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As of August 2010, the Building Code of Australia contains new regulations for Bushfire prone areas, limiting the type of cladding systems that can be used in home construction. The MasterWall K Series achieves a Bushfire Attack Level of BAL 40, enabling specifiers to overcome restrictions when building lightweight insulation systems in bushfire rated areas. The panel used in the MasterWall K Series is Kooltherm K5 from Kingspan Insulation, which comprises of a thermoset insulation core and able to withstand intense heat once rendered. The MasterWall K Series has passed the stringent test required to achieve BAL 40 under the

AS1530.8.1-2007. BAL 40 being the highest rating under BAL FZ, which covers the majority of homes constructed in bushire prone areas, hence MasterWall K Series offers many solutions to the specifier. The MasterWall K5 BAL 40 System also allows for design options for BAL 12.5 & 19 when using the MasterWall polystyrene system. MasterWall K Series can provide the 400mm non-combustible plinth the base required to comply with BAL 12.5 & 19. MasterWall K Series is incorporated seamlessly into the MasterWall Polystyrene system. making it a fantastic solution. Its speed of installation over other BAL rated systems is remarkable, making it a real competitor in the industry.




The MasterWall K Series incorporating Kooltherm from Kingspan Insulation achieves the highest thermal ratings for any wall system. With almost double the thermal performance of polystyrene and eight times higher than brick veneer, the MasterWall K Series can help you achieve the high star ratings now being introduced into the building code. Achieving an incredible R 4.5 over timber frame, without the need for added batts. _MASTERWALL K5 CYCLONIC SYSTEM

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From the editor................................................................................12 PROFILE Tony Arnel.......................................................................18 PROFILE Geoff Wilson..................................................................20 PROFILE Jason Saunders............................................................22 PROFILE Franzine Karamfiles...................................................24. PROFILE Rob Forgione.................................................................89 PROFILE Iain Edmondson....................................................... 105 AND THE WINNER IS......................................................................16 COVER STORY A classic vintage.................................................................... 27 An office space for Amex that could be mistaken for a luxury boutique or top class restaurant.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Industry works with Government on workforce challenges............................................................................... 30

Builders Beware..................................................................... 36 A senior associate from a prominent local law firm explains how payment disputes can be resolved quickly through the construction contracts Act 2004 and how the Conneq case has significantly broadened the interpretation of the mining exclusion clause.

New hospital facilities set to change healthcare landscape................................................................................. 38 Billions of dollars have been injected into the states healthcare system and will see massive transformation of health provision.

CMAWA – solely representing the cabinet making industry................................................................................... 123 The association discusses why many of the problems besetting the industry are due to the fact that WA cabinet making is an unregulated trade.

on the cover

Workforce shortages in WA are being tackled head on by the State Government with 170,000 new jobs expected by 2015.

A classic vintage


Read our cover story on page 27.

New Building Approvals for WA.................................... 33 A new building Act is expected to overhaul the building industry and provide flexibility in the building approvals process 4 The Builders Choice Magazine – June 2012

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46 COMMERCIAL Size no hurdle for distribution centre.................... 40 Gavin Constructions have taken on a huge project in Hazelmere that will provide Coca Cola with a class leading warehouse facility.

Bold, contemporary, colourful and engaging.... 44 New fit-out in Subiaco has provided a warm and friendly working environment for NS Projects.

A home at last for the Ballet......................................... 50 Renovations on the former Royal WA Institute and Industrial School for the Blind have been completed to reveal a new venue for the West Australian Ballet.

Administrative complex powers ahead in Collie...... ........................................................................................................ 54 The Muja Power station is set for many years of energy production with a new administrative complex that has taken its cues from its industrial surroundings.

Café oasis and fine dining Mecca ................................. 79 Striking design and finishes have made a haven for weary CBD workers

Parnall kicks a goal with BRAC pavilion ................ 104 Designed by Site Architecture, a $2 million recreation facility in Broome will provide a much needed facility for many local sporting clubs.

MIXED-USE Convenience and style with city living from old bowling alley......................................................................... 46 Finbar has developed yet another large scale apartment and commercial project that takes advantage of stunning city views.

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Creating a homely environment in the harsh outback...................................................................................... 96 The short term and long term affects on workers and their families is a problem that is being tackled head on with this substantial apartment and commercial project.

DEVELOPMENT – RESIDENTIAL Beauty and function meld together......................... 58 Utilising a narrow block in Yokine to build a large family home was no challenge for Quattro Homes

Beach lifestyle beckons in Cottesloe........................ 61 Craig Steere Architects have taken inspiration from the tranquil Cottelsoe beaches to create a holiday home fit for a competitive surfer.

Award winning private art gallery ............................ 64 A spit level residence in the South West is offering a home and gallery for its art-collecting owners

Modernism and homely comforts create a hilltop paradise...................................................................................... 68 Delivering a home that ensures the retirement years are hassle free and providing generous entertainment spaces to cater for all generations has been delivered in Floreat.

Location and convenience abound in East Perth..... ........................................................................................................ 72 Six luxury solar townhouses take advantage of the Swan River and easy access to the Perth CBD.

Holiday home provides simple holiday lifestyle...... ........................................................................................................ 76 Dark, dramatic paintwork, specialised cladding and material feature alongside warm timbers to create a home that will stand the test of time.

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Future proofing for another generation.............. 84


Zazen Building & Design have helped a semi retired couple to build their dream home.

Seniors live it up with ease in easy care retirement village........................................................................................ 92

Good things come in small packages......................... 86

Offering a lock and leave lifestyle and state of the art security, this village will be just the ticket for those considering retirement.

A tri-level home has fit Japanese inspired designs onto a small block that delivers on all levels.

Weatherboard wonder...................................................... 90 Quaine Constructions has managed to conserve and highlight scores of majestic peppermint trees as part of its design and build process on a home in Dunsborough.

Not just an ordinary house............................................ 99 A custom built home in Appaloosa Drive in Baldivis has been recognised with a Silver Trowel award.

Country comfort................................................................ 102 Large family home in Bridgetown achieves top third finalist in 2012 Bankwest MBA South West housing excellence awards.

Seeing the wood from the trees.................................. 106 Substantial changes in Perth’s construction industry have affected the way building companies approach construction of homes and this eco friendly timber framed home is no exception.

