes have expanded significantly, becoming difficult to understand, with some duplication of policy and conflict between the State and local planning policy. Specific initiatives of the Smart Planning programs include: ƒƒ integrating state and local planning policy to identify and remove repetition, inconsistencies and redundancies, and ensure terminology is consistent and clear (SPPF restructure expected late2017)

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ƒƒ expanding the existing VicSmart fasttrack process; ƒƒ an online planning portal as a single point of entry for Victorian planning information and services; ƒƒ an online lodgment system for Ministerial permit applications (such as developments over 25,000sqm gross floor area in the CBD, wind farms, heritage permits) later extended to other types of permits; ƒƒ a new planning scheme information management system; ƒƒ interactive online planning maps to replace static PDF maps; ƒƒ changing overlays and zones, reducing duplication between multiple controls; ƒƒ limiting permit triggers. The first initiatives to be implemented are the expansion of the VicSmart fast-track permit application process (introduced in April 2017), a new Victorian Government planning website (December 2016) and a current pilot of online lodgements and tracking for ministerial permit applications. Readers should expect reforms and improvements to the planning system until mid-2018, and subject to further government funding, additional transformational work after mid2018. Specific activities to gather feedback from the wider community will be confirmed as part of the Reform and Transform stages, in mid-2017. To date, the Victorian Government has undertaken surveys, presentations, structured workshops, and spoken with advisory groups, councils, industry and other peak bodies, and state government departments and agencies. The BDAV participated in the initial consultation and has ongoing representation in discussions on the technical components of program implementation.

These tid-bits are part of the regular contribution made by Clause:1 Planning to BDAV News. For more information, contact Ashley Thompson on (03) 9370 9599 or visit For more information you may access

Merger for Leading Law Firm Global law firm and leading construction industry lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright and Australian law firm Henry Davis York have announced their intention to combine their businesses to create one of Australia’s most compelling and dynamic law firms. The two firms will work towards finalising the details of the proposed combination with a view to commencing the integration of the businesses later this year. Their larger and stronger teams in the key markets of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth will form part of a global firm of around 4,000 lawyers in more than 50 cities worldwide. The combination will also create opportunities for their people to collaborate on the very best local, regional and global work. The respective firms will now work towards a formal combination launch date later this calendar year. Upon that launch, the combined firm will be known as Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Marketing Matters

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I was recently approached by a new customer who wants help marketing his design practice. His particular request was obtaining media for a project he was particularly proud of, and once that was done, we’d start on more general promotional activities. I met with him in his office and quickly realised a common theme: A designer wanting business growth without knowing whether that’s even achievable. I often get asked to undertake marketing activities to grow a business, but rarely do people know even in general terms what that looks like. If someone asked you to design them a house without saying what type of house they were after – the location, size, style etc – you wouldn’t just go off and start designing would you? Well, the same goes with marketing. And yet I see this all the time: designers hoping to grow their business without a brief. To get a brief, you need to do a business plan; then the marketing plan follows. They’re intertwined: one is the background and brief to reach the desired results; the other outlines the activities required to get there. You don’t have a marketing plan if you don’t have a business plan because you can’t know how, where and when to deploy your marketing resources effectively without that greater vision. For example, this client has a mix of commercial and residential projects, but he wasn’t sure what type of projects he was hoping to get more of. He wasn’t sure what the ideal ratio of commercial and residential projects in his business might look like. Upon further quizzing in this first meeting, I also discovered his ultimate goal would be to have larger commissions in a sector in which he has built a solid reputation. On first glance this seems like a good strategy, but has he done due diligence to gauge the size of this market

now and into the future? For example, there are fewer clients commissioning these types of projects – it’s a smaller, more niche sector. Who are these clients, where are they, and are there enough of them to build a sustainable business? And who else is competing in this space already? How does his business stack up against the competition and what might need to change to differentiate it to help him win those commissions? And what might this look like in terms of staffing – does he have the capacity or skills in-house required to service these projects now or into the future? And if not, when and how is he going to change that – and where is the financial modelling to show this is all achievable? These are just a sample of questions that need answering. Even with a more typical goal I hear a lot – the desire to move from renovations and alterations to higher budget new builds – these same, and more, questions should be asked and answered. Because effective marketing, marketing that helps carve an enviable and sustainable niche for your practice, is targeted and smart and efficient. Take a company like Modscape or Fasham. I’m betting they didn’t just start small and organically grow by sending out a few media releases and hoping for the best. They would have undertaken a business plan, then a marketing plan, to underpin their activities and they would keep going back to reassess and adapt these plans where necessarily. It’s an iterative process – it has to be to keep up with our changing environment. So, if you don’t have a business plan, I recommend you get one. And a marketing plan. Then your business and marketing activities will be much more targeted and measurable and by going through the process you get a renewed sense of purpose and direction.

