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Welcome More industry awards have recently been announced,some of which are featured in this month’s edition. We also present an update on the nonconforming building products issue, which has received much media attention. BDAV President, Lindsay Douglas, presents his report following his first year in the role. We also have all your favourite regular features, plus lots of industry news. Enjoy the read!

In This Edition.... Cover Story: Green Edge.................................................................................................. 4 Industry News: Non-Conforming Building Products............................................................................... 3 NCC Information Seminars 2018.................................................................................. 7 BDAV President’s Report 2017..................................................................................... 8 Sustainable House Day 2017...................................................................................... 10 Designing for Wellness................................................................................................ 26

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NABD Unveils 2017 National Design Awards ‘Flight Free’ Live Event .......................... 28 Save Time and Space with Permanent Formwork....................................................... 29


New 3D Modelling an Urban-Planning Game-Changer for Carbon Neutrality.............. 31

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Sustainable Roofing Technology.................................................................................. 33 Builder Fined $880,000 over Death of Apprentice....................................................... 33 IMaxiWall© Launches Nationwide in Australiar.............................................................. 35 ABCB Releases New Energy Efficiency Advisory Note................................................ 35 Improved Housing Outcomes for More Affordable, Sustainable Housing.................... 42 Implementing Sustainability in the Building Environment: RMIT Report......................... 42 Award Winners: HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards 2017.................................................................... 17 KBDi Kitchen & Bathroom Award Winners 2017......................................................... 19 Fenestration Australia Design Awards 2017................................................................ 24 Architectural Technology Awards: 2017 Winners........................................................ 36


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Non-Conforming Building Products The Senate Standing Committee on Economics released its interim report in September 2017 in relation to aluminum composite cladding, and made eight key recommendations. Critically, the Committee recommended that a total ban on the importation, sale and use of PE core aluminum composite cladding be implemented as a matter of urgency. The Committee formed the view, in light of the Grenfell Tower fire, that there are no legitimate uses of PE core aluminium composite cladding on any type of building in Australia. This is despite the fact that PE cladding can be used in a compliant manner in low rise buildings and signage, as well as through performance based solutions, under the current National Construction Code (NCC). The NCC is, however, currently being updated in an out-of-cycle amendment likely to take effect in March 2018. The amended NCC will provide a new suite of measures in relation to fire safety in high rise buildings, and certainty in relation to compliance with existing fire safety measures. The Committee noted that fire retardant panels are able to be used in the same applications as those with PE cores, and do not significantly increase the costs of construction. One estimate provided to the Committee was that the increased cost of fire retardant panels was only A$3 per sqm. Coalition Senators on the Committee did not support the ban recommendation, on the basis that products of this nature are regularly used in the signage industry and that banning an individual product would not have an impact on the broader issue of non-compliant and nonconforming building products being used in the Australian construction industry. The eight recommendations are that the Committee: 1. recommends the Australian government implement a total ban on the importation, sale and use of Polyethylene core aluminium composite panels as a matter of urgency. 2. recommends that the Commonwealth government work with state and territory governments to establish a national licensing scheme, with requirements for continued professional development for all building practitioners. 3. recommends that the Building Minister’s Forum give further consideration to introducing nationally consistent

measures to increase accountability for participants across the supply chain. 4. strongly recommends that the Commonwealth government consider making all Australian Standards and codes freely available. 5. recommends the Commonwealth government consider imposing a penalties regime for non-compliance with the National Construction Code such as revocation of accreditation or a ban from tendering for Commonwealth funded construction work and substantial financial penalties. 6. recommends the Commonwealth government ensure the Federal Safety Commissioner is adequately resourced to ensure the office is able to carry out its duties in line with the new audit function and projected work flow. 7. welcomes the Commonwealth government’s decision to give further consideration to Director Identification Numbers and recommends that it expedites this process in order to prevent directors from engaging in illegal phoenix activity. 8. recommends that state and territory governments work together to develop a nationally consistent statutory duty of care protection for end users in the residential strata sector. It remains to be seen whether the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products will recommend the banning of other non-conforming or non-complying building products, or otherwise adopt these recommendations more broadly. The Senate is due to issue a further interim report into asbestos on 31 October 2017, and its final report on 30 April 2018. The Senate Committee’s final report will be provided nearly three years later than originally anticipated, as it was initially due to report in June 2015, but was granted numerous extensions and was also delayed by the 2015 Federal election.

Federal response to the issue of non-conforming building products While the management of building and construction is a matter for the States and Territories, the Federal Government has taken steps to address the issue of noncompliant and non-conforming building products, in parallel with the Senate Committee inquiry. In July 2017, the Federal Government established a website dedicated to

providing information and resources to the industry in respect to non-conforming building products. The website also allows members of the industry and general public to submit complaints or queries regarding any product or material, and is part or the broader strategy towards greater supervision and transparency in the building industry. It is also understood that the Federal Government requested each State and Territory to undertake an audit of its highrise buildings to ascertain the extent to which the flammable cladding had been used in construction. New South Wales and Queensland have implemented legislative change on non-conforming building products, with QLD having been the most proactive to date in addressing the issue. In Victoria, a government taskforce to address cladding is planned to be established this year, with an update due in October 2017. Commercial pressures are also influencing the treatment of the PE cladding issue in parallel with legislative and regulatory changes. Financier and insurer requirements are likely to prove equally influential. Developers, owners and potential purchasers may find that PE clad buildings are subject to refusal of finance or insurance, increased insurance premiums and/or excesses, coverage exclusions, mandated investment in additional fire protection upgrades and impaired asset valuations. Media reports that Westpac has demanded an audit of all planned and under-construction residential and commercial projects for compliance of external wall cladding with the provisions of the National Construction Code are an indication of heightened financier focus on these risks. The interim report is available at http:// Committees/Senate/Economics/Nonconforming45th/Interim_report_cladding Sources: Parliament of Australia, and Baker McKenzie

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Green Edge ƒƒ Exemplary multi-residential development that proves sustainability is affordable ƒƒ Green design combined with timeless cosmopolitan appeal ƒƒ Superb resident amenity that reduces running costs Green Edge, by Armsby Architects, won the award for Energy Efficient Design – Residential in the BDAV’s 2017 Building Design Awards, and also achieved a Commendation for Multi-Residential Design. The Green Edge complex transforms a former car park in Cremorne into a multi-residential apartment development at the cutting edge of sustainability. It has created a landmark building that respects the existing urban fabric. With an impressive 9.1 star average energy rating for each apartment, Green Edge is the most energy-efficient complex of its kind in Victoria. A solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop generates power; harvested rainwater supplies non-potable water; a state-of-the-art heat pump system supplies hot water; and unique perforated steel screens with doubleglazed fritted windows minimise solar gain and provide privacy. Yet it was all achieved with a mainstream building budget.

took an uncompromising vision for a holistically functioning building, an unwavering commitment to bestpractice environmental principles, and the support and foresight of developers Richmond Icon. It also required an “innate understanding of how to achieve environmental design within the constraints of business-as-usual construction,” says John.

How did the team create such an innovative sustainable development and keep it profitable? According to Armsby Architects’ John Armsby, it

Armsby Architects’ creative response cleverly addressed the constraints of the site to maximise sustainability. Proximity to a railway line meant acoustics were an

issue; a layer of basalt just three metres below the surface ruled out a traditional deep basement solution to car parking requirements; district views were to be maximised while respecting the privacy of neighbours; and council and community concerns about the potential impact of a large residential development had to be taken into account. The integration of wintergardens along the south of the building created the needed acoustic barrier, while adding to thermal performance. Exterior use of dark concrete and perforated metal

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screening – designed to replicate the pattern of the bark on neighbouring gum trees – helped maximise light in the apartments, while adding to privacy. The screens were also used to enclose the car stacker and to permit air and light in the building, significantly reducing the energy required for the subterranean car park. The rooms of each apartment, and the building’s large glass doors and openable windows, have been orientated to maximise air movement and sunlight, thereby reducing reliance on mechanical heating and cooling systems. Hard surface finishes help to capture passive solar energy and re-radiate it. By all reports the residents of Green Edge love their new homes. Its green design means that, on average, each apartment uses only 107 litres of total water per day, even less than the original ‘ambitious’ prediction. The project proved that it was possible to build a development with “best practice environmental credentials” within economic constraints, says John Armsby – to which developer Richmond Icon concurs: “The energy and green star ratings achieved by the building reflect the ingenuity in the design”.

The Judges said: Green Edge displays what can be achieved on a large scale with a strong design response. With tight but carefully resolved floor plans, the building not only reads well from the street, but also manages to achieve an impressive 9.1 star rating. With the inclusions of winter gardens, and carefully designed window openings, the liveability of these apartments set them apart from the norm.”

(above) Benefits of a winter garden: Winter gardens have been designed not only to provide acoustic relief from the railway line, but additionally to allow for unobstructed floor to ceiling views towards the surrounding neighbourhood. Operable louvres also contribute to natural ventilation of the dwellings. Thermal efficiency was also another benefit whereby the winter gardens can minimise or maximise solar gain by opening or closing the louvres.

