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Contents C O V E R S T O R Y – B L O C K C O U R T R E S T O R AT I O N

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

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INTER VIE W: PROFILING ROBER T MCLAUCHLAN

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PLANNING TOPICS

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MARKETING TIPS

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T E C H N O LO G Y 27 V I C T O R I A N S TAT E B U D G E T

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M E M B E R S H I P M AT T E R S

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T PA T O P I C S

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Cover Story – Block Court Restoration


C O V E R S T O R Y – B L O C K C O U R T R E S T O R AT I O N

Restoration of a heritage building showcases a modern approach to retail banking

Jarrod Sinclair won the award for Non-Residential Restoration in the BDAV’s 2017 Building Design Awards for his Block Court Restoration project. Step inside Block Court just off Collins Street, Melbourne, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported back in time. With stunning heritage features, Block Court gives a snapshot into Melbourne’s history. Two years ago, however, you would have had a different experience entirely. New tenants Bendigo Bank - were seeking to make a mark with their flagship Victorian branch, and this inner-city location fit the bill. The space had once been part of Block Arcade but had seen many updates over the last 40 years. The most recent was a clean but uninspired commercial multi-tenancy fitout that closed the arcade’s thoroughfare. The bank’s internal design team, led by Jarrod Sinclair, suggested a bold and risky approach to the new fit-out: “We wanted to rejuvenate the space by reverting back to the original intent of the architect, and recreate

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“ Restoring the original intent to an active thoroughfare has created a vibrant hub that respects the well-known location and splendour of a century past. A remarkable transition that is unrecognisable from its previous life, to a functional stately environment. ” MARC BERNSTEIN-HUSSMANN C H A I R , J U D G I N G PA N E L

an active thoroughfare”. The Bank decided to go with the unknown and peel back the layers of time. They chose to find out what, if anything, could be salvaged from the original design. And they hoped to reopen the Arcade walkway to the public for the first time in decades. Unsure of the outcome, they undertook to demolish the existing fit-out. The risk paid off, with the revelation of stunning heritage features that had been concealed for the better part of half a century.

The original terrazzo ramp flooring was uncovered and restored, and the ceilings that had been lowered were returned to their original height and grandeur. The original signage for the Arcade was discovered under the lowered ceiling and once again directs visitors through the Court. Brass fixtures and fittings were discovered in the basement storage and reinstated in the passageway. Continued page 9.....

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The unusual design of the Bank, now featuring a walkway, reflects the changes to the industry. Gone are the days of tightly sealed rooms; now modern security features enable a relaxed and inclusive experience. The flow of visitors between the Arcade and Bank helps create a dynamic workplace. To fit with the restored surrounds, furniture was commissioned that complemented the heritage features of the original architecture. Some original furniture was recovered from storage and restored to fit within the space. Display cases were built to showcase the Bank’s history, with hand-written ledgers and other heritage pieces. Says Jarrod, “The approach shows the quintessence of risk for reward. The fitout provides staff and visitors with an uplifting space, and the walkway once again creates a journey through inspiring architecture.”

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“ We wanted to rejuvenate the space by reverting back to the original intent of the architect, and recreate an active thoroughfare ” — J— A R R O D S I N C L A I R


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL FOR YOU BDAV President, Lindsay Douglas, shares some insights on how clients can choose the best industry professional for your project.

Your home is perhaps the most important personal and financial investment you’ll ever make. Whether you’re planning to build your dream home from scratch or renovate to your heart‘s content, the design and formulation stage is absolutely fundamental to achieving an end product you’ll truly love. The correct industry professional can ensure your project gets off on a strong footing by asking the right questions, offering valuable advice and navigating around potential challenges. But with an array of practitioners of varying skill sets and specialities out there, how do you choose which industry professional is best for you? The following 10 considerations can help determine the best choice.

6. REFERENCES

Checking references is a necessary and crucial part of the due diligence process. This will confirm the industry professional is who they claim to be, and should provide the relevant reassurances regarding the skills and expertise they possess. Prior to approval, request client references and a full portfolio of previous work.

1. YO U R P R O J E C T

7. BUILDING TO BUDGE T

When liaising with an industry professional, it’s important to explore the parameters of the project upfront to ascertain whether they can produce a design that meets your needs. What challenges do they foresee? How will they address these? And how much of a priority will your project be to them?

From the size of your project to the types of materials that will be used, there are many design and construction considerations that will affect your budget. Choose someone who can work with your budget and can illustrate how they plan to achieve it.

2. DESIGN

An industry professional usually has a design philosophy or a specific style of work. Does their design philosophy align with your project needs? Do they have the flexibility and necessary skills to bring your vision to life in a way that appeals to your own individual style? 3. EXPERIENCE

Finding an industry professional with a portfolio of projects in a style that appeals to you is crucial for peace of mind. An impressive portfolio adds a layer of reassurance as it clearly illustrates he/she can meet the brief and deliver excellence. 4. TIME FRAMES

Set clear, accountable milestones in advance. Many projects can experience delays due to a whole host of reasons such as: adverse weather conditions, council approval delays or unforeseen contractor issues. However, the correct industry professional should be able to accurately anticipate potential problems and adjust the timeline accordingly prior to commencement. 5. FEES

Costs vary from professional to professional, so it is important to understand what service they are providing and to discuss fees early. Important questions to address include: how will invoicing work? What do the fees include and what are the exclusions? What would incur additional fees? If there are changes to be made down the track, will this incur a cost?

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8. PROJEC T TEAM

For administrative and accountability purposes, it is important to know exactly who you’re working with and what their specific responsibilities will be. Clearly establish in advance whether your building designer or architect will be actively working on your project day-to-day or if he/she will be outsourcing the work to a wider team. Also, confirm well in advance the main point of contact, the producing designer and those responsible for coordinating and recruiting external consultants. 9. LEVEL OF SER VICE

Different industry professionals offer differing services depending on their individual skillset. It is important to carefully review the services included in any fee agreement and consider any extra services that may be required to ensure you’re comparing apples with apples. 1 0 . S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y

Sustainably designed and built homes - incorporating both passive and active sustainable design elements - requires someone with experience in this area to balance what is cost effective and provides the best results. Employing an industry professional with a focus on sustainability can be the difference between futureproofing and future-failing. My advice? Base your decision on the criteria outlined above, build a strong working relationship and get working on that dream home. The time is now!