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Kingspan’s Australian Factory Achieves ABCB CodeMark Certification Insulation innovator, Kingspan, has recently received CodeMark certification for a range of its Kooltherm products produced at its newly opened, local manufacturing facility in Somerton, Victoria. It is considered the most technically advanced factory of its kind on the planet. Having commenced full production ahead of its opening in April, the facility in fact earned its stripes earlier this year when CodeMark products for the Australian and New Zealand markets started rolling off its line. CodeMark, in this instance administered by certifiers SAI Global, is a product-based certification tied to the National Construction Code (NCC), and is considered the building industry’s highest level of product conformance. The company’s products underwent a three part assessment consisting of a desktop audit of literature and performance test reports, a physical quality audit at the factory and on-site installation audits. CodeMark certification offers manufacturers the option of either agreeing to a specific scope of audit or auditing against all relevant sections of the NCC. In Kingspan’s case, the company chose to be audited against all relevant sections, ie Section C – fire resistance and Section J – energy efficiency. “Kingspan are staunch supporters of the Australian Building Codes Board’s CodeMark scheme,” explains Kingspan Insulation Australia’s Managing Director, Scott Gibson. “In an industry rife with non-compliant products, which are often marketed as compliant, the CodeMark logo is a stamp of approval that offers our customer’s peace of mind.” Kingspan kindly hosted a site tour of their Somerton facility last month for BDAV Members, and those who attended said it very informative. In feedback we received about the site visit, one Member said the team were great – very welcoming and excited about their new factory. Another said it was a very informative site visit: the staff were polite and happy to answer any questions relating to their site and products. Images of the site visit courtesy of Kingspan


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New Financial Year – Financial Changes MGR Accountants have provided a snapshort of key changes that affect business and the community in the new financial year, including:

Restricting Residential Investment Property Deductions Although the Government has not specifically targeted negative gearing, they have introduced several measures to restrict tax deductions in respect of residential investment properties. Firstly, travel expenses to and from your residential investment property to inspect, maintain or collect rent will no longer be tax deductible after 30 June 2017. This measure has been introduced because some landlords have been combining private trips with their rental property management and not correctly apportioning their costs to exclude the private portion of the travel expenses. As such, this is the last financial year that travel expenses associated with your residential property management will be tax deductible. A trip to inspect your property planned for July 2017 should be brought forward to before 30 June 2017 to get a tax deduction. This measure does not apply to commercial property landlords or to residential landlords who engage real estate agents to perform property management services. The second measure relating to investment properties is the limitation of depreciation deductions on removable type assets, typically plant and equipment, acquired with an existing residential investment property. Depreciation deductions will only be available for newly acquired assets, where the property owner directly incurs the expenditure. This new measure will apply from 1 July 2017 (for plant and equipment acquired after 9 May 2017) Under this measure, the entire purchase price will be allocated to the property’s cost base for capital gains tax purposes, rather than being apportioned between the property and removable assets such as carpets, dishwashers and air-conditioning units. Historically, the allocation of the purchase price between the property and the component assets would normally be performed by a qualified quantity surveyor. This new proposal will not affect investors who already hold residential properties prior to 7:30pm (AEST) 9 May 2017. Investors that purchase plant and equipment for their residential property after 9 May 2017 will be able to claim the

depreciation deduction over the effective life of the asset. However, subsequent owners of the property will not be allowed to claim deductions for plant and equipment purchased by the previous owner. The plant and equipment costs will be reflected in the cost base for capital gains tax purposes.

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workers to develop and grow. The measures are estimated to generate additional revenue of $1.2 billion for the training and development of Australian workers who can fill skill shortages in the medium to long term.

Personal Tax - Individual Tax Rates There were no changes to personal income tax rates in the Budget. This means that the 2% Temporary Budget Repair Levy will end on 30 June 2017. The following table lists the individual income tax rates for Australian residents for the financial year ending 30 June 2018:

The Government has announced it will tighten access to the small business Capital Gains Tax (CGT) concessions from 1 July 2017. As part of its tax integrity package, the Government’s proposed changes will mean the CGT concessions can only be used in relation to Taxable Income assets used in a small business $0 - $18,200 or ownership interest in a small business. This is purportedly aimed $18,201 - $37,000 at taxpayers with an ownership $37,001 - $87,000 interest in larger business entities $87,001 - $180,000 that may currently be excluded $180,001 and over when considering the eligibility threshold for the concessions. The small business CGT concessions will continue to be available to small businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $2 million or net assets of less than $6 million. The Government has not provided any further details on this measure and the breadth of these changes is currently uncertain. The disposal of business assets after 1 July, 2017 should be carefully considered in light of the announced changes.