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Cladding and Insurance As an industry, we as insurance brokers have been put on notice regarding non-compliant, highly flammable cladding that has been used on buildings, not only in Victoria, but all over Australia. We have seen a significant change in attitude from insurers when it comes to insuring buildings with non-compliant material, ranging from increased premiums and excesses, through to declining to provide any coverage at all. The issue with non-compliant cladding has been in the news since the Docklands Lacrosse apartment fire in November 2014, however the media scrutiny has increased since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this year.

But what does it mean to Building Designers and should they be worried? Whilst at this stage there is little that Building Designers can do other than ensuring they are not specifying nonconforming or non-compliant products and materials, there will come a time that past work will need to be audited for its compliance of materials used. Completing an audit is not only a massive job going back over years’ worth of work, there is also the potential to create a massive professional indemnity liability scenario. At this stage, the BDAV insurer is not looking at including this endorsement. We have had the package signed off until September 2018 which, depending on what happens in the next 12 months, will be reviewed. We will always push to not have it included, where reasonable, to ensure BDAV members receive the best possible coverage. However, please keep in mind that the BDAV insurer, plus all other insurers, will continue to monitor this situation moving forward. For Building Designers, doing nothing for now is certainly an attractive option; however, this may come with its own risks. For members who have their 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

insurance placed outside of the BDAV insurance package, it becomes critical to check that their policy does not have an endorsement added to it, like what we have seen from other insurers. A sample of the endorsement is as follows:

Non-Compliant Building Materials Exclusion The Insurer shall not be liable in respect of any Loss, settlement or other payment, or pay any Insured Defence Costs or Official Investigation and Enquiry Costs, in connection with, arising out of, based upon, attributable to, or in consequence of any external insulation and finishing system, wall panelling, cladding or façade material of any kind, that is: a) not compliant with or does not conform to any relevant legislation, regulation, standard, instructions or Building Codes; or b) installed, applied, specified or utilised in such a manner that is not compliant with or does not conform to any relevant legislation, regulation, standard, instructions or Building Codes. For the purpose of this Endorsement, Building Codes means: i. Australian Standards, as published and amended from time to time, by Standards Australia Limited; or ii. The National Construction Code, including the Building Code of Australia, or any superseding document published and amended

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from time to time, by the Australian Building Codes Board; or iii. Any conditions of use or application approved by a recognised, and relevant, building standards organisation; or iv. Any equivalent organisations to those outlined in (i) to (iii) above, in any other relevant jurisdiction. It is important to note that due to how a professional indemnity policy works, once this exclusion has been added to your policy, it means that it will not only exclude any non-compliant work moving forward, but also all your past work that potentially involved any non-complaint materials. We will be continually monitoring this situation and will provide BDAV members with updates as they become known. Should any member have any questions please feel free to give us a call.

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President’s Report 2017 As this edition of BDAV News was issued, the BDAV’s 2017 Annual General Meeting was due to be held, at which Lindsay Douglas presented his first President Report to the membership. In his report, Lindsay covered the following:

Membership Retention & Growth Membership retention for the 17-18 renewal period was considerably improved on previous years with an 89% retention. This can be attributed to the great membership benefit offerings as well as a change in internal processes and outreach. The last 12 months saw a huge undertaking to attempt to contact every registered draftsperson in Victoria who is not a member of the BDAV. While this outreach did not lead to a large uptake of membership, it did provide the BDAV with reassurance that the BDAV brand is known to the larger design community, and provided the Association with data to assist in making future changes to the member benefit offerings.

Advocacy In the last 12 months, BDAV has been represented on: Building Advisory Council; VBA Industry Stakeholder Reference Group; Smart Planning Program Advisory Group; Residential Zones Review; Ministerial Better Apartments Reference Group, just to name a few. BDAV continues to monitor and make the membership aware of legislative changes impacting our profession. With the implementation of the various Building Act amendments and subsequent regulation changes, the BDAV has been heavily involved in providing feedback to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victorian Building Authority to ensure Members’ interests are protected. With the final implementation of the Better Apartment Design Standards in April 2017, the BDAV’s two and half year commitment to the discussion was beneficial as it has seen the State Government recognise the qualification, registration and expertise of building designers, and there is no restriction of trade on BDAV Members involved in the design, development and documentation of apartments in Victoria. While BDAV has not requested a seat on the Victorian Cladding Taskforce we have been briefed and had the opportunity

to put forward thoughts on behalf of the Membership. The membership will be kept informed on any progress on this matter. In the sustainability space, BDAV continues to liaise with the NatHERS Administrator and forge stronger relationships with all stakeholders – software providers, CSIRO, ABCB, state policy setters/regulators – in particular ensuring that the Australian Building Codes Board’s development of NCC 2019 maintains the integrity of NatHERs. We also continue to contribute to the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard and National Energy Efficiency Building Project. Thank you to all those Members who have taken the time to provide written and/or verbal submissions to the BDAV when requests for feedback on industry issues are sought. Your contributions are valued and provide much assistance in BDAV representing the membership.

Education and training October to December 2016, BDAV (with our other stakeholders) successfully lobbied for the ability for future students of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) to access Federal loans to undertake their training, when the new VET Student Loans scheme was introduced and the qualification was not included on the original eligible course listing. With the course safely on the listing, potential students will not be disadvantaged. 2017 saw the commencement of the reaccreditation process for the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural). BDAV has many Members actively involved in this process and we look forward to the outcomes late 2018. We continue our communication and support of the 11 TAFE institutes who provide the qualification and our involvement in their Victorian Advanced Building Studies Network. 2017 has also seen BDAV invited to be a part of the Victorian Skills Commissions Business Services Industry Advisory Committee, which allows the opportunity to share information with other business services industry for the betterment of the building designer qualification.

Continuing Professional Development In the 16-17 financial year, BDAV delivered 68 CPD activities totally 221 hours, with an attendance of 3,017.

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The events were made up of seminars, workshops, regional and metropolitan meetings, webinars, site visits and study tours. Seminar DVDs and post-viewing of webinars also continues to be popular with an additional 58 activities accessed by 359 for an additional 72 hours of CPD. 2017 saw the trialling of an additional regional meeting for the Mornington region and, due to the success of regional meetings, the introduction of metropolitan meetings in four outer suburbs of Melbourne (North, East, South and West). This year has seen at least one member of the Committee of Management and/or a BDAV staff attend each of the regional and metropolitan meetings. Two new workshop offerings have also been introduced which were extremely popular – Pre-Registration Workshop (for those who are seeking registration with the VBA) and Contract Administration (for those looking to refresh/refine their skills). The 2017 Study Tour saw a contingent of Members visit Japan for a program of architectural, cultural and historical visits. The feedback from our third tour was excellent, with participants observing the tour was well planned and organised. They particularly commented on the friendliness and politeness of the Japanese people, as well as the uniqueness of their food, culture, and lifestyle. A small group of Members are also taking part in a Frank Lloyd Wright US Study Tour in late September 2017. We look forward to hearing the feedback. With the looming introduction of compulsory CPD by the Victorian Building Authority, BDAV will continue to review its offerings to ensure that Members can meet their obligations with a minimum of hassle and cost.

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President’s Report 2017 Communications The last 12 months has seen another 11 editions of BDAV News produced and circulated to the readership of 2,000. Thank you to the efforts of the Editorial Committee in ensuring the material is topical and relevant. To unlock the knowledge and wisdom of this great resource from the last eight years and for the future, a NEWS website was launched in January 2017. If you haven’t accessed this great resource at yet, I highly recommend you review.

Events Our 8th annual Golf Day continued to have a loyal following, with participants observing this is an outstanding day of friendly competition, made more enjoyable by the Riversdale Golf Club and their superb facilities. Others observed it’s great to spend time having a laugh with colleagues. We held our 22nd annual Building Design Awards this year, with judges praising the continued high-quality of Members’ work. The event was held in conjunction with our Annual Dinner, and was attended by almost 350 people, including key stakeholders to the industry,

giving us a great platform to profile our Members’ design skills to the industry. We place on record our appreciation to this year’s Awards sponsors: BlueScope, Victorian Building Authority, Webber Insurance Services, and WoodSolutions. We also thank those Members who entered the Awards, and congratulate the winners. We trust you enjoyed the second edition of our AWARDED magazine. The 10 Star Sustainable Design Challenge was moved to a standalone activity for 2017 and was held in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival. Congratulations to Sustainability House for their project Paradigm Shift which took out the prize in February 2017.

