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MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016 VOLUME 71 ISSUE 01

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A crossroads for our industry

2016 Members Conference: Don’t miss it!

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR

A moment of your time... Behind my desk sit several stacks of extra copies of Master Builder from the past year. Among them is the April-May 2015 edition, the cover lines of which read “The Industry EBA: seeking the strongest possible outcome”. Is it odd to find ourselves focussed so intently on the very same thing nearly a year later? Yes and no. Back in April, most of us would probably have guessed that by now the details of the Industry EBA would have long since been worked out, in excruciating detail. After all, as we know, the current EBA passed its nominal expiry date last March—ample time, it would seem, to hammer out even the most complicated negotiation. But as our CEO, Radley de Silva, has shared consistently, this particular enterprise bargaining agreement has a lot riding on it for the health of our industry and the quality of life in Victoria; it is not to be taken lightly. To help ensure an outcome that offers the best to all parties involved with this negotiation, we need to be well informed and fully prepared. So even though there has been some delay, it would be a mistake to presume this means there is a lack of action behind the scenes. To that end, Radley brings us up to speed on what is now orbiting the EBA discussions—what’s going to influence it, what’s important to know and how it may affect you and your business (p.12). And we’re delighted to have a guest foreword from Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash (p.6), whose official duties include those of Minister for Employment and Minister for Women. Senator Cash has been instrumental in working toward the revival of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), which is awaited eagerly by Master Builders.

Also in this issue, Policy and Communications Manager Leanne Edwards provides a detailed brief (p.14) on recent activity with regard to the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015, which was presented to Parliament by Premier Andrews last December. And you’ll find contributions from several of the usual (helpful) suspects, too, including MBAIS Victoria State Manager Joe Keiper on professional indemnity insurance, Director of MBA Financial Services Harry Pontikis on the utility of deposit bonds, and Chris from Case Study Construction learns why a free safety audit from the Master Builders OHS team offers such remarkable value to our members. That’s enough from me. The important stuff comes in the pages that follow, so I’ll let you get reading.

Peter Sackett Editor


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CONTENTS

FOREWORDS

FEATURES

A WORD FROM THE EDITOR

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FROM CEO RADLEY DE SILVA

PRESIDENT’S FOREWORD

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A crossroads for construction

GUEST FOREWORD

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Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash Minister for Employment, Minister for Women, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Services

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Master Builders wins critical reforms in building law changes

INSURANCE

NEWS ROUND UP

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Chris gets audited for free

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

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Master Builders welcomes Heydon Royal Commission final report

OHS

REGIONAL ROUND UP

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WorkSafe helps with the essentials

DIRECTORY

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

WHAT’S NEW

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The merits of a deposit bond

BLSC

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What makes an effective leader?

LEGAL

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Building Legislation Amendment Bill

GREEN LIVING

MEMBER PROFILE Boston Group Seeley International

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2016 AWARDS SEASON

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Select your work for recognition

The importance of professional indemnity insurance

REGULARS CASE STUDY CONSTRUCTION

BUILDING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

MEMBERSHIP

2015 MEMBERS’ NIGHT PRIZE WINNERS

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EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

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2016 MASTER BUILDERS EVENTS CALENDAR

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MEMBER MILESTONES

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NEW MEMBERS

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GENERAL FEATURES WINDOWS

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TERMITES

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WATERPROOFING

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Master Builders Best Sustainable Home Awards 2015

MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA 332 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002 Tel: (03) 9411 4555 Fax: (03) 9411 4591 Email: mbassist@mbav.com.au www.mbav.com.au Master Builder is the official journal of the Master Builders Association of Victoria, which was established in 1875 and is one of the state’s oldest employer organisations. The organisation is part of the Australia-wide Master Builder movement. The keynote is service: and Master Builder is produced in line with this objective of keeping all members informed of all matters affecting them. Membership of the Master Builders is open to all qualified business operatives in the building and construction industry; the basis of membership is integrity and competence, based on training and experience. BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: Peter Picking (President) Melanie Fasham (Deputy President) Greg Zuccala (Immediate Past President) Richard Hansen (Treasurer) David Moyle, Richard Hansen, Jarrod Sanfilippo, Darren Pye and Ian Hawkey

Council of Management: Peter Picking (President) Melanie Fasham (Deputy President) Greg Zuccala (Immediate Past President) David Moyle, Richard Hansen, Jarrod Sanfilippo, Darren Pye, Ian Hawkey Philip Robinson, Lindsay Barber, Michael Clemenger, Tom Basel, Michael Cameron, Claude Salvatore, Sandy McPherson, Nic Morgan and Paul Gardiner CEO: Radley de Silva, 9411 4501 General Manager, Commercial Services: Viviana Hood, 9411 4516 General Manager, Corporate Services: Lawrie Cross, 9411 4582 General Manager, BLSC: Marc Lyons, 9411 8001 MANAGERS: Membership: Dom Butera, 9411 4598 Legal: Angelo Simonetto, 9411 4593 Industrial Relations: Daniel Hodges, 9411 4562 OHS: John Darcy, 9411 4521 Training: Corrie Williams, 9411 4544 MBA Insurance Services: Joe Keiper, 9411 4504 Policy & Communications: Leanne Edwards 9411 4515 Business Development: Tony Biffaro, 9411 4557 Finance & Administration: Ron Joordens, 9411 4556 Human Resources: Steven Hogan, 9411 4540 Sponsorship & Alliance: Danielle Penna, 9411 4551 Strategic Projects: Julie-Anne Sheppard, 9411 8000 Magazine Editor: Peter Sackett, 9411 4534, psackett@mbav.com.au

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PRESIDENT’S FOREWORD

A fresh start, with continuous improvement The high regard in which Master Builders is held by federal and state governments, political parties, the public service and industry agencies is a direct result of the detailed knowledge and authority with which the Association represents the industry when pursuing reform. Master Builders represents all sectors of the building and construction industry-- general contracting, housing, specialist contractors, country as well as materials, manufacturing and supply. Master Builders is one many industry bodies with direct contact to the current Victorian government through specifically created channels. The government itself has facilitated this two-way access as they understand we will provide frank advice based upon sound, detailed and practical involvement by parties who know what they are talking about. That means Master Builders offers expertise. The diversity of that expertise is broad-based and everexpanding; perhaps one of the most welcome and conspicuous directions our industry is headed is the increasing involvement of women in a range of substantial roles. The perception of our industry as somehow restricted to male involvement is outdated. We are changing, necessarily and correctly, to include the expertise of women in construction. I am delighted to see this participation increasing through our sector committees, and welcome further female involvement in all Master Builders activities.

Master Builders is in the process of developing programs to attract more women to careers in building and construction, and you can look forward to updates in the coming months. Your Association is perpetually on the lookout for members who, irrespective of gender, are experienced in their industry sector, are prepared to work to improve it and are willing to participate in our sector committees or smaller specificpurpose advisory committees. For our industry to truly prosper, we need the right legislative environment, a condition that is beyond our direct control. We need state and federal governments to create the environment in which builders and participants in the sector are encouraged to create new projects and innovate. We need government to provide surety of demand for private investment and to deliver community facilities throughout the state. Included in their scope must be the obligation to attract significant investment, develop the economic infrastructure which attracts private development and to ensure the maintenance of a culture of fairness and doing the right thing for each other. It is the continued drive of Master Builders’ Board to lobby, even agitate, for governments and politicians of all persuasions to recognise and deliver on their obligations. The best way for us to achieve this outcome is to provide reasoned and practical advice, as appropriate. Your Association needs to maintain and robustly pursue a diversity of opinions from our industry sectors and through continued involvement of our female members. Participating in Master Builders’ sector committees is where this process commences, and we would encourage all of our members to seek opportunities to become involved with the organisation.

Peter Picking President, Master Builders Association of Victoria


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GUEST FOREWORD

The Government’s commitment to a strong, modern and effective Building Code As Minister for Employment I understand the importance of the building and construction industry to Australians and the economy and confirm the Turnbull Government’s commitment to re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). The Government’s goal in re-establishing the ABCC is to address the fundamental problem of the culture and the mindset that exists within the construction industry and to re-introduce respect for the rule of law. You will be aware that the ABCC was successful in starting to change the culture in the industry before Labor irresponsibly abolished it.  When there is an effective regulator who enforces laws with meaningful penalties, people think twice before breaking the law.  As soon as the ABCC was abolished, the improvements in culture were lost almost immediately. The sustainability and success of the predominantly small and medium businesses in the construction industry cannot be understated. This sector is a key driver of the economy and an important source of jobs growth. For too long, however, this industry has been beset by a culture in which blatant unlawful conduct has been, reluctantly or otherwise, accepted as the industrial norm. This mindset has been allowed to develop

because there has not been a meaningful consequence for doing the wrong thing. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue. If there was anyone who was still honestly in two minds about the extent of unlawful conduct in this industry or what needs to be done to address it, the disturbing case studies examined by the Heydon Royal Commission are further examples that case for the ABCC has been made beyond any reasonable doubt. As Minister for Employment, my immediate priority for 2016 is to re-establish the ABCC so we can, once again, change the mindset that complying with industrial laws in the construction industry is merely optional. It is not. I also take this opportunity to reiterate the Government’s commitment to a strong, modern and effective Building Code that will ensure that only those contractors who strictly comply with their legal obligations in respect to workers entitlements and safety, and only those contractors who are not hampered by inefficient and antiquated practices, are able to win taxpayer funded work. It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that taxpayer- funded construction projects are delivered safely, lawfully and on time and on budget. Finally, I commend the efforts of Master Builders and its members to improve safety in your workplaces, and encourage you to continually work towards becoming an ever safer industry.

Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash Minister for Employment, Minister for Women, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service


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2016 Members Conference: make the most of the year ahead! • 25 AND 26 FEBRUARY 2016 • SILVERWATER RESORT, PHILLIP ISLAND Each of the panellists at the 2016 Master Builders Members Conference has something important—and fascinating— to share with you. Some of these people you may recognise, some you may not, but you’ll want to hear from all of them. Every two years, Master Builders invites a select group of industry experts and thought leaders to address its diverse membership, helping to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the 24 months that follow. The Members Conference on 25 and 26 February at the Silverwater Resort on Phillip Island builds on that tradition with a panel of

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Victorian National Award Winners

THIS YEAR’S SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

men and women uniquely positioned to offer insight on the issues facing our industry, and each with a different story and perspective to share. Among the topics discussed will be changes to building regulations, the upcoming Industry EBA negotiations, social change resulting from our remarkable population growth and demographic shifts, and the results of the Royal Commission into union corruption. So join us at the scenic and serene Silverwater Resort, which offers guests luxury accommodation with excellent leisure activities, conference facilities and an exceptional restaurant.

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• The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning • Mike Kane, CEO and Managing Director, Boral • Bernard Salt, demographic and social change expert • Mike de Souza, CEO, A3DMA • Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Solutions • Steven Amendola, Senior partner, Ashurst

For further information please visit the Master Builders website or contact the events team on (03) 9411 4595.

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The Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards took place on Saturday 14 November at Jupiters on the Gold Coast.

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The national awards are the pinnacle of the Excellence in Building Awards conducted throughout the year in each state. Master Builders Association of Victoria would like to congratulate all of those nominated through to state level, with a special acknowledgement for the following Victorian winners:

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Geotech Group (Pic. 1) won the National Civil/Infrastructure Award – under $25 million for the Candowie Reservoir Upgrade Project, Almurta

Southstar Homes Pty Ltd T/A Liberty Builders (Pic. 3) won the National Medium Density – over 5 Dwellings for the Girls Building, Abbotsford

Metricon Homes Pty Ltd (Pic. 2) won the National Display Home – $350,000 to $500,000 for the Vantage 38 Cube, Keysborough

VR Builders (Pic. 4) won the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Residential Building Award for their project in Barkers Creek.