Looking to Employ Foreign Workers? From March 2018 businesses that employ foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay an additional levy. Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million will be required to make an upfront payment of $1,200 (or $1,800 for businesses with turnover of $10 million or more) per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa. In addition businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million will be required to make a one off upfront payment of $3, 000 (or $5,000 for businesses with turnover of $10 million or more) for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (Sub-Class 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa. The additional levy and significant associated increases in visa application charges will add further costs to businesses that rely on skilled overseas

Tax Payable Nil 19% of excess over $18,200 $3,572 plus 32.5% of excess over $37,000 $19,822 plus 37% of excess of $87,000 $54,232 plus 45% of excess over $180,000

Contributing Proceeds from Downsizing to Superannuation

The Government announced from 1 July 2018, a person aged 65 or over will be permitted to make a non-concessional contribution to their superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their principal place of residence. That residence must have been owned for the past ten or more years. The contributions are to be in addition to contributions currently permitted under existing contribution rules. The contributions are stated to be exempt from the existing age test, work test and the $1.6 million balance test for non-concessional contributions that may otherwise prohibit the contributions being accepted by the superannuation fund under the current rules. There is a lot of detail that remains unclear including the definition of downsizing and whether you will be required to contribute the actual proceeds from the property sale and whether the contribution amount will be $300,000 per couple or $300,000 each. Removing the restrictions on nonconcessional contributions for people downsizing might help people self-fund their retirement. The proceeds from downsizing a home in this manner are not proposed to be exempt from the Age Pension assets test, which seems to be a missed opportunity to further unlock barriers to downsizing in the current system. ....Continued on page 21



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New Financial Year – Financial Changes (continued from page 19) First Home Super Saver Scheme The Government announced a scheme that will allow first home buyers to use superannuation as a means of saving to buy their first home. They will be allowed to salary sacrifice superannuation contributions up to $15,000 per year and and $30,000 in total can be contributed within existing concessional contribution limits of $25,000 per annum. Voluntary contributions to superannuation made by first home buyers from 1 July 2017 will be able to be withdrawn from 1 July 2018 for a deposit on a first home, along with associated deemed earnings. Currently, withdrawals usually cannot be made from a superannuation fund until a person has reached 55 to 60 years of age, depending on their date of birth. These concessional contributions and the associated earnings (calculated on the 90 day Bank Bill rate plus 3%) can subsequently be withdrawn from the superannuation member’s account. On withdrawal, these funds will be taxed at marginal tax rates less a 30% tax offset. In most circumstances, the net tax paid on contributions and earnings under the scheme would be 15% and the overall net tax benefit achieved for a first home buyer who contributes and withdraws the full $30,000 and who has a marginal tax rate of 39% (including Medicare levy) will be $4,500.

of the Temporary Budget Repair Levy from July 1, 2017, the effective top marginal tax rate for individuals for the year ending June 30, 2018 will be 47% including the 2% Medicare Levy (down from 49% for the year ended June 30, 2017). Low income earners will continue to receive relief from the Medicare Levy

Higher Education Reform The Government has unveiled extensive changes to the fee structure of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) schemes. These changes include a decrease in the minimum repayment threshold, as well as significant amendments to repayment rates. The Government also announced an annual increase in student contributions of 1.82 percent, totalling approximately 7.5 percent over a period of four years. The increase will come into effect from July 1, 2018. A new minimum threshold of $42,000 will be established with a 1% repayment rate and a maximum threshold of $119,882 with a 10% repayment rate. By way of background, for 2017/18, the minimum threshold is $55,874 and the minimum repayment rate is 4%. The maximum threshold for 2017/18 is $103,766 with an 8% repayment rate. GST Changes - Purchasers of New Residential Properties

Changes to the Medicare Levy

One of the biggest changes to GST will be the strengthening of compliance for purchasers remitting GST on the sale of new residential properties or new subdivisions to the ATO directly. From 1 July 2018, the Federal Government will require purchasers of new residential premises and land in new subdivisions to remit the GST on the sale directly to the ATO as part of the property settlement process.

The most significant change that will impact individual taxpayers is the increase in the Medicare levy from 2 percent to 2.5 percent from 1 July 2019. This is forecast to deliver $8.2 billion of additional revenue for the Government that will help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The across the board increase in the Medicare levy could be viewed as a way for the Government to replace the loss of revenue from the Temporary Budget Repair Levy that ceases on June 30, 2017. However, unlike the Budget Repair Levy that only impacted individuals with a taxable income over $180,000, the Medicare levy is not means tested, except against the low-income thresholds. With the removal

Under the current law, the seller of new residential premises or subdivided land is required to collect and remit the GST associated with the sale to the ATO through its Business Activity Statement. The Government has identified that some property developers are failing to remit the GST on their sales, despite claiming credits for GST incurred on development costs. To combat this non-payment of GST, the responsibility for payment of the GST will be shifted to the purchaser. Given most purchasers use conveyancers to assist with the transfer and settlement of properties, the Government believes this change should not represent a significant additional burden for purchasers.

Members of a couple will each have access to the scheme (taking this to potentially $60,000 in total). Selfemployed individuals and employees who are not able to access salary sacrifice will be able to claim a tax deduction on personal contributions.

We expect that property developers will face additional compliance costs as a result of the change, and will be forced to change the settlement statement provided to the purchaser to identify the GST payable on the sale so that the purchaser can remit this amount to the ATO. The change could also result in cash flow issues for developers as they will no longer have the benefit of the GST component of the sale proceeds in their bank account for the period between settlement and lodgement of their Business Activity Statement. Finally, purchasers’ conveyancing costs may increase subject to what processes are established by the ATO to facilitate payment of the GST.