Kimberley’s largest display village proves popular.................................................................................... 110 The launch of Landcorp’s Waranyjarri Estate Display Village at Broome North experiences strong sales 8 The Builders Choice Magazine – June 2012

HOME AUTOMATION Hard economic times lead many to home theatre systems..................................................................................... 108 A range of inexpensive and mid-range options can provide good value and performance in any home theatre systems.

ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION New steel forum open for sharing building smarts....................................................................................... 126 Australian Steel Institute launches its new online Steel Community Forum especially for trades people and professionals.

Timber fabrication:faster, smarter, lighter… better!....................................................................................... 127 MiTek outlines the substantial advantages of prefabricated timber construction

New Protocol for structural software............... 132 The Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB’s) new Protocol For Structural Software (PFSS) defines the minimum requirements for structural software.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY The sustainable prefab – how green is green?..... 135 SEA addresses the six star question – design versus performance, issues of inadequate thermal mass and the lifecycle question.

Welcome to six-star........................................................... 138 Sid Thoo looks at some of the challenges and opportunities these new energy efficiency standards will present to the industry.

WATER EFFICIENCY Building waterwise this winter................................... 134 Winter is a great time for us to be thinking about our water use in the home garden.

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from the editor In news received on May 23 it was announced that Professor Ray Wills of The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) was resigning from his position as chief executive. However Ray Wills was extended an invitation from the association to serve as an SEA board member. Mr Wills took on his new role as SEA board member on June 1. Professor Ray wills has become a valued contributor to The Builders Choice Magazine over the past few years with his articles and the passion he shows for his work. On behalf of everyone at The Builders Choice Magazine we congratulate you, and wish you all the very best in your new role as an SEA board member. The introduction of a new Building Act in Western Australia was released on April 2, 2012. After 70 years of no change to the building laws, the State Government has now introduced a new building Act as part of a comprehensive reform package that will affect all builders in WA. Some time back it was expected the new Act would keep WA aligned with the national regulatory reforms by confirming the Building Code of Australia. Perhaps time will tell whether this new reform has been received well by builders and the local Government. To find out more please read the article by the Building Commission in this issue on page 33. Our cover story in this issue is showcasing the stylish new offices of Amex Corporation created by Meyer Shircore & Associates’ senior interior designer DeShanon Naoum. DeShanon had to work hard on the Amex directors to get them to accept her proposed fit out. However, DeShanon was able to win their trust and was glad she did after hearing the fit-out was well received by staff and guests of the firm. To view this feature, please turn to page 27.

There are two other must read articles in this issue. The first is the Landcorp development of its impressive Waranyjarri Estate display village at Broome North. LandCorp’s Kimberley regional manager Paul Ferrante said there had been a significant spike in sales following the launch of the display village. The second feature is on the huge 40,000sqm distribution centre in Hazelmere housing Coca Cola Amatil, constructed by established building company Gavin Constructions. The company’s general manager, Patrick Chaney said the company had been incredibly successful at producing design documents and the completed building to both client and tenant expectations. To view this feature, please turn to page 40 Just to remind you all that positions for our December wall-planner are filling fast. To secure your position, sales for the wall-planner are being taken during the September selling period as well. Press releases and all editorial ideas should be emailed to The Builders Choice Magazine website is changing so look out for our new web page soon. Until next time…

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delivers a lovely finished aesthetic to my projects,” Mr Tinniswood said. “I specialise in constructing steel framed homes on sloping sites up in the hills area of Perth and to get the rendered look of the Rmax ThermalWallPlus® system I would have to build with bricks and put in masses of retaining walls,” Mr Tinniswood said. He said the system gave a modern style of rendering that CFC sheeting just couldn’t deliver. “The system also gives me tremendous freedom in house styles because I can cantilever my homes and I know the Rmax ThermalWallPlus® system will always adapt…you can’t do that with brickwork,” he said. The Rmax system will also be a key factor in supporting WA’s burgeoning mining industry as a product that is appropriate for the high wind load ratings in the north of the state and its capacity to significantly reduce construction time and also reduce costs. It can be used in C4 wind regions under the Building Code of Australia and can be used anywhere in Western Australia, including the most severe cyclonic regions and conditions like those in the Pilbara. The Rmax ThermalWallPlus® system has two and a half times the r-rating compared with masonry double brick, which also directly increases the green star rating of the home. Construction time is reduced by an average of up to 50 per cent and house slabs require much less engineering due to the light weight properties of the product. A simple washer and screw system that is also C4 wind rated is all that is required to attach the panels to the framework. The panels are available in lengths of 2.5m by 1.2m or 3m by 1.2m and 3.6x1.2 on request. Mr De Pledge said Builditeco were committed to sustainability in the construction industry with its environmentally friendly system and significantly reduced construction times. EDITORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

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...and the winner is The Builders Choice Magazine would like to congratulate:

Karamfiles Builders for winning the 2012 Master Builders Bankwest South West Building Excellence Awards as Employer Trainer of the Year –small to medium, Best Customer Service for a small to medium business and for winning the HIA Australia Business Partner of the Year 2012. (See Franzine Karamfiles’ profile on page 24) Karamfiles Builders: (08) 9777 1900, Photo by Pixel Magix

Quattro Homes for winning the 2012 Master Builders – Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards for the best alterations or additions for its home in Wembley and for winning the Master Builders – Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards for the $750 to $800k contract home category for its home in Yokine. The Builders Choice Magazine is featuring another of the company’s homes in this issue. (See page 58) Quattro Homes: (08) 9444 4002,

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Springate Constructions for winning the 2012 Master Builders Bankwest South West Building Excellence Awards for Best Contract Home in the $3,000,000 category. The company won the award for the home it built on Caves Road, Marybrook that we featured in the March issue of The Builders Choice Magazine. Springate Constructions: 0400 066 664,

Edward Brewer Homes for winning the 2012 Silver Trowel Award for the company’s custom built home in Appaloosa Drive, Baldivis that The Builders Choice Magazine is featuring in this issue. (See story page 99). Edward Brewer was also a finalist in the 2012 Master Builders – Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards for alterations and additions up to $160,000 for 333 Eighty Road Baldivis. Edward Brewer Homes: (08) 6364 0248,

Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd for winning the 2012 Master Builders – Bankwest South West Building Excellence Awards for contract homes in the $500-$750k category. The company was awarded for construction excellence on its home in Thomson Way Dunsborough. (See story on page 90) Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd: (08) 9756 7913,