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Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity

“Until recently, we’ve really not had a whole lot of evidence to support that common hypothesis that having things like wooden surfaces in the office would be good for your wellbeing.”*

“What I found and got really excited about was that there’s a really strong association between the presence of wood and wellbeing. I’ve rarely seen a data set or a study which has shown such a clear link.”*

“If you’re a worker and you could see no wooden surfaces at all from your workplace, 53% of that type of worker was satisfied with what was going on in their workplace. When you move that up to having eight or more wooden surfaces - we’re talking things here like wooden chairs, wooden panelling on the walls, wooden floorboards, even quite small wooden items- but if you get to eight or more, then 82% of people were satisfied with their work.”*

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*Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer, Health and Wellbeing Researcher, University of Canberra

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InterVIEW


INTERVIEW

Robert McLauchlan, a Fellow and Past President of the BDAV, retired from the workforce last month after running the successful design firm, McLauchlan & Associates Building Design Consultants, since 1979. Rob shares the following insights from his successful career: Q: What motivated me to join BDAV in 1991? A: I was interested in the development of the design profession. Having been a member of the HIA, I wanted to be involved in an organisation that supported designers. Q: What was the major event/activity that has impacted the profession in your time in the industry? A: Without doubt, the registration of practitioners. This has brought credibility to the profession. Further important outcomes include the opportunity to screen practitioners to at least minimum standards, together with the introduction of ongoing professional development. Compulsory PD will further strengthen the profession. Q: What has been your most memorable business/design achievement? A: My most memorable business achievement was to exit long term rental and purchase a property to design and build our own office. In terms of design achievement, to be awarded State category awards and especially the Victorian Design of the Year and also National Design awards. To have these bestowed by my peers remains the proudest achievement, as they are a result of the holistic teamwork of the office and our clients. Q: Have you observed any significant changes in the way the profession now operates that have required designers to change its procedures and operations? A: Clearly the integration of computer-aided design has changed procedures, as CAD production of documents has become mandatory. The process in our office has not been smooth, but it has been essential. For many years we were learning on-the-run with cost over-runs too common. Training in colleges has gradually reduced the breadth of education, with less emphasis on technical teaching, putting more on businesses to teach graduates how to be productive in the real world. Programs which place students in working offices help, but I think there is a case for a form of apprenticeship enabling more businesses to employ young designers. Q: Which projects are you most proud of? A: (i) We designed several earth-covered homes utilising a prefabricated system by Terra Dome Australia. These homes were based on two modules of domed concrete, 7.3 and 8.5m square respectively, utilising transportable aluminium formwork. Various layouts and configurations were explored producing homes with outstanding daylight. The shells were waterproofed, insulated with polystyrene and covered with 1200mm of soil obtaining superior insulation and a strongly fire-protective shell. Internal temperatures were contained around a 10deg variance all year round.

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Various designs, some including multiple modules and, in one case, a two-storey version, were built in the Adelaide hills, the Blue Mountains and several in the Dandenong Ranges, Healesville and as close as Lysterfield. (ii) A home we developed on the Heritage Golf Course (pictured, opposite) holds a special place in my list of memorable projects. When I first visited a steeply sloping site, I was impressed by the view facing south over the golf course. The elevated view was framed on both sides by large homes. Our design intent was to optimise the views throughout the home and to create a sense of panorama upon entry. Strict estate guidelines dictated certain features including colour scheme, roof pitch and the use of stone. Our solution was to use a wedged core of vision to expand the view, by creating two stone walls splaying out from the entry. By splitting the floor level we were able to maintain a view from the entry and all parts of the home downwards towards the fairway. A significant feature was a state-of-the-art theatre/rumpus room, built as a part basement, effectively making the home three storeys. Electronics were a feature and, at the time of construction, this home was at the cutting edge of automation and technology in Melbourne. Externally, Kanmantoo bluestone and ceramic shingle tiles imported from Spain gave the home an elegant and distinctive feel. The stone continued through the house. Altogether, the intricacies of detailing and finishes gave the home a special feel, for which I am proud to have been responsible. Continued page 18.....

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Q: What advice would you give to a student building designer? A: Firstly, get on to building sites as often as possible to observe how buildings actually go together. Ask questions, and when faced with a problem, propose a solution before asking for help. Q: How do I see yourself spending your retirement days? A: Firstly, my wife and I have travel plans for overseas and around Australia. I hope to spend more time with grandchildren, and I have several sporting interests, having played tennis since age 9, started golf 15-20 years ago and lawn bowls in recent years. I hope to play each more often than occasionally. When I was young I used to enjoy painting and I plan to re-invent my skills in this area. Mental stimulation will come from the work I do for Habitat for Humanity, and my wife is keen to develop my bridge skills. Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be? A: An architect.

Robert & Gillian McLauchlan, with Peter Jackson at the BDAV 2016 Annual Dinner

Q: What is your favourite Australian building? A: The Sydney Opera House. Q: What is your favourite international building? A: ‘Fallingwater’ by Frank Lloyd Wright.

ABOUT ROBERT MCLAUCHLAN Robert McLauchlan leaves a legacy for the building design profession, being one of the ‘founding members’ of the BDAV. He contributed to the progression of the Association which has become the successful well-regarded industry body it is today. He joined the Association in 1991, and served two consecutive terms as BDAV President, from 1993 to 1997, when the profession was going through a significant milestone, with the introduction of registration of building practitioners in Victoria, including Draftspersons. At that time, the BDAV had 42 members. It has grown significantly over the years, and currently has more than 1,800 members. During his career in the industry, Rob has mentored and nurtured several Building Designers who worked for him, who have since gone on to run their own successful building design businesses, including Peter Jackson, Zol Nagy, Mal Waters, and Kevin Starling. Rob leaves a successful, award-winning design business in the hands of another BDAV Member, Jahan Trevena, who recently bought the business, so the McLauchlan name will live on. The new owner is retaining the existing staff, including Steve Guiney who has been with Rob for 20 years, and Les Serin, Rob’s Technical expert, who has been with him for 25 years. Congratulations Rob McLauchlan on a successful journey in the building design profession, and best wishes from all the friends you have made along the way.

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Planning Topics


PLANNING TIDBITS

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

G A R D E N A R E A C L A R I F I C AT I O N – K I N D O F. . . ?