Concluding Remarks Congratulations to those Members who have been bestowed with recognition over the last 12 months: ƒƒ Fellow – Narelle Lockwood ƒƒ Life Member – David Mulhall ƒƒ Ronald Pickford Award for Service Excellence – Ashley Thompson To our Diamond Partner James Hardie Australia and other sponsors

– Architectural Window Systems, CSR Bradford Insulation, Jetmaster, Kingspan Insulation, WoodSolutions – and partners, I thank you for your ongoing support. To the four staff at the BDAV East Melbourne HQ, thank you for all your hard work in delivering the objectives of the Committee of Management and handling the day-to-day operations ensuring that the Members are always priority one. Finally, thank you to the BDAV Committee of Management – Immediate Past President Alastair McDonald, Vice President Dominique Hunter, Treasurer Ingrid Hornung, Marc Bernstein-Hussmann (Marketing), Tim Ellis (Education), Andrew Ferris (Planning), Peter Lombo (Building) and Sven Maxa (Sustainability) – for taking leadership of your portfolios, your ongoing contribution and support. The support of the membership continues to allow the BDAV to grow, and remain a relevant stakeholder in the industry. I look forward to your involvement in the next twelve months. Lindsay Douglas President Building Designers Association of Victoria

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Sustainable House Day 2017 Sustainable House Day is a unique, free national event that provides an opportunity for people to visit homes built, remodelled or continually improved with sustainability in mind. A record 68 homes across Victoria and 206 homes across Australia opened their doors and welcomed over 25,000 visitors for Sustainable House Day 2017. Attendees used the opportunity to speak to homeowners, designers and builders and get inspiration and information first-hand about how to make their own homes more environmental, more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run. BDAV Member, Luke Middleton of EME design, had three projects open this year, including Armadale Passivhaus which is a wonderful example of how you can transform an old weatherboard house into a modern, comfortable and superenergy efficient home using Passivhaus principles. The house has been extensively renovated with very high levels of insulation, triple glazing, windows oriented to maximise northern light and is wrapped in an airtight membrane, minimising use of materials with high embodied energy and instead using predominantly wood and rammed earth. Fresh air is provided by a mechanical ventilation system to constantly provide warm fresh air. Luke also opened up his own home, MM House, where visitors found inspiration in a striking design with a focus on resilience and flexibility, where

architectural intent has been equally matched with a commitment to creating an efficient home constructed of low embodied energy materials. Despite the site constraints the home is flooded with winter sun, and achieves an 8 star energy rating where the building envelop is within the realms of Passive House Standards including air tightness. MM House was designed to potentially become autonomous – rainwater, grey water, solar, food production have been factored in to design of the home and landscape. Regional Victorians also had plenty of homes to tour this year.

Mungo Park, a Newlyn new build designed by BDAV Member Matthew Turner of Enduring Domain Building Design in Ballarat, draws on inspiration from surrounding examples of vernacular farmhouses and shedding which have endured the ravages of time and use. The new building occupies the site of a former house lost to fire. Many elements of the previous century of occupation remain on the site and the layers of history will now be preserved to create the heritage of tomorrow. The main living wing is facing due north and features two large tripleglazed timber windows. The concrete slab is paved with limestone and there is an internal loadbearing stone wall for additional thermal mass and winter sun deeply penetrates the floor for passive winter heating, while calculated eaves and shading battens obstruct the summer sun. The west façade features Le Corbusier inspired ‘brise soleil’ which is an external shade box to prevent the entry of low angle afternoon sun. The timber stud frame is wrapped and sealed with Enviroseal breathable membrane to stop air infiltration and also allow internal condensation to be released. There is a grid-connected photovoltaic system, on-site waste treatment system, and rainwater collection. Old brick pavers and a concrete slab from the site have been reused into the new design and salvaged timber has been used extensively for wall linings and deck structures. Attendees at Live at the Cape in Cape Paterson enjoyed a sustainability street party and were able to tour five

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Sustainable House Day 2017 sustainable houses including Victoria’s first 10-star home, aptly named The 10 Star Home, built by The Sociable Weaver and designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects and with help from BDAV Past President Tim Adams of F2 Design. The home uses passive solar design and cross-flow ventilation to heat and cool the home – achieved through thermal mass concrete floors, under slab insulation, FSC hardwood doubleglazed windows, and innovative new technology Bio-Phase Change Material (BioPCM) insulation in walls and ceilings. Combined with 5kW photovoltaic solar on the roof and highly efficient LED lighting throughout, this home is estimated to cost only $3 per year to run. Through Life Cycle Analysis by eTool, modelling shows that over the lifetime of the home, the 10 Star Home will not only negate its carbon footprint but will positively exceed it. Sustainable House Day is organised by our friends at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), a notfor-profit organisation that exists to enable, represent and inspire people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Although Sustainable House Day 2017 has come and gone, you can still peruse the houses that were on display, view their sustainable specifications, and see sustainable events being held across Australia at www.

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There is More than One Way to Win Work – 10 Tips for Lead Generation by India Grigg Having spent the better part of a decade working in marketing communications for some of Australia’s largest design firms, I’m all too familiar with the constant battle to secure new clients and win work. Whether you’re a large practice or sole operator, everyone needs a plan for generating new business. Experience teaches that the most successful firms adopt a long-term approach rather than a quick fix, drawing on a range of strategies to keep the work coming in. So, if your only lead generation method is responding to RFPs and RFQs, it may be time for a new plan. Below are a few tips to help get you thinking. 1. Focus on relationships. The most effective business development strategies focus on proactive and ongoing relationship-building. To be aware of future opportunities, you need to be actively cultivating relationships, keeping in mind that it can take months, or even years, of wooing to convert a lead. 2. Networking. The reality is you need to pound the pavement to find new leads, and networking is the easiest way to do this. Find the right avenue for you – this could be attending industry breakfasts or seminars, hosting a boardroom lunch or an informal get-together of your own. Collaborating with consultants or other building designers is also a good way to expand your network. Another tip is to take a new colleague to a meeting. Low-cost and practical, it not only helps build a stronger rapport between your firm and client, but it also aids professional development, particularly for junior staff. Communications toolkit health check. It’s hard to hit the pavement if your support tools aren’t up to scratch. Make sure your website has the correct contact info, latest projects and all links are working. Opt for digital company profiles that can be easily updated and India has just started a new position with Verity Campbell Communications (VCC): VCC offers writing, marketing and communications for design and related businesses. Join the weekly newsletter for new ideas, tips and advice. Sign up at

emailed, or utilise an iPad to show your latest under-construction work. And ensure your LinkedIn profile includes a suitable professional photo (not one of you at the Christmas party) and that your correct title/current role is displayed. On a side note, there is nothing worse than clicking on inactive or unused social media accounts (it doesn’t leave a good impression), so if you’re not using a particular platform or it doesn’t suit your communication style, ditch it or seek some advice to help guide you. 3. Industry associations. Joining relevant industry associations or groups is an easy way to stay in the loop. And if you’re time poor, it also saves you the hassle of organising your own catch-up or event. But be sure to mix it up, you need to fish from more than one spot. 4. Sponsorship. This doesn’t have to be costly, it could be donating to a client’s Movember efforts, supporting a local community group or sponsoring a hole at a client’s annual golf tournament. There are a number of sponsorship options to suit all budgets, so do some research to find what suits you, and more importantly, is relevant to your target market. 5. Public Speaking. This is a great way to raise your profile, promote your business and grow your network all at once. It could involve anything from joining a panel or speaking at a conference, to a relaxed Friday night show-and-tell at a client’s office. 6. Block out time. Business development doesn’t need be overwhelming. Avoid interruptions and schedule in regular, bite-size blocks of time, such as 1 hour a week or 15 minutes a day, helping you to remain focussed and be responsive in your follow-up. You can’t tackle a year’s worth of leads in one go, so a regular and consistent approach works best. 7. Track your leads. Record it or lose it. I see this happen a lot, so it’s vital that you record and track all your leads and activities, keeping a ‘live’ record of who is doing what. Mid-to-large sized practices may opt for a Client Relations Management (CRM) system such as tiny+, which is geared towards the design and construction industry, but even a basic spreadsheet will do. Good leads management will also help build a more accurate pipeline summary, improving workflow and budgeting. 8. Follow up. Worse than not recording leads is not following up on a potential

job. If you block out regular time and track your leads, then following up will be simple. You just need to make sure this important step forms part of your sales process.

9. Keep in touch. This is probably the number one issue I see – staff not keeping in contact with their clients – past, current and potential. Not keeping in touch is the fastest way to lose your grip on business development. Keep communicating, in whichever form works for you, follow their Instagram, drop a quick email, send a newsletter or extend an event invite. 10. Diversify. The never-ending chase to land that next job can be exhausting, but having a couple of go-to lead generation strategies up your sleeve can help ease the struggle, and help you to stay on top of a competitive market. Business development must be practical, achievable and relevant, so find strategies that best suit you and your business goals.



Planning Tidbits


VC139 – New Apartment Design Guidelines for Applicants

review the new Apartment Design Guidelines for assistance in interpreting the Objectives and Standards summarised in the below table.

In late August, the Victorian State Government gazetted Amendment VC139. For regular development applicants, the most significant change contained in VC 139 are the new Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria.