Buxton Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd (Pic. 5) won the National High Rise Apartment Building Award for the Sandyhill Apartments, Sandringham


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State government introduces 10 per cent apprentices policy for governmentfunded projects over $20 million On 21 December 2015, Minister for Public Transport and Employment Jacinta Allan, along with the Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert, announced the ‘Major Projects Skills Guarantee’, which mandates minimum apprenticeship requirements for all publicly funded major projects. The details of the policy have also been subsequently released. THE MAJOR PROJECTS SKILLS GUARANTEE: • Commenced on 1 January 2016 • Applies to all government contracts valued at or over $20 million dollars • Requires that 10 per cent of hours of all work carried out on those construction projects must be undertaken by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets • Applies to all publicly funded building, construction, infrastructure, civil engineering and other capital

January 2016 economic profile In recent months the economic outlook, in the world and especially in Australia, has worsened and, as a result, the outlook for construction has worsened too. Population growth has been slowing in most states and territories and now seems likely to continue at a slower pace than previously forecast. The slowdown in Victoria, however, has been quite modest; and over the years to 2020, Victoria’s population is still expected to grow more rapidly than in any other state, providing a solid base for future housing demand. The prospects for engineering construction in Victoria are relatively good

project contracts put out for tender after 1 January 2016 The responsibility for meeting the requirement rests with the principal contractor, who must submit a ‘Compliance Plan’ at the shortlist stage for tender. The principal contractor is also required to report the progress towards, and final compliance with, the mandatory requirement. The progress reporting and liaison with the government will be important aspects for builders, as the failure to comply with the requirements may constitute a breach of contract. A prescribed formula to determine the number of hours required has been published by the government. The estimated total labour hours will be based on the overall or total value of the contract, including all sub-contracting under the principal contract. Separate deemed-hours formulas have been developed for application for building

too. Having enjoyed no mining boom, we avoided the crash that continues to depress activity in the resource-rich states. SOME KEY RECENT TRENDS ARE: • Employment has been growing relatively strongly in Victoria, which is a positive for housing. • The recent boom in apartment approvals, especially strong in Victoria, peaked in the March quarter. Approvals have since fallen by 30 per cent and starts and construction activity will follow. The market for apartments is likely to peak soon, slowing increases in prices and rents. • Housing is less affordable than it was a year ago, both in Victoria and nationally. • Consumer confidence fell recently and seems likely to stay low, especially given falling share prices and concerns about China.

and construction project contracts, infrastructure/civil engineering project contracts, based on industry data. Master Builders continues to be concerned that the Andrews Government has not listened to industry about these proposed changes and how they should be administered. In addition Master Builders considers that a range of comprehensive reforms are required to improve apprentice completion rates, including by introducing trades registration to ensure that there is a purposeful career path for trades in our industry. Policies should not be pursued in isolation, and should be capable of practical implementation to ensure their effectiveness. The government has undertaken to review the policy after 12 months. Master Builders will seek feedback from members regarding the implementation of this policy and ensure that the government is able to incorporate this into its 12-monthly review. For more information on the Major Projects Skills Guarantee, including the Fact Sheet and Explanatory Guide, please visit http://economicdevelopment. vic.gov.au/about-us/strategies-andinitiatives/major-projects-skills-guarantee

• Total building and construction activity in Victoria increased by less than one percent in the September quarter and was lower than in the March quarter. Nonetheless, new housing activity increased by four per cent, and remained steady in non-residential building. Engineering construction activity fell by two per cent. • The trend in Victorian dwelling approvals peaked in the first quarter of 2015. The sharp decline in multiunit approvals has pulled the total down, but approvals of houses have been well sustained at a rate of around 35,000 a year See the full article online at www.mbavnews.com.au


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The importance of planning reform

Master Builders Association of Victoria (Master Builders) is the peak body representing employers in the Victorian building and construction industry. Our membership consists of around 9000 builders, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers and students. In a post‐mining boom economy, and with declining investment in infrastructure and commercial construction in Victoria, we need to act now to boost commercial opportunities in the sector. Victoria’s building and construction industry is a central economic pillar of the state, as Victoria’s second largest source of full‐time jobs and generating considerable taxes and output for the economy. The quality of living standards in Victoria is an important issue for the community. With the population of Melbourne predicted to grow to 7.7 million by 2051, requiring construction of up to 1.6 million new homes (including 480,000 apartments). We should not be afraid to embrace population increases, but we do need to ensure all agencies of government are, and the industry is, working together to ensure growing communities, both new and existing, have access to the appropriate living standards, services and amenities they need as the population grows.

Master Builders has close daily contact with building businesses from large to small, that deliver building and construction activity across Victoria. We are therefore uniquely placed to comment on the issues faced and possible solutions in the planning system. We believe that it is important that any reform proposals to the planning system ensure the continued viability of the building and construction sector – and encourages Victoria as a place for investment, growth and prosperity. In framing our response to the Plan Melbourne Refresh: Discussion Paper, October 2015 (Plan Melbourne Refresh) our submission more broadly outlines the four key objectives for reform of the planning system which Master Builders sees as necessary to meet our housing and infrastructure objectives for Victoria’s future. 1. Creating a clear planning scheme and strategic plan 2. Planning scheme structures are capable of delivering State planning policy objectives 3. Consistency of interpretation and application of requirements in planning schemes 4. Scope of objections to planning scheme amendments and permit applications limited to effective and efficient outcomes

WITH THIS IN MIND, OUR KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFORM OF THE PLANNING SYSTEM ARE TO: • Create a more detailed Housing Strategy which would preferably include targets for clarity, which would include information on housing mix and affordable housing needs and land supply locations to meet those needs. Local councils would be held to account for this. • Set up/allocate responsibility for monitoring the implementation of a strategic plan and for planning development assessment, to a specific agency or planning assessment hubs. • Create responsible ‘as-of-right’ codified processes. This might occur in development zones around principal activity centres and major public transport networks and, more generally, in Neighbourhood Residential & General Residential Zones, to better support the 70/30 target. Depending on the zone, it could include secondary dwellings, dual occupancy, low-rise townhouses, apartments and other forms of medium - high density housing. For the full text of Master Builders’ submission, ‘Planning for Growth’, go to www.mbav.com.au and find the document under “News Room / Submissions”.


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A crossroads for construction

WE STAND AT A CROSSROADS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SECTOR. WE CAN CHOOSE TO ACT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BY IMPLEMENTING CHANGES THAT WILL SUPPORT A STRONG SECTOR GOING FORWARD, OR WE CAN RESIGN OURSELVES TO THE DESTRUCTIVE, COMBATIVE APPROACH OF THE PAST, WHICH IS COSTLY TO OUR INDUSTRY AND THE VICTORIAN COMMUNITY.

EBA NEGOTIATIONS In August last year we released a report by Deloitte Access Radley de Silva CEO, Master Builders Economics, Association of Victoria Victorian Construction – Labour Costs and Productivity, which highlighted that construction industry EBA wages have been growing at unsustainably high rates and costing Victorians jobs and much needed infrastructure. EBA wage increases have outstripped the construction industry wage price index by more than 27 per cent over the last 14 years, costing Victorians nearly 1500 jobs during that time. The Deloitte report also highlighted that EBA real unit labour costs have grown by 2.4 per cent per annum more than can be justified by productivity increases. That means that rigidities built into the system, like fixed rostered days off, create wasteful increased costs to the industry and the community when they are not offset by increases in efficiency and productivity.

Victoria has the country’s fastest growing population and therefore faces a dire imperative to produce social infrastructure including roads, rail, schools and hospitals to accommodate these new arrivals. In light of government efforts to increase spending on much-needed social infrastructure to accommodate a burgeoning population, further wage increases for EBA employees, cannot be justified without productivity offsets. The Deloitte report revealed that if EBA wages continue to increase at the same rate of 5 per cent over the next four years, the Victorian government (using taxpayer funds) will have to spend more than $700 million just to meet current commitments made. That is the equivalent of 40 new secondary schools, which would be lost to Victorians in a windfall gain for already highly paid EBA workers. Union EBA carpenters and entry–level labourers already earn far more than nurses, defence force members, fire fighters, police or teachers.

holding Industry EBA 2011-2015. The document includes the CFMEU’s ambit ‘Log of Claims’, which consists of (amongst other demands) further wage increases of 6 per cent per annum and unjustifiable restrictions on working arrangements that further reduce flexibility and productivity.

That is why it is disappointing to see that the CFMEU recently sent out bulk correspondence entitled ‘CFMEU Log of Claims: Negotiations for Enterprise Agreement’ to employers currently

In the meantime, we have advised Master Builders members not to provide copies of notice of representational rights to employees unless or until a decision is made to formally commence bargaining.

Master Builders continues to call on the CFMEU to engage in direct industrylevel negotiations to reach an outcome that serves the best interests of all stakeholders in the Victorian commercial construction industry not to mention the Victorian community – an agreement that provides code compliance certainty to those wishing to do federally-funded work, and provides a sustainable wage increase delivered through meaningful flexibility and productivity improvements. In addition, Master Builders continues to be available to assist members negotiate genuine enterprise-level agreements, tailored to the specific needs of both their business and employees.


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THE RULE OF LAW IN OUR INDUSTRY The numerous accounts of lawlessness and thuggery that have been recorded on our worksites have been highlighted during the Royal Commission hearings into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (Heydon Royal Commission). The Heydon Royal Commission report released in December 2015 highlighted that:

“The conduct that has emerged discloses systemic corruption and unlawful conduct, including corrupt payments, physical and verbal violence, threats, intimidation, abuse of right of entry permits, secondary boycotts, breaches of fiduciary duty and contempt of court.”

This behaviour has unjustifiable social consequences including detrimental emotional and physical turmoil imposed upon individuals and their families. The behaviour undermines the reputation and professionalism of the people working in the sector and of the industry overall. As a central economic pillar of the state delivering more than 200,000 jobs, it is vitally important that a pipeline of skills for Victoria’s building and construction sector is developed and maintained. Young people suffer too; when bad behaviour is allowed to create a negative impression of the industry, they see fewer options for a rewarding career, and the sector misses out on great candidates. Every single Victorian should be concerned about this problem. Intimidation and bullying tactics drain critical construction projects of time and money required for the roads, hospitals, aged care facilities and schools on which our community depends. Every single Victorian loses.

That is why it is essential that the reforms proposed by the Heydon Royal Commission, particularly the reintroduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), are implemented for the benefit of our industry. We welcome the commitment by the Federal Government to reintroduce the ABCC and we urge support, especially by independent senators, for the Bill at the next opportunity. The Heydon Royal Commission makes many recommendations which we consider are vital for our industry and these are outlined in more detail in Daniel Hodges’ update on page 18. Master Builders urges all stakeholders in our industry and the community to seize this moment to achieve reforms that will benefit the building and construction sector.

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Master Builders wins critical reforms in building law changes ON THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2015 THE ANDREWS GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED THE BUILDING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (CONSUMER PROTECTION) BILL 2015 INTO PARLIAMENT.

Master Builders has long been calling for crucial reforms to support the Victorian building and Leanne Edwards Manager, Policy construction and Communications industry. Master Builders’ priorities: Building our Future, released before the State Budget in May 2015, called upon the government to introduce a range of reforms including red tape reduction, tougher requirements for owner-builders and trades registration. The Bill takes a step towards several of the key reforms Master Builders has been advocating. TOUGHER REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNER BUILDERS Hardworking registered builders have faced increased competition from unregistered practitioners and tradespeople, some of whom are inappropriately registered as ownerbuilders. Building work must be done by skilled, qualified people in order to protect the safety of consumers and the quality of the building industry in Victoria. But the statistics show that these crucial owner-builder reforms can’t come soon enough. Owner-builder activity in Victoria is alarmingly high compared with both New South Wales and Queensland. In Victoria, 25 per cent of the residential housing work is done by ownerbuilders, compared to around 3 to 4 per cent NSW and QLD. Given that there were 60,000 residential building permits approved in 2014, then around 15,000 of those residences were worked on by owner-builders.