1. Background Regular planning permit applicants will be aware that in March 2017 Planning Scheme Amendment VC110 amended the General and Neighbourhood Residential Zones in Victoria’s Planning Schemes. Changes included a new mandatory Garden Area requirement within these Zones. The new requirements for Garden Areas were: Lot Size in Square Metres

Minimum % of lot required to be set aside for Garden Area

400 – 500

25%

501- 650

30%

650

35%

A definition of “Garden Area” was introduced to Clause 72 of the Planning Schemes: An uncovered outdoor area of a dwelling or residential building normally associated with a garden. It includes open entertaining areas, decks, lawns, garden beds, swimming pools, tennis courts and the like. It does not include a driveway, any area set aside for car parking, any building or roofed area and any area that has a dimension of less than 1 metre. The somewhat ambiguous nature of the GA definition and the provisions contained within the Neighbourhood and General Residential zones raised a number of perplexing questions, such as: • Can applicants include area under eaves as part of the GA calculation? • Can areas under pergolas, porches or cantilevered first floor elements be included in the GA calculation?

calculation. However, on other questions, individual councils varied significantly in their interpretation and application of the provisions. 2. VCAT’s Interpretation In early May, two significant VCAT decisions tested the Garden Area provisions and provided practitioners with some guidance. But, it was not all good news. In Guler v Brimbank CC (Red Dot) [2018] VCAT 646 the Tribunal found that the areas underneath the eaves and extended roofline of the proposal must be excluded from the calculation of the ‘garden area’ because they are not ‘uncovered outdoor areas’, and because they are ‘roofed areas’ within the ordinary meaning of those terms; In Sargentson v Campaspe SC (Red Dot) [2018] VCAT 710 the Tribunal found that the garden area had to be uncovered, and could include outdoor areas normally associated with a dwelling, such as service yards. The decision also looked at how to allocate the required 25% Garden Area in a subdivision. In its decision, the Tribunal noted that the level of interpretation required to determine what fell inside or outside of the definition of Garden Area was ‘perplexing’ and suggested additional clarity was needed. 3. Amendment VC143 Shortly after the above VCAT decisions were published, on 15 May 2018, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) gazetted amendment VC143. The amendment seeks to clarify the Garden Area provisions and their exemptions. The most significant changes are discussed below: 3.1 New garden area definition The definition of a Garden Area has been changed to: Any area on a lot with a minimum dimension of 1 metre that does not include: a) a dwelling or residential building, except for:

• What about areas covered by rainwater tanks, rubbish bins, garden sheds and other similar services?

• an eave, fascia or gutter that does not exceed a total width of 600mm;

• If the application includes ‘subdivision’ and ‘development’, must 25% GA be designated to each new?

• a pergola;

and the list goes on… Despite the ambiguity of the provisions, in our experience, Councils assessing planning permit applications were generally happy to include the area under eaves as part of the overall Garden Area

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• unroofed terraces, patios, decks, steps or landings less than 800mm in height; • a basement that does not project above ground level;

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PLANNING TIDBITS

• Any outbuilding that does not exceed a gross floor area of 10 square metres; and

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• Domestic services normal to a dwelling or residential building; B) a driveway; or C) an area set aside for car parking. This definition makes it clear that the following areas can be included in the GA calculation, if they have a minimum dimension of 1m: • Areas under an eave of 600mm width or less;

boundaries, even if no vegetation/garden is proposed in that area and the area includes domestic services; • The new GA definition means that areas under balconies and canter-levered upper levels cannot be included in the GA calculation. 3.2 Clarified subdivision requirements

• Areas under a pergola;

Most notably, the change to the GA requirements clarifies that the 25% GA requirement need only be applied to lots ‘capable of development for a dwelling or residential building’.

• Areas under unroofed patios, terraces, decks, steps and landing less than 800mm high;

3.3 GA requirements can be switched off in the schedule to zones

• Areas over a basement, providing the basement does not protrude above natural ground level;

Councils now have the ability to switch off the Garden Area requirements in the schedules to the NRZ and GRZ.

• Areas under any outbuilding that does not exceed 10sqm, including sheds, pool equipment rooms and alike;

3.4 New garden area requirement exemptions contained within the zones

• Areas under domestic services such as air-conditioning units, hot water services, water tanks, bins and alike.

Both the NRZ and GRZ now include the following exemptions to the Garden Area requirements within the provisions of the zone. The GA requirements do apply to:

Other interesting implications of the change to the GA definition include: • The removal of the phrase ‘outdoor area of a dwelling or residential building normally associated with a garden’. Clause 1 believes by deleting these words from the definition applicants can now confidently include 1m setbacks alongside

• An application for subdivision creating a vacant residential lot less than 400sqm, if the lot is created in accordance with an approved precinct structure plan (or equivalent) or an approved permit for development; • The construction or extension of a dwelling or residential building if: Continued page 22....

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- Specified in the schedule to the zone (as noted above); - The lot is designated as a medium density housing site in an approved precinct structure plan or an approved equivalent strategic plan; - The lot is designated as a medium density housing site in an incorporated plan or approved development plan; or • An application to alter or extend an existing building that did not comply with the minimum garden area requirement of Clause 32.09-4 on the approval date of Amendment VC110. 4.

New Practice note

A new practice note has been published by the Department that is designed to assist practitioners’ understanding of these provisions. View: Planning Practice Note 84: Applying the Minimum Garden Area Requirements at: www.planning.vic.gov.au/publications/planning-practice-notes Importantly, Clause 1’s reading of the practice note has identified interesting anomalies between the practice note and the actual wording of the exemptions from GA requirements contained within the NRZ and GRZ. We have written a separate article below that looks at this issue. 5.

In closing

Amendment VC143 appears to be a response from the State Government to the concerns raised by both Councils and practitioners to the initial implementation to the Garden Area requirements. These most recent changes are important for permit applicants to understand. Should you have any queries in relation to the Garden Area changes, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

We note that there is currently no definition within the Victorian Planning Provisions as to what constitutes: 1. ‘medium density housing’ or; 2. ‘an approved equivalent strategic plan’. We expect the interpretation of these two terms will have significant ramifications for how widely this exemption to the Garden Area requirements will be cast. Clause 1 has formed the opinion that an equivalent approved strategic plan could include policy and strategic plans already contained within State or Local Planning Provisions that identifies areas: • Suitable for increased housing density; • As incremental or substantial change areas; • As housing diversity areas; or • Areas suitable for increased density due to proximity to activity centres or the principle public transport network; If such a definition was accepted by Councils (or VCAT) it would mean the exemptions from Garden Area requirements would be widespread on land already identified within Victoria’s Planning Schemes as suitable for medium density housing. Permit applicants should review the Local Planning Provisions affecting their land. In circumstances where the land is designated as a medium density site, the above exemption should be discussed with Council. However, do not expect them to be keen to apply it. We are hopeful that VCAT will be given an opportunity to clarify the definition of ‘medium density housing’, ‘an approved equivalent strategic plan’ and the extent to which this exemption can be applied, sooner rather than later.

NEW GARDEN AREA CHANGES: PUTS A LID ON ONE CAN OF WORMS AND OPENS ANOTHER

BUSHFIRE PRONE AREAS – GAME CHANGER

Leading on from the above article, we wanted to discuss the potential impact of the new exemptions from the Garden Area Requirements contained in both the NRZ and GRZ.

In December 2017 planning scheme amendment VC140 was introduced into the Victorian Planning Provisions. The amendment inserted an updated Clause 10 and 13 to the VPPs. The changes include, inter alia, a requirement for responsible authorities to:

Amendment VC143 goes a long way to provide much-needed clarity to some of the issues practitioners have faced when interpreting the GA requirements. However, Clause 1 expects that the new exemptions will open an entirely new can of worms. Of note are the exemptions contained in both 32.08-4 and 32.09-4, specifically the following exemption that specifies that the Garden Area requirements do not apply to: • An application to construct or extend a dwelling or residential building on a lot if: The lot is designated as a medium density housing site in an approved precinct structure plan or an approved equivalent strategic plan.