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up close + personal with

tony arnel GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY, NORMAN DISNEY & YOUNG // interviewed by rhonda malkin

How long have you worked for Norman Disney & Young? I have been working as the global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young for two months and very much enjoying the challenge. Where did you start your career and has sustainability always been a passion for you? I started as an architect, then project manager in various government departments. Fast forwarding, I spent the last 12 years as the Victorian Building Commissioner working for the State Government. I decided to do something different after a long time there and I have always been very interested in sustainability. That’s why I also got involved in the very early days of the Green Building Council of Australia. So it’s very exciting to now be part of a very progressive firm like Norman Disney & Young. I have come from an executive background and part of my role here at Norman Disney & Young is to position the firm internationally and nationally as a firm with a leadership position on sustainability. How will you position Norman Disney & Young internationally in terms of sustainability? It’s about building reputation and marketing the sustainability capabilities and capacities of Norman Disney & Young in a strategic way. It’s important that we make sure we are showing our presence throughout the world and that our clients and potential clients know what we can deliver in all our market sectors.

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Would you say there has been a dramatic change and focus towards sustainability for the built environment in the last five to ten years? I think the last decade has seen a very big shift and a lot of change has occurred particularly with the Green Building Council of Australia. It was the time when the idea of sustainability was being established along with aspirations towards achieving ratings tools for buildings and building low carbon buildings. If you fast forward ten years its just remarkable how the building landscape has changed so quickly in that period of time. Today I think we can afford to be excited about what the next decade will deliver. How will you expand your sustainability role throughout the company’s worldwide offices and its varying sectors? I currently work out of the Melbourne office but with the global role that I have with Norman Disney & Young, I will be travelling from London to Auckland. We have offices in the UK and Asia, all around Australia and New Zealand in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Certainly around Australia and into New Zealand I will be focusing on promoting the company and across the market sectors as well. I will not just be working in the building sector, but also in utilities, transport and other aspects of Norman Disney & Young’s capabilities. What I want to examine with the market sector directors is the role that sustainability can play in all of those areas as we move towards a low carbon future because the reality is that even though the building sector has got a profile in terms of sustainability some of the other sectors also have a massive contribution to make.


The reality is that we are currently in a difficult economic phase in Australia and worldwide, but I believe that people will continue to want better results in their buildings.

How will the new carbon tax laws affect sustainability in the long term? I think we have to see the carbon tax as one of a number of policy instruments that are being implemented by the Australian government. The reality is that the carbon tax is going to cause a change in behaviour to people’s attitudes towards the way they use energy and buildings. As an example, people particularly in the commercial sector are going to look critically at efficiency in their existing buildings and look to upgrade and retro-fit existing buildings. In terms of the governments carbon abatement policies we’ve had regulation put in place for buildings in terms of minimum standards. We’ve had a lot of market information and incentive schemes in an attempt to influence behaviour. The carbon pricing mechanism that is coming in on July will also lead to more change. We need to view the carbon pricing mechanism as part of a suite of measures designed to create change. Do you think the goals you had ten years ago have been realised or is there still a lot of work to do? The reality is that we are currently in a difficult economic phase in Australia and worldwide, but I believe that people will continue to want better results in their buildings. Electricity costs have risen 50 per cent in the last five years and this is causing people to look very seriously and critically at not only the buildings they build but how they use them. In terms of the future, we can be in part, I believe be informed by the past. Things have changed so quickly in the last ten years that we can expect even more accelerated change in the next five to ten years. People will want to achieve even greater efficiencies and better results in whatever sector they are involved with.

Is there any one project that you have done in your time that you consider to be a particular accomplishment? One of the initiatives I was really proud of when I was the Victorian Building Commissioner was that I moved 200 staff into an old industrial building, which was not only sympathetically adapted for reuse but also achieved a five star, green star rating. The project was a success story in terms of reusing an old historic building but also gaining important energy efficiency and indoor environment quality gains… and therefore providing a fantastic workplace for staff. It was also the first heritage-listed building in Melbourne to achieve a five-star, green star rating through a renovation. There are a lot of old buildings in Melbourne that have been turned into green buildings but this was the first heritage listed building to achieve a green star rating. Are there particular sorts of projects that you like to be involved in and what sort of challenges do they pose? Well personally I’m really interested in projects that push boundaries and one of those is No. 1 Bligh Street in Sydney. It is a major new commercial office building in the centre of Sydney that is a green star building and it really has promoted the office of the future. Are there any projects that have changed the way you look at sustainability? There is no doubt that what has happened in Australia in the last ten years with the emphasis on sustainable buildings has changed the way people think. The approach to building design and building performance and the way we measure performance is a quantum leap from where it was in the early 2000s. All the buildings that have been through the green star rating process over the past decade have contributed to this extraordinary outcome. BC

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// interviewed by norman burns

What is the concept behind Ecofit Homes? The concept behind Ecofit Homes is quite simple - to provide an innovative, affordable and versatile housing product. Ecofit Homes is a subsidiary company of NLV Group, which is also the parent company to National Lifestyle Villages and builds and manages gated communities for the fit and active over-45s demographic. Velocity Villages develops and operates high quality resources accommodation in Western Australia’s Northwest while Lifestyle Developments creates affordable living solutions and special-purpose housing projects often in alliance with State Government initiatives. Ecofit Homes has been supplying modular housing to the Group’s subsidiary companies for just over five years. During this period its homes have evolved into leading examples of affordable, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing residential and lifestyle models. How did you come to be involved in the company and what skills have you brought to the role from other jobs/ positions? The decision to join Ecofit Homes was quite a simple one for me. Having spent nearly 15 years in various roles and positions with the James Hardie Group, I was quite familiar with the benefits of light-weight modulated methods of construction. For the nine years prior to joining Ecofit I was general manager at Peter Stannard Homes. I felt that my inherent preference to the overall benefits of light-weight modular housing combined with just under a decade working with one of Perth’s most respected builders of quality homes, was the ideal match for a Group such as NLV. For me to be given the reins of Ecofit Homes was the perfect job. 20 The Builders Choice Magazine – June 2012

How has the mining boom impacted on Ecofit? The size and scale of the proposed mining projects in the Northwest are at times hard to fathom. However, I do get a reality check now and then when companies responsible for these projects talk to us about their immediate and long term housing needs to accommodate their extensive workforce. In addition to this, there is a rapidly growing need to accommodate non-mine related workers and families in the resources areas. Through the NLV Group, Ecofit Homes has been very pro-active in establishing themselves in this market. What three words would you use to describe yourself? Perhaps how I would describe myself in three words may differ to how others might, but - builder, academic and swimmer come to mind. What interests do you have outside of the office? Are you involved in any charity work? I have had a long association with the School of Built Environment at Curtin University, both as an academic and researcher. My area of expertise is knowledge management within the construction industry and I have a doctorate in Business Administration (Information Systems). I also swim a bit with my favourite swim being the Rottnest Channel crossing. Last year I swam solo across the English Channel from Dover to Calais. In the process of doing this, our small group of seven West Australians who attempted the English Channel in 2011 managed to raise more than $60,000 for Breast Cancer Care, Western Australia.