As a ‘reference document’ the weight that can be given to the new Guidelines by decision makers is limited; however, it does provide a useful tool for applicants seeking to understand how Council and VCAT is likely to interpret the below objectives and standards.

The Apartment Design Guidelines have been created as a companion to the recently introduced Better Apartment Design Standards and are now listed as a reference document within the State Planning Provisions.

VCAT Daily Hearing Fees Clause:1 regularly represents clients at VCAT and, since the introduction of Daily Hearing Fees we have been concerned with the potential for significant and

Permit applicants seeking planning permission for apartment projects can Objective



Energy efficiency

58.03-1 & 55.07-1

D6 & B35

Communal open space

58.03-2 & 55.07-2

D7 & B36

Solar access to communal outdoor open space

58.03-3 & 55.07-3

D8 & B37




Integrated water & stormwater management

58.03-8 & 55.07-5

D13 & B39

Building setback



Noise impacts

58.04-3 & 55.07-6

D16 & D40


58.05-1 & 55.05-6

D17 & B41

Building entry & circulation

58.05-2 & 55.07-8

D18 & B42

Private open space



Storage objective

58.05-4 & 55.07-10

D20 & B44

Waste and recycling

58.06-3 & 55.07-11

D23 or B45

Functional layout

58.07-1 & 55.07-12

D24 & B46

Room depth

58.07-2 & 55.07-13

D25 or B47


58.07-3 & 55.07-14

D26 & B48

Natural ventilation

58.07-4 & 55.07-15

D27 & B49

Ashley Thompson, Clause:1

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

unreasonable additional costs to permit applicants. Daily Hearing Fees are payable for each day (or part thereof) the Tribunal sits in hearing a matter. Generally, the fees vary between approximately $350 - $3400 per day, depending on the type of case and type of applicant. When hearings are not concluded within their allotted time, additional fees are often incurred. For example; if a oneday hearing is not completed on the first day and all parties are forced to return for a second day so the matter can be concluded, additional daily hearing fees will be required. Such delays are often caused by other parties exceeding their allotted time for submissions or other similar delays that are out of the control of the permit applicant. In such circumstances, it is the Applicant for Review who is traditionally required to pay the additional dailyhearing-fee(s). In extreme examples, where an additional 2-3 days is required, such costs can be significant. However, the Tribunal does have the discretion to apportion these additional daily hearing fees to other parties. Applicants for Review should ensure they accurately predict the amount of time they need to present their case to VCAT, at the time their appeal is lodged.

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Planning Tidbits

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 If additional days are required as a result of the conduct of other parties, applicants should request the additional daily hearing fees be paid, or at least shared, by the perpetrator.

VicSmart: The Onus is on the Applicant We recently wrote about two VCAT decisions that discussed the VicSmart provisions. As regular readers will be aware, the VicSmart provisions have been significantly widened this year to incorporate a larger number of application types. In Wittenbach v Cardinia SC [2017] VCAT 793, one of the issues the Tribunal was required to consider was: if an application meets the requirements

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specified in the VicSmart provisions is it automatically a VicSmart Application. In consideration of this question the Tribunal noted: 28 I do not find there is any intention in the VicSmart provisions to make them the exclusive means of consideration of classes of applications that can be a VicSmart application. Rather, I consider that the VicSmart provisions provide an opportunity for a permit applicant to pursue the VicSmart fast track permit application process for assessing VicSmart applications as provided for by clauses 90-95 of the planning scheme if a permit applicant chooses to do so. If a VicSmart application is made, then the provisions of clauses 90-95 apply. But unless a specific VicSmart application is made, I do not consider that those provisions automatically apply to any other permit application notwithstanding it may be eligible for a VicSmart application to be made and so considered, but where such an application has not been made.

In this passage, the Tribunal makes it clear that the onus of confirming an application meets the requirements of VicSmart and making a VicSmart application is on the permit applicant. Applications not lodged as VicSmart applications can and will be considered as normal applications, even if they fall within the classes of applications specified within VicSmart. Permit applicants should familiarise themselves with the classes of VicSmart applications and ensure they utilise the fast-track VicSmart application system whenever appropriate.

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Sustainable Homes Recognised at Australian Awards The winners of the 2017 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards were announced last month. These awards recognise the best in environmentally-responsible housing. Participants make a positive difference to the environment by building sustainable, energy efficient and comfortable. The 2017 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home was presented to Victorian building company The Sociable Weaver. With a distinctive butterfly-shaped roof for optimal solar penetration, the 2017 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home is a stunning 10 star home designed to maximise energy efficiency. “The reclaimed internal green wall, recycled brick walls and recycled concrete pipe, installed as a kitchen bench feature, illustrate a considered approach to materials,” commented the judges. Built with a zero-waste philosophy and carbon positive the home is a prime example of a comfortable and sustainable home. The home also won the award for HIA Australian GreenSmart Display Home. Other winners from around Australia were recognised for their contribution to sustainable building practices: Michael Moriarty of Killarney Homes, NT won HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional. Michael is no stranger to building green and building smart; from choosing a well-orientated block of land to sourcing products locally, he is an expert in minimising cost and waste. DJG Projects, QLD won HIA Australian GreenSmart Custom Built Home for an impressive off-grid sustainable house controlled by smart automation. A photovoltaic system runs the building management system which offers real

time data on energy and water usage. Eco-Essence Homes, QLD won HIA Australian GreenSmart Spec Home. With a NatHERS thermal performance rating of 8.5 stars, this home has been designed to take advantage of passive solar heating. All products were purchased from local manufacturers – minimising transportation and, in turn, carbon emissions. Positive Footprints, VIC won HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation / Addition Project for a home with a roof designed to maximise solar access. Phase-change sheets in the upper ceiling mitigate over-heating while insulation to the existing house and a 4.7kW photovoltaic grid connect system make this a winning home. Right Homes, WA won HIA Australian GreenSmart Water Efficiency. The measures taken to reduce water wastage resulted in a home that will consume 80 per cent less water than the average house. The standout measure is the installation of two 7,000-litre rainwater

tanks beneath the garage to maximise onsite space. Right Homes also won HIA Australian GreenSmart Townhouse/ Villa Development for 8 and 9.5-star townhouses which are cost-effective and energy-efficient. The homes feature low-VOC paint, six-star tapware, 4.5-star and above toilets, low-E glazed doors and windows and a 2.4 kilowatt photovoltaic system. Skookom, Tasmania won HIA Australian GreenSmart Energy Efficiency. The judges were impressed with the completely off-grid home which relies on a 4 kilowatt solar array and 250 watt Trina Solar panels, with surplus energy used to recharge the homeowners’ electric car. Econ Wall and Econ Slab by Ambe Engineering, ACT and Southern NSW won HIA Australian GreenSmart Product. The Econ Wall and Econ Slab solutions harness the thermal mass properties of insulated concrete to absorb, store, and later release thermal energy. In congratulating the winners, HIA Managing Director Shane Goodwin said HIA Australian GreenSmart Award winners have reached the pinnacle of sustainable building practices and are leading the industry in providing comfortable homes for their clients. “HIA GreenSmart Awards are a true showcase of builders and designers at the forefront of sustainability. Now more than ever consumers are looking for smarter ways to build and are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes for their comfort and long-term cost savings,” said Mr Goodwin. The HIA GreenSmart program is a voluntary initiative available to HIA members.

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KBDi Kitchen and Bathroom Design Award Winners 2017 The winners of the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute’s (KBDi) Awards were announced last month, recognising Australia’s finest interior designers involved in kitchen and bathroom design.

KBDi Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2017 Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets) It takes confidence, courage and a great deal of skill to pull off a genuine artdeco kitchen, and the judges applauded the efforts of Katia Slogrove (Germancraft Cabinets). This particular entry stood out from the rest as a ‘bold and beautiful’ solution, and the documentation supporting the design proved it was more than a pretty picture. The designer completely reconfigured the existing space to house this new kitchen, conquering a number of challenges along the way. The expansive views of the hilltop home were a key factor in the layout of the space, along with the client’s request for in-kitchen seating and ample storage. The decorative art deco style of the 1920s and 30s is characterised by bold geometric shapes and strong colours, and the designer has nailed it in this magnificent kitchen!.From the New York Marble taking centre stage in the island bench, to the polished gold laminate features and smoky purple backdrop, the designer’s response to the brief was audacious and bold, and the judges commended her confidence in design.

and the panel commended the designer on an excellent submission. This upstairs bathroom in a threebedroom townhouse presented a few design challenges for this designer. The layout that would meet the needs of the client now and in the future required the repositioning of the toilet (and its associated plumbing), the removal of

a large bath and the relocation of an air conditioning duct. The effort proved worthwhile, however, with the designer presenting a practical and beautiful bathroom design solution that will suit the clients for years to come. Also won KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year VIC.