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• Prioritise the protection of human life and the management of bushfire impact. Consider bushfire risk in bushfire prone areas when assessing a planning permit application for specified uses and development such as accommodation, childcare and hospitals, etc. The implications of VC140 has taken both permit applicants and numerous Councils by surprise, because they apply even if the subject site is not affected by a Bushfire Management Overlay

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In a recent VCAT case, Brown v Manningham CC [2018] VCAT 678, the Tribunal noted the following: 7. The changes to clause 13.05-1 include a clear statement that the Bushfire State planning policy must be applied to all planning and decision-making under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The policy not only applies to land that is subject to a Bushfire Management Overlay in the planning scheme, but it also applies to land within a designated Bushfire Prone Area and land proposed to be used or developed in a way that may create a bushfire hazard. The revised Clause 13.05 specifies: In a bushfire prone area designated in accordance with regulations made under the Building Act 1993, bushfire risk should be considered when assessing planning applications for the following uses and development. The relevant list of use and development includes: •

Subdivisions of more than 10 lots.

Accommodation (including a dwelling).

Childcare centre.

Education centre.

Emergency services facility.

• Hospital. •

Indoor recreation facility.

Major sports and recreation facility.

Place of assembly.

• Any application for development that will result in people congregating in large numbers. Clause 13 requires that, in the above type of applications, an appropriate bushfire risk assessment must be completed and consultation with relevant fire authority (CFA) undertaken. In Brown v Manningham, the Tribunal went on to say: 10 In addition to the changes made to clause 13.05-1, clause 10.04 has also been amended. Previously, it required planning and responsible authorities to undertake a balancing of conflicting objectives in the range of policies relevant to a proposal. Clause 10.04 has been amended to include a final sentence that elevates the need to prioritise the protection of human life over all other policy considerations:

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Planning authorities and responsible authorities should endeavour to integrate the range of policies relevant to the issues to be determined and balance conflicting objectives in favour of net community benefit and sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. However, in bushfire affected areas, planning authorities and responsible authorities must prioritise the protection of human life over all other policy considerations. or developed in a way that may create a bushfire hazard. 11 The Tribunal has previously noted in other recent decisions that prioritising one policy above all other policies appears to be a unique provision in the Planning Scheme. … 14 … It appears that Councils and Permit Applicants in particular may not necessarily be aware of the new considerations contained in clause 13.05. Given there is the possibility of these considerations necessitating changes to the detail contained in planning applications, the Tribunal would encourage all Councils and Permit Applicants to consider the relevance of clause 13.05 as part of the preparation and consideration of all permit applications, including those currently before the Tribunal. So, in summary, planning permit applicants should be aware that they must now: 1. Verify if their land is identified as a Bush Fire Prone area designated in accordance with regulations made under the Building Act 1993; 2. If land is designated under the Building Act as a Bush Fire Prone area, a bushfire risk assessment must be undertaken and may require referral to the relevant fire authority (CFA), even if the site is not contained within a Bushfire Management Overlay. Most municipalities are not yet aware of the potential implications of this new bushfire-protection regime. We recommend that permit applicants take the lead and raise this issue with Councils if your land is considered bushfire prone under the Building Regs, even if not effected by a Bushfire Management Overlay.

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Verity Campbell shares some insights into the future of architectural media Last month I was invited to be a guest speaker at a CPD session n Sydney on the future of architecture in the media. As panellists, we were briefed to talk about augmented reality, what’s next after Instagram, how can small design businesses get their projects published and so on. Although I was invited to speak at a session set up to ponder the future, I felt it was incumbent upon me to not feed the beast. Because I know through my communications business that “overwhelm” for building designers and architects is unfortunately a regular if not constant companion, and no small part of this comes through trying to understand and manage marketing and communications in 2018, let alone 2028. And a large part of my practice is talking to people about making sure the “why” of their business is clearly understood and articulated, before getting busy-busy on communication tools. So what does the future hold? Will we be using virtual reality in our practices to explain projects to clients? Yes, we will; some practices are already doing this, and any medium that helps better explain a project to a layperson is welcome indeed. Will Instagram have been superseded by another social networking service we’ll be scrambling to jump aboard? Probably. And will it still be challenging to get projects published to connect with new clients? Definitely. It is easier to get published these days, but less certain how useful this is to your business. There has been much change to date, and there will be much change in the future. Instead of trying to predict what might be coming our way, I wanted to share some things I’ve been thinking about with the audience on the night, and with you too, here, because I think if you can be more aware of the basic principles of communications for your practice – what you’re trying to do, and why – you can be clearer about which new opportunities are actually going to be beneficial to your business. “The medium is the message” seems very relevant to me right now. This saying comes from Canadian professor and philosopher Marshall McLuhan, whose work is one of the cornerstones of media theory. My understanding of what McLuhan was saying through “the medium is the message” is that it’s not so much the content, it’s the medium that changes you – whether it be TV, newspaper, or Instagram. Meaning, mediums change you because they force you to favour certain parts of your brain over others.

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I think that’s interesting to reflect on if you think of the way people increasingly experience architecture these days – typically through a constant stream of polished professional hero shots (on Instagram) or through an ever changing scroll of project profiles (on architecture blogs). The mediums favour micro moments over long form engagement – and to standout as one of those micro moments requires a “breakthrough”. What do these breakthrough moments look like? These mediums reduce the whole design and build experience and process into a handful of hero shots. But we know that prospective clients need so much more than a hero shot to base a sound decision on whether to do business with you. They want to know about you, your approach to design, project management, your team, your business and so on. So my feeling is that while these mediums are seductive and enjoyable (hey, I enjoy them just as much as the next person), they are ultimately unsuccessful tools for making meaningful connections for your business. To make meaningful connections, I believe, requires long form communications – and face to face – which makes it easer to assess, when new social networking software or tools come our way, whether they should be added to our business communications practices.

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TODD’S APPS

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

UMAKE

Umake is an app that is punching well above its weight. One of those apps that whenyou read a bit about it, you think to yourself: ‘hmmm yep they’re just talking it up a bit and will be really clunky and really doesn’t deliver’ – not so. I’m not even sure what kind of app I would classify this as – essentially, it’s a tablet version of Sketch-up combined with AR capabilities. I haven’t done much more than scratch the surface of it – suffice to say you can generate quite quickly 3D models with quite advanced tools such as rotation and arrays etc. Drop a background on it and pan/ zoom away. The real trick is that you can also create an object then engage the AR feature where the object appears in situ – including shadows etc. scalable and rotatable. So, if you want to whip up a joinery unit, or a spaceship then place it in a room – take a snapshot of what it will look like…then this could be your

‘go to’ app. online. Mac Pro due for an update; which if they do could also be quite impressive. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s got one of these maybe even get a review from them?