Owner-builders should use registered tradespeople to do the work. However, in Victoria there are only 2000 registered tradespeople, compared with 40,000 in NSW and 46,000 in QLD. It is difficult to see how, considering the current high rate of owner-builder activity, there could be enough registered tradespeople to do the work for owner-builders. The new reforms, if passed through Parliament, should reduce the frequency of owner-builder projects, and ensure that appropriately skilled people are doing the work. The reforms specify that owner-builders would be able to complete only one home every five years, would face a competence assessment and must use registered tradespeople for the work done. These statistics also highlight the urgent need for the introduction of trades registration in Victoria. As the pace of building continues to escalate due to Victoria’s rapidly expanding population, it is essential that tradespeople like carpenters, concreters, waterproofers and bricklayers be appropriately skilled and registered, to protect consumers from poor workmanship. REFORMED DISPUTE RESOLUTION STRUCTURES Under the Bill, a new body, called Domestic Building Resolution Victoria, will potentially give parties greater incentives to resolve their disputes more efficiently. Consumers and builders who are doing the right thing must have a dispute resolution system that treats them fairly and with efficiency. It is hoped that mandatory conciliation will reduce the number of disputes that reach the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, thereby reducing

wasteful time and expenses that burden the current system. In addition, new cost orders arrangements aim to reduce the number of vexatious claims. Master Builders calls upon the government, Victorian Building Authority and Consumer Affairs to ensure that the system proposed by these new changes will work efficiently and effectively for the Victorian building industry. BUILDER REGISTRATION RENEWAL As a key component of the proposed legislation, re-registration of builders every five years would help ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept up-to-date throughout their careers. The full details of the requirements for re-registration have not been specified in the Bill and will be provided in the regulations. Whilst Master Builders supports the need for builders to update their knowledge and skills over time, these provisions must not place additional burdens on builders or affect their continuing business operations. We will work with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to ensure that the requirements for re-registration are not prohibitive for builders and are clear, objective and streamlined. SUMMARY If the Bill is passed it is expected that these amendments will come into force on 1 July 2016 (but no later than 1 July 2017). Reforms in the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 include: • The introduction of the requirement for builders to re-register every five years. • The introduction of a new body called Domestic Building Resolution Victoria.


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• Changes to dispute resolution mechanisms including mandatory conciliation, new cost orders requirements for appeals and Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) taking the role of domestic building dispute resolution body. • New grounds for disciplinary action and show cause notices where grounds for discipline exist to provide regulators with more enforcement powers. • Transfer of registration and disciplinary functions of Building Practitioners Board (BPB) to Victorian Building Authority (VBA). • Requirement for a building practitioner who is engaged to carry out building work to ensure that there is a building permit and that the work is carried out in accordance with the law and the building permit.

• Strengthened regulation of ownerbuilders: owner-builders will be able to complete only one home every five years, will face a competence assessment and must use registered tradespeople for the work done. • Code of Conduct provisions that enable the VBA to prepare and approve a Code of Conduct in consultation with any prescribed organisation representing building practitioners, or alternatively approve a Code of Conduct prepared and submitted by an organisation representing building practitioners. • The builder is not able to appoint a building surveyor. Master Builders will work with members to understand the requirements of this provision and ensure that builders’ business operations continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

• Transparency requirements in specific circumstances when Section 37 notices (directions to fix) are issued to builders, also requiring issuance to owners. Master Builders will monitor the application of provisions such as disciplinary action and renewal of registration requirements, as well as the Code of Conduct provisions, to ensure that builders are treated fairly and appropriately. Master Builders will also continue to advocate for trades registration to be introduced in Victoria in the next round of building law changes in 2016. For policy inquiries on this issue please contact Leanne Edwards, ManagerPolicy and Communications, ledwards@mbav.com.au, (03) 9411 4515

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The importance of professional indemnity insurance WITH DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT CONTRACTS BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMMON IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CAN EXPOSE YOUR BUSINESS TO POTENTIAL LOSSES SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE THE RIGHT INSURANCE COVER IN PLACE.

Historically, professional indemnity (PI) insurance was only considered by engineers, Joe Keiper architects, State Manager Victoria, MBAIS or designers and the like. When entering into design and construct contracts, you legally assume the liability arising out of injury or loss incurred as a result of a breach of professional duty, even if you’ve outsourced this work to an external company. WHAT IS PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE? Professional indemnity (PI) insurance is designed for professionals who provide advice or services to their customers. It protects your business against legal costs and claims for damages to third parties which may arise out of an act, omission or breach of professional duty in the course of conducting your business. EXAMPLES OF WHEN PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY CLAIMS MIGHT ARISE: • A negligently designed slab cracks and needs to be repaired/rectified • A balcony collapses due to faulty design • A building is constructed per plans, but does not comply with building codes/local laws, resulting in rectification works in order to comply. WHY YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE. Construction industry professionals such as contractors and builders who provide design or other professional services in addition to, or as part of their construction activities for clients (for example when entering into design and construct contracts) assume the additional responsibilities and liabilities of a design professional.

Whether or not you provide these professional services in-house or engage an external consultant you assume liability to your clients or other parties for claims arising out of injury or loss incurred as a result of a breach of professional duty in the provision of these professional services. WHAT ARE YOU BEING COVERED FOR? Key exposures are design failure, inadequate/incorrect advice, design, or specification, inadequate supervision in project management, inappropriate/ incorrect certification, and poor work documentation. WHO CAN CLAIM AGAINST YOU? PI claims can be made against you by clients, regulatory authorities, professional bodies and associations, as well as other third parties to whom you owe a duty of care (including communities).

PI insurance protects you against a number of allegations such as claims for: • Negligence--if you fail to exercise the standard of care for your profession/ occupation • Libel and slander (also known as defamation) • Infringement of intellectual property rights, including breach of copyright, patents and trade secrets • Breach of legislation such as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act) for claims alleging misleading and deceptive conduct. MBA Insurance Services (MBAIS) can access competitive terms through specialist underwriters to offer MBA members a professional indemnity insurance policy tailored for builders. Contact MBAIS on (03) 9411 4555 and get the right advice on your professional indemnity requirements.


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Master Builders welcomes Heydon Royal Commission final report FORMER HIGH COURT JUDGE DYSON HEYDON HANDED DOWN HIS FINAL REPORT ON THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO TRADE UNION CORRUPTION AND GOVERNANCE ON 30 DECEMBER 2015. DRAWING UPON EVIDENCE GATHERED FROM OVER 500 WITNESSES AND 21 MONTHS OF PROCEEDINGS, JUSTICE HEYDON MADE A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF 79 LAW REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

practice amongst unions such as the CFMEU of abusing OHS entry powers.

Master Builders has continued to call for the ‘rule of law’ to be introduced to the industry through Daniel Hodges Manager Industrial Relations stronger laws and a better equipped industry regulator. This call was supported in the recommendations – as was the need for those individuals who break the law to be held accountable for their actions. Consistent with this latter point, rather than calling for the deregistration of unions such as the CFMEU, Justice Heydon favoured a focus on disqualifying the union officials responsible for unlawful conduct from holding office. Recommendations to achieve this important end include a substantial expansion of the grounds that a union official can be disqualified from holding office. In addition to bringing union officials in line with requirements of company directors under the Corporations Act, grounds for disqualification would include instances where the person has at least twice been an officer of a union that has been found to have contravened a provision of the Fair Work Act. The final report recommendations also serve as strong support for the current Bill to reinstate the ABCC which is likely to go back before the Senate in February. In addition to recommending the need for an industry specific regulator, Justice Heydon called for maximum penalties for coercion, prohibited industrial action and contraventions of right of entry to be increased to 1000 penalty units ($180,000) for a body corporate and 2000 penalty units ($36,000) for an individual;

and for the definition of industrial action to be expanded to include picketing by employees or unions. In addition to the recommended increase in maximum fines, unions would be prohibited from paying the fines of union officials – meaning those who engage in the unlawful conduct would be held financially accountable for their actions. Other recommendations of particular relevance to the building and construction industry include providing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the building industry regulator (ABCC) with concurrent power to investigate and enforce secondary boycott conduct; as well as the suggestion that special legislation be enacted to disqualify those officers of the CFMEU whom Parliament considers are not fit and proper persons, from holding office in any union for a specified period. Additional changes to union right of entry laws were also recommended, aimed at both strengthening eligibility requirements for union officials to hold a permit, and directly addressing the

Other important recommendations aim at ensuring greater transparency, governance and disclosure within registered organisations. To this end, the establishment of a Registered Organisations Commission to more effectively regulate unions and employer associations was recommended, based on Australian Securities and Investment Commission structure. Stronger penalties for non-compliance are also an important feature, and include making it a criminal office for a person who is disqualified from holding office in a union to continue to hold office. Transparency, governance and disclosure improvements were also recommended in regard to industry funds, with potential implications for enterprise agreement content. Recommendations relating to corrupting benefits were also made, including making it a criminal offence for an employer to provide, offer or promise to provide any illegitimate payment or benefit to a union or its officials – with an equivalent criminal offence for any person soliciting, receiving or agreeing to receive a prohibited payment or benefit. Whilst we await a detailed policy response from the Turnbull Government on this comprehensive set of recommendations as a whole, in the interim the evidence provided by the final report makes an irrefutable case for passage of the Bill to reinstate the ABCC. Master Builders therefore continues its call for the Senate to approve legislation that is clearly in our national interest. Members seeking further information are encouraged to contact the IR Department on (03) 9411 4560.


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WorkSafe helps with the essentials IN ADDITION TO ITS INSPECTORS VISITING WORKPLACES EVERY DAY TO MAKE THEM SAFER, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WORKSAFE VICTORIA DOES IS TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES WITH FREE OHS ADVICE.

WorkSafe has funded the OHS Essentials Program, originally referred to as the Small John Darcy Manager OHS Business Program, since 2002. The Master Builders OHS Unit has delivered more than 1400 consultancies under the program since its inception. The service, which is available to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and a WorkCover insurance policy, is provided by industry associations and a panel of consultants that are approved by WorkSafe. I have personally delivered more than 850 consultancies in my nearly nine years with the Master Builders OHS Unit and for four-and-a-half years prior with another industry association (VACC). In that time I have become passionate about small business, and I recognise that managing OHS can present a significant challenge for a small business. Some of the key learnings I have gained over the last thirteen and a half years include: • The three hours of free OHS advice that WorkSafe funds may be as much ‘OHS training/knowledge’ as a small business owner may ever get. Whilst we recommend Certificate III OHS training during the consultancy (also a pre-requisite for commercial registration) many small business owners may in fact never find the time to attend six days of OHS training. • The amount of information provided during a consultation can be overwhelming (i.e. information overload), but it is necessary. The construction industry is a regulated industry and small business owners need to know the detail of the laws that apply to them.

• Businesses need resources to help them to manage their business. Master Builders advice is accompanied by an easy-to-follow handbook and action plan which is structured to be consistent with the advice given. The handbook and a range of OHS resources are provided to the business on a USB stick, free of charge. When we deliver this service we discuss issues such as OHS policies and procedures, legal duties (especially SWMS), subcontractor management, incident notification and the powers and functions of WorkSafe inspectors. I have seen small businesses that have implemented all of the advice we have provided during a consultancy. One of the benefits for a small business in having their industry association provide the service is that the business’ owner continues to have the association available for further contact and support. I have seen a small builder who started his journey on improving OHS in his business go on to achieve federal government accreditation of his OHS system, enabling him to tender for Commonwealth-funded projects. I have also seen some small businesses that have implemented only parts of the advice we have given, or tailored the advice, to suit their capabilities and size. We would love all businesses to implement every bit of advice we provide but even businesses that implement just one-tenth of the advice we provide do well in that they improve on where they started. Last year WorkSafe, in an exceptional move, decided to make their service available again, after three years, to businesses that had previously received the service. Some members have, in the

past, paid the OHS Unit to receive the advice a second time. Sometimes it helps to hear the advice more than once. Over the years I have seen a number of serious incidents and fatalities in the industry and I have helped a number of small businesses after these events. I know that I would much rather provide the advice and support that is available ahead of time than to have to deal with members in these situations. The service provides up to three hours of free OHS advice, which we deliver in members’ homes or offices. The service is also available to members (and nonmembers) across Victoria, irrespective of the location. I am proud of the service that the OHS Unit provides through the OHS Essentials Program and I am very grateful to WorkSafe for their continued funding of the program. Members who are interested in the service can contact the OHS Unit on (03) 9411 4569.