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Does Ecofit have a dedicated construction team or is all work contracted out? Most builders in Western Australia, Ecofit Homes included, rely on an extended team of skilled workers to carry out their business. This team consists of a dedicated and contracted construction workforce. This mix helps builders to engage with the appropriate skills required for each project and manage the peaks and troughs in workloads that are often associated with the building and construction industry. Is Ecofit looking at new materials/construction methods for the future? We are always looking to use new materials and try new construction methods, it’s essential for our future. We work very closely with our suppliers, architects, engineers and most importantly our customers to ensure our homes are the best they possibly can be. What are the price points for Ecofit Homes? Are they customisable? Ecofit Homes aims to maintain its affordability price point on each home it designs and builds. We currently have a range of homes that vary in price starting from below $100,000 to more than $400,000. All homes manufactured by Ecofit are customisable. However, we need to ensure that the customised design is conducive with our modular methods of construction. What has been the most unusual or challenging project undertaken by Ecofit? The NLV Group has recently completed the highly successful and unique Royalties for Regions initiative, Warambie Estate, in Karratha. Warambie Estate is a large development of 100 homes and the first of its kind in the region. It provides subsidised rental accommodation to non-resource, industry related service workers within the Shire of Roebourne. This unique project managed to attain a balance in triple-line sustainability, which includes social, environmental and economic considerations. BC

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up close + personal with

jason saunders

DESIGN DIRECTOR, ARC SEVEN.1 // interviewed by norman burns

How did arc seven.1 evolve? And what’s the story behind the (distinctive) name? Having worked for an upper-end builder for a number of years, and wanting to finish my architectural degree, I decided that I would step out on my own and set up my own practice while finishing my degree. At the same time I was approached to work in Asia on a couple of projects. Therefore I set up my own practice with my partner (now wife) Nicki, who is also an interior designer. In creating a name for the practice we looked at steering away from the traditional names and to one that was distinctive enough, that encapsulated the balance between building and interior design. Working in Asia inspired us to look at the principles of Feng Shui, in which our clients at the time were fully immersed. The name arc seven.1 was chosen for the basis – arc – for architecture and 7.1 related to our birthdays as well as 7+1 = 8 and 8 being a good Feng Shui number. What is your business philosophy? We are committed to design excellence and pride ourselves on innovative solutions that are tailored to the clients’ requirements. Each project reflects the individuality of the client, their lifestyle as well as the location of the site. Our focus is not only on the built form and interior fit out, but the landscape that forms an integral part to creating a harmonious linkage between these three disciplines. What makes arc seven.1 stand out from the crowd? Who is involved in the business? As a design practice as I mentioned above, we link the three areas of the built form, landscape and interiors therefore we are able

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to take each project in one direction and cover all aspects, than engage different consultants for this. As we also undertake the project management for a lot of our projects, we together with the clients and builder work as a team to create the best possible result possible.

Is the business Perth-centric or have you done projects elsewhere? No we are not Perth-centric, we are at the moment in discussions with clients about projects in Sydney, on Phillip Island (Victoria) and in Auckland. Can you tell readers a bit about yourself, where you grew up, how you got into this line of work? I come from a family of five, mum, two brothers and a sister. I was born in England and moved to Australia when I was seven. We grew up in the northern surburbs. Started my architectural studies but got a job in a small architectural practice within six months, so decided to study part-time and work in the small practice. I worked for several builders and developers over the years, the last being Grandwood Homes for six years, up until the time we set up our practice. Are your clients more “sophisticated” than, say, 10 years ago? What new trends are evident in interior design? They certainly are. With access to the internet, and the plethora of magazines from around the world, we are finding our clients to be a lot more educated and discerning as they are exposed to trends and ideas from overseas and interstate. We are now being asked to introduce a lot of these ideas. With trends in interiors, I think the main direction has been in


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regard to the materials being selected. Because of the pure to the Green aspect, we find the use of natural material are being considered more often now, where they are being treated with the respect they deserve.

What would be the most memorable/unusual job arc seven.1 has completed? Generally the last one we completed in Waterman. It was a project where the clients allowed us to create a home that was ultimately an expression of them. It looked fantastic, functioned really well and having just visited them last week, a year after they moved into their home, the house looks and feels better now than it did then. I think ultimately the house works really well because all involved – including the clients, builders, trades, suppliers and ourselves – worked together as a team, which made a big difference. What hobbies/interests do you have outside of work? Based around having two-year-old twins, these days life completely evolves around them. At the moment we are also building or renovating an older single-storey home in North Perth, therefore this takes up all of my time at the moment. I would hope we will be finished within the next four months. How would you describe yourself? Passionate, hardworking, will always try to challenge the norm. BC

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franzine karamfiles DIRECTOR, KB HOMES (KARAMFILES BUILDERS) // interviewed by norman burns

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How did you get involved in the building industry? I became involved in the building industry when I met and married my husband Sam in the mid 1990s. He was a third-generation builder working with his father at the time and was ready to take the reins of the family construction business. Sam achieved his own builder’s registration in 1997 and wanted to move forward and embrace new methods, materials and processes. With the addition of my skills and past experience we felt prepared to give it a go. Initially I supported Sam with the basic book keeping functions of the business as we had started our family. As the children grew older and started school I became more involved in the day to day running of the business. In the past decade I have used my experience in the hospitality and tourism industry combined with a business degree majoring in Management and Marketing to carve a niche for myself in our construction business. I feel that the strengths that Sam and I possess in our different areas combine to make a strong business partnership. We definitely have different roles in the business but as I spend more time in the industry and as I get more involved in the on-site operations I feel more comfortable in my ability to positively influence our business. There are relatively few women in the building industry do you find this causes any problems? Are clients surprised to find a woman in charge of a building company? I think that the role of women in the building industry is changing and there are a lot more women involved in this industry than you may expect. Most builders are supported by their spouse in some form or another and there are many facets of the business including the administrative requirements, customer liaison, estimating, design, management and in some cases hands on trades that women can compete on an equal playing field.