SHAPR3D

Whilst we’re in the mood for CAD type apps – again best way to describe this is more or less a Sketch up type program. The user interface is great as are the tutorials. Very powerful and simple to use to create anything you want in 3D – all the usual surface and shape manipulation tools. A neat little method I noticed in one of the tutorials was to work up the shapes and forms for a city scape, buildings and roads etc. then simply worked over the top by hand sketching using a pencil/stylus to get a really organic, sketchy but both vibrant and accurate presentation.

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Not convinced trying to work up schematics and sketches on a tablet let alone an iPhone is the way forward for you? I get that – no arguments here. Nothing beats the freedom of hand sketching to quickly explore or demonstrate an idea or concept. The roughness of the paper, the resistance of the pen on the surface and the almost infinite pressure and stroke choice that only the tactile nature of hand sketching can give. Well, there could be a solution for you electronically too! Slate by ISKN is a digitising clipboard of sorts; you simply clip a piece of paper to it – any kind of paper you like, then grab any pen you want (slip on the electronic ring) – and start drawing. Your sketch will be produced by hand on the paper and instantly digitised onto your tablet or smart phone – either for further editing or simply to store or send. Would certainly be the best of both worlds for some. Check it out.

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S T E E L S TA N D A R D M A K I N G A N I M PA C T E V E R Y D AY

The steel used to construct fences, lighting poles, steel framed houses and shelves in major retailers is the focus of a newly published standard backed by Australian research and the latest technology.

“World-leading research undertaken by Australian experts has featured prominently in this standard,” said Dr Evans. “There is also a brand new section on fire design guiding the use of this steel in mitigating the impact of fires.”

“The type of steel covered by this standard, often referred to as light gauge steel, is everywhere,” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans. “Not only is it in the shelves and racks of popular retailers and major warehouses around Australia, but many shopping centres will also use this steel in construction, proving the far-reaching impact of the standard.”

“This new standard is a quantum leap forward for the steel industry,” said Chair of the Standards Australia Technical Committee responsible for the standard, Professor Greg Hancock. “This is a world leading standard which places Australia at the top of the list in terms of the most innovative steel consumers.”

AS/NZS 4600:2018, Cold-formed steel structures has been published following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand. This standard also has the potential to be a primary reference in the National Construction Code 2019.

“The benefit of this standard goes well beyond the steel industry,” said Dr Evans. “With such widespread use of this steel, the Australian and New Zealand public as a whole have the potential to see the changes intended by this standard.”

BUILDER DEREGISTERED AND D I S Q U A L I F I E D F O R M U LT I P L E O F F E N C E S

In April 2018 the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) deregistered and disqualified building practitioner Peter Nell from re-registering for three-years after substantiating allegations that he committed 11 breaches of the Building Act. Mr Nell was registered as a Domestic Builder (Limited) when he committed the breaches involving 26 building sites, primarily in Drouin. In making its ruling, the VBA found that Mr Nell had engaged in conduct that was negligent, and that the number of his breaches indicated a pattern of behaviour demonstrating that he was not fit to practice as a registered builder. VBA CEO, Sue Eddy, said Mr Nell’s conduct demonstrated a deliberate disregard for his responsibilities. “Mr Nell’s behaviour demonstrated across a number of builds was neglectful and failed to adhere to several basic regulatory requirements,” said Ms Eddy.

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NEW REPORT BLAMES IGNORANCE AND INDIFFERENCE FOR GRENFELL TOWER FIRE Systemic failure caused by several factors led to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire last year, according to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report released recently. Combustible cladding was not the only reason for the fire disaster; instead, factors such as ambiguities and inconsistencies in the regulatory framework; indifference to public safety issues by compromising quality and execution; lack of clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the renovation works; and inadequate regulatory oversight were responsible for the events that led to the fire. The Grenfell Tower fire killed 71 people last year. Commissioned by the UK Government following the fire, the report, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety ‘Building a Safer Future’ by Dame Judith Hackitt has reviewed existing building and fire safety regulations, and made recommendations for a new regulatory framework to be established for multi-storeyed, multi-occupancy buildings.

The fire that began with a faulty refrigerator in one of the apartments spread quickly through the combustible aluminium composite cladding on the facade, installed just the previous year during renovation works. However, the new report has shifted focus from the cladding to the systemic failure, and calls for a review of the existing regulatory framework. Interestingly, there is no recommendation for a ban on combustible cladding. Testing done on the cladding at 4,000 towers across the UK following the Grenfell Tower fire as a precautionary measure, found similar cladding material on some of the buildings. To mitigate the risk, the cladding was stripped off those buildings. The UK Government has also announced a £400 million plan to bear the cost of replacing dangerous cladding on tower blocks across the country. (Source: Architecture and Design)

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Victorian State Budget


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Kate Bell provides a snapshot on the Victorian State Budget 2018

When the Victorian State Budget was released on 1 May 2018 and the Federal Budget released on 8 May 2018, there was not much in the way of direct impact on the Victorian building design sector; however BDAV has highlighted some items that may have an impact on the design process as well as advantages for your business. VIC TORIAN BUDGE T

Streamlining for growth • The Victorian Planning Authority will receive funding to accelerate the sub-division of land for sale. Actions will include reducing capacity constraints on council approval processes, reducing delays associated with utility approvals, and improving guidelines for councils and developers to reduce uncertainty associated with turning precinct structure plans into subdivision permits.

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Additional resources for planning • Funding will be provided to increase capacity within the planning system, including the timely assessment of the record level of new planning applications and planning amendments. Building a safer Victoria • The Victorian Cladding Taskforce was established in response to safety issues presented by non-compliant combustible cladding on buildings. The work of the taskforce will continue, along with increased compliance inspections by the Victorian Building Authority. An audit will be conducted of premises and public buildings identified by the taskforce as being at higher risk. The Department will also develop a legislative change program. Building better apartments • In 2017-18 the Government introduced better apartment design standards, which have led to a positive transformation in the internal amenity of apartments in Victoria. The Government is continuing its investment and commitment to reform by providing funding for the development of new exterior apartment design standards, which will deliver a range of benefits, including improvements in the quality of building and finishes, and a higher quality public realm. Reforming local government planning • Funding will be provided to implement the third stage of Smart Planning in councils, including the development of a new format for local planning schemes and the creation of a planning dashboard. The alignment of local planning schemes to the State’s reformed planning provisions will reduce permit requirements and simplify planning schemes. The planning performance dashboard will bring together different monitoring data from permit, planning amendment and urban development processes to better understand planning outcomes. This will reduce transaction costs and improve consistency and accessibility to information for planning proponents.