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The merits of a deposit bond Deposit bonds provide purchasers a quick and convenient way of accessing a deposit without Harry Pontikis Manager, MBA Financial Services having to arrange other time consuming and expensive options such as bridging loans, the sale of shares or an equity release from existing property. The deposit bond takes the place of the cash deposit required in the contract of sale. A bonds certificate is produced which is held by the seller’s representative until settlement (usually their solicitor or conveyancer). At settlement the purchaser simply pays the full purchase price including

the deposit amount at which point the guarantee becomes void. Deposit bonds apply equally at auctions as they do for private sales, but we suggest you speak with your Master Builders Financial Services Credit Advisor for full details. Deposit bonds are available to people living and residing permanently in Australia. These include individuals, first homebuyers, retirees, the self-employed, trusts, corporate entities or SMSF purchasing residential or commercial real estate. As a Master Builders member, you are able to refer your prospective property customers to the Financial Services department; we will be happy to arrange the deposit bond and the finance so your clients can purchase

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FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS A deposit bond can be particularly helpful to home buyers preparing to buy their first property particularly when they may not have the full cash deposit available to them when entering into a contract to purchase. If the vendor requires a full 10 per cent deposit but the buyer does not have immediate access to cash, a deposit bond can help secure the property. This also applies when the home buyer is seeking help from family with their deposit or for family to act as guarantors of a home loan. Another benefit is for first home buyers who may not be able to afford the deposit without an applicable government grant, which cannot be accessed until settlement. A deposit bond is an effective way to help manage this process. INVESTMENT PROPERTY PURCHASERS Deposit bonds are a great tool for investors looking to defer payment of the cash deposit until settlement, particularly when they are borrowing 80 to 100 per cent of the purchase price. Investors are able to purchase most types of residential and commercial property using a deposit bond. NEW HOME AND LAND BUYERS Deposit bonds can be used to purchase new homes and both registered and unregistered vacant land that will be registered in the future. Talk to Master Builders Financial Services to learn more about the terms and conditions associated with unregistered land. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PURCHASERS Deposit bonds can be used to buy commercial- or business-use properties such as individual factory units, retail, office and storage space, commercially zoned vacant land and general business premises. Individuals, companies, trusts or selfmanaged superannuation funds (SMSFs) can purchase commercial properties up to a deposit guaranteed amount of $200,000. Commercial property applicants must be able to provide documentary evidence of their ability to complete the

purchase, such as an unconditional loan approval and/or other funds to complete the purchase, such as bank account statements, shares or sale proceeds from another property. COMPANIES AND TRUSTS At Master Builders Financial Services, we are well versed in assisting companies and trusts with their property purchase needs using a deposit bond. Beyond some additional documents we require to confirm authority of directors or trustees, the process, cost and requirements are almost identical to those for an individual. SELF-MANAGED SUPER FUNDS (SMSFS) Deposit bonds can also provide a deposit guarantee for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) who are looking to purchase investment property. Due to SMSF regulations, the property in question must be income-producing and therefore cannot be under construction or vacant land. The deposit bond can be issued up to 10 per cent of the purchase price to a maximum deposit amount of $500,000. A term of six months or less is standard, however longer terms may be considered on an individual basis (subject to separate acceptance and fee structure).

With regard to the application process, an SMSF-specific application will need to be completed and an acceptable trust deed will need to be provided confirming the trust’s ability to borrow and purchase property as part of its investment strategy. In addition to providing evidence of the funds to complete the purchase, at least one beneficiary/member of the trust must also own existing property. In the coming six months, some preapproved customers may have their pre-approval re-assessed by their bank and have their finance rejected, due to tightening lending criteria. In order to help minimise the chances of this happening to you, I suggest you send any prospective purchasers to Master Builders Financial Services where you can rest assured your clients will be given one of the best opportunities to have their loans approved.

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What makes an effective leader? Over the last three and a half years the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) Chris Kulesza Assistant Manager, BLSC has delivered simulation learning to more than 2500 participants ranging from graduates to mid-level managers, senior managers and even company directors. Collectively, we have observed some impressive examples of leadership and influence take shape. We have also seen some very ‘interesting’ – even puzzling – takes on leadership and influence. SO WHAT IS IT THAT TRULY EFFECTIVE LEADERS REALLY DO? Effective leaders are able to influence and develop themselves and their teams on three levels:

AT THE PERSONAL LEVEL Effective leaders are able to set the example and influence others by showing rather than telling. They are proficient in setting goals, motivating teams and maintaining efficiencies. They are almost always proactive and use their initiative to bring about innovation and change. Finally, they prioritise and differentiate the vital tasks that need to be completed. AT THE INTERPERSONAL LEVEL Effective leaders are able to work together and influence others by sharing. They engage and empower teams and individuals to create a productive environment. They practice and advocate a ‘people first’ culture and continually look for and work toward win/win opportunities where solutions are found by sharing challenges. AT THE EXTERNAL LEVEL Finally, the most effective leaders encourage others to lead and influence

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by ‘allowing’. They allow the team to develop and oversee what behaviours are ‘expected’ and ‘acceptable’ and therefore challenge the team to own the culture. They allow the team to take ownership of the actions and behaviours that align with the vision and values that represent the organisation. Furthermore, effective leaders are able to create an experience where the expectations of clients and team members are continually exceeded. Leaders have many responsibilities, but truly effective and inspiring leaders have a duty of care to encourage and develop those who will come after them. Leaders who learn how to influence development through showing, sharing and allowing will leave an indelible mark on the people and teams they work with. Are you eager to develop these skills yourself? The BLSC can help you. For further information regarding our leadership programs please contact the BLSC on (03) 9411 8000 or email info@blsc.com.au

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Building Legislation Amendment Bill HOW THE BUILDING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (CONSUMER PROTECTION) BILL 2015 AFFECTS A BUILDER’S 10 YEAR LIABILITY FOR DEFECTIVE BUILDING WORK

The decision of the Court of Appeal of Supreme Court of Victoria in Brirek Industries Pty Thomas Tsirogiannis Solicitor Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165 has provided clear authority in Victoria that a building action cannot be brought more than 10 years after the date of issue of the occupancy permit (or certificate of final inspection, as the case may be) in respect of defective building work (see s134 of the Building Act 1993). However, neither Brirek nor s134 provides clarity as to when the 10 year liability period commences for building work which did not require the issuing of an occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. Now the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 (“Bill”) proposes to clarify the shortfall provided by s134 (and Brirek), in respect to domestic building work at least. In doing so, the Bill proposes to, amongst other things: • Repeal Part 3A (Conciliation of Disputes) of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (“DBCA”), being the current provisions dealing with the conciliation of domestic building disputes • Replace Part 4 (Inspectors) of the DBCA with a new Part 4 titled “Domestic Building Disputes”. The new Part 4 sets out new provisions such as a definition of what a domestic building work dispute is (see s44) and the requirement for and procedure to refer a domestic building dispute to the chief dispute resolution officer (who is appointed by the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria) (see Division 2 of Part 4). The proposed new s45(3) (contained in Division 2 of Part 4) provides that a domestic building work dispute must be

referred to the chief dispute resolution officer within 10 years: • of the date of issue of the occupancy permit; or • of the date of issue of the certificate of final inspection if no occupancy permit was issued; or • of the date of practical completion of the building work, if no occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection was issued; or • after the domestic building contract was entered into, if the date of practical completion cannot be ascertained. Further, the proposed new s45(4) (contained in Division 2 of Part 4) contains a presumption (unless an earlier date of practical completion can be ascertained) as to when the date of practical completion was achieved, which is the earlier of the date on which the builder: • Handed over possession of the work to the building owner; or

• Last attended the building site to carry out work (other than work to remedy any defect that does not affect practical completion). For the majority of domestic building disputes where no occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection was issued in respect of the domestic building work, the earliest date from which the 10 year period under s134 commences is the date of practical completion of the domestic building works as provided in the proposed new ss45(3) and (4). Therefore, the new provisions proposed by the Bill will now provide clarity to determine when 10 year liability period under s134 commences in respect of domestic building work. For legal inquiries on this issue please contact Thomas Tsirogiannis, Solicitor, Legal Department, ttsirogiannis@mbav. com.au, (03) 9411 4548.


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Master Builders Best Sustainable Home Awards 2015 THOUGH WE ARE ALREADY WELL INTO 2016, IT’S WORTH FOCUSING SOME EXTRA ATTENTION AT THE WINNER AND ENTRANTS FROM THE BEST SUSTAINABLE HOMES CATEGORY IN THE 2015 EXCELLENCE IN HOUSING AWARDS.

This year saw another excellent group of entries for the Best Sustainable Dr Philip Alviano Home category. Sustainable Building Advisor Each of these entries was of an excellent quality and could easily have been selected as the winner in previous years. The houses also represented a broad spectrum of housing types, ranging from small and affordable to high-end architectural designs. WINNER BEST SUSTAINABLE HOME: VR BUILDERS VR Builders constructed this year’s winner. This 6.8-Star home is completely off-grid, drawing power from 12 Kw of photovoltaic panels on the roof which charge a 48-Kw hour battery bank. A diesel generator is used as back up, but is rarely required. The home features polished concrete floors and rammed earth walls made from locally sourced materials . The passive solar design was especially evident on the day the judges visited as the sun reached well into the home, warming the slab and providing an abundance of natural light. A wood heater connected to a hydronic heating system helps to warm the house in winter. Correctly sized eaves shade the north-facing windows in summer and external blinds shade west-facing windows. Low-emission paints and zero-formaldehyde joinery help to keep indoor air quality at a high level. The house shows that building sustainably can be done without compromising quality and comfort.

The north facing facade makes maximum use of passive solar design

Windows provide not only a great view but also natural light and warmth in summer.

FINALISTS The entry from Small Change Design and Construction demonstrated that sustainability need not be expensive. Designed around the small living concept, the minimal footprint and modular design concepts used in this 56 m2 house means that fewer materials are used and less waste is produced. The use of a polished concrete floor further reduced material use. The 7-Star rating, together with the small size of the house, means that it will require minimal energy to heat and cool. Positive Footprints again ticked all the sustainable construction boxes with an 8-Star family home. Evacuated tubegas-boosted solar hot water, clerestory windows allowing hot air to escape, 5-Star appliances and a green switch all work together to keep energy use to a minimum. A 2-Kw photovoltaic panel system further reduces energy use. Other features include recycled aggregate and fly ash to reduce the embodied energy in the slab, polished

concrete floors and rainwater tanks for toilet flushing. The timber used was certified as sustainably grown, and indoor air quality was protected with the use of zero-emission paints, zeroformaldehyde joinery and skirting. Builder Arch 10 was also able to show what sustainability can add to a high-end product. This beautifully presented 8-Star home features excellent passive solar design that fills the house with light and keeps the sun out in the summer time. Heating and cooling of the home and the hot water is provided by a geothermal system. A large photovoltaic solar system with battery storage also reduces the need to draw electricity from the grid. A modular design is used to reduce the cost of construction and the amount of waste produced. Master Builders Green Living Victoria is supported by:


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Chris gets audited for free Chris wanted to get the year off to the best start for Case Study Construction. He’d sat down with his Chris from Case Study Construction accountant to review his endof-year financials, reviewed his plans and inspected his equipment to make sure that it was in good shape for the year ahead. Chris then called the OHS Unit at Master Builders to arrange for a free site safety audit on his four-storey apartment project. Senior OHS Advisor James Curtin arrived at the site as arranged at 8.00am sharp to meet with Chris’ site foreman Mick. “Before we start physically walking around the site,” James advised, “we should go into the site office and review the OHS paperwork that is relevant to the project.” Mick dutifully responded to each of James’ requests for documents, starting with the OHS Coordination Plan, the inductions, evidence of toolbox meetings, plant and hazardous substance registers, Safe Work Method Statements and housekeeping inspections. “The purpose of going through all of the paperwork is to make sure the company’s OHS system is in place and that legal duties are being met properly,” James explained. James identified that Mick’s toolbox meetings involved discussions focussed on site-related issues. He also noticed as he entered the site that there were a couple of workers wearing singlets and not using personal protective equipment (PPE).James suggested to Mick that, in addition to discussing siterelated issues he should also use the toolbox meetings to re-emphasise the company’s OHS policies.

“Great idea,” Mick agreed. “It is far better to make clear what the expectations are than to have blokes ignoring them.”

James said. “They will deal only with the issues at the workplace that they see at the time of their visit. We have more time and come onto the site with fresh eyes.”

In addition to the UV and PPE issues, James’ safety walk also revealed that stepladders that had been put in place on the scaffold had not been properly secured.

Looking at every opportunity to improve his business, Chris read the detailed written report that he received from James a few days later.

“We had WorkSafe out here last week and they did not pick up on that issue,” Mick said. “WorkSafe does not have the time or resources to spend hours on sites conducting detailed safety audits,”

“I thought we were doing well with safety on our sites,” Chris said to Mick, “but clearly there are a couple of areas for improvement. That was time well spent!” During 2015 the Master Builders OHS Unit delivered more than 200 free safety audits. To inquire about an audit contact (03) 9411 4569.


