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Contents COVER STORY – JOAN7.3 6

INDUSTRY NEWS

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PLANNING TOPICS

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MARKETING TIPS

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INSURANCE ISSUES

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T E C H N O LO G Y 35

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Cover Story – Joan7.3


COVER STORY – JOAN7.3

Multi-purpose spaces allow comfortable and healthy living across life stages in this multi-award winning inner-city home.

Greg McNeil of Bios Design Build Sustain won Residential Design - New Houses: $300K-$500K construction cost in the BDAV’s 2017 Building Design Awards for his Joan7.3 project in Brunswick East. The project also received a commendation from BDAV for Residential Small Lot Design. In the NABD 2017 Design Awards, the project won Best Small Lot Design, Best New Residential Design up to $500K construction cost, and Best Small Dwelling Design up to 150sqm. Demonstrating an efficient spatial arrangement, Joan 7.3 stands out as a nicely restrained and contextually appropriate design. The considered structural detailing, integrated passive and active design features and innovative design concepts delivered a nicely balanced and inviting home. “This home shows that you can have a modern contemporary home that demonstrates highlevel sustainable outcomes on a tight budget. Joan 7.3 exemplifies that you don’t need substantial land or budget to create a beautiful sustainable home,” said the BDAV Judges.

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“ The designers responded to the restrictions placed upon this long and narrow block with an innovative entry solution on ground floor, while minimising window screening upstairs. ” —— MARC BERNSTEIN-HUSSMANN C H A I R , J U D G I N G PA N E L

The story of Joan 7.3 begins with clients who ‘wanted to push the boundaries’ to achieve a sophisticated, sustainable and enduring home. “Our ethos is to approach any project with the environment and sustainability in mind. We believe every room should have an outlook and design to ensure we capture the external vista. In this house, for example, wherever you turn, you can see the sky or greenery in the garden or courtyard,” explained Greg McNeil.

environment of this residence on a tight block, and to its 7.3 star energy rating. But it took ‘unconventional strategies’ and clever use of materials and technologies to achieve it. The project site is a narrow (7.8 metre wide) north-facing block on a quiet residential street in an established inner-city Melbourne suburb. At 189 square metres, the project site is small. Yet the client wanted ample floor space, so “a first floor was critical,” says Greg.

Experiencing the ‘outside from inside’ is fundamental to the ambience and healthy

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His approach was to situate the upper level at the front of the house. This avoided any privacy and shadowing issues while creating more space. Initially, the council resisted this unorthodox approach, voicing ‘streetscape concerns’, but eventually it accepted that the well-designed home would actually enhance the streetscape. The next challenge was to capture as much sun and light as possible into the long narrow building. “We took advantage of the western orientation to maximise solar gain”, said Greg. “The west-facing central courtyard is a great sun trap in the winter and is protected in summer by an operable canvas shade awning. Other energy-saving features include: a Ventis Subflow system that harvests heat from the roof space and transfers it to the polished concrete Cupolex floor in the cooler months; a 90% efficient heat recovery ventilation system; and well-considered placement of windows, doors and ventilation louvers. The house nestles harmoniously into its highly considered garden setting and streetscape. The architecture is a dark, homogenous composition of precise folding articulated planes of Hardie’s Stria cladding, contrasted with rough-sawn dark timber accents of the pergola’s post and beam. Inventive spatial design places the staircase in the middle of the home, making the stairwell the ‘hero’ of the home. It not only serves as the transition to the upper level, but is cleverly crafted to provide concealed storage, a thermal chimney for summer, and an elegant dining table that floats out from one of the timber stair treads, creating comfortable seating for ten. The central stair, living area, and courtyard configuration make for an open, light-filled, spacious, inner-city oasis.

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Bios www.biosdbs.com.au

BUILDER

Tucker Construction

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“ Our ethos is to approach any project with the environment and sustainability in mind. We believe every room should have an outlook and design to ensure we capture the external vista. ” —G — REG MCNEIL,BIOS


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V I C T O R I A ’ S R E S P O N S E T O C L A D D I N G D I S C U S S E D AT I N D U S T R Y F O R U M

Industry forum highlights the complications associated with determining who should bear the cost of rectifying buildings with combustible cladding Victorian Building Authority CEO Sue Eddy joined the Co-Chairs of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, former Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, and former Victorian Deputy Premier, John Thwaites, at an industry forum on cladding in February organised by the Victorian Division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). Messrs Baillieu and Thwaites made keynote presentations, before a wide-ranging panel discussion was held with Mr Baillieu, Ms Eddy, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Director of Building, Trevor Pisciotta, and Managing Director of Hickory, Michael Argyrou.

“We look forward to the government showing leadership in assessing the problem and creating a solution that fairly and reasonably addresses the issue of who will pay to rectify non-compliant buildings,” he said. “Regardless of what materials are used on your building, now is a good time to review the fire safety features and procedures for your building,” said Mr Baillieu at the forum. (Sources: VBA and UDIA)

The event highlighted the complications associated with determining who should bear the cost of rectifying buildings with combustible cladding. Ted Baillieu said that the issue of cladding demands an immediate response to ensure public safety. His recommendation is that the Victorian Government find the at-risk buildings and fix them within the confines of Victoria’s existing financial and legal structure, which puts the onus on the property owner to pay for rectification. According to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, several factors have led to the widespread non-compliant use of cladding, which includes the supply and marketing of inappropriate building materials, variations and inconsistent interpretation of regulations and codes, competitive commercial pressures which incentivise shortcuts, inadequate enforcement, poor assurance mechanisms, and a general complacency or blind spot to risk by industry. Given the wide range of contributing factors linked with the use of non-compliant combustible cladding, the UDIA forum sparked much debate about who should pay to make at-risk buildings safe. During the discussion, Ms Eddy shared insights from the government’s cladding audit program. “The assertion that buildings are only being declared retrospectively non-compliant does not stack up against the evidence the VBA has gathered through its audit program,” said Ms Eddy at the event. The VBA started inspecting priority buildings before Christmas as part of the Victorian Cladding Audit. “The industry is facing a complex issue in having to assess compliance retrospectively against new clarifications and regulations,” said Michael Argyrou.