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Power Saving Bonus • To ensure all Victorians are getting the best possible deal on their electricity bills, the Government will provide a $50 payment to all Victorian households that use Victorian Energy Compare to search for the cheapest electricity plan. Victorian Energy Compare is an independent Victorian Government tool that helps households find the best deal from all energy retailers. The Power Saving Bonus will encourage households to check the competitiveness of their current electricity plan on Victorian Energy Compare, and will raise awareness of the savings that can be achieved by regularly reviewing their plan. To be eligible, households must use Victorian Energy Compare between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2018. PAY R O L L TA X

Reduce payroll tax rate to 2.425 per cent for regional businesses • The payroll tax rate in regional Victoria will be cut to half the metropolitan rate. From 1 July 2018, the payroll tax rate for regional businesses will be reduced from 3.65 per cent to 2.425 per cent – the lowest rate in Australia. This will apply to regionally based businesses with payrolls that comprise at least 85 per cent wages associated with regional employees. This will further assist around 4 000 regional employers to grow their businesses and create jobs, and builds on cuts to the payroll tax rate announced and implemented as part of the 2017-18 Budget. Threshold increased • The payroll tax threshold increases from 1 July 2018 to $650,000, a change which will benefit around 38,000 businesses across the state. You can read the full Victorian Budget at https://www.budget.vic.gov.au/ Kate Bell is the BDAV’s CEO.

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M E M B E R S H I P R E N E WA L S by Evelyn Morraitis

As a member of the BDAV, you have probably realised along the way that our organisation does a lot more than you may have initially thought, and that we offer our members much more than anticipated. As the BDAV has reached the peak of its membership renewal period and the financial year draws to a close, we remind our members why being a member of the BDAV is crucial: 1. Expand your network and point of contacts The BDAV has a large portion of Corporate Members and industry professionals consisting of engineers, manufacturesr, building surveyors, planners and so on for our Building Design, Interior Design and Architectural members to build relationships with. As designers, it is a known fact that you cannot do your work successfully without your qualifications and a fair amount of practical experience, but in the ‘land of business’, the saying ‘who you know’ plays a large role in the success you have. The active members of the BDAV who are able to successfully create working, long-term relationships through our network, are subsequently able to share information with like-minded people, make influence and build personal friendships. For the student, graduate or member that is seeking employment, your next employer may be someone that you meet through the BDAV network; therefore establishing a strong network is key. 2.

Connect you with consumers and clients

FIND A DESIGNER, THERMAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSOR In 2017, the BDAV’s ‘Find a Designer, Consultant, Thermal Performance Assessor’ connected over 4,000 consumers with BDAV members. As a Full Member, Corporate Member or Thermal Performance Assessor, the BDAV ‘Find a Designer, Consultant, Thermal Performance Assessor’ is an exclusive membership benefit with no additional cost to participate. THE BDAV BRAND Make use of the BDAV’s prominence to your advantage by marketing yourself to prospective clients through the use of our logo. Full Members can utilise the BDAV logo by advertising it on your email signature, website, stationary and other marketing materials. By doing so, you are communicating to the prospective client that you take your work professionally and are constantly looking at improving your skills and industry practice by being affiliated with the BDAV. THE BDAV ANNUAL DESIGN AWARDS The BDAV annual design awards program offers all those who participate great marketing opportunities; • Full Members - those who enter the Awards program are essentially developing a marketing campaign for that project. The BDAV

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Awards submission requirements enables you to produce all that is required to market your project. In addition, all entries receive the opportunity to work one-on-one with Verity Campbell to produce a tailored marketing campaign for your submission/s. Through our Awards program, the BDAV connects the public with our participants through the People’s Choice Awards. • Student Members - student members that participate in our Awards and Grants programs are given the opportunity to attend the Awards evening where they can network with more than 300 industry professionals. Those students who are shortlisted in our awards and grants program receive complementary attendance to the awards evening where their works are showcased. Winners and commendations are also featured in the Awarded magazine (digital and print) and on the BDAV website and BDAV News website. 3. Continuing Professional Development It is a known fact that CPD is the key to staying on top of your game and in the loop in the latest industry education. Retain your BDAV membership to be the first to know about our CPD events programs and to receive discounts to BDAV events. The BDAV provides our members with a range of CPD events including seminars, workshops, webinars and CPD event recordings to assist members in the growth of their professionalism. 4. Membership Benefits Like most membership-based organisations, the BDAV prides itself in offering members discounts on business-related products and services. For example, BDAV members receive over 70% off the BCA through SAI Global, discounts on PI and PL insurance through BDAV partner, Webber Insurance, complimentary brief advice on legal advice, planning issues and financial services, and more. To access all membership benefits, please refer to our website. 5. Accreditation The BDAV is an Accrediting Organisation for Thermal Performance Assessor under the NatHERS scheme. Representing over 69% of Australia’s NATHERS accredited assessors, the BDAV offers extensive benefits for our members that are engaged in the energy rating space. BDAV’s accreditation program encourages best practice and improved standards for energy rating.

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V B A C O M P U L S O R Y C P D – W H E R E I S I T AT ? by Evelyn Morraitis

At recent BDAV CPD events, a number of Members have asked about the status of the Victorian Building Authority’s Compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. As all Members would be aware, in 2016 changes to the Building Act, introduced a maximum 5 year registration period for all registered building practitioners. This means as well as an annual fee and insurance check, every 5 years you need to:

In late 2015 and early 2017, BDAV and other industry stakeholders were consulted on a possible framework. BDAV has been lobbying for a system which reflects the BDAV Voluntary CPD program, which is an extremely flexible system allowing for the use of the following:

Structured

Unstructured

Structured on-the-job training

Meetings

Industry based education

Committee representation

Seminars/workshops

Discussion groups

Short courses

Mentoring

3. Declare that you have not committed any offences or breaches prescribed in the Building Regulations

University training

Lecturing

Vocational education

Article preparation

4. Authorise the VBA to complete a National Police Check.

Information sessions

Private/individual studies

Trade sessions

Service to the professions

1. Provide your personal contact information 2. State which category and class of building practitioner you seek to renew

5. Provide proof that you are covered by the required insurance. 6. Provide payment of the registration renewal fee. 7. Provide updated photo identification.

Conferences

8. Provide evidence of complying with any prescribed CPD requirements

The VBA is still developing the framework, which industry has been informed will require a regulatory impact statement and that stakeholders and practitioners will have at least 12 months to prepare for the implementation of the CPD program.

For those of you who have already transitioned to the 5 year cycle, you might wonder why you weren’t asked about the CPD requirement. While changes to the Building Act provide for CPD activities to be considered as part of the above process, the requirements will not be enforced by the VBA until they are included in the Building Regulations – which appears to be a case of when, not if.