Other GST Changes There are changes around who is to remit the GST on new residential premises as well as the treatment of digital currency (Bitcoin) plus retailers will be disappointed to hear that plans to impose the GST on low-value imports has been deferred for another 12 months to 1 July 2018.

Digital Currency & GST From July 1, 2017, the Government will align the GST treatment of digital currency (e.g. Bitcoin) with money. Digital currency is currently treated as intangible property for GST purposes. Consequently, consumers who use digital currencies as payment can effectively bear GST twice, once on the purchase of the digital currency and again on its use in exchange for other goods and services subject to GST. This measure will ensure purchases of digital currency are no longer subject to the GST.

Low-Value Imports Retailers will be disappointed to hear that plans to impose the GST on low-value imports has been deferred for another 12 months to 1 July 2018. This will disadvantage them in comparison with international retailers, particularly those that dominate the online sector. For more information, go to MGR’s website at

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NSSA Accreditation Program Launched The National Security Screen Association (NSSA) has announced the roll-out of the NSSA Accreditation Program. The NSSA is now incorporated under the secretariat of the Australian Windows Association (AWA), who now provide administrative and promotional support for the NSSA and its members to the security screen industry. The Accreditation Program aims to provide NSSA members with the peace of mind that the products they manufacture meet the requirements of Australian Standard (AS) 5039 Security Screen Doors and Security Window Grilles. This also gives consumers the confidence that products purchased from an NSSA member carry the endorsement of third party accreditation through the AWA’s NATA accredited Inspection Agency. The NSSA is proud to make this program available to its members as the only NATA accredited program for security doors and grilles in Australia, and is committed to providing its members with independent assurance of technical competence in their field. The objectives of the Accreditation Scheme are: ƒƒ To ensure that NSSA members manufacture their products in accordance with the fabrication details on their AS 5041 test reports. ƒƒ To continuously verify that product ratings and labelling requirements are maintained to provide meaningful consumer information for comparison of a product’s performance. ƒƒ To enable architects, building designers, specifiers and building surveyors to meet or enforce compliance with standards.

ƒƒ To ensure manufactured product being supplied to the market is compliant and has passed AS 5041 Physical Tests: Dynamic Impact Test, Jemmy Test, Pull Test, Probe Test, Shear Test and Knife Shear Test.

Compliance Certificate To complement the launch, the NSSA has released a new compliance certificate for its members to provide to their customers. Use of the certificate will increase awareness of the NSSA’s third party accreditation scheme and compliance with Australian Standards.

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Frasers Property Wins Australian Workplace Design The Frasers Property Australia head office designed by BVN won a Workplace Design award at the Australian Interior Design Awards announced last month. According to the jury, Frasers Property’s design “stands out as a playful plan that one jury member described as ‘crazy looking’. Upon closer inspection, it is very well planned in terms of space utilisation, as the architects (BVN) addressed the interior holistically, making no clear distinction between front and back of house. The organic layout eschews a traditional workstation arrangement in favour of a configuration that promotes serendipitous interaction.” “A strong wellness and innovation agenda drives the highly innovative scheme, with ‘third spaces’ working to fullest potential,” noted the jury who added, “Frasers Property’s Australia’s mantra of relationships as central to business, informs this people-focused design and creates a calm yet animated space devoid of gimmicks.”

The jury also commended the design that “…successfully transitions the office into an educational space with a series of flexible zones that challenge traditional typologies…It showcases a simple, singular aesthetic as opposed to trenddriven curiosities and adds longevity to a workplace in which each member of the jury agreed they would happily work.” BVN Principal, Ninotschka Titchkosky claimed, “Our role is to find the edge for our clients and create solutions that pollinate their business with critical enablers to let them thrive in a 21st century innovative ecosystem.” “It is time to move beyond the orthogonal workplace layout to one that reflects the networked nature of contemporary business and relationships. Frasers Property’s new workplace is designed to promote overlapped and meshed exchanges between people with blurred boundaries,” she said.

Pointing out how the huge new void and spatial fluidity between levels goes a long way to unite the business as one team, she noted that, “All aspects of the space are designed to encourage interaction such as advanced technology, removing bulky built elements from around the core and replacing them with mobile tables, white boards and short throw projectors to reduce distance when circulating the floor, while still respecting the need for quiet work zones and booths that enable concentrated work.” Reini Otter, Executive General Manager, C&I & IP for Frasers Property Australia comments, “We are delighted to win this prestigious accolade. The team, in collaboration with BVN worked very hard to deliver a dynamic new head office driven by a focus on wellness, innovation and leadership. This award recognises Frasers Property’s and BVN’s work as setting a new benchmark for excellence in workplace design and, importantly within a suburban location, where good design is often perceived to be unachievable.”

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Todd’s Top Apps A monthly review of must have, worthy of looking or just plain interesting apps that are relevant to the design industry. Compiled by Todd Pearce, MBDAV.