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B D AV ’S Y E A R I N R E V I E W 2017

BDAV’s CEO, Kate Bell, reports on the past 12 months In February, the BDAV Committee of Management met and undertook a review of 2017 including a look at who the Membership is and all the activities/services that BDAV offers.

– Building advice: Insurance; Planning; Debt Collection; Legal Services; Accounting Services; Electricity – Lifestyle options: Fleet Discount; Magazine Subscriptions; NGV membership; and other.

W H O I S T H E B D AV M E M B E R S H I P ?

Members should avail themselves of these offers as not only will they save you money, they can only be maintained if they are used. Review the offers in the Members only area of the website, alternatively give the office a call.

With in excess of 1,600 Members the BDAV member base is strong. The infographic below outlines some key information about the Association you align yourself with. W H AT D I D B D AV O F F E R Y O U A N D T H E E N T I R E M E M B E R S H I P I N 2 0 1 7 ?

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– BDAV websites had over 415,000 views, with our Find a Designer page connecting over 4,000 customers with a building design professional.

In 2017, BDAV provided over 1,400 hours of advice to Members, not including basic queries or the TPA Help Desk. We assist members with copyright issues; disputes over or non-payment of client fees; termination of agreements; use and release of CAD files; employment issues - recruitment, dismissal, wages, leave etc; problems with clients; use of various BDAV merchandise engagement agreements, building contracts; specific technical matters e.g. planning questions; VBA registration process.

– 11 editions of BDAV News (monthly magazine) with a total circulation of 19,865. – 47 editions of eNews (weekly newsletter) with a total circulation of 83, 219. – Social media: 1,758 likes on Facebook; 622 followers on Instagram (commenced July 2017)

BDAV has negotiated and/or continue to offer complimentary and/or discounts for:

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– Industry & Business Tools: Ecospecifier; Efficient Glazing; SpecPack; NatSpec; Engagement Agreements; Building Contracts; SAI Global BCA and Reference Standards Package; Officeworks

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B D AV ’S Y E A R I N R E V I E W 2017 (continued from page 14)

– 68 separate events, totally 244.5 CPD points – 8 delivery methods: AGM; Seminars; Webinars; Workshops; Regional Meetings; Metropolitan Meetings; Site Tour; International Study Tour – 2,913 attendees: 52% extremely satisfied; 44% satisfied; 3% unsatisfied. The Committee of Management continues with the position that CPD is a member benefit, not a revenue stream and therefore all activities are provided on a breakeven basis.

A N N U A L AWA R D S P R O G R A M S

– 32 Awards appointed – 330 dinner attendees – Awarded Magazine achieved 15,000 page views and 8,000 hardcopy circulation via newsagencies – 15 pieces of media exposure on the People’s Choice Awards; and an additional 44 for the Awards Winners

GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY EFFORTS

The advocacy work undertaken by the BDAV is your insurance policy. The BDAV Committee of Management continues to commit resources to ensure that building designers are not disadvantaged in the market place and also attempt to ensure decisions made do not have undue impact. This advocacy comes in many forms, including serving on ongoing Committees or Working Parties formed for a specific issue, attending meetings and providing submissions/feedback whether formally or informally. As well as continuing foster of relationships with all stakeholders involved in building, planning and sustainability arena, we provided feedback as part of 58 different issues in 2017, including but not limited to the following projects/consultation: – Building: VBA - Code of Conduct Protocol, CPD Framework, Box Gutters, 5 year renewals; Building Regulations Review; Victorian Cladding Taskforce; Building Amendment (Enforcement & Other Measures) Bill; NCC 2016 Amendment 1 proposal; Universal Design. – Planning: Better Apartments Design Standards; DELWP Smart Planning Program; VicSmart Amendments; Plan Melbourne Refresh; Residential Zones Reforms; Reforms to facilitate public housing, community care application and improving rules for room houses; Public Housing Inquiry and position statement; Council Fees; Victorian Fire Management Strategy; and BESS.

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– Education: Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) reaccreditation; VET Student Loan review. – Other: Construction Supplier Register; Intellectual Property Review; Domestic Building Design Resolution Victoria; Federal Review of Australia’s Security of Payment laws; Worksafe OHS regulation changes; Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard; Your Home Strategic Review – TPA issues: – Verification method using a reference building and appropriate changes to NCC 2019; NatHERS Reviews – Qualifications; Universal Certificate; Software Protocol; NatHERS engagement – Industry Workshop; NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee; Stakeholder Reference Group; AAO Meetings; Artibus Review of Sustainability Qualification; In 2017 the BDAV also had representation on the Building Advisory Council; Victorian Building Authority Stakeholder Reference Group (Building); Better Apartments Ministerial Advisory Committee; DELWP Smart Planning Advisory Group; Residential Zones Industry Working Group; Victorian Skills Commissioner Business Industry Advisory Group; Victorian Advanced Building Studies Network; Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) Project Steering Committee. All of the above was delivered by a team of amazing volunteer Members and the four BDAV staff at East Melbourne. Thank you to the following Members who contributed feedback to one or more of the above – Tim Adams; John Armsby; Greg Blanch; Antonio Calabro; David Cooke; Alex Cornall; Mark Ennio; Matthew Graham; Ashleigh Gray; Fiona Gregory; Geoff Hoare; Andrew Hooper; Li Huan; Tony Isaacs; Danielle King; Matthew Mallia; Mike Mettes; Jon Morgan; Allen Roberts; Mike Sargeant; Adam Selvay; Garry Sharp; Stuart Swann; Ashley Thompson; Mile Trpkovski; Elizabeth Wheeler; Jim Woolcock; Christina Zigouras; and the members of the Committee of Management. Thanks also to the 172 Members (space constraints do not enable me to name you all) who provided feedback to BDAV on various planning issues throughout the year. We look forward to delivering all of the above and some new initiatives in 2018.