Once the system is finalised, the BDAV will ensure that it tailors its annual CPD program to assist you in achieving the VBA’s requirements in the most efficient, effective and economical (both time and money) manner. The Association will also update the CPD Manager in the Members area of the website, for ease of submitting evidence to the VBA.

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8. Industry trends and updates

In 2017, the BDAV had over 170 members volunteer their time to assist with the various government/industry lobbying we undertook. As a member, you too can support the BDAV in advocating and influencing legislative changes. Regardless of whether you choose to be actively involved in aiding the BDAV advocate and lobby relevant industry issues, as a BDAV member, we will always communicate with you what we are doing on your behalf.

The BDAV offers a range of various communication channels to ensure that all members are kept up to date with any news or industry developments. BDAV members have access to our weekly electronic bulletin, our monthly magazine Intersect, and various social media channels.

7. Best business The BDAV offers its members access to our extensive online library which ranges from technical and practice notes, to management and legal notes. As 61% of our members are sole practitioners, and 25% are small business owners, the BDAV library gives access to material that is also business related, for example wages information, copyright and marketing.

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Did you know that according to the Subcontractors Association, over 85% of businesses that fail are not members of an affiliated association? Renew your BDAV membership before 30th June. Payment plan options are available upon request. Haven’t received your renewal notice yet? Contact us on (03) 9416 0227 or email us at info@bdav.org.au Evelyn Morraitis is the BDAV’s Membership & Corporate Partnership Officer

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


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Sid Thoo shares some insights about being audited as an Accredited Thermal Performance Assessor In addition to being an architect and consultant who specialises in eco-effective building design, I am also a Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) accredited thermal performance assessor. Unbelievably, accreditation is not mandatory. Anyone can use NatHERS software to perform an energy rating. However, to be an accredited assessor requires a number of steps need to be fulfilled including: • successfully completing a Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment (costing several thousand dollars); • being a member of an Assessor Accrediting Organisation (AAO); • agreeing to comply with a professional code of conduct; • having professional indemnity insurance; • undertaking minimum Continuing Professional Development activities; and • if selected, submitting to an audit. It’s this last requirement that most accredited assessors dread. I would like to think I complete my house energy ratings diligently, and comply with all the technical requirements of theNatHERS protocol. However, there’s nothing quite like having my work scrutinised by one my peers to make me wonder if I am as diligent as I would like to believe! I lodged the project information for audit. For those of you that have never been audited, a grade of 80% or higher is required to pass.

window openability, window head height, window system type and window group type. Several wing walls were omitted. Several relevant plan pages were not provided. The floor type was not clear from the plan pages provided. No insulation requirements or building sealing requirements were shown on the plans. Insulation Contact (IC or IC-4) recessed downlights were noted in the NATHERS Certificate but not specified anywhere on the plans. Ouch. Yes, I really did wince when I finished reading the report. Having achieved such a poor result, a teleconference was then scheduled with the BDAV to discuss the results and required remedial action. It briefly crossed my mind to just say “stuff it” and forgo my accreditation; however here was a valuable learning opportunity to maximise my learning from a more experienced peer. Prior to the remedial meeting, I systematically worked through each issue raised in the report and kept a running spreadsheet of how each correction affected the calculated star rating. You can view a spreadsheet of the corrections I made at https://bit.ly/2K0gIuy. Through this process, and in addition to the feedback received in the report and during the teleconference, I realised there were a number of areas for significant improvement: • Some zones types had been modelled incorrectly; • The construction of some external walls had been modelled incorrectly; • I had been using the wrong type of reflective air gap for the intended performance; • I had omitted some vertical screens and wing walls;

I got 56%. Yep. How embarrassing. The nine-page report I received back provided a comprehensive list of all the technical errors I had made in my house energy rating. The audit report stated as follows: This rating for a complex small house was poorly done and achieved a check score of 56% which is not to an acceptable standard due to the number of errors and omissions found. Errors were found with floor height above ground, zone partitioning, zoning, floor areas, zone volumes, floor type, floor coverings, roof type, roof construction, air gap emissivities to roofs and walls, roof colour, wall type, wall dimensions, eave offsets, shading screen dimensions, window dimensions, window opening style,

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• I had incorrectly inputted the data for some horizontal screens; and • Drawings, notation and documentation supplied did not correspond with data used in the rating. The last of these was perhaps the most valuable thing to realise. I generally complete my house energy ratings early on in the design process, typically just before a planning or development application is submitted. I believe this is the optimum stage at which to check how a proposed design is likely to perform, as it then means inexpensive or simple design changes can be made before being submitted for approval. You can read more about this approach at https://bit.ly/2wixqTQ.

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However, sometimes variations and changes still occur after a development approval has been received and while the building licence and construction drawings are being prepared. For example, in this project the external wall construction for the main living area changed and some window openings were consolidated, which meant that the original house energy rating I had conducted needed to be updated. My construction drawings were now inconsistent with the rating, which could have created confusionfor the builder with their costing and/or during construction. This was a most crucial lesson for me to learn - the houses we rate will only have good thermal performance if they are built according to the assumptions made and information inputted into the rating. This information needs to be clearly communicated to the owners, architects, building designers and builders who will be involved with the project long after the rating has been stamped and certified. Somewhat ironically, after completing all of the corrections identified in the report, while the heating and cooling loads changed with each update, the final rating for the house remained the same - 8.1 stars. This came as something of a relief, as I believe this demonstrates that my understanding of how to design a thermally efficient house is fundamentally sound. However, I also appreciate that for a rating scheme such as NatHERS to be successful, it is vitally important that the way the software is used and how data entered is as consistent as possible. While it can be confronting and a bit humiliating to have your work examined and found to be an unacceptable standard, I remain a strong advocate of the auditing and accreditation process. I genuinely believe these processes play an important part in helping to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Australia; that’s ultimately what I am striving for as an eco-effective architect. While we might prefer to receive positive comments and compliments that make us feel good about ourselves, it’s often when we receive critical (but constructive) feedback that we really get the opportunity to grow, develop and improve. Even if you don’t get audited anytime soon, I encourage you to adopt this attitude in other parts of your professional and personal life! Thanks to the BDAV for the valuable learning experience! Sid Thoo is an award-winning architect, educator and consultant who designs quality, eco-effective homes that are sustainable and won’t cost a fortune. He is also an accredited Thermal Performance Assessor under the NatHERS scheme.

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Celebrated Building Design firm, Archsign, who have been applauded for their excellent work ethic and comradery over more than 28 years in the industry, are NOW EYEING an enthusiastic key player to join the design and drafting team. Must have minimum 5 years’ experience, qualified in building design, architecture or equivalent; technical knowledge and understanding of the Building Codes in Australia; competence dealing with clients, consultants and councils. Applications to ned@archsign.com.au.