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REGIONAL ROUND-UP

Regional round-up SHEPPARTON 2016 has been a very busy start for the office; we have exceeded our budget for January and are on track for a strong year ahead. Thanks to all members/nonmembers who are utilising our services. The North East Section apprentice interviews will be held here on Thursday 11 February. Jarrod Flannigan and our local members John Simpson (Chairman) and James Briggs (Vic Chairman) will be in attendance conducting the interviews. The builder registration team will be in the Shepparton office on the 12 February. The day will include a builder registration

GIPPSLAND Traralgon Golf Club held the 17th Annual Gippsland Golf Day on 23 October. The event was a raging success with 88 players in the field. We had perfect golfing weather to make up for not-soperfect golfing talent. It was fantastic to have Kerry Mory play this year. Kerry, who is the previous Gippsland Area Manger and who started this event 17 years ago, had a great time catching up with members and old friends; although we are not sure he enjoyed winning the “foot wedge” novelty prize. Special thanks to all those who helped run the day including Dom, Danielle, Victoria, Kathleen and David. They all worked hard but managed to have some great fun at the same time. The best net score went to a team that travelled all the way from Sandy Point. Steve Vuillermin’s team had a wonderful score of 53 net. The very popular Mystery Score was decided by a coin toss with Darren Fletcher calling correctly for his Standing Homes Team.

workshop, domestic study session and one-on-one appointments.

opportunity to be recognised as one of the best in your field.

Please contact the Shepparton office (03) 5822 4980 or the East Melbourne office on (03) 9411 4555 if you have anyone interested in learning how to become a registered builder and the ways Master Builders can help.

The closure date is Friday 4 March so make sure you have entered your projects for your chance to win.

The Master Builders Regional Building Awards are open for 2016. Entry forms are available at the office if you haven’t received yours. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements and high quality construction in the residential and commercial sector of the building industry. So don’t miss out! This is your

The Golf Day would not be possible without the support of contributions from our major sponsors: Colin Watson Motors, Origin, COLORBOND® Steel, Incolink, Apprenticeships Group Australia, Dulux and AKZ Reinforcing Pty Ltd. WOMEN IN BUILDING INDUSTRY GROUP After discussions with several enthusiastic, motivated female Master Builder members we created a Women In Building Industry Group. Two meetings were held during the year-- one in Traralgon on Tuesday 16 June and a second at the RACV Resort Inverloch on Tuesday 24 November. We had six attend the first meeting and doubled that to 12 for the second lunch at Inverloch. Special thanks must go to those who travelled quite a distance to support the event. The goal is for women MBA members to meet, network, discuss topics and support each other via an informal lunch meeting. The topics covered were wide-ranging and interesting, and we had Ingrid Mountford (MBA Assistant Membership Manager) as a guest speaker. The group picture (right) shows a good time being had by all.

The first North East Section meeting for 2016 will be held on Tuesday the 23 February at Sebastians Restaurant, Wyndam Street Shepparton from 6.00pm. More details to follow as we get closer. We look forward to seeing you all there. All Victoria and New South Wales permits can be obtained through our office. So if you are building locally or across the river do not hesitate to contact David and Melanie to assist you on (03) 5822 4980.


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Boston Group association. He cites home warranty insurance as an example.

• COMMERCIAL MEMBER • MEMBER SINCE 1983

"That was an invention of Master Builders Association of Victoria and the Housing Sector group in the 1960s for consumers,” he notes, “and to help provide builders with a marketing edge for their clients."

The act of receiving an award is often a fast track to being profiled in this magazine, and many others. But less obvious achievements are equally deserving of a moment in the spotlight, and even more enjoyable to research. Probing the careers of long-time members reveals the surprising degree to which they have influenced and enriched the organization, and Glenn Jones provides a vivid example. Glenn began his long career with Master Builders in 1983 with full-throttle eagerness. His father, Barney, had already enjoyed a long career with the association, and Glenn was eager to get started on his own. Enjoyment of the home building trade was total for Glenn, who describes the elation associated with planning, building a delivering a project as akin to addiction. "Nothing is more satisfying than being outside, building a building," he says matter-of-factly. "That's the ultimate." But such was Glenn's fascination for the process of building, and not just the execution of it, that within a few years he'd embarked on his own extracurricular career with Master Builders. Beginning in the early 1990s, Glenn became active as a participant on the Housing Sector Committee, as an MBAV delegate and Deputy Chairman to the Building

ABOVE: Glenn Jones receives recognition for 30 years of membership from Melanie Fasham and CEO Radley de Silva in 2015.

Eventually, Glenn left the board to pursue consulting full time and direct his talents to more profitable expenditures of his time and energy. Now trading as Boston Group, he works full time with his own staff "developing products to help builders and consumers across the full spectrum of the industry", an example of which is the well-known MBAV Major Domestic Building Specifications. "Today, we're more of a 'Topgun' training program for builders," explains Glenn. "Building companies have various administrative programs and systems; we make them better. We provide specially designed e-tools for problem-solving, but if that's not enough we roll up our sleeves and assist. I always remain conscious of the relationship between builder and client so it doesn't become unnecessarily costly for either of them."

Glenn Jones receives the award for “Best Home Under $80,000 for the Croydon Project in 1997.

Registration Committee and, eventually, a director and board member for the association. His enjoyment meant he racked up untold hours volunteering his experience and energy, devoting approximately three days of his work week to the cause. "It had a big impact on my work load," he reflects, "but these are activities for which I am eternally grateful. I was introduced to working with government, for example, which was very interesting.” Glenn says there are many builders today who aren't familiar with the history of their industry, and how many features that they take for granted actually stemmed from hard work within the

Conflicts here and there may be inevitable, he acknowledges, “But a soft landing for all parties is a good outcome.” With 31 years of membership under his belt, Glenn has had time to see and test the full spectrum of what it can offer, and his endorsement is emphatic. "In my view, the value of a Master Builders membership is still highly underrated," he says. "To get full value, you need to use the facilities Master Builders has built for you. If you get involved, it can lead to the development of relationships that are really good for your business.” He adds a friendly warning, though: "You have to be balanced about the time you put in. Me, I couldn't drink enough of it."


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Seeley International • MM&S MEMBER • MEMBER SINCE 2001 Seeley International is Australia's largest air conditioning manufacturer and a global leader in developing ingenious, energy-efficient cooling and heating products. Our vision is to lead the world in creating climate control solutions which continue to be highly innovative, of premium quality and inspirational in their delivery of energy-efficiency. A commitment to innovation and excellence is at the heart of all we do. Our success in delivering on that commitment has been recognised by our many awards and our expanding global presence. Seeley International now exports to more than 120 countries. It’s an impressive record for a company that started out in 1972 in the garage of its founder and chairman, Frank Seeley AM. Seeley International is a member of Master Builders Association and we supply some of Australia’s leading builders including Metricon, Simmonds, Watersun Homes, Urbanedge/Eight Homes, GJ Gardiner and Glenvil. We offer an exclusive builders’ range of products which covers evaporative and

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reverse cycle air conditioning as well as ducted gas heaters, space heaters and wall furnaces. Our range suits all climates and applications, and can be tailored to suit a clients’ needs. A brochure showing our full range of builders’ products and information is available for download via our website at Braemar.com.au. For more information about working with Seeley International to supply your clients with Australia’s best heating and cooling solutions, please contact Patrick Lapedota, National Key Account Manager – Builders on 0416 222 631.

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2016 AWARDS SEASON:

Select your work for recognition THE 2016 MASTER BUILDERS AWARD PROGRAMS ARE NOW OPEN AND CALLING FOR ENTRIES.

The Master Builders Association of Victoria produces three highly regarded Industry Award Programs – Excellence in Housing Awards, Excellence in Construction Awards and Regional Building Awards. Each awards program offers Master Builders members with the opportunity to showcase quality workmanship, be recognised for their achievements and gain a valuable marketing tool. The benefits of entering the awards are considerable, with all winners gaining extensive exposure and publicity across magazines, Master Builders website and the wider media. Winning an award is a valuable self-promotion tool and can have a huge influence on how you are viewed within the industry and the client community. The evening awards presentation also provides you with the opportunity to thank and recognise the hard work of your staff and contractors and to show appreciation to your clients by treating them to a prestigious gala event and night out.

4595 or Rita Beaini on (03) 9411 4570 and they will email an entry form to you. Alternatively, you may download an entry form from www.mbav.com.au.

on-site judging taking place 30 March to 22 April 2016.

Regional builders can also talk to their local office with any questions.

Note: Regional members are also eligible to enter either the Excellence in Construction Awards or the Excellence in Housing Awards.

REGIONAL BUILDING AWARDS The Regional Building Awards recognises regionally based members of the Association in both residential and commercial construction. With the state divided into four regions – South East, North East, South West and North West.

EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AWARDS The Construction Awards recognises the commercial/industrial sector of the industry and encourages members throughout Victoria (both metropolitan and regional) to showcase their quality workmanship.

Eligible entries for the Regional Building Awards are restricted to regional building projects that have been constructed by regionally based builders who are financial members of Master Builders Association of Victoria. Members who have reciprocal membership (i.e. VIC/ NSW) are also eligible to enter.

Entries for the 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards close on Friday 18 March, with on-site judging taking place 20 April to 27 May 2016.

Following on the success and highcalibre of entries in the 2015 Awards, we are looking forward to making 2016 an even bigger year.

The region in which projects are entered is based on the location of the project, not the builder. Projects are judged on the same criteria as set out for Construction and Housing Awards. All projects entered are physically inspected by a team of judges, with one team per region.

If you have not yet received an entry form, please contact Lisa Sacco (03) 9411

Entries for the 2016 Regional Building Awards close on Friday 4 March, with

EXCELLENCE IN HOUSING AWARDS The Housing Awards recognises the residential sector of the industry and encourages members throughout Victoria (both metropolitan and regional) to showcase their quality workmanship. Entries for the 2016 Excellence in Housing Awards close on Friday 15 April, with on-site judging taking place 25 May to 1 July 2016.

WILL YOU BE A BUILDER OF THE YEAR IN 2016? THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT, SO IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU WILL ENTER.


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2 015 M E M B E R S ’ N I G H T

2015 Members’ Night prize winners MASTER BUILDERS CONGRATULATES THE FOLLOWING 2015 MEMBERS’ NIGHT MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS, AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR SUPPORTING THEIR LOCAL MEMBERS’ NIGHT. We also thank our sponsors who donated the following prizes, with a special thank you to Caltex who provided 1st prize. 1ST PRIZE: $2,500 FUEL VOUCHER Winner: Dan Hill from Tridan Construction Pty Ltd has been a member of the Master Builders for just 18 months. Provided by: Caltex

3RD PRIZE: $1,000 METABO TOOL KIT Winner: David Tabacco of Albi & Son has been a member for over 8 years. Provided by: Metabo Join us in 2016 at your local area Members night for your chance to win! For bookings visit www.mbav.com.au or call (03) 9411 4555.