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RECORD YEAR FOR BUILDING WORK IN VIC TORIA IN 2017 – 1 1 2 , 9 0 0 P E R M I T S V A L U E D AT $ 3 6 B I L L I O N

The value and number of building permits in 2017 was at record levels, according to VBA data. At $35.8 billion, the value of building permits was 11.7 per cent or $3.8 billion above last year’s record total of $32.0 billion. It means that in the past decade, the value of building permits in Victoria has doubled from $18 billion reported in 2007.

The value of building permits by region in 2017 compared with 2016 showed: – Inner Melbourne increased 11.5 per cent to $16.3 billion – Outer Melbourne increased 9.5 per cent to $13.1 billion

The previous highest number of building permits issued in Victoria was 112,420 in 2010. The 2017 total is 2.9 per cent higher than the number for 2016.

– Gippsland decreased 17.5 per cent to $$969 million – North Central increased 13.2 per cent to $1.1 billion – North East increased 18.8 per cent to $911 million

Releasing the building permit data for 2017, the VBA notes that in eight of the 12 months the value of the building work was $3 billion or more, compared with only three months in 2016. Other key breakdowns of the annual data reveals that all building use categories, except Retail, reported an increased number and value of those building permits. The Domestic (houses) category continued its growth path, rising 10.6 per cent from 2016 levels to reach $18.6 billion, which represents almost half the value of all building permits reported.

– North West increased 12.5 per cent to $1.0 billion – South West increased 20.8 per cent to $2.4 billion.

T O P 1 0 M U N I C I PA L I T I E S I N V I C T O R I A B Y VA L U E O F BUILDING PERMITS REPORTED

Nine of the top 10 municipalities in Victoria reported building permits with a value of more than $1 billion in 2017: 1. Melbourne ($5.02 billion)

All regions of the state recorded increased building permit activity compared with the previous year, with the growth in both the number and value of building permits in Rural Victoria outstripping growth in the Metropolitan region. The value of building permits outside Melbourne grew 17.3 per cent year-on-year, compared with the Metropolitan region’s growth of 10.6 per cent.

2. Wyndham ($2.1 billion) 3. Casey ($1.68 billion) 4. Greater Geelong ($1.6 billion) 5. Monash ($1.23 billion) 6. Boroondara ($1.22 billion)

According to the VBA, the two building use categories where the strongest growth occurred were Public Buildings, which was up 32.9 per cent and Hospital/Healthcare, which climbed 17 per cent. The value of building permits by building use category in 2017 compared with 2016 showed:

7. Hume ($1.20 billion) 8. Glen Eira ($1.13 billion) 9. Stonnington ($1.07 billion) 10. Mornington Peninsula ($959 million)

– Domestic (houses) increased 10.6 per cent to $18.6 billion – Residential rose 12.6 per cent to $6.2 billion – Commercial increased 6.6 per cent to $$4.5 billion – Retail rose 5.7 per cent to $1.8 billion

This information is drawn from and reliant upon information provided to the VBA by building surveyors who submit information relating to their building permit functions in accordance with the requirements of the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006.

– Industrial decreased 1.3 per cent to $615 million – Hospital/Healthcare increased 17.0 per cent to $1.1 billion

For more information visit www.vba.vic.gov.au.

– Public Buildings increased 32.9 per cent to $3.0 billion.

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D ATA B R E A C H N O T I F I C AT I O N L A W S – A N U LT I M AT E G U I D E F O R B U S I N E S S E S

– New data breach notification laws came into effect on 22 February 2018

Businesses are required to alert authorities and affected clients if they get hacked – Will only apply to businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million –

Australia’s new Data Breach Notification laws came into effect on 22 February 2018. This new law will require businesses that comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to notify the Australian Information Commissioner if they experience an eligible data breach. The following snapshot about this new law is taken from Webber Insurance Services’ website.

– Employee associations registered or recognised under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009; – Businesses that conduct protection action ballots; – Businesses that are related to a business that is covered by the Privacy Act; – Businesses prescribed by the Privacy Regulation 2013; or

We live in a time where businesses are increasingly suffering data breaches, whether it is from ransomware or other viruses. This means that protecting your business from a potential loss of data can now be seen as important as protecting your business from a physical loss such as fire and theft.

– Businesses that have opted in to be covered by the Privacy Act.

The Australian Government has created a checklist to help organisations determine if they fall into any of the above categories. The checklist can be found at their website, So who does this law change apply to, what is an eligible data breach, at https://www.oaic.gov.au/agencies-and-organisations/ what happens when a data breach occurs and how can you protect business-resources/privacy-business-resource-10. your clients and your own business from an incident occurring? W H AT I S A N E L I G I B L E D ATA B R E A C H ? W H O D O E S T H E D ATA B R E A C H N O T I F I C AT I O N L AW S A P P LY T O ?