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I have not come up against too many problems on-site related to my involvement as a woman but I have taken a very quiet, reserved and information gathering approach. As I have gained experience and confidence I have asserted my position more forcefully but I focus on communicating with people and weighing up situations before I attempt to question people. I have worked closely with Sam and usually defer to his experience if I am unsure of a decision or if I feel that a situation needs to be rectified. I don’t find that clients are surprised to be dealing with a woman and in fact I have received fantastic feedback from two clients recently who enjoyed the level of communication and the assistance that they received during the building process directly from me.

What words would you use to describe yourself? Detail-oriented, patient, professional. How long has Karamfiles Builders been going? Where do you carry out most of your business? The team at Karamfiles Builders celebrated 60 years in the construction industry in 2008 and are proud to confirm an ongoing commitment to building in the South West Region of WA for the foreseeable future. We are one of the most highly awarded construction companies in the Lower South West and we focus on youth training and strive for excellence in our employees and subcontractors. Our reputation is based on achieving the highest standards and by clients having a personal contribution. This may be an old-fashioned approach, however three generations and over 60 years on, the formula obviously works. Our construction times are extremely competitive and we offer the benefit of a full construction service from project concept to final completion. We service an area including Donnybrook in the North,


Our reputation is based on achieving the highest standards and by clients having a personal contribution.

Walpole in the South, Boyup Brook in the East and Nannup in the West, and all areas in between. The majority of our business is situated in the towns of Bridgetown, Manjimup and Pemberton.

The GFC hit the building trade particularly hard; how did KB come through that difficult period? Do you feel confidence on the rise again? Yes we have noticed a downturn in enquiries in the past 12-18 months, however we have found that clients in this area are not as readily influenced by fluctuations in the financial markets because the investor-driven clients are generally more attracted to coastal regions. Our main clientele comes from local homeowners upgrading their family homes, downsizing their family homes when the children leave home or mature couples making the ‘tree change’ to the beautiful south west. We find that the majority of our clients have the ability to finance their construction projects and are not as heavily reliant on the financial markets. We have noticed that tradespeople have entered our local market looking for work from farther afield as jobs become more scarce in other areas, and with that comes increased competition from construction companies outside of our local area. We cannot control that level of competition and we just continue to offer our services and compete by offering better customer service and construction outcomes. I do feel that there is a rise in confidence in the market in general as time seems to lessen the fear of investment and/ or loss, however there will need to be a period of rebuilding in which the whole market will need to be patient. In addition there was such an inflated housing market just prior to the GFC that investors and the construction industry alike need to adjust their expectations of their return on investment to a more realistic level. Do you (or do you want to) work with any unusual materials? Karamfiles Builders do work with many alternative building products. We embrace timber framed housing and the many alternative cladding options in the marketplace. Because we build in a zone six rated area we need to provide adequate insulation values and in particular we have had success with the Masterwall cladding system, Our website highlights a number of different building styles including the traditional double brick construction, timber framed housing on slab or stumps, rammed earth

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construction, tilt-up panel construction and a number of cladding options including cedar, Colorbond, Masterwall with acrylic render, stone and fibre cement cladding such as the Hardies range of products.

What do you think are the main challenges facing the industry in the next decade or so? The main challenges that I envisage for builders will be to keep up to date with the changing requirements in the building industry – we need to be willing to embrace the continued move to more energy efficient building practises and keep working to educate the client on the benefits of building energy efficient/solar passive homes to suit their environment even though the initial build cost may be slightly higher. We need to continue to train and develop apprentices to ensure that we have an experienced, knowledgeable workforce in the future. What’s been the most unusual/challenging project you’ve been involved with and how did you overcome the obstacles/ challenges in this instance? The most challenging project that we have been involved in is actually the construction project that we are currently commencing. The client has a brief, which includes the requirement to keep the building as carbon neutral as possible and use a rammed earth method with no cement added. The scale of the project and the detail related to both the construction methods and the personnel required to complete each detail will require the attention of Sam, myself our designer, office administrator, all of our on-site staff and a hand-picked team of specialist subcontractors. The only way to deal with the challenges/obstacles of this job has been to put a lot of attention into the initial planning stage and communication between the client, architect and our team. You are based in a small town; does this make attracting business easier or harder? The fact that we are based in a small town is a double-edged sword. In some ways it is a benefit because our name and general

type of services are well known, however if someone has a negative perception of our business it is difficult to turn them around. A benefit that we experience is that the majority of our business comes from positive word of mouth, so as we continue to deliver a good quality product our network of happy clients expands and we gain new clients from that. We also support a number of local sporting groups, local school and community events which raises our profile and improves the perception of our business while benefiting the general public. We employ all local staff and are a continued employer of trainees and apprentices which helps to keep our youth living in our town. We do, however, need to keep advertising in directories, newspapers and online to ensure that clients from outside the area can find us listed as a local builder and be aware of our products and services. We do not have the same advertising budget as some of the larger building companies so we do rely on the internet, Yellow Pages and outdoor signage to attract non-local clientele.

What are your interests outside of work? Are you involved in any community or charity work? My main personal interests revolve around our family, dancing, friends and sport. We have two children Minni (15) and Zachary (12) and a large extended family. Outside of work I play competitive squash, which is a good stress reliever and attend dance lessons, zumba and aerobics classes. I am also involved in a number of community organisations including the Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival Committee, the Manjimup Shire Tourism Marketing Committee, a number of volunteer groups based around my children’s schooling and sporting interests. I am also a part of the HIA’s Business Partner Network, which provides information and support to business partners in the construction industry. I have a strong social conscience and am committed to a number of community committees and fundraising groups. My particular passion is for developing activities and clubs that provide motivation and activities for country-based children to learn and thrive. BC

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A classic vintage // words norman burns // images courtesy meyer shircore

It could be the display of fine wines. Or the striking original glass-blown sculptures on show. Or the warm charcoal and almond gold tones in the reception area; all of these elements give Amex Corporation, a family-owned property development company, a classy new Subiaco headquarters from which to keep growing its business. With more than 40 years in the business, Amex is involved in multiple developments in Queensland (its flagship project in the Ripley Valley, near Ipswich, will have around 6000 dwellings when finished) and Victoria, as well as Western Australia. In WA, Amex Corporation’s projects include the Tuart Ridge estate in Baldivis, with potential for 650 residential lots, and the in-the-pipeline Wellard project near Kwinana, which will have 500 residential lots.