This project was also winner of KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year QLD 2017

KBDi Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2017 Vanessa Cook (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens) With an ageing population and an increasing number of people with disabilities choosing to remain at home rather than in care, this design entry is an excellent example of what may become a typical brief, and how to best respond to ‘future-proofing’ designs to accommodate the varying physical abilities of clients. Designer Vanessa Cook (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens) has made thoughtful decisions with respect to layout, fixtures and fittings, designing a bathroom that is both accessible and attractive. Vanessa has finished the bathroom with timeless materials and classic styling, ensuring longevity in design. The documentation presented was clear, comprehensive and concise,

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KBDi Kitchen and Bathroom Design Award Winners 2017 Amongst the national winners were:

KBDi Design Space Award Nenos Seamendo (Minosa) The judges commended the designer on producing a well-executed solution for this crafty attic conversion. Soft yet edgy styling harmoniously connects all spaces in this parents’ retreat, while good zoning and great storage solutions make it a practical winner.

KBDi First Time Entrant Award Alexa Beer (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens) The judges commended the exceptional space-planning skills of this first-time entrant, and applauded the designer’s confidence in presenting a transitional design style. It will be interesting to see more from this designer in the coming years. A number of structural restrictions proved no challenge for this designer, who completely transformed the existing dreary kitchen in to a light-filled design delight. The kitchen is designed for story-telling: the clever exposure of the 70-year old brickwork adds a hint of history, while the ethically sourced slab of Marri timber adorning the island bench is bound to be the instigator of many tales. Pale grey and soft blue cabinetry complement the warm tones of the timber and bricks, rounding off a picturesque and practical kitchen. Also KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year VIC

KBDi First Time Entrant – Highly Commended Dawn Metcalfe (Western Cabinets) In a tough competition for the firsttime entrant category award, the judging panel felt this particular entry was worthy of commendation. The design submitted was of the highest standard, and documentation was very well presented.

This was an impressive submission from a first time entrant, and we look forward to seeing more of this designer’s work. The judging panel loved the refined elegance of this beautiful kitchen design, and admired the designer’s creative approach to a somewhat constrained footprint. By integrating the existing laundry and powder room in to the new kitchen space, an expansive, light filled kitchen became the new hub of this home. With plenty of room for milling, ample cooking and preparation areas, and a lovely flow to a recently revamped alfresco area, the kitchen is now ideal for everyday living and special occasion entertaining. Also KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year WA. Amongst other State winners were: KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year NSW Marianne Gailer (Blue Tea Kitchens) With its metallic blue paint and glittering copper tiles, this kitchen has plenty of show pony features. It’s the elements that aren’t immediately visible, however, that make it a unique design. Refrigeration is carefully concealed within the blue pantry wall, and a hidden butler’s pantry ensures dirty dishes are never a feature. An elevating island bench allows a kitchen table to raise to the height of the benchtops, extending the preparation and milling areas of the kitchen. The judges ....Continued on page 23




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KBDi Kitchen and Bathroom Design Award Winners 2017 commended the designer on a unique design solution.

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year SA Nathan Wundersitz (Spacecraft Joinery) The designer looked outside of the square for a solution that met all of the client’s needs, and skillfully resolved the challenges that the long and narrow space presented. Tasteful colour selections were carefully applied, with the client’s favourite red reflected in the detailing but not overwhelming the space. This homely and timeless kitchen is a practical and visual delight, and will no doubt be enjoyed by its owners for many years to come.

Bathroom Winners KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year NSW Andrew Wright (Impala Bathrooms & Kitchens) A long and narrow space presented the designer with a number of design challenges, but the very clever introduction of an island vanity layout proved a winner. The unique placement of this vanity accommodated the ‘his and her’ zones desired by the clients, and allowed wall space for heated towel rails. Finishes to the bathroom are warm and timeless, and detailing is perfectly suited to the overall style of the space.

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year QLD Darren James While the moody ambience of this impressive ensuite caught the attention of the judges, it was the outstanding documentation that supported this design entry that really sold them. While the design itself was an excellent response to both the client brief and

the physical parameters of the site, the detailed documentation of this tasteful transformation was evidence of the designer’s skill and ability.

KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year SA Agatha Ozhylovski The designer’s task was no mean feat; the client wanted to transform an under-used fourth storey of a five-storey home into an exclusive retreat, with a large bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robe, sitting room and dual work stations. The designer overcame a number of site complications to create a stunning design solution. With its silver accessories, Antarctic marble features, richly clad walls and finely detailed cabinetry, the ensuite is the hero of the overall space, oozing opulence and elegance. KBDi Bathroom Designer of the Year WA Maggie Milligan A claw foot bath was a ‘must-have’ for the client, and a challenge for the designer. The long, narrow bathroom space needed an inventive solution to accommodate this bath, along with a stand-alone shower and an existing French armoire. The designer rose to the challenge, removing an existing window to create sufficient space for the client’s wish list. With the selection of exquisite tapware and lighting and a gorgeous floor tile, the designer has created a romantic ambience.




Fenestration Australia Design Awards 2017

Dorrigo Health & Wellbeing Centre, Dorrigo, NSW

The winners of the 2017 Fenestration Australia Design Awards were announced last month. These awards, which are open to members of the Australian Window Association (AWA), the Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing (AISF) and the Skylight Industry Association (SIA), aim to ƒƒ Increase the level of interest in windows, doors, skylights, fenestration products and surface finishings; ƒƒ Raise the awareness, profile of and interest in members of the AWA, AISF and SIA and to differentiate them from others; ƒƒ Execute a consistent professional showcase for window systems skylights and surface finishings by celebrating and recognising excellence. The 2017 Award Winners were:

Best Use Of Anodising


Australian Aluminium Finishing Melbourne School of Design Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC _

Best Use of Powder Coating Commercial


Australian Aluminium Finishing Power Street Loop Project Transurban City Link, Melbourne, VIC

Highly Commended

Australian Aluminium Finishing 'The Cloud' - Anadara Residences Barangaroo, NSW_

Best Use of Powder Coating Residential


Decorative Imaging Denham Court, NSW_

Best Use of Skylights in an Existing Construction


Regent Skylight Systems Waverley Homestead, Gundy, NSW_

Best Use of Skylights in an Existing Construction

Highly Commended

Skydome Hunter Coast Swan Street Transformation, Newcastle, NSW_

Best Use of Skylights Commercial

Highly Commended

RJ Group WA Salt Kitchens + Bathrooms Showroom Canning Vale, WA_

Skylight Showroom of the Year

Highly Commended

Belle Skylights Moorabbin, VIC_

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Fenestration Australia Design Awards 2017 Most Innovative Component


A&L Windows Sliding Door Flush Pull Handle_

Most Innovative Window System


Aneeta Window Systems Flowmotion Sashless Window

Highly Commended

Capral Aluminium Euro Spigot Connector Commercial Hinged & Sliding Doors

Showroom of the Year Small


Avista Windows Moolap, VIC_

Showroom of the Year Large


Viewco Glass Wagga Wagga, NSW_

Best Use of Windows & Doors Residential Renovation


Evolution Window Systems Woollahra, NSW

Highly Commended

Hanlon Windows Bowral, NSW

Best Use of Windows & Doors Residential New Construction Under $1 Million


DLG Aluminium & Glazing 'Black Springs' House, Beechworth, NSW

Highly Commended

European Window Company Eaglemont, VIC_

Best Use of Windows & Doors Residential New Construction Over $1 Million


European Window Company Brighton, VIC

Highly Commended

Evolution Window Systems Kenthurst, NSW

Best Use of Windows & Doors Commercial Renovation _


Distinct Aluminium Solutions The Calyx Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW_

Best Use of Windows & Doors Commercial New Construction Under $5 Million


SGA Architectural Window Solutions Dorrigo Health & Wellbeing Centre Dorrigo, NSW

Best Use of Windows & Doors Commercial New Construction Over $5 Million _


G.James Faรงade Systems Abian, Brisbane, QLD

Fenestration Australia Design Award of the Year 2017

DLG Aluminium & Glazing Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre East Albury, NSW_ SGA Architectural Window Solutions Dorrigo Health & Wellbeing Centre Dorrigo, NSW



Industry News


Designing for Wellness The Artemis Centre at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, which officially opened on 1 September 2017, is a physical embodiment of the school’s focus on student health and wellbeing. The Artemis Project is a world-class purpose-built facility that provides a health and wellbeing centre for students at one of Melbourne’s pre-eminent schools. The new facility includes an indoor pool, indoor multi-purpose courts, gymnasium, breakout spaces and extensive landscaping. The complex design had particular engineering challenges such as the application of different structural materials (pre-cast, steel, insitu and timber) chosen for the architectural grandeur. BVN was the architect for the project. The project was built by Kane Constructions at a value of $25M. According to BVN principal, Matthew Blair: “The different activity zones interlock like a 3-D Tetris puzzle with walls dissolved into glass so you can see through the building and feel like you are part of a larger community from the security of small spaces.” The 4,500 square metre building includes a 25m indoor pool, multi-use indoor sports courts, mind and body studio, high energy studio, café, gymnasium, spin fitness studio, consultation rooms, change facilities, classrooms and an administration hub. The centre is on a tight site wedged in between existing school buildings, a heritage-listed chapel, residential

neighbours and the adjacent Royal Botanic Gardens. The shape is designed to maximise the amount of usable internal space whilst allowing for a dramatic external amphitheatre that adds another dimension to the students recreational space. Noting that the design was achieved through working collaboratively with the school, “it was critical for us as the architect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the school’s educational strategy and the important role that this building will serve as part of the school’s 21st century learning environments,” said Matthew Blair.