The new Data Breach Notification laws apply to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have had a turnover of over $3,000,000 in any financial year since 2002. If a business has not traded for a full 12 months, consideration must be given to what an estimated annual turnover will be. Government agencies will also be required to comply with the new laws. Generally speaking, most small businesses will not have to comply; however there are exceptions. A small business with an annual turnover of $3 million or less will have to comply with the Data Breach Notification laws if it is: – A health service provider; – Trading in personal information (e.g. buying or selling a mailing list); – A contractor that provides services under a Commonwealth contract; – A reporting entity for the purposes of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act); – An operator of a residential tenancy database; – A credit reporting body;

An eligible data breach occurs when there is: – Unauthorised access to personal information – Unauthorised disclosure of personal information – Loss of personal information This personal information is held by a business and a reasonable person would conclude the loss, disclosure or access of this information is likely to cause serious harm to any of the individuals to whom the information relates. Examples of an eligible data breach include: – A database containing personal information is accessed by hackers – A laptop or phone that contains customers’ personal information is lost or stolen – An employee browses sensitive customer information without any legitimate purpose – A contractor working on a database containing customer information takes their own copy on a USB. If a business has reasonable grounds to suspect a data breach has occurred, it must carry out a reasonable assessment within 30 days of the breach occurring. This will allow the business to identify that an eligible data breach has occurred and the correct notification process can then be followed. (continued on page 23....)

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However, if remedial action is undertaken and serious harm is not likely to occur, this would not be deemed an eligible data breach.

What can a business do to prepare for Data Breach Notification Laws?

W H E N A D ATA B R E A C H O C C U R S , W H AT A R E T H E N O T I F I C AT I O N O B L I G AT I O N S ?

Businesses need to ensure they have planned adequately for the new Data Breach Notification laws, and should consider the following:

When a business has reasonable grounds to believe an eligible data breach has occurred, they are obligated to promptly notify indi- – Assess and update your Privacy Policy; viduals at likely risk of serious harm. The Information Commissioner – Review your existing processes around data security; must also be notified as soon as practicable through a statement about the eligible data breach. – Review relevant contracts with key suppliers to determine how information is to be handled; The notification to affected individuals and the Commissioner – Educate relevant staff on the Data Breach Notification laws; must include the following information: – The identity and contact details of the organisation

– Create a Data Breach management strategy;

– A description of the data breach

– Consider Cyber Insurance to protect the business against financial loss.

– The kinds of information concerned and; – Recommendations about the steps individuals should take in response to the data breach. A template for notification has been developed by the Australian Government and is available at https://forms.uat.business. gov.au/smartforms/landing.htm?formCode=OAIC-NDB. W H AT H A P P E N S I F I D O N O T R E P O R T A N E L I G I B L E D ATA B R E A C H ?

The Data Breach Notification laws states that a civil penalty can be applied to a business. Individuals face a maximum fine of $360,000 and businesses $1,800,000 for serious or repeated interference of an individual’s privacy.

CYBER INSURANCE

The new Data Breach Notification laws have increased the requirement for businesses to have a Cyber Insurance policy in place. Whilst Cyber Insurance is not the magical pill that solves all of a businesses’ requirements, it plays a valuable part. Cyber Insurance is a great way for a business to fund the cost of implementing your Data Breach Response Plan. To find out more about what Cyber Insurance can cover, please visit Webber Insurance Services’ website at https://www.webberinsurance.com.au/cyber-insurance. To read Webber Insurance Services’ full summary about the Data Breach Notification laws, go to the blog section at www.webberinsurance.com.au.

B D AV R E G I O N A L M E E T I N G S : M A R C H 2018

The March round of Regional Meeting for 2018 will feature BDAV CEO Kate Bell, and our new Membership & Corporate Partnership Officer, Evelyn Morraitis, who will provide updates and lead discussions on:

Join us at the meeting closest to you.

– What has been happening in the industry;

Bendigo: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

– What is planned for 2018 and beyond;

Geelong: Tuesday, 20 March 2018

– BDAV activities over the past 12 months;

Wangaratta: Thursday, 22 March 2018

– FAQs from the Member Help Desk;

Frankston: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

– Open Forum for Members.

Warragul: Wednesday, 18 April 2018

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For details, or to register, go to www.bdav/org.au Ballarat: Thursday, 8 March 2018

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Unexpected Demand for Victoria’s Dispute Resolution Body

Master Builders Victoria (MBAV) has observed that Victoria’s new Domestic Building Disputes Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) has received more than 5200 applications since it was launched in April 2017, far exceeding the initial 3500 expected.

Ms Ralston listed the DBDRV priorities over the next six months including: – Reducing the queue – Strengthening the website and application form

The demand highlights the gap the body has filled in enabling swift, fair and clear resolution of building disputes in the state.

– Further improving case management – Aligning data collection

DBDRV’s Chief Dispute Resolution Officer, Gina Ralston, updated builders on the organisation’s progress at a Master Builders Trade Night early in 2018.

– Further refining processes and, – Working closely with stakeholders and clients to understand their experience of DBDRV service.

Ms Ralston said 2530 matters had been closed, 1320 matters have been assessed and are in the conciliation process, and a further 696 matters assessed and in queue for allocation.

MBAV’s CEO, Radley de Silva, said the DBDRV had been transparent and consultative in its first year of operation.

“There is clearly an unmet demand for the dispute resolution in the domestic building sector,” said Ms Ralston.

“Builders tell us that the DBDRV speed of service requires improvement so we are pleased Gina and her team are prioritising that,” said Mr de Silva.

“Urgent matters are being fast tracked and initial screening of applications is occurring within four weeks, and the average length of an active case is 8.5 calendar weeks.”

“We will continue to monitor their progress and look forward to seeing how the body evolves over the next year to continue meeting the demand for domestic dispute resolution,” he added.

Of all the applications assessed to date, 82 per cent have been within DBDRV jurisdiction. Building owners have made up the vast majority of initiating parties at 82 per cent, nine per cent have been representatives and the final seven per cent being builders themselves.

If any of your clients have a domestic building dispute, refer them to DBDRV at www.dbdrv.vic.gov.au.