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Anyone still trying to go paperless and hasn’t quite found the right set of apps to do the job for them? Possibly you’ve just grabbed yourself a new iPad pro with the big screen. PDF Expert is well worth having in your bag of tricks. It’s a fully featured PDF reader and editor, allowing you to edit, annotate, fill in forms, mark up and combine files. Essentially bring in any PDF and do whatever you would like, as if it was a piece of paper. Package it all up and back it goes. Compatible with many other file types and all the usual cloud integration.

Now that you have the perfect PDF editing app – you will want to be able to save just about anything you want into a PDF file so you can take full advantage of the editor. PDF converter by Readdle does just that. Open or download email files, cloud content, attachments, iWork, MS office files, photos, web pages – you name it chances are it will handle it. It’s all done locally so everything stays secure. Todd Pearce

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Printer Pro It’s a little hard to avoid going to a hard copy no matter how much you can do electronically. One day maybe, but a little while off I think. Just because you’re printing off a hard copy doesn’t mean it has to be hard to do. So, you’re all digital now, mark ups, converted to PDF or whichever file type you’re using for any particular task – and you need to print. Printer Pro is a full featured printing app that, after a quick setup, provides a desktop printing experience straight from your smart phone or tablet. Packed with advanced features and numerous printing options – before long you won’t realise you don’t have a desk!


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VBA CEO to Retire Prue Digby, the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Building Authority, has announced her pending retirement. “After 33 years as a senior executive in local and state government and currently as CEO of the VBA, I have decided to retire from full time employment in October of this year.” “I highly value every opportunity that I have been given to contribute to the public sector and the Victorian community over these years. I will continue to contribute in these areas in different ways into the future.” “I commenced as CEO of the VBA just over 3½ years ago when the organisation was facing enormous governance and regulatory effectiveness challenges.” “Much has been accomplished in improved governance processes, working with industry to address emerging issues, commencing new regulatory activity and implementing legislative reforms. These

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Make Sure Your Gutters Are Not Up the Spout If the sound of rain on your roof is followed by the sound of a waterfall cascading down the side of your house, you – or your clients – could have a guttering problem. Properly installed and maintained gutters and downpipes are vital in allowing rainwater to flow from the roof to the storm water drains. Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Director of Technical and Regulation, Joseph Genco, says property damage and expensive repairs can be avoided by cleaning and maintaining your gutters and replacing worn out or corroded sections. “The installation and replacement of guttering and most roofing components must be carried out by a suitably registered or licensed plumber and a compliance certificate must be issued at the completion of any work costing more than $750,” said Mr Genco. “Owner-builders embarking on a new project also need to make sure that all roofing such as metallic or polycarbonate roofing, including eaves and box gutters

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Case Study


Nobu Downtown The recently opened Nobu Downtown on New York’s Broadway, a stunning new flagship restaurant in New York designed by award-winning designer and architect David Rockwell of Rockwell Group, is a a modern exploration of materiality in Japanese craft and cuisine. David Rockwell’s collaboration with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa began more than 20 years ago with one small restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood. It was there the duo conceived a design concept inspired by Chef Nobu’s innovative cooking and the culture of the Japanese countryside, where the chef was born and raised. 23 years later, Nobu Tribeca has been closed to make way for a new flagship – Nobu Downtown – set in a landmark building in the Financial District. Nobu Downtown brings to life Matsuhisa and Rockwell’s vision in the new flagship restaurant in a landmark building in the heart of the New York’s financial district.

For this reinvention of Nobu, David Rockwell, has engaged with a number of makers/ craftspeople: John Houshmand, a Catskills, New York-based furniture maker and designer, Pascale Girardin, a Montreal-based ceramic artist and the Philadelphia based textile designer Isabella Amstrup.

Design Concept David Rockwell and Nobu Matsuhisa’s vision for the space is a continuation of their story of Japanese craft that began more than two decades ago. This exploration of materiality is a reflection Chef Nobu’s inventive, non-traditional cuisine: the quality and translucency of the fish, the composition of color and texture in each dish, and the blending of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines.

Design Highlights Occupying the ground floor and cellar level of the historic building, Nobu’s design connects old and new. The ground floor features a bar, lounge, and informal dining area. An interior landmark, the 4,500 SF space is framed by heroic Botticino marble columns, a 30’ high ceiling, and polished limestone flooring. For the bar and lounge area, Rockwell conceived a design influenced by the Japanese art of calligraphy. Window screens comprised of white rope dip-dyed in black, inspired by Japanese sumi-e ink and persimmon ink, referencing Nobu’s Peruvian influences, dramatically evokes the bristles of a calligraphy brush and anchors the room.

Main Bar A centrally located circular bar volume features a backlit onyx bar, die-cast and resin-cast candle holders along the back bar that cast a subtle, luminous glow in the space. Continued on page 33.....