Providing visual and physical connections across all four levels, the centre also has three outdoor terraces the largest being capable of housing the senior school in a tiered seating arrangement with clear views to the indoor swimming pool during competitions. Along with the amenity for large student groups, there are numerous spaces where individuals or small groups can gather or escape to, from the outdoor terrace opening off the café with views over the playing fields and amphitheatre to the swinging chairs in one of the sunniest corners of the centre.

Artemis Centre Melbourne Girls Grammar School Builder Kane Constructions

Consultants Graymatters BVN Edwards Moore TTW Umow Lai WT Partnership

Opened 1st September 2017

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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.

Emergency AUS

Emergency +

Everyone should download this app immediately. Once loaded it will provide you with real time incident information as issued by official agencies across Australia. You will get potentially vital information about storms, fires, medical emergencies either in specific areas (that you have nominated) and/or geo-fenced to a perimeter around your current location. What this means is if you’re working or on holidays, you can get notifications of situations that may impact you and give you the best chance of avoiding them. Perfect if you have a holiday home, you’d like to know if there was a bush fire approaching or if there’s been a big traffic accident on the way home etc. It’s also crowd sourced so if you see a storm brewing or just experienced really heavy rain or your power just went out – just note it in the app for others to be advised.

Hopefully you will never need an app like this. However, if you do it could make the difference. Emergency+, is an Australian app which gives you your exact location; both as an address but also in Latitude and Longitude co-ordinates. On the home screen, there are direct dial icons that allow you to dial straight to Emergency ‘000’, SES or the Police. In an emergency situation – just tap open the app, press who you need and let the phone do the rest. There are other contact details (although not on speed dial) for Poisons, National Security Hotline and a host of other official authorities – all in the one place.

Carrot Weather

I know, I know another weather app. This one has a twist. It’s actually quite

funny. The app alerts you to the weather conditions in a matter-offact, snarky and bordering on rude (although you know it’s not real) manner. In fact you can change the setting from Professional, through friendly, onto snarky and it maxes out at ‘overkill’ setting. The interesting thing about the app is that it geo fences you – and will provide you with up-to-date predictions in your precise area. The app stays alert and will let you know that rain is on its way to you and will start light and get really heavy in about 10 mins sort of thing. Comes with Apple Watch support – so information pops up on your wrist when required. Not sure if this is information or entertainment.

Todd Pearce

Todd’s Top Apps

If any other members use or know any new or interesting apps, please feel free to drop me a line to and I’ll share them with other members.


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NABD Unveils 2017 National Design Awards ‘Flight Free’ ‘Live’ Event The NABD National Design Awards, presented by the National Association of Building Designers, will have a unique twist. On the 30th November 2017, if you are in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or Adelaide, you can attend a Brickworks Studio for a LIVE awards presentation.

This event is anticipated to host a record number of Building Designers and industry partners, and offers a unique chance to engage members around the country all at once. A small pool of category sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Hayley Sims for

further details at hayleysimsevents@gmail. com or 0423 572 570. 12 projects from the winners of the 2017 BDAV Building Design Awards have been put forward for the NABD Awards, and we wish our Members every success in the national awards.

This fresh, green initiative, slashes carbon emissions, time out of the office and travel costs usually spent on a centralised traditional event. The event will be broadcast LIVE between the Brickworks Studios in the above capital cities, providing a real time roll-out of the results around Australia. Winners from the state design awards will be judged by a panel of national experts in September and October. Entries will be posted to the NABD Instagram (soon to be launched) and Facebook page.


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Why Would You Build Brick by Brick? Australia’s tradition of high-density construction with the block and brickwork method is losing favour with developers and builders as more modern, faster and efficient methods are becoming increasingly popular.

the potential to save days per floor on construction – that equals savings not only in time but with labour costs. “Building brick by brick requires more time, labour and the space required to store the bricks,” says Mr Terzian.

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The design of Ritek Wall Systems permanent formwork solutions allows for simple set-up and rapid concrete pour; there’s minimal interference from weather, resulting in very little downtime. Ritek Wall Systems are also designed to enable water drip to be directed away from the building through a rebated track. Robert Morrison of J Hutchinson Pty Ltd, used permanent formwork in The Garland, a 7-storey apartment tower located beachside at Coolangatta, which comprises of 24 apartments. “As always, we had strict building timelines to maintain and this wall system provides much faster floor cycle times compared to traditional building methods,” says Mr Morrison.

“Permanent formwork provides the opportunity for faster cycle times compared to traditional block and brickwork,” says Steven Terzian, General Manager of James Hardie Systems. “We believe in technology enabling increased efficiency on construction sites, and we believe the Ritek XL Wall is the superior technical choice when it comes to permanent formwork.” Block and brickwork has difficulty matching the speed in which permanent formwork solutions are erected, with

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New 3D Modelling an Urban-Planning Game-Changer for Carbon Neutrality New 3D digital prototyping promises to be a game-changer for planning future city precincts, or engaging the community, to ensure they are both sustainable and carbon neutral. The Precinct Information Modelling (PIM) research, funded by the CRC for Low Carbon living (CRCLCL) and involving industry and academic partners, was discussed last month at a special industry symposium: Using Precinct Information Modelling (PIM) to Support Carbon Management. The concept of PIM is an extension of the currently used Building Information Modelling (BIM), a 3D digital modelling process that is used widely within the building design, construction and facility management professions. CRLCL Project Leader, Jim Plume said the new research shows that by adapting this current technology within an open source PIM structure, there is enormous potential to make a serious difference in reducing carbon emissions and ensuring future city precincts are sustainable and carbon neutral. “After three years of research looking at how this data can be structured and operated in an open source model, we are now at the threshold of putting it into practice. The next step is for industry and the community to start using PIM,” he said. PIM is not a software tool, it is an open-source, public information modelling standard that, by its nature, cannot be commercialised, but is designed to provide a framework for

representing the data required to achieve carbon neutrality of the urban assets that constitute a precinct. “PIM entails a process that is supported by a digital database technology that can be used by a wide range of industry practitioners responsible for the planning, design, delivery and operational management of the built environment,” Plume explained. In addition, the same information can become a resource for the community who are interacting with the built environment, allowing them to contribute to the planning process and outcome – so it is not limited to industry alone. “In a nutshell PIM can lend critical support for the smart cities and communities that are emerging in response to the challenges of rapid urban growth in Australia and urbanisation across the globe,” said Plume. “I believe PIM will make a major contribution for communities who aspire to having better, liveable, sustainable, resilient and safe cities for all, not just in Australia but across the globe. “We are actively part of international efforts to use better information access and sharing to address sustainability issues around the world. A key outcome for us would be an opportunity to implement and refine these technologies in selected, strategic precincts in Australia, keeping us abreast of best global practice,” he said. Overall, the National Position Paper discussed at the forum, describes the development of PIM as an open data model designed to represent a precinct in a format that can be shared across all application software tools used in the process of managing the built environment, with a focus on carbon management.

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The discussion was grounded in the context of precinct planning and development, drawing on interactions with a range of CRCLCL projects from the Low Carbon Precincts Program. For further information, visit http://www. program-2-low-carbon-precincts/rp2011pim-open-digital-information-standardthroughout About the CRC for Low Carbon Living Ltd The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub that supports Australian industry to be globally competitive in the low carbon built environment sector. It brings together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers to develop new social, technological and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

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Sustainable Roofing Technology The Future of Sustainable Roofing Technology Integrated Solar Roof Tiles from Bristile Imagine a high-tech roofing system that offers sleek, integrated design and powerful energy-generating potential – Bristile Roofing’s innovative new solar roof tile system is the future of sustainable residential design. Just released by Bristile Roofing’s R&D team, this dynamic solar roofing system captures the sun’s energy and converts it into a usable sustainable power source. At the same time, the system is designed to integrate seamlessly with your home’s design, allowing it to make the most of the Australian climate without compromising on aesthetics. The Bristile solar and battery system comprises four specially designed elements: ƒƒ solar cells which capture the sun’s energy. You can choose either sleek integrated solar roof tiles for a refined finish, or standalone solar panels from world-leading supplier Suntech. ƒƒ high-tech inverters that convert the captured energy to usable power. Home owners have the option of a Fronius inverter that allows energy to be transferred back to the grid; or, for systems equipped with a sonnen

battery, an integrated inverter that stores the energy for later use. ƒƒ German-engineered batteries from sonnen that store the sun’s energy and allow your home to become a sustainable closed-loop solar energy system. ƒƒ easy-to-use monitoring systems so you can track your solar roof system’s performance and monitor the energy stored and the savings on your energy bill. Accessible via iPhone, iPad or a desktop computer, there are basic and advanced monitoring packages – the basic option shows power generation and usage; while the advanced package optimises your system for peak performance through a sophisticated algorithm that tracks weather data, usage patterns and electricity pricing. Together, these components offer an advanced solar roofing system tailored to your home, energy needs and budget. “The Bristile Roofing solar and battery system brings together the latest technologies in capturing, converting, storing and monitoring solar energy,” says Brickworks’ General Manager of Marketing, Brett Ward. “We’re proud