The main dispute matters being assessed include defective building work (50 per cent), followed by incomplete work, access to works on site, delays in work and variations to building contracts (including failure to pay). Ms Ralston said a number of measures had been implemented to address the high rate of applications. “We are undertaking further recruitment, have engaged a panel of assessors and another of conciliators,” she said. “Our website and processes have also been refined to minimise applications and resolution times.”

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These tidbits are part of the regular contribution made by Clause:1 Planning to BDAV NEWS. For more information visit www.clause1.com.au

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

P L A N N I N G P E R M I T A P P L I C AT I O N F O R M S

Regular planning permit applicants may have noticed that permit application forms are no longer available from the planning.vic,gov.au website. From March 1, 2018 applicants will be required to source application forms from individual Councils. Clause 1 is hopeful that this change will not result in individual Council’s creating a plethora of unique forms with differing requirements for applicants to navigate. Fingers crossed.

‘ I N C O R P O R AT E D ’ V ‘ R E F E R E N C E ’ D O C S

Regular users of Victoria’s planning scheme should be familiar with both ‘incorporated documents’ and ‘reference documents’. Any incorporated documents are listed at Clause 81.01 of the relevant planning scheme. Reference documents are generally listed at the end of the policy to which they relate. But what’s the difference between an incorporated doc and a reference doc, and why does it matter? For permit applicants, the most important difference between ‘reference documents’ and ‘incorporated documents’ is the weight they are given in decision-making. Because incorporated documents go through a planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition and panel hearings to be incorporated into the planning scheme, they are given more weight than reference documents. The departmental practice note relating to incorporated documents suggests that they carry the same weight as any other provisions contained in the planning scheme.

– Campaspe Shire: Campaspe Local Floodplain Development Plan; Precinct of Bendigo (Picaninny & Mount Hope) Creeks, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Campaspe Shire. – Stonnington City Council: Burke Road Glen Iris Level Crossing Removal Project, Incorporated Document. In contrast, reference documents generally provide background information to assist in understanding the context within which a provision has been framed and are not required to endure the planning scheme amendment process. Rather reference documents can simply be documents approved by the local council and ‘referenced’ in the planning scheme. And should be given very little weight, if any, in decision making. Examples include: – Surf Coast Shire: The Surf Coast Shire Indigenous Planting Guide (2003), referenced at Clause 21.03 Environmental Management; – Nillumbik Shire Council: The Research Industrial Estate Development Guidelines, reference at Clause 22.08 Industrial Areas Policy; – Moonee Valley City Council: Moonee Valley Next Generation 2035 Community Vision, referenced at Clause 21.05 Housing. The important point for permit applicants to take away is that incorporated documents are given more weight than reference documents by Council and VCAT in determining your applications. Applicants should consider relevant incorporated documents when preparing planning permit applications - especially if the local policy is a little light-on in support of your proposal.

FIRE DAMAGE

Does a fire causing significant damage to heritage buildings undermine the ability of the Tribunal to hear an Application for Review lodged prior to the fire?

Examples include: – Bass Coast Shire: Cape Paterson Management Plan, Shire of Bass Coast.

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This question was recently answered in an interesting ‘Red Dot’ decision; Caydon Cremorne No 2 Development Pty Ltd v Yarra CC [2018] VCAT 85. The subject site is the former Richmond Maltings site, well known for the existing tall silos and the heritage “Nylex” sign.

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Prior to the hearing, part of the site was affected by fire (that part being proposed for adaptive building reuse with a positive relationship with public space). The applicants, after the fire, had: – responded to emergency orders served upon it by the Municipal Building Surveyor; – attended the site with Heritage Victoria to assess the extent of the damage; – retained a heritage architect to liaise with Heritage Victoria regarding further repair/reconstruction or demolition.

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Whether the consideration of those changes (if any) occurs by way of secondary consent or by some other mechanism (section 72 or 87A) is to be determined at the appropriate time, and will be influenced by the nature and magnitude of any changes considered necessary.

The Tribunal considered the proposal as per the application plans, acknowledging the rights of the permit applicant to request amendments to the plans at a later stage, should the extent of fire damage require alterations to the approved plans to be made.

Objectors submitted that the appeal hearing should be postponed because the full extent and impact of the fire was not known, and because the possible loss of one of the buildings had a major impact on the site’s heritage planning. It was argued that the application proposal within the now firedamaged building, were positive aspects of the proposal. Because those aspects were in question while the fire damage was being determined, the Objectors argued that the Tribunal was not able to undertake its required “balancing exercise” in making a decision. However, with this uncertainty in mind, the Tribunal preferred to continue hearing the matter, noting: 35

…Issues about the retention or removal of building B6 because of the fire damage will need to be resolved by the applicant, the relevant building authorities and Heritage Victoria. We have no jurisdiction about these matters.

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There is no prejudice to any party flowing from our consideration of the proposal in its current form. The configuration of the proposed 14 storey building above the fire damaged B6 building has not changed. Whether there needs to be changes to the envelope and configuration of that building, and of the fire damaged heritage building, procedures are available under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to allow for the consideration of those changes, if they are found to be necessary.

P E R M I T A P P L I C AT I O N F O R M S The latest DELWP eBulletin advises that, from 28 February 2018, council planning permit application forms should be sourced from the relevant council. Only permit application forms where the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority will continue to be hosted at planning.vic,gov.au.