Having outgrown its old Railway Road premises, Amex looked to move into 457 Roberts Road, a stunning building developed by QUBE Property Group and designed by Meyer Shircore Architect Design Director Mark Baker. The building also houses the Meyer Shircore office on the ground floor. Amex corporation director, Cameron Shephard said its lease was expiring and believed the existing layout did not work very well. “The new office is smaller but no less functional, so we have achieved a better layout in a smaller area,” Mr Shephard said. “We have always had contemporary and casual fit outs, but given this will be Amex’s home for at least the next 10 years we want to up the standard somewhat to reflect the evolution of the firm.

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“We are a small boutique operation and therefore wanted to reflect this in the fit out - more intimate and stylish.” For Meyer Shircore senior interior designer, DeShanon Naoum the challenge was to create a unique environment for Amex and its valued clientele. “DeShanon had to work hard on the Amex directors to get us to accept her proposed fit out; we are a very conservative bunch and the proposed design and finishes were more adventurous than we have been used to,” Mr Shephard said. “However, DeShanon was able to win our trust and we are glad she did… the fit out has been well received by staff and our visitors. Miss Naoum says she had started off with a broad brief for something warm and inviting, a stark contrast to the clinical, ultra-modern look some businesses favour. The result is an office space that could be mistaken for that of a luxury boutique hotel or top-class restaurant, with an ingenious, subtle blend of design and materials complemented by touches such as the wine display - a selection produced by Howard Park Wines made from grapes grown in the Shephard family vineyard. “I wanted to keep the design really simple and focus on certain elements that could evolve and later transpire into a purposeful design. In this instance, form definitely followed function,” says Miss Naoum. “The use of travertine stone in the reception area creates a warm and inviting feel. The stone is natural, earthy and highly textured. “Its application worked well with the surroundings and overall colour scheme.” A wraparound feature bulkhead incorporating charcoal and warm almond timber veneer separates the main reception from the workspace. The workspace consists of open plan workstations and management offices, which are located toward the back of the office. The feature bulkhead cleverly conceals the division between the painted flush gyprock ceiling and the mineral fibre-grid ceiling. This helps break your line of sight and guide your focus onto the display cabinetry. Carpet tiles, again running with a palette of black and warm almond gold tones lead into the workspace. Thought has gone into making this part of the overall design cohesive, streamlined and visually striking. A gallery niche wall is the perfect medium to display the Shephard family’s wines, something that must surely be a great icebreaker and catch the eye of every visitor when they come into the office. “Our family has a small vineyard near Yallingup and has supplied fruit to Howard Park Wines for nearly 20 years. Howard Park makes us a small amount of wine under our own label - for family and friends to enjoy,” Mr Shephard said. “In keeping with the more intimate feel (of the office) we wanted to create,


we thought a display of all the vintages back to 1993 might be a nice touch and DeShanon was able to incorporate this into a gallery just off the reception.” Effort too, has gone into giving the waiting area, enhanced with a custom-designed rug, that little extra something. “We commissioned Glass Manifesto for the artwork required in reception and the gallery niche wall. The beautiful hand blown glass vases called the Goldfields Series, were a perfect addition to the fit out,” Miss Naoum said. “Each piece has multiple layers of gold and silver leaf, which is embedded through the centre of the glass.” Throughout the office, the Amex corporate logo acts as a decorative motif as seen on the frosted glass leading to the boardroom. The reception sign is made of brushed aluminium with the central diamond coated in a gold metallic finish, adding to the overall cohesive and classy aesthetic. Every office needs storage space but again Miss Naoum opted for something other than just a cupboard with a substantial modular storage unit incorporating timber veneer panels and opaque glass sliding doors. These materials help soften the cabinet and create an aesthetically pleasing display. Attention to detail carries through to the management offices. Each office comprises of individually custom-designed cabinetry, while the open plan workstation area is centred around a modular unit that is also highly configurable. Even the executive washroom, fitted out with streamlined cabinetry, has the feel of a top hotel room en-suite. The boardroom’s coffered ceiling with cove lighting adds yet another touch of class. The boardroom also incorporates all the usual high-tech meeting aids. The functional aspect of a small staff kitchenette clearly distinguishes the staff lunch area from the surrounding workspace, while the use of a paintable, textured wallpaper lends another classy touch to the overall scheme. Miss Naoum said the design focuses on aesthetics and attention to detail, but it also embraces Amex’s corporate identity. “I wanted to focus on running with this dual concept… a design that is sleek, streamlined and functional mixed with classic elements and natural mediums,” Miss Naoum said. BC Amex Corporation, (08) 9217 3600, Meyer Shircore and Associates, (08) 9381 8511,


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE training & development

Industry works with Government on workforce challenges // words the department of training and workforce development

The Western Australian Government is working closely with industry and key stakeholders to help WA employers tackle the challenges of workforce shortages as the resources sector fuels the states continuing economic strength. Current forecasts indicate a strong employment growth of more than 170,000 new jobs out to 2015 across a broad range of industries in WA. This includes an estimated 11,500 additional jobs in construction, with many other industries also expected to contribute to jobs growth. The Department of Training and Workforce Development has identified that this employment growth will translate into job opportunities in a diverse number of occupations, which are listed on the State priority occupation list. The publication is an annually produced list of skilled occupations in high demand or considered critical to industry in WA, reflecting those industries where jobs growth is expected. The latest State priority occupation list includes a large number of building and construction jobs -- architects and architectural draftspersons, bricklayers, painting trades, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, construction project managers and joiners to name a few. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Training and Workforce Development works with key industry stakeholders, State and private training providers, the education sector and a network of ten industry Training Councils. This includes the Building and Construction Industry Training Board that all work to attract and retain a skilled workforce to meet the economic needs of the State now and into the future. The Department also oversees WA’s ApprentiCentre, which is helping close the jobs gap by matching suitable apprentices and trainees with employers. Manager Marian Taylor said ApprentiCentre was the nerve centre for the vibrant world of apprenticeships and traineeships. “ApprentiCentre’s call centre handles more than 200 calls every day and its Jobs Board is helping match nearly 1300 registered job seekers into more than 600 jobs currently