Habitech Systems seeks a senior documenter wishing to work in a dynamic new modular design space. We seek an experienced draftsperson with REVIT-based residential experience and a passion for creating more sustainable housing solutions. Working with our team of architects, we seek a senior staff member with a depth of construction knowledge and design experience. Remuneration will be above award rates, based on experience. Further information available at http://www.habitechsystems.com. au/senior-documenter-role/. Applications to careers@habitechsystems.com.au

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REALM Building Design, based in Echuca, northern Victoria, seeks a design professional to join our creative team. The right person will be passionate, have the ability to liaise with clients, manage and organise projects and see the documentation through to completion. This position requires the ability to think creatively, document effectively using REVIT and apply a sound knowledge of construction and the relevant Regulations. Interior Design experience would be an advantage. Applications to janita@realmbuildingdesign. com. E N ER G Y A S S E S S OR RE Q U I RE D

AJP Engineering is looking for an energy assessor to join our virtual team, who is self-motivated, passionate about building performance, and able to work from home. Skillset required: ABSA accreditation or BDAV Thermal Performance Assessor (or working towards either), self-motivated, excellent communication skills. For application details, go to https://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ Members/ajpengineering/energy-efficiency-assessor-and-advisor. Contact Andrew at andrew@ajpengineering.com.au. D RA F T S P ER S O N RE Q U I RE D : PART - T I M E / C A S U A L

CA Building Design, located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, currently seek a part time/casual draftsperson proficient in using Revit/AutoCad. Candidates must have min. 2 years’ residential experience. Please send CV to info@cabuildingdesign.com.au.

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SAC Building Workshop, based on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, seeks a talented AutoCAD - Revit Designer & Documenter. Candidates must be motivated and able to work autonomously, as well as part of a team. You will work on all stages of a project including concept design, design development and construction documentation; and preparing accurate detailed and fit-for-purpose documentation. Applicants must have a tertiary qualification; minimum 3 years’ local experience across residential, multi-residential and industrial-commercial; proficient knowledge in Revit, AutoCAD and 3D software; an understanding of planning and building codes. Please send your resume and covering letter to inquiries@sacbw.com. AR C H I TE C T U RA L D RA F T S P ER S O N – C O N TRA C T P O S I T I O N

A Contract Architectural Draftsperson is required for a small design & building company located in the Waverley area. Must be proficient in AutoCad (Revit would be an advantage) and possess a minimum of 2 years’ Architectural Drafting experience. The work will predominantly be the creation of construction drawings from initial concept plans and sketches. Working 2-3 days per week with flexible hours from our Mt. Waverley office will be required initially (however this is open for further discussion). Please contact Tony on 0416 015 393 or via email at tony@lagreca.com.au to discuss.

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Taylor Reynolds Architects, an award-winning firm located in Fitzroy that works across single and multi-residential projects, seeks an experienced (5+ years) Architect or Senior Documenter to join our expanding team. You will work both independently and collaboratively on construction drawings for multi-residential projects. Strong construction knowledge as well as working familiarity with the NCC and client/consultant relations are essential. Proficiency in AutoCad and drawing management are a must. As the practice is moving toward 3D BIM, an individual with training in ArchiCAD or Revit would be an advantage. Applications to info@taylorreynolds.com.au. Continued page 46....

Industry recruitment specialists for Architects, Building Designers, Property Developers and Interior Designers Remuneration advice, market updates, expert knowledge, permanent, temporary and contract recruitment.

Phone 03 9349 1055 www/bloomfieldtremayne.com.au

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For more information on BDAV News, Events, CPD Courses and Awards, visit news.bdav.org.au.

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Beyond Design Group, based in Bundoora, is seeking a junior draftsperson who has some experience using AutoCAD. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, easy to get along with, a team player, motivated and a good communicator. If you fit this criteria, please email your resume to admin@ beyondesign.com.au. RE V I T D O C U M E N TER – C O N TRA C T ; I M M E D I ATE S TART

Carlton-based design-focused architectural practice, Ridolfi Architects, seeks a talented Revit Documenter. Must be highly motivated and able to work autonomously, and part of a team. You will work on all stages of a project including concept design, design development and construction documentation; and preparing accurate detailed and fit-for-purpose documentation. Applicants must have a tertiary qualification; minimum 3 years’ local experience, across residential, multi-residential and serviced apartments; proficient knowledge in Revit, AutoCAD and 3D software; an understanding of all planning and building codes. Please send your resume and covering letter to architecture@ridolfi.net.au. S T U D E N T M E M BER S EEK S W ORK E X P ER I E N C E

Student Member in first year of Building Design at Box Hill Institute seeks work experience. She is located in the inner west and available for any amount of work that is offered to her. Please contact Amanda Marshall at caspargh@me.com. M E M BER S EEK S W ORK

Designer with four years’ experience seeks long-term, fulltime role. Proficient in ArchiCad and specialises in construction documentation. Experience includes bespoke housing, townhouses, multi-unit, renovations and some commercial and high-rise projects. Please contact Ben on 0412 904 315 or benjaminkiri@hotmail.com for further information. G RA D U ATE D RA F T S P ER S O N S EEK S W ORK

Graduated in Building Design - Architectural seeking contract work/part-time/casual-work. Use Revit and SketchUp. Call Thai on 0413 966 395 or email thai1105@outlook.com.

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Mature 33 year old, final year student in Advanced Diploma of Building Design seeking part time work/experience. Has good knowledge of CAD and render software eg: ArchiCad, Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Lumion, TwinMotion, Photoshop etc. Available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekends. Preferable location between Melbourne and Frankston (eastern suburbs). Contact Konstantin on 0401 661 994. PA S S I O N ATE B U I L D I N G D E S I G N ER S EEK S J OB I N RE S I D E N T I A L D E S I G N & C O N S TR U C T I O N

What I could bring to your organisation includes technical background; two years’ experience in building design; refreshed with formal education in Advanced Diploma in Building Design – Architectural; Diploma of Building Construction – Building (Second Year); design skills: AutoCAD and Revit; full-time, part-time or casual; passionate for CPD; attending BDAV seminars regularly; available on short notice, work on weekends if required. Please contact anil.sharma78@outlook. com for further discussion. [ Editor’s Note: several of these positions have been edited to fit available space. Please go to the Job Listings section at www.bdav.org.au to read the full descriptions.]

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BDAV membership is the ultimate designers ‘must have’.

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

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

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

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

• Help Desk

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

• Student Scholarships/Grants/ Awards

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


designing amazing spaces

Building Designers can offer an incredible range of design skills to your project To get in touch with a BDAV building designer, go to www.bdav.org.au

Intersect June 2018  

Monthly journal of the Building Designers Association of Victoria, containing news of interest to design professionals.

Intersect June 2018  

Monthly journal of the Building Designers Association of Victoria, containing news of interest to design professionals.