Ph: 03 9370 9599 www.clause1.com.au

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Marketing Tips


H O W T O G I V E Y O U R P R O J E C T T H E B E S T C H A N C E O F S U C C E S S AT T H E B D A V A W A R D S 2 0 1 8

Writing, marketing and communications for design and related businesses. Join my weekly newsletter for new ideas, tips and advice. Sign up at www.veritycampbell.com.au/newsletter With the Awards open, now is the time for a quick refresher on how to put in a great entry. Winning awards can make a huge difference to a business, which is why so many building designers repeatedly enter industry awards. Even the process of putting together an award entry gives your business a suite of quality marketing materials. You can enter the project in other awards, upload it to your website and social media, and get the project published. The effort put into an award entry can benefit the business even if you don’t win. But if you’re in it expressly to win an award, that’s another thing. To win an award, picking the right project is crucial. So what is the right project? The right project may not be your favourite, it may not have that ‘wow-factor’, but the right project: – is a true reflection of your core philosophy – approaches design conventions in a new way – has unique challenge(s) that had to be overcome – features one or more new or innovative building systems or materials – offers a new solution to an old problem

Investing in great photography is a win-win. Not only do you have great images to support the design story, but you have added to your suite of marketing materials and increased your chances for future publication. F R A M I N G YO U R C A S E

Now that you’ve decided to back your project, you need to start building a case. The jurors have a short time to review every entry – your goal is to make a good first impression by making it easy for the jurors to see what makes your project exceptional. With award entries (and SEO), project titles count. A good project title can help your project stand out by capturing its essence - much like a tagline would - and give it an identity, something to remember it by. Titles like ‘Moss St’ and ‘Barton House’ do little to highlight a project. Once you have a title you’re happy with, the next step is to start compiling the list of things that make your project exceptional. I recommend you don’t do this on your own. Ask the client/builder/drafter or whoever for insights that could make that crucial difference to your entry. This step also enlists their buy-in for what can be a demanding process and acknowledges their crucial input to the final product. One of the best ways to get under the skin of a project is to ask yourself why you did what you did. When you ask why you start unpicking the creative thinking behind a project and processes that you may not even have been aware of or may have been forgotten. Dig deep.

Of course it contributes positively to the public domain, fulfils the brief (and some), benefits the environment, makes your client’s life better, and showcases elegant, functional design. These are givens – H O W T O W R I T E I N Y O U R V O I C E , T O L E N G T H most award entries fulfil these criteria. But it’s the standout projects, Start your award submission with your strongest points – your the exceptional projects, that rise to the top. key messages – first. Entries that win awards make it easy for jurors to see what makes the project exceptional. Bullet Q UA L I T Y P H OTO S A R E C R U C I A L points are effective ways to make information stand out. Don’t leave photography to the last minute! Before you even think Follow the golden writing rules: of putting pen to paper, make sure your project photography is – avoid clichés sorted. A few tips to keep in mind: – delete redundant words or descriptions – always use a professional architectural photographer. Real estate photographers tend to shoot with a wide lens to give the illusion – add details to create a clear picture. Here’s a good test: of larger rooms, which can lead to distortion and odd angels. If your award entry didn’t include images, would your text paint a mental image of the project for the jurors? – brief your photographer clearly. This includes supplying – use active voice to create more impactful writing. them with plans in advance and ideally being onsite at the time of the shoot to advise on key design details. Ask someone to edit your work a few weeks before submission, to give – all shots should be styled and carefully composed to ensure the design, interiors and landscape are documented in the best possible way. 
 – opt for daylight (natural) shots over twilight. This will also avoid shots looking overly real estate-like. – consider shooting with people in images (they can be blurred to conceal identity). This adds a sense of activity and scale. – ensure you get full editorial licence. N E W S . B D AV. O R G . AU

you time to make changes. And have it proofed before submission. Of course be sure to spell check, keep to word lengths, and submit all materials requested. It’s amazing how many entrants fail to follow these basic rules. Observing them will get you to first base. But to go the distance requires an eye-catching project that’s brought to life by a compelling story and some genuine points of difference. Good luck! For more award submission tips grab a copy of our Awards ebook at www.veritycampbell.com.au. M arketing T ips

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W E B B E R I N S U R A N C E 2 0 1 8 U P D AT E

Chris Webber from Webber Insurance Services presents an update on insurance issues impacting BDAV Members

We hope that everyone managed a fantastic break and are now back into the swing of things. 2018 is shaping as a big year in the construction industry, headlined by cladding and the upcoming planned changes to the Australian Building Code. The insurance industry is closely following the developments around Australia regarding cladding. In January, a significant Ruling was handed down in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The Court needed to determine if relevant State authorities, in this case Victorian Building Authority (VBA), had the power to give ‘direction to fix building work’ under section 37B of the Building Act 1993 after a Certificate of Inspection or an Occupancy Permit had been issued for the building. Judge Cavanagh ruled that the VBA acted outside of its powers when it directed the builder to rectify the buildings. The main reason being that the power (under section 37B) is unavailable after a Certificate of Inspection or an Occupancy Permit has been issued. This Ruling has significant implications on Building Designers. By ruling that the VBA cannot order rectification works after the Certificate of Inspection or an Occupancy Permit has been issued, it means the costs of rectification to existing structures needs to be met by the building owners. Building owners may still attempt legal action against a builder and others involved in the design process, however this process is complex, time consuming and costly. For now, Building Designers need to review their existing Professional Indemnity insurance cover to ensure that there is no adverse endorsement in their cover limiting claims arising from cladding related matters. Over the past year, insurers have started to include these limiting endorsements. Whilst the BDAV insurance policy currently has no such limiting endorsements, we have seen some that severely restrict your policy coverage. If you have concerns with your cover, please feel free to contact us for a review. Whilst Building Designers can breathe a sigh of relief (for now!), it remains critical that, moving forward, care needs to be taken anytime ‘alternative methods’ are used within a design. What may be acceptable in a design today may lead to catastrophic results in the future. Talking about the future, it is important for Building Designers to remember that claims arising from past work can now stretch out to 10 years past an Occupancy Permit being granted or issuance of the Certificate of Final Inspection. This means that for those considering retirement or change of career,