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Nobu Downtown (continued from page 31) A sushi bar occupies one section of the bar, while four of the building’s original marble Doric columns nestle semi-private pockets around the bar. Custom chairs, sofas, and organic banquette seating with wooden frames are upholstered in patchwork fabric inspired by Peruvian folk traditions and feature Japanese patterns. Bronze and glass table and floor lamps merge modern Japanese design with art deco influences. A delicate ash wooden sculpture designed by Rockwell Group and handcarved and realised by New York artist John Houshmand depicts a swirl of watery sumi-e ink suspended in mid-air. The site-specific piece floats above the central bar and moves above the lounge to the main staircase, leading guests to the cellar-level dining area. A river rock wall at the base of the stair is a nod to Nobu’s original Tribeca location. Composed of LED tiles forming an 8’ long digital pond, the feature will display images designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group.

Dining area The dining area is organised into a series of experiences connected by an undulating wooden canopy inspired by kirigami, a type of origami involving the folding and cutting of paper. Abstracted ash trees, inspired by Nobu’s original location, seem to support the canopy. The main dining room is flanked by a sushi bar towards the back of the space and a semi-private dining room behind the

stair. Plush banquette seating upholstered in custom fabrics with Japanese patterns in rich Peruvian colours define the main dining room. The upholstery extends over the backs of freestanding banquettes to mimic kimonos draped over the seats. Elongated curved banquettes sit against a radiated plaster wall with a ceramic mural by Canadian artist Pascale Girardin mounted above the seating. Hand-cast glazed tiles by Girardin in subtle shades of blue form a feature wall in the 35-seat private dining room, which can open up to the main dining area.

Sushi bar The 13-seat sushi bar is made of ash and blackened steel. The upholstery of the custom bar stools continue the idea of a kimono draped over the back of the chair. Off to the side, two shelving units form the walls of an intimate sake room. The shelves are filled with handmade ceramic sake carafes by Girardin.


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OEO Studio 130-year old family design business, Brdr. Krüger opens new showroom designed by OEO Studio Copenhagen-based multi-disciplinary design practice, OEO Studio, have just completed the design of Brdr. Krüger’s first public showroom in the family company’s 130-year history. The new showroom design is intertwined with Brdr. Krüger’s adjoining production facilities, enabling visitors to follow the entire making process from raw materials to factory floor manufacturing, through to the finished design piece.

Founded in 1886, by brothers Theodor and Ferdinand, Brdr. Krüger, the 5th generation Danish furniture company is to open its first public showroom in the company’s 130-year history. Situated a short drive from central Copenhagen, Brdr. Krüger’s new showroom and headquarters is surrounded by forest and fields. True to the spirit and warmth of the family business, visitors will be encouraged to visit the new raw and refined showroom and the woodturning workshop that lies at the very heart of Brdr. Krüger. The new showroom designed by Copenhagen based OEO Studio is

intertwined with the brand’s production facilities, enabling visitors to follow the entire making process from raw materials through to the finished design piece. Showcasing honest craftsmanship Instead of opening a showroom in central

Copenhagen, the Krüger family felt it was essential to showcase the many aspects of the manufacturing process in a more authentic way. The raw and dynamic display of products in the new showroom demonstrates the ways in which five generations of skilled hands and creative minds have turned a passion for quality raw wood into beautiful furniture. Jonas Krüger, creative director of Brdr. Krüger says: “Throughout our history, we have been committed to achieving a meticulous finish. But even the most sophisticated designs are born from a Continued on page 37.....





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OEO Studio (continued from page 35) raw piece of natural wood. We wanted the design of our showroom to communicate this process, reflect our values and heritage, and showcase the woodturning that take place in our workshop. We have created a spatial experience to tell our ongoing story of making. Krüger continues, “When you smell the wood in the workshop, hear the sounds and see the skilled men and women working on each piece, then you get a real sense of what Brdr. Krüger is all about”. The new showroom, headquarters and production facilities of Brdr. Krüger are combined in a holistic space that allows a fuller appreciation of the craftsmanship at the core of the brand. In its very essence, Brdr. Krüger celebrates classic design virtues, but also seeks to add a modern spirit. The new showroom is a compelling manifestation of the strong set of values at the heart of the family-run business.

A framework designed by OEO Studio Respect and a profound understanding of space and aesthetics have been the guiding principles in awardwinning OEO Studio’s interpretation of the new Brdr. Krüger space. The creation of a refreshing raw space has made a virtue of the showroom’s location, set in a classic industrial building from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thomas Lykke, creative director of OEO Studio, says: “Our approach to working with the space and design was to stay true to the architecture and develop the concept within this framework. To dissect the structure, we stripped the building to its core with the aim of enhancing the rustic beauty of the hidden original concrete bearings, high ceilings and raw brick walls. We opened the space up and worked along the line of buildingmeets-demolition.

“As a result, the showroom is extremely raw, yet very tactile. Out of respect for the industrial framework and the fundamental simplicity of the setting, all materials for the renewal have been chosen based on their unpretentious, inherent qualities and contribute to the honest expression of the space. Lykke adds: “It is daring, fresh and different and also quite an intelligent oddity. There is a wildly interesting spatial experience that contrasts with the refined masterpieces being created in the factory workshops. It is not what you would usually expect from a design brand working with crafted interiors.”