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advertised by some 230 employers,” said Ms Taylor. “On top of this, field consultants and contract specialists are managing more than 40 000 apprentices and trainees currently in training.” Nearly 2000 people began an apprenticeship in the building and construction industry last year and another 535 began a traineeship. At the end of 2011, there were 4577 people undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in the building and construction industry. Ms Taylor believes apprenticeships and traineeships provided a win-win situation for employers and those seeking employment. “Hiring an apprentice is a valuable investment in the future of your company, allowing you to get financial rewards while you build your workforce,” she said. “Likewise apprentices are investing in their future, getting paid to learn new skills that will set them up for life and, importantly for all, contributing to the skills growth of Western Australia.” The ApprentiCentre website is a starting point for seeking information about how to employ apprentices and trainees and the financial support available to the sponsoring employer. The Jobs Board on the ApprentiCentre website is another indicator of how strong the apprenticeship and traineeship market is travelling. The Jobs Board is free for employers to advertise for an apprentice or trainee, and for job seekers to register and then chase the advertised positions that arise. Recent feedback from participating employers shows the effectiveness of this service. When Richard Newstead of Steadfast Renovation and Construction Services was looking for his company’s first apprentice he advertised on the Jobs Board for a first year apprentice carpenter. He received nearly 40 applications. “I wasn’t sure what response I would get but I was very surprised with the great response and really pleased to have found someone suitable,” Mr Newstead said. “I’ll definitely use the Jobs Board again when advertising for an apprentice.” Skilling WA is a dynamic document that provides the strategic framework for workforce planning and development. It takes an integrated approach to ensure that the specific needs of industries, regions and those under-represented in the workforce, as well as major projects and enterprises are addressed.

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• Improved career advice and resources in career and workforce development centres throughout the State; • Commencement in the development of tools and resources relating to flexible work arrangements; • Establishment of Aboriginal workforce development centres to link employers and Aboriginal communities; • Improved access to housing under the recently released State Affordable Housing Strategy; • Service worker accommodation in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions; • Commencement of regional workforce development plans to address workforce challenges in the regions; • Examination of ways to develop more flexible and responsive trade training; • Training pathways for key occupations on the State priority occupations list;

number of initiatives have progressed, including: • Representations to the Australian Government on improving the flexibility of the national migration program, such as ensuring the suitability to WA of arrangements for the new Enterprise Migration Agreements; • Conducting skilled migration forums for employers throughout the State; • Development of a skilled migration portal for use by prospective migrants and employers; • Implementation of online processing for State sponsored program nominations.

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The Department of Training and Workforce Development website and associated sites have a wealth of information for employers about where WA is going in workforce planning and development and what help is available for employers. BC

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New Building Approvals for WA // words peter gow, building commissioner

New laws have introduced flexibility to Western Australia’s building industry, providing choices and time limits for building approvals.

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WORK AFFECTING OTHER LAND The new Act deals with work affecting other land. The key point to work affecting other land is that the owner, or the builder on behalf of the owner, must get consent from the owner of adjoining land before doing anything that may affect the land. Either consent, or a court order, must be obtained prior to a building permit being issued if the work will encroach on, or adversely affect other land. (See s20 of Building Act) If consent cannot be obtained, a court order can be applied for. A standard form and guide to request consent is available from the Building Commission website. If there is a likelihood that the building work may require access to a neighbour’s land, or if there may be a need to remove a fence or any other structure, owners should be advised and their consent obtained as early as is possible, however this is not required prior to lodging a building permit application. Additional information is also available from: • The Master Builders Association (MBA): • The Housing Institute of Australia (HIA): To view the new laws and to download industry guides and forms, visit or telephone 1300 489 099. BC

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the mining exclusion clause may be wider than you think // words candice van der plas, senior associate, bowen buchbinder vilensky

The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) allows for payment disputes between contractors and their clients to be decided by an adjudicator. The purpose of the Act is quite simple: to resolve payment disputes quickly. If there is a dispute, whether you are the contractor or the client, you can apply to the adjudicator and a provisionally binding determination on the matter will be made within 14 days of the other party’s response being provided to the adjudicator.

Swift resolution of payment disputes A payment dispute must be lodged with the adjudicator and other side within 28 days of the payment dispute arising – and a response by the other side must be made within 14 days of being served with the application. The adjudicator then has 14 days to make a decision – all up there is usually 28 days from the date the application was lodged to the day the decision is handed down. There are limited rights of appeal to an adjudicator’s determination. However, in the event that you are not satisfied with the adjudicator’s decision, you can still go to court or use another dispute resolution mechanism available under the contract. Importantly though, the parties must abide by the decision of the adjudicator in the interim. This rapid adjudication procedure helps protect contractors from having to commence court proceedings or engage in often lengthy and sometime fruitless negotiations to resolve a payment dispute, which can have a crippling effect on their cash flow. Perhaps it will come as no surprise that in Western Australia there has been a steady increase in the number of adjudication applications brought under the Act since it came into effect in January 2005. What is a construction contract? While the Act is a big step forward for both parties that are in

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dispute, it is not all plain sailing. Making and responding to applications can consume significant time and money for contractors and their clients. For that reason it is important to check a number of things right at the start. Probably the most important of these is to be certain about whether your contract is a construction contract as defined under the Act, and therefore whether the contract falls under the Act’s jurisdiction. While this may seem an obvious point, in the past few months it has become a lot less obvious than many people thought. The Act contains a number of exceptions to the definition of construction contract, including section 4(3), which is colloquially referred to as the “mining exclusion”. Given the ever-increasing number of contracts in WA relating to mining projects, it’s important to consider whether a contract in question falls under this “mining exclusion.” Until recently there was no judicial guidance on what fell under the mining exclusion provisions. It was commonly accepted that the exclusion applied to construction work performed in the resources sector rather than to identified activities commonly associated with the industry such as the construction of a plant which is not used for mining. All that changed earlier this year. Following the recent case of Conneq Infrastructure Services (Australia) Pty Ltd v Sino Iron Pty Ltd [2012] WASAT 13 it has now become clear that the mining exclusion clause in the Act applies more broadly than to just mining. The exclusion can apply to the construction of a plant even if the plant is only one step of the mining process.