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E V E N T S C A L E N DA R

2016 Master Builders Events Calendar JANUARY

MAY

FEBRUARY 9

North West Section Dinner meeting

Mildura

10

Members’ Night – East Mebourne

Master Builders, East Melbourne

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Bendigo Section Meeting

Bridge Hotel, Bendigo

17

Mornington Group Meeting

HIDC Frankston

23

North East Section Dinner Meeting

Shepparton

23

Geelong Section Breakfast Meeting

Mercure Hotel

Legal Seminar

Master Builders, East Melbourne

24

Regional Apprentice Awards - Traralgon

Premiere Function Centre, Traralgon

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Members’ Conference

Silverwater Resort, San Remo

North West Section Dinner Meeting

Mildura

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Gippsland Section Breakfast Meeting

Inverloch

6

Apprentice of the Year Awards (State)

The Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne

10

North East Section Dinner Meeting

Shepparton

11

Members’ Night – Preston

Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre, Preston

18

Bendigo Section Meeting

TBC

24

Council of Management Meeting

Master Builders, East Melbourne

24

Geelong Section Meeting

Grovedale Hotel

25

Members’ Night – Taylors Lakes

Taylors Lakes Hotel, Taylors Lakes

26

Industry Breakfast

MCG, East Melbourne

Legal Seminar

Master Builders, East Melbourne

JUNE

MARCH 1

Members’ Night – Albury

Commercial Club, Albury

2

Gippsland Section Breakfast Meeting

Traralgon

3

Regional Apprentice Awards – Ballarat

Ballarat Lodge, Ballarat

3

Industry Breakfast

MCG, East Melbourne

8

Regional Apprentice Awards – North East

Raffety’s, Benalla

9

Regional Apprentice Awards – Bendigo

Quality Resort All Seasons, Bendigo

9

Induction Breakfast

Master Builders, East Melbourne

10

Regional Apprentice Awards – North West

Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Mildura

16

Regional Apprentice Awards – Geelong

Simonds Stadium, Geelong

16

Wimmera Section Meeting

Stawell

TBC Members’ Night - Ballarat

Ballarat Lodge, Ballarat

17

Regional Apprentice Awards – Warrnambool

The Carmichael, Warrnambool

Ballarat Section Meeting

Ballarat

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Members’ Night – Caulfield

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13

Members’ Night - Rowville

TBC

20

Members’ Night - Traralgon

Premiere Function Centre, Traralgon

20

Bendigo Section Meeting

Bridge Hotel

20

Mornington Group Meeting

HIDC Frankston

Legal Seminar

Master Builders, East Melbourne

3

Regional Building Awards – North East

Commercial Club, Albury

15

Mornington Group Meeting

HIDC Frankston

15

Ballarat Section Meeting

Ballarat

17

Regional Building Awards – South West

The Pier, Geelong

22

Gippsland Section Breakfast Meeting

Bairnsdale

22

Wimmera Section Meeting

Horsham

24

Regional Building Awards – North West

Quality Resort All Seasons, Bendigo

JULY 1

Regional Building Awards – South East

Premiere Function Centre, Traralgon

5

North West Section Dinner Meeting

Mildura

13

Members’ Night – Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale RSL, Bairnsdale

19

North East Section Meeting

Shepparton

Legal Seminar

Master Builders, East Melbourne

20

Bendigo Section Meeting

Bridge Hotel, Bendigo

21

Tomorrow’s Leaders Networking Evening

Melbourne

26

Geelong Section Meeting

Grovedale Hotel, Grovedale

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Member milestones MASTER BUILDERS VALUES LOYALTY TO OUR ASSOCIATION AND AWARDS CERTIFICATES TO MEMBERS AT MILESTONES OF 10, 15, 20 AND 25 YEARS, AND PLAQUES AT 30, 40 AND 50 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS MEMBERSHIP. WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNISE AND THANK THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED THESE MILESTONES BETWEEN 10 OCTOBER 2015 AND 6 JANUARY 2016. We appreciate that many members have continuous years of service that fall between these milestones and hope that you understand that we award certificates and plaques only for the milestones mentioned. If you are a long term member we thank you for your commitment and look forward to recognising your loyalty when you receive your next milestone certificate or plaque.

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Welcome to our newest members MASTER BUILDERS IS PLEASED TO WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS WHO JOINED THE ASSOCIATION IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2015. CONGRATULATIONS FOR JOINING THE MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA.

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Al Siraat College Inc Dylan Lake Hoang Tu KO Construction Law Pty Ltd MurdockCheng Legal Practice Pty Ltd Shannon Johnson Zhai Design Pty Ltd

Adam Wolff Alexander Gradwell Alexander Rakic Allgood Concreting & Roadworks Pty Ltd Andrew Munday Andrew Sharp Ansel Holdings Pty Ltd Arbend Pllana Ari Tozoulis Ashley Trollop Ben Lane Bernard Kelly Campbell Allen-Craig Caster Constructions Pty Ltd Christopher White Clint Sacco Collis Bawden Customline Homes Pty Ltd Damon Cipriani Daniel Hardy David Mark Richards David Rex Design Plan Build Pty Ltd Duff Swanson Eagle Construction Group Pty Ltd Francesco Cottonaro Geoffrey Ritchie Glyndwr Roberts Guy Mathews Hamed Selimovic Igor Dragicevic James Dellas Jamie Antrobus Jan Tamowicz John Vincent Homes Pty Ltd Jonojess Pty Ltd Kartar G Pty Ltd Leigh Riley Carpentry Pty Ltd Maratom Constructions Pty Ltd Matthew Thomas Builders Pty Ltd Michael Cimarosti Michael Nicholls Michael O'Loughlin Michael Urie Monty Homes Pty Ltd Nailed Building Construction Pty Ltd Nerissa Avdoulos Palit Pioneer Properties Pty Ltd Ramesh Gorasiya Reggio Home Maintenance & Repairs Rekooporations Building Sevices Pty Ltd Robert Pegoraro Rodney James Kerry Ryan Raglus Sam Barnes Sharon Magidash Stephen Delmenico Stinchcombe Trading Trust Supra Group Pty Ltd

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Devakon Pty Ltd Hawcon Pty Ltd MPA Construction Group Pty Limited Ossa Services Pty Ltd Moda Projects (Construction) Pty Ltd Paracon Group

GENERAL CONTRACTOR PROVISIONAL Agile Reno & Refurb Pty Ltd D & W Building Services Pty Ltd Donald Oataway I Garma & R Garma Joseph Thorne Michael Di Pietro Project 835 Rowan Walters Peac Developments Pty Ltd

HOUSING Colin Lowe Daniel Cardamone Darren Jon Holt David Nixon Grandlux Homes J P M Builders Pty Ltd John Moore Building Kenneth Barton Lake Built Pty Ltd Lawless Group Pty Ltd Marven Construction Pty Ltd Millennium Developments Pty Ltd Moreprime Constructions Pty Ltd Parkerwood Developments Pty Ltd Roc Built Pty Ltd Scale Commercial Interiors Pty Ltd Sunline Homes Pty Ltd Aphi Projects Pty Ltd SDR Group Developments Pty Ltd Verde Homes Pty Ltd VDK Constructions Pty Ltd Zoning Group Pty Ltd

Toms Everlasting Construction 8OZ Coffee Pty Ltd Armstrong Homes Franze Projects Thomas Nieuwenhuizen Tim Bell Tom Nissen Trung Diep Tyrell Dunne United Family Holdings Pty Ltd Viet Phi Pham Yashraj Developer Pty Ltd Zdravko Joldeski

HOUSING SUB-CONTRACTOR Aiden Van Dijk Alberse Constructions Andrew Armstrong BJH Buildcorp Pty Ltd DAGAS Enterprises Pty Ltd E Markovics & G Markovics Formed Landscapes Pty Ltd Frys Earth Moving Pty Ltd Heart & Soul Property Services Pty Ltd Henry Campbell Jensa Matthee Matthew Neads Nicholas George Charalambakis Robert Martin Scott Henderson Statewide Bricklaying Pty Ltd Stephen Hill Ultimate Work Solutions Melbourne Stone Construction Pty Ltd Melbourne Contemporary Kitchens Humus Pty Ltd Timothy Cutugno

MASTER TRADESMAN FARA Engineering Pty Ltd Nick Gullaci Tiyadoz Zaya

SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR Aidan Woodhouse Anthony Coniglione Apex Empire Pty Ltd Culdaff Construction DM Carpentry Works Pty Ltd DTA Consulting Pty Ltd Eco Grind Pty Ltd Global Rail Australia Pty Ltd Karl Simity Lei Xiao Paul Zoppos Slocombe Excavations Pty Ltd Smithbuilt Constructions Pty Ltd Strength Residential Pty Ltd


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TC Build It Pty Ltd Homeington Building & Developments Pty Ltd Sublime Flooring Group Synergy Access Solutions Pty Ltd Steel Fox Reinforcing Pty Ltd Haydens Plastering Town Plastering Pty Ltd Macleod Aluminium Facades Pty Ltd William James Press

STUDENT Aaron Bateson Aaron Freeston Aaron McBaih Aaron Presulto Aaron Wright Abel Miflode Akash Hirani Alex Barko Alex Canale Alex Doopsy Alex Reddic Alexander English Ali Karimi Andrew Lea Andrew Mirza Andrew Youkhanis Anthony Free Anthony Lyons Ashley Moyle Bailey Rodda Batfinder Singh Ben Taylor Benjamin Rainey Blake Arnell Boe Bish Brad Moyce Brad Muns Brandon Harrison Branislau Karaya Brayden Aithea Cadem Nogle Callum Oram Murphy Calob Kujawski Cameron Betts Carl Reed Charles Smart Charlie Saba Chris Harms Chris McWilliams Christian Guthie Christian Rause Cody Andrews Cody Kneale Connor Fielden Corey Spedding Dallas Irving Dalton Heard Dane White Daniel Bova Daniel Cemino Daniel Cormack Daniel DeBlauw Daniel Hanson Daniel Lechy Daniel Matricardi Daniel Prander Daniel Queen Daniel Rodrigues Daniel Ronzoni Daniel Sperling Daniel Versluis Daniel Wiles

David Darlison Dayne Schipper Dennis Su Derek Gibbons Dhillon Corneil Dilawar Singh Dion Cauallo Dylan Trewern Ebony Cornelissen Edward Martin Ethan Minns Fabian Frisk Finn Spijkerman Floyd Gilpatrid Gourav Verma Grant Macleod Gurveer Singh Gurveer Gusindezpal Singh Hamish Strawhorn Harjot Singh Harley Coumvoalidis Harrison Norman Haydn Leech Ibrahim Nayjar Ilker Berber Jack Brettoner Jack Massey Jack Whitford Jackson Quirk Jaie Bryanwebb Jake Crutchfield Jake Gretton Jake Lester Jake Patton Jake Ryan James Monet Jason French Jason French Jason Macgregor Jay McLeod Jayden Harrison Jayden Mitchell Jayden Wallis Jeremy Paramenter Joel Kiss Jordan Rapinett Jordan Wright Josh Dinger Josh Harrington Josh Spencer Josh Swanwick Joshua Brown Joshua Rogers Justin Hansen Kane White Khomsan Sawatee Kody Morcon Kristy Robertson Kye Steegstra Lachlan Mangan Lachlan Pike Lucas Pearce Luke Callander Luke Hare Luke Trebble Manindespal Singh Manvir Singh Marcus Muldovan Mark Harkness Mark Kaiser Mark Seedsman Mathew Adams Mathew Ralston Matt Humphrys

Matt McCoy Mavis Kojic-Williams Max Wolbers Mayson Sparrow Michael Bradbury Michael Delarache Michael Franklin Mitch Byrnes Mitchell Harper Morgan Sheldon Nahom Abrha Nan Ngo Nash Wolsley Nath Foster Nathan Devanny Nathan Minotti Nathan Watson Nathan White Nathan Williams Navdeep Kaur Nelson Newgomasha Nick Kapranor Nick Karakizos Nikko Garcea Oscar McKinley Pat Smith Patrick Keating Peggy Wilman Philip Palmisano Pietro Poletta Reza Jamshidnejad Rhys Boynton Rhys Dewson Robart Awrah Roy Parsons Ryan Bruns Ryan Garbett Ryan Johnson Ryan Little Ryan McCaskie Ryan Morrison Rylie Wemyss Sam Hermesdorf Sam Kirizakis Sam Loughland Sam Sutton Samandeep Singh Samuel Newton Sarbjit Singh Scott Killen Sebastian Kowalik Simon Roberts Stefan Vasco Stephen Clark Stewart Scanlon Tali Amosa Taylor Gittens Tegan Mcooke Tim Jousen Tim Neal Timothee Mashado Tom Morphett Travis Berry Trent Lewis Tushar Ramesh Wade McRae Warrick Miller William Tran Xavier Bell Zac Wetton Zach Witcomb Zachary McCann Zachary Wilson Zack Turnbull


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A Windows Checklist AT THE AUSTRALIAN WINDOW ASSOCIATION WE GET MANY QUESTIONS EACH WEEK FROM CONSUMERS, BUILDERS, CERTIFIERS, THERMAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSORS, ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS ABOUT A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD ABOUT WINDOWS. Gary Smith Marketing & Communications Manager, Australian Window Association

When I started in the industry around 30 years ago, things were very simple, there were no real performance requirements for windows and doors. Provided they opened, closed and had 3 mm float glass in them, everything was fine. In fact I even remember people not being too worried about a bit of water coming through them into the home. Things have changed now when it comes to windows and doors; they have to meet multiple performance requirements. This has added complexity to what was once a simple choice. Through the continued evolution of standards and regulations, improvement to construction methods and greater consumer expectations, windows are a totally different beast from those I first encountered when starting in the industry.