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Professional Indemnity insurance needs to be maintained for a minimum of 10 years post closure. Traditionally we place cover into runoff cover, which can either be done as a yearly purchase or as a block of multiple years. Talk to us if you would like more information about runoff cover for your business. We have been following the changes suggested in the 2019 revision of the Australian Building Code. Currently it is too early to provide extensive comment, however it is important for all Building Designers and Energy Raters to keep on top of any Code changes. Failure to do so could result in a sub-standard design or energy rating. Energy Raters working on commercial buildings need to take extra notice as there will be many new changes under the title of Energy Efficiency. To read about the changes, please visit https:// abcb.gov.au/Resources/Publications/NCC-2019-Public-CommentDraft/JP1-Energy-Efficiency-overview-of-proposed-changes Finally, we have completed the review process of the BDAV Engagement Agreement and it is currently being trialed by a number of members. The review process included input from the BDAV approved insurer, the lawyer who handles BDAV related claims and the BDAV themselves. We are pleased with the final result and hope that it will be a fantastic addition or update to your existing risk management practices. The updated version will be released shortly to all members who have previously purchased the Agreement, plus also being provided at no cost to all Webber Insurance BDAV member clients. If you would like to assist with the trial, please contact with me. We look forward to working with all BDAV members in 2018 and hope to see many of you at the upcoming BDAV event.

Webber Insurance Services is the approved Insurance Broker of the BDAV. For enquiries, please call 1300 668 553 or email bdav@webberinsurance.com.au

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TODD’S 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.

AURORA HDR

With HDR being available for some time on smart phones of all descriptions, post production tools and software are essential to get exactly the look you’re chasing when tidying up images. Aurora HDR is available for both Mac and PC platforms – it has an impressive range of tools (too many to mention here) and is touted as one of the best HDR software packages available. It currently costs about $140 to purchase; however, they do offer a free trial period, so you can see what it offers and if it provides what you need or want in HDR photo editing.

SNAP HEAL

Snapheal is another photo editing software app - with a specific mission. Remove unwanted items from your image. The sorts of things it claims to be able to do is remove people from street signs, power poles, bollards, boats and cars ... the list goes on. From any image. So, if you’re working on a street montage or preparing some images to express a concept or idea and for an ideas board, could be the perfect tool to remove any unwanted visual clutter to help your ideas come through. It’s on offer for about $70 (although I did see it on a snap special for $28 – so might pay to search a little or wait for a deal if its stopped by the time you read this), so not too bad in the scheme of things if you get some use out of it.

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If you use RAW photo files and are looking for an alternative photos editor, Luminar by Skylum could be worth a look. Offering the full suite of editing options from lens distortion correction (perfect if you don’t use a $3000+ lens), chromatic aberration and can even help you tile and rotate to re-align a shot if you had a tricky shooting angle. This version is apparently 200% faster than the previous one. Again, if you’re not sure – they offer a free trial version to test-drive it before you part with your hard earned. Gives you an opportunity to compare it whatever software you may use presently before committing.

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Smart Home technologies now include a smart mirror that enables smart home automation In 2022, 37.6% of Australian households will be completely automated through the use of smart home technologies. By 2020, the global smart home market is forecast to reach a value of more than $50 billion Australian dollars. This is going to dramatically change the consumers’ relationship with technology in a way that was only seen in science fiction movies. Steven Baxt, founder of Smart Mirrors Pty Ltd and creator of the Embrace Smart Mirror, is at the forefront of this change. Embrace™ is the world’s first full-featured Android™ smart mirror that enables smart home automation. Home automation has already been in use for decades in its most basic form i.e. programming a microwave for a set amount of time or opening an automated garage with a remote control. The smart home of the future will be much more

best aspect of Embrace is that it is a seamless integration with the home and looks just like any other mirror when not in use.

advanced with a seamless integration of various smart devices and appliances. The more affordable network-connected smart devices become, the closer we get to the reality of the house of the future. Today the smart home can be controlled through network-connected devices such as a smart phone. However, it’s a tedious process involving several steps such as connecting the phone to the right network, launching the corresponding app just to turn on a fan. Realistically, it would be quicker to turn the fan on with a flick of the switch. That’s where Embrace™ comes in. Acting as the digital hub of the home and hung on the wall like a mirror, Embrace is available and ready to accept commands at any time. It’s controlled by touch, gestures and voice - a powerful and elegant solution to the smart homes of today and into the future. The

The future automated home is already a reality today with Embrace™ and a host of appliances it connects to. With Embrace™, you can use a simple voice command and touch to fill a bathroom with music and take a Skype video call hands-free at the drop of a hat. Meetings can be scheduled and synchronised throughout all devices with Google calendar. While in the bathroom, a smart plug connected to an electric kettle in the kitchen can be turned on through Wi-Fi and an app so the water is boiled and ready before the shower is even finished. Walk down the hallway past another Embrace Smart Mirror and the screen will flash to life (continued on page 36....)

BUSHFIRE ASSESSMENTS

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E M B R A C E S M A R T M I R R O R ( C O N T I N U E D F R O M PA G E 3 5 ) automatically and display unread emails along with the latest news headlines. Alerts from security cameras can appear if motion is detected and automatically record video, whether it’s the cat or the neighbours. One tap on the mirror can mean lights in the main areas turn on to preferred colour and brightness levels.

communication, computing and equipment manufacturing. The world is rapidly embracing new technologies so we can live longer, smarter and save time and money. Technology makes many tasks easier and things that were previously impossible, possible.”