Builder fined $880,000 over Death of Apprentice A Moorabbin building company and its director were convicted last month and fined a total of $880,000 over the death of a 21-year-old apprentice at a Caulfield South construction site in August 2013. Jacbe Builders Pty Ltd and director David Fergusson pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court to one charge each under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment. The company was fined $700,000 and Mr Fergusson was fined $180,000. The court heard that the company was engaged to carry out carpentry work at an apartment complex under construction on Hawthorn Road. After the foundations had been laid at the site and a block wall built to just above the level of the first floor, Mr Fergusson and his apprentice installed first floor trusses and laid the first floor. After this, the block wall was completed up to the second level. Mr Fergusson and the apprentice returned to the site to begin carpentry work on the second floor. This included installing second floor trusses.

On 22 August 2013, after the secondfloor trusses were installed, a load of flooring sheets was delivered to the site and Mr Fergusson instructed a crane driver to lift and place them onto the second-floor trusses. It was estimated the flooring sheets weighed a total of 1.76 tonnes and, shortly after they were placed on the second floor, the trusses collapsed. They fell on to the first floor and then both floors collapsed to the ground. Both Mr Fergusson and the apprentice were working on the second floor at the time of the incident. Both fell to the ground. Mr Fergusson suffered a number of injuries but his apprentice was trapped under the debris and died at the scene. The court heard that the building methods used by the company were a significant departure from acceptable safety standards. For more information, go to

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The BDAV encourages Members to safeguard their relationship with their clients by always using a written contract for each project. The BDAV’s suite of standard-form contracts – developed in conjunction with one of Australia’s leading construction law firms specifically for the building design profession – is an excellent safeguard in your contractual relationship. Four contracts are available: • Domestic Building Works Contract, for use in residential projects (new houses, units, flats, apartments, town houses, dual occupancies, etc); • Domestic Building Works Contract for use in residential alterations/additions projects; • Commercial Contract, for use in non-residential projects (Commercial/Industrial/Institutional); • Commercial Contract, for use in non-residential alterations/additions projects (Commercial/ Industrial/Institutional).

Take advantage of the cost savings offered for multiple purchase of these contracts: • Three copies are useful: one each for the designer, the builder, and the client. • Four copies are useful: one each for the designer, the builder, the client, and the bank. The discounted rates for multiple copies are only available when purchasing multiple copies of the SAME contract in one order.

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MaxiWall© Launches Nationwide in Australia ƒƒ New Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) product, MaxiWall, launched nationwide by Big River Group ƒƒ MaxiWall offers improved thermal performance, soundproofing, and is more sustainable than traditional masonry ƒƒ It is predicted to be the second leading AAC product in the Australian market in the next three years Big River Group is set to shake up the construction industry nationwide in Australia, launching MaxiWall, a new, costcompetitive Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC). The national launch follows Big River Group’s acquisition of Adelaide Timber & Building Supplies (ATBS) earlier this year, and has ensured the product is available in every region. Previously, the MaxiWall brand was only available in South Australia. ATBS is a specialised local timber and lightweight building products supplier that has enjoyed substantial growth and success with the MaxiWall brand over several years, primarily in the multi-residential and detached dwelling market. An entire MaxiWall exterior could be completed in a fraction of the time compared to rendered brick or block. Jim Bindon, Managing Director of Big River Industries, says the cost-effective AAC heralds more masonry choice for designers, builders and consumers. “The popularity of AAC in Australia has grown significantly since its introduction here 25 years ago and all market indicators suggest that this strong growth will continue. MaxiWall is a product of the future, and supported by Big River’s national distribution network including 11 outlets; we predict it will take a leading position in the Australian AAC market in the next three years.” In Europe AAC has a long history of development, having been in use for more than 70 years. The applications for MaxiWall include Low-Rise External and Party Wall applications as well as Hi-Rise External and Internal Wall Systems. The use of MaxiWall panels leads to faster construction times and decreased site costs, as their light weight makes them safer to work with and easier to install, including cutting, shaving and shaping. Bindon says it offers a more comfortable home living experience due to superior fire protection, insulation, and soundproofing qualities. “With four times’ greater thermal resistance than standard house bricks, the amount of energy required to heat or cool is greatly reduced, and provides savings to homeowners. MaxiWall also

has excellent acoustic insulation – up to seven decibels greater per surface area than other solid building materials of the same weight. This is particularly important in multiresidential housing as well as semidetached and terraced houses where soundproofing is critical.” With an external render finish, MaxiWall is not affected by the harsh Australian climatic conditions. It is fire resistant and classified as a 100 per cent non-combustible building material. It is resistant to fire up to 1,200oC and achieves a two hour fire rating when installed with approved systems. MaxiWall is also a pollutant -ree building material, sourced from world class production facilities using German technology and automated processes to ensure every MaxiWall panel is of optimum quality and consistency. By using reduced raw materials it helps reduce around 30 per cent of environmental waste compared to traditional concrete and 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. MaxiWall is fully compliant with current Australian Standards and has Australian Codemark Certification. The registered brand is wholly owned and exclusively distributed in Australia by Big River Group.

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ABCB Releases New Energy Efficiency Advisory Note The Australian Building Codes Board has released a new Advisory Note about using the Reference Building Verification Method, V2.6.2.2. The Advisory Note clarifies the calculation methods, or energy analysis software that can be used as part of the NCC Volume Two reference building Verification Method, V2.6.2.2. This Verification Method can be used as part of a Performance Solution to assess the energy efficiency of houses. P2.6.1 in NCC Volume Two is the relevant Performance Requirement for this Performance Solution. Go to to download the Advisory Note.




Architectural Technology Awards: 2017 Winners The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recently announced the winners of its annual Architectural Technology Awards, which celebrate the achievements and highest quality in Architectural Technology. The 2017 winners are:

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology The Word – Image: Hufton+Crow

Winner: The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, FaulknerBrowns Architects The Word was a challenging project that inspired a building for the present, with inbuilt adaptability to future proof its functions. The design concept and architecture have been informed by Architectural Technology and its building anatomy and physiology are clearly articulated in the primary and secondary elements, services and external envelope. Highly Commended: Family Stand, Dover Athletic Football Club, Lee Evans Partnership LLP The Family Stand is a complex project that provided the designers with a functional, aesthetic and technological challenge, creating an inclusive structure that caters for all. Commended: Fieldsend, Mitchell Evans Architects Fieldsend is a building that departs from traditional architecture and Architectural Technology towards a contemporary bespoke house and the creation of a dwelling.

The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

The Word – Image: Hufton+Crow

(for projects valued £750k or under) Commended: New Dwelling at Craigwell, Aboyne, Stuart Davidson Architecture The design of this new dwelling meets the clients brief to create a contemporary focal point property that had a triple role of firstly a dwelling but also a base for their professions. Commended: Harefield House, Plaice Design Company Limited Harefield House is a design exemplar of the use of integrated architectural technologies, energy performance and building management system with its prefabricated timber kit construction.

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Architectural Technology Awards: 2017 Winners Vice-President Technical, Kevin Crawford MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said ‘The shortlisted entries for both Awards were once again all of an exceptional standard and the winners all shared one thing – a clear demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments. My congratulations go to all those who were shortlisted and I look forward to visiting the projects and presenting the plaques for permanent attachment to the buildings.’

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

Winner: The Gateway Hotel Design Project, Edward Kercher, Southampton Solent University The proposed design addresses its location and functionality by considering and integrating Architectural Technology. This is achieved through designing for production and optimising construction, alongside the use of materials and components for performance and use. Highly Commended: Chandler’s Ford Infant School, April Rapley, Southampton Solent University Chandler’s Ford Infant School is a creative design that focuses on inclusivity linked to function and use. Commended: Imagination Works — Embracing an Urban Future, Gerard Langley, Sheffield Hallam University A design project that is linked to design futures through Imagineering and creativity.