1. CORRECT WIND LOADS FOR THE SITE AND CONSTRUCTION TYPE Wind loads – Every site for every building in Australia should be assessed for wind load requirements according to AS/NZS 1170.2 Wind Actions or AS 4055 Wind Loads for Housing (a simplified document for housing). The wind loads are a deciding factor for the type of window and door system that will be used as they need to structurally withstand the loads that are present on the site. The two loads are Serviceability Limit State (SLS) and Ultimate Limit State (ULS). They are given in AS 2047 or calculated from AS/NZS 1170.2 or, if the construction is housing, AS 4055 can be used to obtain the N or C ratings. These site ratings should be calculated and supplied by the site engineer for the project or the architect, designer or builder. TABLE 2.1 SERVICEABILITY STRENGTH TEST PRESSURES WINDOW RATING

Today’s high performance windows have to meet not only the client’s aesthetic needs, but be able to: • withstand wind and rain • be energy efficient • offer sound attenuation • survive bushfires • provide safety and security • comply with the Building Code of Australia and Standards, and • adapt to emerging sustainability trends.

GENERAL

CORNER WINDOWS

N1, N2

400

600

N3, C1

600

800

N4, C2

800

1200

N5, C3

1200

1800

N6, C4

1600

2500

TABLE 2.2 ULTIMATE STRENGTH TEST PRESSURES WINDOW RATING

This quick reference checklist ensures window and door products meet today’s requirements when specifying, supplying, selecting, purchasing, certifying and installing: • Wind load requirements satisfied • Site conditions satisfied • Thermal comfort requirements satisfied • Energy values met • Bush fire attack level assigned and requirements met • Materials meet all requirements • NCC provisions satisfied • Validation documents available • Installation requirements satisfied It is important to have an understanding of what these items mean and how to ensure windows meet all the requirements.

SERVICEABILITY PRESSURE, PA

SERVICEABILITY PRESSURE, PA GENERAL

CORNER WINDOWS

N1

600

900

N2

900

1300

N3

1400

2000

N4

2000

3000

N5

3000

4500

N6

4000

6000

C1

1800

2700

C2

2700

4000

C3

4000

5900

C4

5300

8000

Note: The pressures are as per AS 4055, rounded to the nearest 100 Pa.


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FOR HOUSING: What is the N or C Rating for the site? OTHER CONSTRUCTION: What are the Serviceability Limit State (SLS) and Ultimate Limit State (ULS) loads for the site?

The AWA has a key message ‘Building Classifications’ that explains the different types of constructions and window requirements in more detail, visit www.awa.org.au 2. SELECTED WINDOWS MEET THE SITE REQUIREMENTS Now that the site requirements have been determined we must make sure the windows being selected meet these requirements. Windows need to be tested to find out the SLS pressure, the ULS pressure and the level of Water Penetration Resistance (WPR) they meet. Windows are tested in accordance with the requirements of AS 2047, the tests completed are: • Structural - Measures deflection of the window (SLS) • Operating Force – Confirms opening force is within the set limits • Air Infiltration – Measures air leakage through the window or door • Water Penetration – Measures water penetration resistance • Ultimate Strength – Confirms the window meets ULS requirements

3. THERMAL COMFORT REQUIREMENTS The BCA has technical provisions that relate to energy efficiency for all classes of buildings and there can be some state variations to these requirements. The energy efficiency provisions have a significant impact on the window requirements. Compliance is achieved by the prescriptive measures found in the BCA, or through performance based solutions using simulation tools such as AccuRate, FirstRate, BERS Pro and BASIX. A report or requirement from either of these compliance solutions will specify both the window performance for total window U Value (Uw) and total window Solar heat Gain Coefficient (SHGCw).

Uw Value is the measure of heat transfer due to different temperature inside and out

Windows are tested for combinations of wind loads (SLS & ULS) and WPR for all three classes of building types. The performance results dictate where the windows and doors can be used based on the requirements for the type of construction and site. TABLE 2.3 WATER PENETRATION RESISTANCE TEST PRESSURES WINDOW RATING

NON-EXPOSED, PA

EXPOSED, PA

N1, N2

150

200

N3, C1

150

300

N4, C2

200

300

N5, C3

300

450

N6, C4

450

600

QUICK CHECK

FOR HOUSING: Do the windows meet the requirements for the N or C Rating given for the site? OTHER CONSTRUCTION: Do the windows meet the requirements for the Serviceability Limit State (SLS) and Ultimate Limit State (ULS) loads given for the site? Is the Water Penetration Resistance ≥ 30% of the +Positive SLS load given for the site?

SHGCw is a measure of solar radiation entering through the window system

4. SELECTED WINDOWS MEET ENERGY VALUES This is a key step to ensure that the products you are installing meet the BCA requirements. Energy efficiency provisions state that external glazing performance (total window system performance) data must be determined in accordance with the guidelines of the AFRC (Australian Fenestration Rating Council). The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) follows the guidelines of the AFRC which means that WERS ratings are compliant to the BCA. Performance requirements from energy efficiency reports are given to the window supplier, who will match or exceed the requirements with their WERS rated products. In some cases, it will be easier to select the windows first then supply the performance data to whoever is rating the building. Warning - ensure window ratings have been done in accordance with the guidelines of the AFRC, if it hasn’t been done to those protocols then it does not comply. Visit www.wers.net for more information.


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5. BUSH FIRE ATTACK LEVEL (BAL) ASSIGNED Many construction sites now fall within bush fire-prone areas. This will have a significant impact on the types of windows and glass that must be used. AS 3959 is the standard that specifies the requirements to assess the site, then specifies building requirements. It is important to give the BAL rating to the window supplier so they can ensure they are providing you with a compliant product.

6. SELECTED MATERIALS MEET ALL REQUIREMENTS There is a necessity to comply with all of the standards and regulations when designing, manufacturing and selecting windows and doors. Once all of the window specific requirements including the finishes and hardware, have been determined your window fabricator will be able to provide options. The more information that is provided the more fit for purpose (and cost effective) the product will be.

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7. NCC PROVISIONS MET FOR VOLUMES 1 & 2 FOR WINDOWS AND DOORS Make sure you can tick off that your windows and doors meet all of these BCA provisions: • Section 3.6 and Section B. Products are structurally adequate to meet site requirements for SLS and ULS. (window manufactures must be capable of verifying performance claims) • Section 3.6 and Section F. Products have a water penetration resistance that meets the site requirements (window manufactures must be capable of verifying performance claims) • Section 3.3.4.9 and Section F. Flashing required to window and door systems to prevent water penetration around the system.

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• Section 3.6.4.6. Manifestation required to glass doors and panels that could be mistaken for a door or unimpeded path of travel. • Section 3.7.4.7 and Section G. Bush fire requirements • Section 3.9.2.2 and Section D. Balustrades and barriers, this includes restricted and protected openings. • Section 3.12.2 and Section J. Energy Efficiency requirements. • Section 3.12.3.3 and Section J. Sealing in requirements for window and door systems to stop air leakage around the systems which significantly reduces energy efficiency.

• Website listings can be a useful source of information to confirm if the company is a member of an industry association that implements an accreditation scheme. Examples of validation documents

8. VERIFICATION / VALIDATION DOCUMENTS ON FILE A range of items should be supplied by window companies to verify performance claims and enable validation of compliance to standards and regulations. These items should be requested and kept on file. They include: • Performance labels attached to windows (a requirement in housing and residential buildings) • Compliance certificates. These should only be deemed acceptable if the company providing the certificate is a part of some type of accreditation scheme such as the AWA independent 3rd party NATA accreditation scheme • Test reports should be requested if there is any doubt about the validity of labels or certificates supplied

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9. INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS NOTED Four key steps to installation of windows and doors: 1. Square and plumb. This will ensure the functionality of the system 2. Packing. Packing between the window and building frame ensures that the frame remains square and plumb and adds strength to the nail or screw fixing 3. Fixing. The window or door needs to be fixed to enable the system to withstand the wind loads applicable to the site 4. Flashing. Windows and doors should be flashed to stop water penetration around the outside of the system. This is the responsibility of the installer.

situations may fail quickly when exposed to the full force of the wind and rain. • Top hung products such as bifold doors require structural assessment to minimise deflection • Packing is crucial to avoid distortion through settlement • Adequate fixings should be used • Follow the window manufacturer’s installation specification for the appropriate Terrain Category and height of building. There is an AWA guide to installation and a fixing guide available from www.awa.org.au

Problems such as no flashings, smothered or missing weep holes or loss of continuity in the water barrier are prime causes of leaks in window assemblies. Particular care must be taken when flashing windows for light weight construction. Consult the window manufacturer and the walling system supplier for details of how to correctly treat penetrations. There is not one particular detail which is applicable to all lightweight wall cladding materials. However, there are some simple principles which, if followed, should provide a good performing installation that will stand the test of time. 1. A ‘Z’ shaped metal head flashing extending beyond the width of the window - minimum 25mm; ideal 50mm 2. The window to be fitted with poly flashing to jambs and sill. Jamb flashing should extend 100mm above and below the window jamb height. The sill flashing to extend to the outside width of the jamb flashings 3. All flashings must offer weathering overlap i.e. the sarking above the window must overlap the metal head flashing; the head flashing must overlap the window jamb poly flash. The jamb poly flash must overlap the sill poly flash and both jamb and sill poly flash must overlap the wall sarking 4. There must be provision for drainage below the window and ideally along the bottom of the sheeting for the full length of the wall There are many different types of window designs which make it very difficult to create generic installation details to cover all window systems. In most cases, the walling system suppliers provide details for window installation. However, not all cladding manufacturers’ details are suited to window weathering and drainage, nor are they aligned with window manufacturers’ installation details. A lot of these wall cladding materials are used in residential applications where traditional finned windows are used. With this window type, the waterproof line of the window is the fin and not the front face of the window. Sealing or attempting to seal to the front face of the window is destined for failure. Severity of exposure to wind is the most important factor in specification and installation. Practices for sheltered

There is a lot of information on this one component of a building and other building components are just as complex. It is impossible for building professionals to be fully across all of them. Access to support and information on windows and doors is available through the Australian Window Association visit www.awa.org.au and www.wers.net or call on (02) 9498 2768

Warning: Incorrect installation of windows and doors can cause significant damage to the building.


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‘Build-out’

termites

by ‘building-in’ protection DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS ROUTINE TO SPRAY FOR TERMITES BEFORE POURING A SLAB? IT WAS OVER 20 YEARS AGO- BUT HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

Probably the biggest change of all was the acceptance in the termite standard that a concrete slab itself could form part of a termite barrier. At the same time, the long lasting ‘organo-chlorine’ chemicals being used were withdrawn and replaced with the safer termiticides that we have todaybut these are registered with a service life of about 10 years only. This raised concerns about the lack of termite protection beyond 10 years in non-accessible building parts such as under slabs. An additional concern has been the indication that the traditional system of “free-hand spraying” of termiticide had a poor track record of performance. Where was the evidence? In 2005 the CSIRO produced a termite risk map of Melbourne, based on a limited survey by Termite Action Victoria. The map and tables clearly showed that the council areas where pre-construction termite protection was mandatory were also those that suffered the highest rates of termite infestation. In fact 25 per cent of all termite infestations occurred within four council areas, all of which requiring pre-construction termite protection. Perhaps the protection helped- but it certainly did not bring home the bacon.

all stages of an often-complex building. Parts of buildings were probably not treated. Furthermore, treated areas such as garden beds and pathways, were liable to be compromised by the subsequent landscaping and paving works that often follow a hand spray termiticide application.

What was behind this poor performance is not clear, but most experienced termite specialists will tell you that the chemicals used are effective when applied fully and correctly. The blame is more likely to be the invisible nature of sprays, and the difficulty in inspecting and certifying that an application has been made to

THESE PRODUCTS HAVE SOME COMMON FEATURES: • They often integrate with part of the building structure such as a concrete slab, which together with the product, form a ‘termite management system’. • These systems are ‘built-in’, and can at some stage be inspected, confirmed

We are fortunate that the dismal landscape painted above has been brightened by a new way of doing things. There is a growing range of termite protection products that can be seen, touched and inspected and the builder is spoilt for choice in picking a method that suits the building design, the building coordination and the builder’s back pocket.

to be complete, signed off and certified. In an imperfect world, this is a big advantage over the invisible ‘spray’ method. • A ‘built-in’ system is generally not as easily compromised when a new home-owner makes new garden beds or lays new paving around the home. • They provide longer term protection, often with an expectation of 50 years of service. • They typically come with a warranty which is subject to the building being inspected annually by a termite specialist. This is in line with the termite standard, and apart from inspecting for termites, it provides an excellent opportunity for home owners to be informed by the inspector about maintenance of things such as landscaping levels, ventilation and replenishment of chemical in reticulation systems (where fitted). Generally, ‘built-in’ products are applied so as to integrate with building parts to form a single termite barrier. It would


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be unusual in Victoria today to underlay a termite protection product under the entire building. Instead, the design of the building must be understood, building plans provided, and the qualities of structures such as a concrete slabs and sub-floor clearances must be specified prior to planning a termite protection system that will utilise the building components as part of the termite barrier. FOR EXAMPLE: Concrete slabs • must be designed and constructed so as not to have a 1mm crack through the slab. AS 2870 and AS 3600 are ‘deemed to satisfy’. • Slabs with abutments to other structure, such as ‘in-fill slabs’, require protection at those margins. • Potential holes / joins / and gaps in the slab should be independently protected. • The external perimeter, typically at the edge rebate, should be independently protected. Suspended floors • must be 400mm clear of the ground to permit local barriers such as stump capping • to comply, and to allow for future termite inspections. • Concrete /steel stumps require no further protection. Masonry footings and timber stumps require protection, such as with capping / strip shielding.