A showroom that stands out The opening of a showroom is a natural move in the expansion and transformation of Brdr. Krüger from a woodturning company to a design brand with international appeal. The new showroom is dedicated to originality and has been conceived in a close dialogue between Jonas Krüger and OEO Studio, with a shared understanding of the core values of the family company.

About Brdr. KRÜGER Founded in 1886 by the Krüger brothers Theodor and Ferdinand, Brdr. Krüger (Krüger Brothers) was originally a woodturning workshop and is today a selfproducing design company, where the commitment to quality and craftsmanship has been nurtured for five generations. Brdr. Krüger has a

strong passion for wood and believes that timeless quality is achieved through a combination of the best materials and the finest craftsmanship. All furniture pieces are carefully made at the family-run workshop just outside Copenhagen.

About OEO Studio OEO Studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio, established in Copenhagen in 2003 and focusing on product design as well as interior architecture and brand innovation. The award-winning studio is headed by designer and creative director Thomas Lykke and CEO Anne-Marie Buemann. With a great sense of respect and empathy, OEO Studio seeks to touch and inspire people on an emotional level, to create engaging design.


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Industry News

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Developing Skills in Energy Efficiency Melbourne Polytechnic will be the first Victorian education institute training the energy technicians of the future, with a new formal qualification for electricians in energy efficiency. The new Certificate IV in Energy Management and Control aims to upskill graduates so they can provide more energy efficient services to businesses. Melbourne Polytechnic, in partnership with Energy Skills Australia, will develop and pilot the program in January 2018, and it will then be available at other training organisations around Victoria. Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, met last month with students at Melbourne Polytechnic – one of six new

organisations funded under the Victorian Government’s $3.6 million Boosting Business Productivity Program. “Our TAFEs are making sure Victorians get the training they need to find a job and ensuring industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” she said. The program supports businesses to save money by boosting their energy efficiency, cutting energy and materials costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

The other five recipients are: Australian Industry Group Australian Refrigeration Association Bayside City Council Nillumbik Shire Council Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria

The funding will enable these organisations to deliver workshops, training and tools to help businesses build knowledge and skills in energy efficiency as Victoria makes the transition to a lowcarbon economy. “We are supporting high growth industry sectors to secure Victoria’s future as a competitive, innovative, and strong economy,” said the Minister. “By upskilling workers, we can open up the sector to create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of energy efficiency and drive innovation in new energy technologies.”

50 Ways to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Solar power systems, LED lighting, and improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are some of the measures suggested in a new report to help Australia’s property sector move towards net zero carbon buildings. Prepared by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) with consultants Norman Disney & Young (NDY), the report, Energy in Buildings: 50 Best Practice Initiatives, identifies 50 measures that can be used across a variety of new and existing properties. CEFC property sector lead Chris Wade said the property sector, which accounts for almost a quarter of Australia’s carbon emissions, was uniquely placed to be a major driver of energy efficiency, lower emissions and increased sustainability in Australia. Identifying clean energy opportunities across a wide range of buildings, from offices, retail and hotels to industrial, healthcare, common living and education, the practical guide also indicates the climate zones where specific initiatives are likely to deliver the most positive benefits, as well as potential upfront costs and typical payback periods. Two thirds of the initiatives have a payback period of less than 10 years, according to the report. Tony Arnel, Global Director of Sustainability at NDY comments that greater availability of useful, practical information on efficiency measures will

accelerate the market transformation needed to deliver high performance, low carbon buildings. He adds that the handbook will help guide investment decision making, drive the uptake of lower carbon and renewable energy solutions, and deliver real savings for asset owners and end users. NDY hopes that these 50 best practice initiatives will encourage building owners to be more ambitious about the energy performance of their buildings, helping to reduce energy costs and position their assets for a low carbon future. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), which is supporting a push towards zero carbon buildings by 2050, has reported that cost effective energy efficiency and fuel switching in buildings can more than halve their projected 2050 carbon emissions, with distributed solar PV able to eliminate the remaining emissions. Pointing out that clean energy isn’t just about new buildings, Wade says most of the 50 measures listed in the report can also be applied to existing buildings; there is strong potential for the property sector to take practical steps to lift energy efficiency while reducing energy costs and emissions. In addition to photovoltaic, LED lighting and HVAC systems, other best practice initiatives also include the use of light colour and reflective external materials; data analytics for building management systems; and electronically

commutated fans using microprocessorcontrolled brushless motors. The CEFC-NDY report, Energy in Buildings: 50 Best Practice Initiatives can be downloaded online at http://www.ndy. com/news/media_releases/new-reporthelps-property-sector-move-towards-netzero-carbon-buildings Source: Architecture and Design

Windows – the Soul of the Home: Webinar 17 July 2017 New research reveals that comfort is the leading driver and motivator for home owners. They want their home filled with natural light. They want it to be naturally cool in summer and warm in winter and they are willing to pay more for this. The reality is most homes are built with windows using ordinary glass, which lets in up to 87% of heat during summer and let’s out up to 40% of heat during winter. Join us at a webinar on 17 July 2017, to be presented by Samantha Anderson from Viridian who will explain the key facts to improving comfort for your clients. For further information, or to register, go to events




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Small, dynamic and rapidly growing design office based in Bayswater North seeks a draftsperson with excellent REVIT skills (non-negotiable) to support our team. We specialise in affordable energy-efficient and sustainable homes, covering renovations, energy efficiency upgrades, extensions, single residences and townhouses. Please contact or phone 0430 389 739.