(recognising outstanding design achievement in Architectural Technology based upon a university/college assignment) Winner: Sharrow Nursery and Community Centre – An Integration of Renewables, Efficiency and High-performance Materials, Daniel Black, Sheffield Hallam University This research investigated how advanced technology and innovative construction methods adapted to increase the quality and performance of buildings. The research output provides a sound technical understanding of material and engagement to comply and exceed regulation standards, which may in turn inform a change in the industry. Highly Commended: The Importance of Soil Analysis Prior to Frame Construction, Sunil Singh Seera, Coventry University This research project demonstrated a clear understanding of the issues and how important it is in determining appropriate design solutions.

Commended: Building a Safe and Therapeutic Hospice: An Evaluation of Structural and Thermal Properties in Structural Insulated Panels, Isabelle Foster, Coventry University The research embraces the structural and scientific behaviour of the composite material and compares and contrasts the different specifications and summarises the results. Vice-President Education, Paul Laycock MCIAT said ‘Our Architectural Technology students continue to deliver innovative and thought provoking designs and reports that take the discipline to the next level and I am excited by how they will be practising and utilising these attributes in the real world. With talented graduates such as these I look forward to the future of the discipline.’

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report) (recognising outstanding research achievement in Architectural Technology from a dissertation assignment)

Harefield House

About CIAT 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. BDAV entered into a Collaborative Arrangement with CIAT in July 2017.




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Job Market Wanted: Architectural Assistant/ Architectural Technician and Documenter (Part-time) (Architecture Graduate/Building Designer Graduate) Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design is a small architectural practice based in Ballarat, with a passion for beautiful, sustainable and healthy homes. The successful applicant will share our values of sustainability: environmental, social/cultural, economical and spiritual and will have the following professional experience and skills: experience in all stages of architectural services delivery (sketch design, design development, planning permit documentation, construction documentation); familiarity with Apple Mac platform; proficiency with AutoCAD 2D (no, we don’t use Revit or ArchiCAD yet, but might in future if you have the skills!); current construction knowledge and architectural documentation experience; strong verbal and written communication skills (for client relations and consultant liaison). We welcome applications via email – please send your CV/Portfolio to studio@ See more about this role at au/2017/09/join-our-team/.

Comprehensive construction knowledge, the ability to apply the regulatory framework and a demonstrated ability in high level use of Revit is required. Salary is negotiable based on experience and skills. Opportunities for further advancement within the practice may be available for the right person. For additional information or to apply, please email Janita Norman at or contact (03) 5482 2001.

Building Designers/Draftspersons/ Architects HDZN is a well-established smallsized firm in Aberfeldie that has been in operation since 2004. We are now looking for a candidate with industry experience (3+ years minimum) to become part of our team. Our workload is diverse, ranging from residential custom homes to commercial hospitality and retail, so all candidates must express a very good understanding of ArchiCAD and AutoCAD. All applicants must also be articulate and able to deal with clients, councils and fellow staff members with ease. If you believe you would suit this position, please email your covering letter with your contact details to

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Eco-Urban Design Studio, located in Kensington Victoria, seeks a Junior Draftsperson who has recently graduated and completed their qualification in Architectural Drafting; no more than 1 year of industry experience is required; knowledge of the use of AutoCad software is an advantage; current driver’s license is also required. Salary offered is $45K-$50K p.a. + super. Please send applications to

Small design office located in Cheltenham is seeking a full-time employee with a minimum of 2 years’ industry experience in residential design. Applicants must have a sound knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit and Building Regulations and ResCode Clause 54 or 55 requirements. The job position entails the completion of town planning and construction drawing documentation. If you are interested in the position, please forward your resume and any completed work and qualifications relating to Building Design to

Architect/Building Designer REALM Building Design is seeking an experienced Architect or Building Designer to join our practice. The role requires the Architect/ Designer to work closely with the principal and to provide direction to the team. The successful candidate will 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 is required to effectively liaise with clients, consultants, authorities and the team. A minimum of 5 years’ experience is necessary, and the applicant must be confident working with both residential and commercial projects.

Residential Draftsperson/Building Designer Required Small building design office in Monbulk is seeking a residential draftsperson/ building designer. Applicants must have experience with Revit Architecture. Parttime or full-time position available. Role will include the preparation of town planning and construction drawings. If interested, please send your resume to daniel@ or call Daniel on 0400 998 522 to discuss further.

Draftsperson Required Archsign, a well-established, awardwinning design firm in Abbotsford, seeks a Draftsperson who has minimum 5 years’ experience in building design or architecture; tertiary qualifications in building design, architecture or equivalent; technical knowledge and understanding of the Building Codes in Australia; competence dealing with clients, consultants and councils. Salary offered is $60K-$65K p.a. + super. Please send your application to

Junior Draftsperson Required Archsign, a well-established, awardwinning design firm in Abbotsford, seeks a Junior Draftsperson who has recently graduated and completed their qualification in Architectural Drafting; no more than 1 year of industry experience is required; past experience or training with AutoCad software is paramount; current driver’s license is a must. Salary offered is $45K-$50K p.a. + super. Please send your application to ....Continued on page 42

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Improved Housing Outcomes – for More Affordable, Sustainable Housing The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has released a new policy platform to address Australia’s housing crisis: Improved Housing Outcomes – for affordable, sustainable housing. “We know Australia is in the grip of a housing crisis. A growing population and skyrocketing house prices mean living affordability and housing security is being stretched to the limit.” said Rebecca Douthwaite, Chair of ASBEC’s Housing Policy Working Group and Policy Manager – Housing & Planning, Property Council of Australia. “But there’s no one single solution to housing affordability.” ASBEC’s members from across the built environment have nominated a package of policy fixes needed to resolve housing affordability issues and deliver high quality, well designed homes to meet Australia’s diverse needs. “First, we need to work to a plan. Future infrastructure needs to be scoped and delivered in the right places. Diverse medium and high density urban housing should be built along transport corridors and near amenities. Incentives to build the right type of homes are needed, while

planning assessment for higher density developments must also be simplified.” said Rebecca. While the sticker price of homes is important, the costs of heating, cooling and lighting our houses are also crucial, along with the costs of travel to work and services. “The key to cheaper running costs is improved energy efficiency,” said ASBEC’s Executive Director, Suzanne Toumbourou. “Not only are more energy efficient buildings more comfortable and healthy, but they have the added bonus of being a fast and cost effective way to reduce emissions as well!” “Public understanding of the benefits of energy efficient housing is limited, so education is required. Governments also need act to improve conformance and compliance with the energy performance standards for buildings in the National Construction Code. If not, people won’t get the homes they’re paying for.” said Suzanne. Facilitating density is also vital, so that people can be connected to employment and amenity, whilst accommodating growing populations. However, introducing high density housing to

Job Market....Continued from page 41 Architectural Documenter Habitech Systems is seeking an architectural graduate or experienced draftsperson with a passion for creating more sustainable housing solutions. We are seeking someone with REVIT based residential experience who is interested in working as part of a team in a dynamic new modular design space. For details, go to au/documentor-role

Architectural Draftsperson – Revit Building and design company seeks an architectural draftsperson to join a small rapidly growing team. This full-time position in the design team will have you involved with all aspects of the design and documentation process. Opportunity to broaden your skills working on residential and commercial projects. Candidates must be proficient using Revit software. AutoCAD skills are beneficial. Candidates are expected to have an understanding of ResCode and planning schemes, and

an understanding of the BCA volumes of the NCC. We are looking for excellent verbal and written communication skills, organisational and time-management skills. Please forward any applications to

Thermal Performance Assessor Needed (FirstRate5) A sustainability consulting firm located in the south-eastern suburbs is looking for a part-time/full-time thermal performance assessor/ sustainability consultant. The successful candidate will have experience and skills in working with FirstRate5. Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment is the preferred qualification. Experience in producing other sustainability reports will be desirable but not mandatory. The successful candidate will receive training in preparing other relevant sustainability reports for both planning submissions and building approval documentation. Please forward your CV to

existing communities is a fraught process. It is critical to engage local from the start. “We can fix the critical issues relating to living affordability, and deliver a diverse range of well designed, well located, affordable, sustainable housing for all the Australians who need it. said Rebecca Douthwaite. “But we’ll need to act on the priorities identified by the building sector in ASBEC’s Improved Housing Outcomes platform.” To read the policy, go to their website at

Implementing Sustainability in the Built Environment RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research has released a report, Implementing Sustainability in the Built Environment, that examines existing planning and building systems in relation to their sustainability goals. The report looks at ways to improve current policy and regulatory frameworks and implementation. Existing policies and best practice was reviewed and researchers found that, despite sustainability goals being present in government strategy documents, the building codes and planning systems in place are not achieving these goals. NSW is highlighted as the only Australian state or territory without serious gaps in sustainability legislation and enforcement. Four key issues are outlined in the report as challenges and opportunities to implementing sustainability in the built environment: 1. The gap between the planning and building system; 2. Weaknesses in the planning system; 3. Governance, inconsistencies and coordination; and 4. Improving the system – networks and advocacy. The report calls for building and planning regulations to contain clear and enforceable standards and for increased collaboration between all levels of government. For more information, go to http://cur.

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