Examples of products types NON-CHEMICAL These were the first of the new wave of ‘built-in’ products after the old chemicals were withdrawn, and include the well established stainless steel mesh and graded stone methods. The companies providing these products did not just supply the material, but they established for the first time a comprehensive system behind the product, and trained their people to install it, inspect it and warranty it. They undertook extensive research and testing and developed a range of adhesives, sealants and fixing methods that became part of their ‘systems’ . They also had to coax the building industry away from treating

termite protection as an afterthought and ‘quick spray’, and into a scheduled stage of the building process, and they provided industry training and seminars accordingly. These methods remain available today, and have the advantage of being well known throughout Victoria as well as being chemical free.

during the building process, termites may not be able to find the breach. An additional security is the range of adhesives and sealants that come with most brands, which are mostly today ‘active’, meaning that they also contain insecticide, and increase the flexibility and security of these systems.

RETICULATION This is a method of convenient reapplication of liquid termiticide via an irrigation system similar to water irrigation. Some of these systems were developed as the old chemicals were going and have become very well established with a big market share. They are cost effective and simple to install and simple for the builder to schedule - in. They are an improvement on hand-spraying chemical, and are particularly useful to enable reapplication where concrete / tiled paths / patios surround a building. They require replenishment every few years, typically by the supplier, who may also provide an on-going warranty.

Not all the newer systems rely on insecticide. For instance, there is now a ‘spray-on’ liquid which physically increases the hardness of the mortar between bricks, and prevents termites from chewing their way through the cement of a brick wall. It is easy to apply and cost effective as well as being free of insecticide.

IMPREGNATED MEMBRANES These are typically plastic strips that have been loaded in some way with an insecticide. Brands vary in technologysome membranes sandwich a treated textile material between two thin plastic sheets, and another brand actually includes insecticide within the plastic itself during manufacture. The result is a range of products that are generally expected to last the lifetime of a building, can be readily inspected and can be installed into buildings in a range of convenient ways. They are cost effective to supply and once installed they can be left undisturbed to do their job for the long haul without any service requirements. Impregnated membranes are repellent to termites - which cannot contact or explore the membrane. This provides a feeling of confidence that if a membrane is inadvertently damaged

There are many other methods available, and their number is increasing continually.

So what should a builder do? • Provide proper building plans including those for elevations and footings. • Include termite work into the building schedule and give plenty of notice to the termite product installer. • Respect the termite product work, and ensure that following trades do the same. • Once the termite system is installed, ensure that the provider fixes a ‘durable notice’ in the SEC box (or sub-floor frame) and that the certificate of installation is handed over to the purchaser. This will allow the new owner to contact the termite company and register for annual inspections and warranty. Once this is done, you can sleep easy knowing that someone else’s phone will ring if termites rear their ugly heads over the long years ahead.


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– it’s worth getting it right the first time Moisture can be the arch nemesis of any building structure. Rain or water ingress during construction can cause lengthy delays and add unforeseen and unbudgeted costs. However, it's crucial to asset owners that structures are equipped to deal with the threat of moisture damage over the longer term, and not just for the bare minimum of defect warranty period. Water ingress is the most significant root cause of building remediation

costs. Aside from the immediate damage to contents, repairing defective waterproofing can be a particularly intrusive, labour-intensive and costly process. Spending on remediation can skyrocket the longer the damage is left unaddressed, as the structural integrity of the building can be compromised. Moisture can enter structures in a variety of ways so it’s necessary to comprehensively safeguard against all possible circumstances.

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Successful design and installation of waterproofing technologies within all buildings is critical. Buildings incorporating living and green roof technologies are becoming more commonplace in Australia with shining examples like Forest Lodge Eco House, which received multiple accolades in the New South Wales Master Builder Excellence in Housing Awards and was featured on the popular Grand Designs TV show. The relatively recent trend in Australia towards ‘transport-oriented development’ inner city living, along with building requirements for sustainable, energy efficient buildings has helped to promote the demand of green roofs and walls. These buildings help to reduce demand on infrastructure through storm water capture and reuse systems, as well as act to reduce the Urban Heat Island affect that is associated with urbanised lifestyles. People now have a higher expectation of their ‘living space’ requirements where the outside and inside environments merge.

Collaboration between all stakeholders regarding waterproofing systems is particularly important in designs that incorporate natural materials and technologies as well. Forest Lodge House Eco is an exceptional example of all players implementing best practice design to achieve this. Design guidelines and standards, such as those found within the Building Code of Australia and appropriate AS/NZ Standard provide direction to design and installation of appropriate waterproofing systems. AS 3740 2010 and AS/NZS 4588-2004 provide guidance on the waterproofing requirements for domestic wet areas and wet area membranes respectively. The AS4654.2 regulation on waterproofing membrane systems for aboveground design and installation provides direction in the appropriate design and installation methodologies of waterproofing systems. While some damage to waterproofing does occur during construction, a large proportion of waterproofing failures

can be attributed to either incorrect or insufficient attention to detailing. Belowground waterproofing presents its own unique set of parameters. Consideration of external factors such as soil geology, hydrological conditions, environmental factors and intended use of the space will aid in determining which of the various waterproofing technologies can be required for belowground parts of structures such as basements, and cellars, as well as retaining walls. Waterproofing structures that are water retaining or subject to hydrostatic pressure require careful design, shrewd selection of materials, as well as skilled workmanship. Onsite quality control has a big part to play in ensuring optimal waterproofing results. Careful attention must be given to concrete mix design with consideration for use of hydrophobic pore blocking or crystalline growth type admixtures. Joint design is also critical, as consideration must be made for construction realities


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such as occurrences of poor concrete placement, as well as geological factors. Interestingly, Australian standards don’t cover all facets of waterproofing requirements. Given that some elements remain unregulated, there exists no clearly defined standard for below ground waterproofing. British Standard [BS] 8102:2009 is a code of practice for protection of belowground structures against water from the ground. This code of practice promotes a holistic approach to achieving successful waterproofing outcomes, which involves all stakeholders working together to develop a strategy and robust specification during the design stage, which is followed right through the construction process. During the requirements analysis phase it is recommended to assess geological

conditions of the site for presence of contaminants that may compromise the integrity of the concrete as well as for the presence of hydrostatic pressure. Consideration should also be given to future developments, which may impact on the waterproofing requirements of the structure. BS8102 further states that typically waterproofing failures are due to construction issues and lacking attention to detail. Due to these factors, secondary and even tertiary levels of redundancy are recommended to be included during the specification stage for areas within the structure that have higher levels of requirement. As previously stated, the cost of remediation far outstrip those of new installation so any savings in time and budget made during construction are quickly lost by not correctly assessing

the waterproofing requirements within the building. In summary, the key to the success of a waterproofing installation is to thoroughly understand all of the various requirements of a project. Specific waterproofing systems should be included at the project design phase. Materials suppliers should be quality assured, and have a long track record of providing quality products that are compliant with the various national, or international standards. Only waterproofing applicators that have been approved by the material supplier and have proven project experience that is relevant to both the scale and scope of works should be engaged.


Masters of our Industry Master Builders Association of Victoria is a leading provider of products and services to the building and construction industry — not just our members but all builders across the industry, students, apprentices and consumers. This year is our 140th year of operations, demonstrating our long-running influence and support of Victoria’s building and construction industry. + Member Services We assist our members, whether they are a large or small business, to win work and perform their work. We provide a range of free services such as legal, OHS, industrial relations and builder registration advice. We also offer special access to training, financial advice and building permit and inspection services as well as special discounts and offers from our alliance partners like Telstra, Caltex, Europcar and many more. + Training We deliver the best training for the industry—members and non-members—by offering a range of courses including OHS, IR, leadership and Certificate IV in building and construction (Building). + Simulation Training We have the only simulation training centre in Australia, which can provide unique simulated training experiences,using actors and filming and recording technology, to provide realistic scenarios. The courses provided at the BuildingLeadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) include leadership and management skills, onsite industrial relations and managing site safety.

+ Merchandise We provide products for builders, like contracts, signage, diaries and work clothing. + Advocacy & Policy We provide advocacy support for our members to Federal and State Governments and industry stakeholders like the media and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), to ensure that the views and needs of our members are represented. + Insurance Services Builders can also access insurance services through MBA Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Master Builders. + Assist Our call centre Master Builders Assist team provides responsive and helpful advice to members, consumers and the community who call on a range of issues pertaining to the building and construction industry.

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FINALLY! A waterbased peelable coating that works on floors from the masters of waterbased peelable coatings.

DAHLSENS’ EXPANSION CONTINUES – NEW TRADE STORES TO OPEN IN SALE AND WARRAGUL.

After years of formulating and with input from builders, Goop Guys have come up with a coating that simply rolls on, cures and peels off the flooring surface when it is no longer required.

Whole of house building materials supplier and truss and frame manufacturer, Dahlsens, increases its regional coverage with new stores set to open in Sale in February and Warragul in March.

Floor Goop Trafficable, breathable, waterbased, environmentally friendly, tough and suitable for most non-porous surfaces.

Dahlsens returns to these markets with a trade-only focus and ‘for the builder’ service model, which offers customers reliability, convenience and expertise.

Why Goop? Goop Guys are regarded as the innovators of temporary surface protection. With 100% Australian owned and made productsour quality control is your assurance for a professionally applied, easy to peel for your protective coating for your building site. Save Money Builders often spend thousands of dollars each year in replacing windows and fittings due to scratching/damage during construction. This is all avoided with Goop Guys surface protection.   Save Time The final clean of the site is made easy with our Goop peeling off with no fuss!!

The Dahlsens family is particularly excited to broaden its Gippsland coverage considering the business originated in Bairnsdale over 138 years ago, in 1877.

Check out our website for more information and to see Goop Guys other products: Website: www.goopguys.com.au Phone: 1300 MR GOOP (67 4667)

Dahlsens: 20 trade stores 7 truss and frame plants 1 metal roofing centre (also in Sale) Phone 1300 DAHLSENS

The team at Dahlsens looks forward to welcoming new and old customers to our Sale and Warragul stores and continuing to build the solid reputation it has worked hard to achieve. New Store Locations: Sale: 16 Cobains Road Warragul: 7 Pearse Street For general enquiries, please contact the Dahlsens Support Office at enquiries@dahlsens.com.au or (03) 8831 8300.

THE BAYER PROTECTION PROGRAM OFFERS HOMEOWNERS TOTAL TERMITE PROTECTION A first for the termite industry in Australia, the Bayer Protection Program offers homeowners total termite protection -- a combination of regular termite inspections (e.g. annually) to detect the presence of termites; and a physical barrier (Kordon®) to prevent entry via areas that can’t be inspected. The Bayer Protection Warranty starts with an inspection of the home by a Bayer Accredited Timber Pest Inspector. If the home is termite-free, and possible conditions which may be conducive to termite attack are addressed, your Bayer Protection Warranty can be renewed. The same inspection takes place each year to give the homeowner total termite protection. This warranty can be renewed annually (fee applies) for the life of the structure. The Bayer Protection Warranty covers homeowners for up to $1 million worth of termite damage due to product failure or any other means of termite entry. To activate your Bayer Protection Warranty visit www.kordonwarrantycentre.com.au or for further information contact the Bayer Protection team on 1800 552 802.


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For more information please contact: Email: sydneybuild@oliverkinross.com Phone +61 (02) 8006 7557


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