Design a sustainable future. Habitech Systems is seeking a senior documenter with a passion for creating more sustainable housing solutions. We are seeking an experienced draftsperson with REVIT based residential experience who is interested in working as part of a team in a dynamic new modular design space. If interested, more details can be found at careers.

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We seek a Draftsperson or Architect with at least 3 years’ experience for a fulltime position. The ideal applicant would have a keen interest in architecture and be able to produce a high standard of drawings in a timely manner. You should be proficient in AutoCAD and have a focus on customer service, be able to communicate well with clients as well as your office peers, consultants and builders. The role requires you to deal directly with clients, taking the project from sketch design to town planning and construction drawings. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, we offer a friendly, casual working environment with a small but enthusiastic team of like-minded Building Designers/Draftspersons who are willing to support and work alongside you. If you believe you fit the criteria and are keen to discuss this position further, please email your resume and cover letter to

Small Building Design firm located in eastern suburbs seeks a qualified Building Designer with minimum 3-5 years’ industry experience in residential/multi-unit and small-scale commercial. Will consider keen recent graduate. Applicants must be proficient in the use of ArchiCad and have a good knowledge of town planning, building construction, detailing and documentation. Please forward your CV to

Project Architect Required Design a sustainable future. Habitech Systems is seeking a senior designer with a passion for creating more sustainable housing solutions. We are seeking an experienced architect with both client and REVIT residential experience who is interested in a client-facing role, working as part of a team in a dynamic new modular design space. If interested, more details can be found at http://www.

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Contract Draftsperson Required Seeking the services of a suitably qualified residential draftsperson for growing design and construct business based in Wheelers Hill. Must be proficient in Revit/AutoCAD. Applicants should have strong building regulation and construction knowledge as well as experience with town planning documentation. Volume builder experience is an advantage; however, not essential. Consistent, on-going work is available with the potential of joining the business on a more permanent basis for the right person. If interested, please send resume to

Architect - Building Designer REALM Building Design seeks an experienced Architect or Building Designer to join our practice. The successful applicant will work closely with the Principal and provide direction to the team. Must be a professional who has a passion for design, excellent documentation skills and the ability to manage projects and drive them to completion. Excellent presentation and communication are required to effectively liaise with clients, consultants, authorities and the team. A minimum of 5 years’ experience is necessary. Applicants must be confident working with both residential and commercial projects. Comprehensive construction knowledge, the ability to

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Design Vision Wins Industry Award Southern Vale Homes wins at North West Building Awards in Best Custom Home category Late last month, Southern Vale Homes was named as a winner at the 2017 Master Builders Regional Building Awards – North West. Known for high quality construction and custom design capability, Southern Vale Homes won the Best Custom Home $300,000 to $400,000 category with a stunning ranchstyle design. The family-owned business is a wellestablished building company servicing regional Victoria and Southern New South Wales. Specialising in custom designs, Southern Vale Homes prides itself on superior workmanship and client satisfaction. This is apparent in the winning design. The three-bedroom home built for a local Goornong family is a 34 square ranch-style design set amid an idyllic

20 acre property. This light-filled home features an open configuration that allows relaxed family living, including two spacious living areas and a generous sized and well-equipped kitchen that flows through to an under-roof alfresco area at the rear of the home. The home’s wide windows allow plenty of natural light and frame the tranquil views of the surrounding bushland. The great design is complimented perfectly with an elegant colour selection creating an impressive wow factor. Southern Vale Homes’ founder and managing director, Graham Searle said: “As this home was custom-designed for a client, the Southern Vale team had a clear vision and the drafting team worked successfully within the limitations of the

block and covenants to design the ideal home for the location.” “The difference between Southern Vale Homes and other project home builders is our ongoing quality and workmanship as well as our flexibility in creating unique homes tailored to suit each client.” “Our in-house drafting team can customise an existing plan so that each client’s specific living or budget

requirements can be met. This means we can create and implement new home designs that truly reflect the varied needs and tastes of our customers as well as the different demands across all six of our operating locations,” added Mr Searle. The award win joins a long list of building awards and industry recognition received over the past 22 years for Southern Vale Homes. As a family-owned business founded in 1994 by Graham Searle, the company has come a long way from humble beginnings, with its first office in Mr Searle’s garage. After continued growth and multiple building awards, Southern Vale Homes now has offices servicing many areas including Albury-Wodonga, Sydney, Griffith, Shepparton, Bendigo and Ulladulla. This makes it one of the most established home builders in the North East Victoria and Riverina regions. Editor’s Note: Four of Southern Vale Homes’ drafting team are BDAV Members.


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