Movie nights will never be the same with every control at your fingertips. Embrace™ can stream movies from countless apps and connect to the living room TV through Chromecast. With a few taps, the movie environment is perfected with automatic block-out blinds closing, dimming of the overhead lights and changing their colour to a golden amber. “Many people don’t realise that the House of the Future is already a reality,” says Steven Baxt, Founder of Smart Mirrors Pty Ltd. “The future is being shaped by parallel developments from every high tech industry, such as

In the future, almost every gadget, appliance or device requiring power - even mechanical inventions like a door lock will be networkconnected. As advances are made in machine learning and artificial intelligence, today’s disjointed software applications running different inventions will be able to interoperate in a way never seen before. In the future, smart computing devices will become more intuitive. Smart devices like Embrace™ are a result of merging an everyday object or item with technology to make it networkconnected and multi-purpose, providing more control, information, tools and added security, as well

as entertainment. This has the potential to free people from the stress and pressure that traditional access to communication devices have caused in the past. For more information, visit www.embracesmartmirorr.com.au https://www.statista.com/topics/ 2430/smart-homes/

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Job Market


Graduates Get designs on your future. If you’re a Graduate of Building Design or Interior Design, why not consider a Graduate Membership of the Building Designers Association of Victoria. It’s a great pathway to ensure your future career plan or vision comes true. Amongst other benefits – including free job listings – BDAV Graduate Membership enables you to network with practitioners running their own design practice – who could be your future employers. To see what your future holds, go to www.bdav.org.au or contact the BDAV at info@bdav.org.au


JOB MARKET

FULL-TIME DRAFTSPERSON REQUIRED

Blueprint Design Consultants, based in Clayton, is a successful business that has been running for over 15 years. It’s a growing company that is seeking a self-confident, motivated draftsperson who will be responsible for works such as siting projects to completing full sets of construction drawings. The successful applicant will be liaising daily with clients, councils and project managers. Candidates must have AutoCad experience, great communication skills and at least two years’ experience in the field. Please email your resume to joe@blueprint-design.com. au.

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Chisholm is Victoria’s premier public vocational education and training provider, with campuses located across Melbourne and the south-east. We seek the services of talented building designers to teach in our Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) course. Position description for Job Ref 000558 available at https://www.chisholm. edu.au/about-us/careers-at-chisholm/vacancies-at-chisholm

KVA Design is a family-owned and operated building design business on the fringe of Geelong. Our focus is on client satisfaction with design, advice and emphasis on energy efficient building design. Your role will be to assist with the drafting and design to complete architectural plans for residential dwellings and smaller commercial works using Revit Architecture, producing high quality outcomes. Applicants should have relevant qualifications in Building Design and will work within a friendly, flexible team. Can be an experienced Draftsperson or new graduates welcome to apply. Experience and proficient in Revit Architecture a high priority. Available 2-3 days/week (may be option for future full-time employment). Please forward your CV to kvadesign@bigpond.com.

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BUILDING DESIGNER REQUIRED

REALM Building Design based in Echuca, northern Victoria, seeks a professional to join our Creative Design team. The right person will be passionate and focused on establishing themselves as a Design professional and have the ability to liaise with clients, manage and organise projects, and see documentation through to completion. This position requires the ability to think creatively, document effectively using REVIT and apply a sound knowledge of construction and the relevant regulations. An interest or experience in interior design would be an advantage in this position. Please apply in writing via email to Janita Norman at janita@realmbuildingdesign.com. ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTSPERSON REQUIRED

Peter Hendy Design and Drafting Services is a well-regarded boutique company located in the bayside suburb of Beaumaris predominantly serving clients within the bayside, south-eastern and Mornington Peninsula areas. We are looking to employ an architectural draftsperson with proven experience in domestic design and documentation from individual dwellings to multi-dwelling developments. Proficiency in the use of Revit software is required and sound knowledge of planning schemes, building regulations and building materials would be a further advantage. To apply for this position, please forward your resume to admin@peterhendydesign. com. Queries to (03) 9589 4022.

Chisholm is Victoria’s premier public vocational education and training provider, with campuses located across Melbourne and the south east. We seek the services of talented Thermal Performance Assessors/Energy Raters to teach in our Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment course. Position description available at https://www.chisholm.edu.au/ about-us/careers-at-chisholm/vacancies-atchisholm.

J U N I O R A R C H I T E C T U R A L A S S I S TA N T – CONTRAC T BASIS

Enduring Domain Building Design is a small practice based in Creswick, between Ballarat and Daylesford. We are a young and growing design practice with a niche focus on appropriate design for climate and place, inspired by the past and creating heritage for tomorrow. I am looking for a recent graduate or final year architecture or building design student who can offer 1 to 2 days work a week on a contract basis, with a possibility for growth in the role for the right person. Ideally you would have sound CAD knowledge and presentation skills and would assist me with project documentation and presentation material. The practice is based in a vibrant small community, with our work being a mixture of rural lifestyle properties and urban settings, all with a focus on creating highly energy efficient and future-proofed buildings. Please email your interest to Matt Turner at matt@enduringdomain.com.au.

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Dynamic Design Studio in the northern suburbs requires an experienced architectural designer and documenter to assist with an increase in volume of diverse projects in the commercial, residential and retail sectors. Key responsibilities include concept planning, presentation drawings, detailed and accurate working drawings, consultant coordination, professional conduct with key stakeholders and multi-national clients. Minimum required skills: extensive NCC & ResCode knowledge; AutoCAD skills (Revit would be advantageous, but not mandatory); 3D capabilities would be advantageous, but not mandatory; excellent time management skills; must have the ability to work on multiple projects at any one time. Please email expressions of interest to admin@donnan. com.au

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Architectural draftsman currently seeks work, ideally around Bayside or south-east suburbs, for contract, part time or full time. Has 5 years’ experience working on residential and commercial projects. Strong ArchiCad knowledge. Knowledgeable in BCA, ResCode and AS Standards. Contact Tony 0412 474 453 or email tony.arna@gmail.com.

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BDAV membership is the ultimate designers ‘must have’.

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: info@bdav.org.au www.bdav.org.au *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.

• Student Scholarships/Grants/ Awards

• 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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