Conneq v Sino: The Facts What are the facts of the matter that have made some of us in WA’s legal profession take such interest in this case? They may be summarized as follows. Conneq and Sino entered into a contract in July 2010 by which Conneq agreed to undertake work and provide services in connection with a desalination plant that was to form part of the Sino iron ore project. The contract was subsequently terminated by Sino in October 2010. The contract contained provisions relating to the payment of Conneq’s costs in the event of termination and Conneq made a claim for payment of those costs in February 2011. The claim was rejected by Sino. Conneq subsequently applied for an adjudication of its claim under the Act. The application was dismissed by the adjudicator under s 31(2)(a)(i) of the Act (that is - the

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Before spending significant time and resources in making or responding to an adjudication application, contact a lawyer for advice on your options.

contract was not a construction contract) and s 31(2)(a)(ii) of the Act (the application did not comply with the requirements of s 26 of the Act). The adjudicator decided that the contract was not a construction contract as the water produced by the desalination plant was used for the purpose of processing iron ore and, consequently, the work to be performed under the contract was not construction work by reason of s 4(3)(c) of the Act (that is – the “mining exclusion clause.”) Conneq appealed the adjudicator’s decision to the State Administrative Tribunal where the Tribunal affirmed the adjudicator’s decision to dismiss Conneq’s application. The State Administrative Tribunal found that the desalination plant extracted or processed a “mineral bearing…substance”, as salt was a mineral and that the application of section 4(3)(c) of the Act turned on the purpose of the construction of the plant, rather than the purpose of extracting and processing the mineral bearing substance. Therefore, what was important was the primary purpose of the plant, rather than what might be made of any product created by that plant or its association with the resources sector. In this case, the purpose of the plant was processing seawater to produce desalinated water and it did not matter that desalinating water was not a mining activity in and of itself, The plant came within the exception of section 4(3) (c) and the contract was not a construction contract for the purposes of the Act. Another interesting point arose in this case. The plant was fabricated overseas and shipped as completed interconnecting modules. Conneq argued that it was not constructing a plant but rather simply installing pre-fabricated modules on site and commissioning the plant. The State Administrative Tribunal rejected Conneq’s argument and found that by completing the building of the plant so that it became operational, this constituted work forming part of the construction process. Therefore, the modular work was “constructing” for the purposes of the Act.

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What this means to you As a result of the Conneq case, some contracts which might earlier have been considered to be construction contracts will now fall within the mining exclusion clause. This means that if you find yourself in dispute over payments, you may not be able to use the rapid adjudication process granted under the Act. The impact of the Conneq case on both contractors and their clients are, broadly, twofold. In the case of existing contracts, it is vitally important that you consider whether your contract is covered by the Act in order to determine whether an adjudication application can be made or, if you are a client, how to properly respond to such an application. It is also important in determining whether the implied terms under the Act apply which can significantly impact on your rights and liabilities moving forward. Before spending significant time and resources in making or responding to an adjudication application, you should first contact a lawyer for advice on your options. In the case of tendering for new work, contractors should consider the broader interpretation of the “mining exclusion clause.” If you believe a project falls under this broader interpretation, it may affect the terms and conditions under which you may be prepared to undertake the work. Again, contacting a lawyer for advice on your options is recommended. Summary The Conneq case has seen the interpretation of the “mining exclusion clause” broaden significantly from what was previously thought. Disputes about existing contracts are the most directly affected, but the interpretation will also have an impact on builders, clients and the contracts they sign in the future. If you’re in any doubt about your contractual position, contact a lawyer with experience in this practice area. For further information please go to: or contact Candice Van Der Plas directly on 08 9325 9644. BC

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(L-R) Geraldton Health Campus and Hollywood Hospital

New hospital facilities set to change healthcare landscape // words rhonda malkin // images silver thomas hanley

After more than four years of construction and a massive $5 billion commitment flowing into healthcare construction it’s no wonder large chunks of the Western Australian landscape resemble a construction work site. The WA State Government is seeking to dramatically improve healthcare provision in WA with a significant cash injection of capital works for the construction industry that is unprecedented in the states history. The substantial amount of funding was delivered through initial recommendations by a State Government Health Reform Committee in 2004. These recommendations informed a strategic planning framework, titled The WA Health Clinical Framework (CSF) for the development and provision of health care services throughout the state over the next ten to fifteen years and beyond. Developing a health care system that would contribute to a number of long-term reform objectives was the critical task of the framework. Just some of the CSF reform objectives included improving access to services, reducing inequality in health status, providing safe, high quality health care, promoting patient-centred care and ensuring value for money. Silver Thomas Hanley architectural firm has taken on the bulk of design work to assist the state government to deliver on its initiatives to tackle health issues in WA. Silver Thomas Hanley managing director Mike Hartfield said the CSF established a template for the development of health services and facilities in Perth primarily over the next decade. “The State Government committed to a range of significant commitments for health projects however they also identified

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that there needed to be significant investment in all the peripheral hospital sites like Joondalup, Swan, Midland, Armadale and Rockingham, Mr Harfield said. “This includes new state-of-the-art hospitals like the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the new children’s hospital project.” The $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital is the largest building infrastructure project ever undertaken by the State Government and will be one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Australia. The hospital includes an Australian Government contribution of $255.7 million for the new State rehabilitation service. When it opens in 2014, the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch will operate as WA’s flagship health facility and will be the major tertiary hospital for the south metropolitan area. It will offer health care services to communities south of Perth and across the State. The size and scale of the new tertiary hospital is extraordinary as it is the equivalent to four city blocks and provides 150,000sqm of floor space over five main buildings. It will include 6,300 rooms, 783 beds and 3,600 basement, ground level and multi-storey car parking bays. About five hectares of natural bushland, landscaped parks, internal gardens, courtyards and plazas have also been incorporated into the design. Of comparative size will be the new $1.2 billion children’s hospital that will provide clinical care for the next generation and will replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The new children’s hospital will be built on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site in Nedlands overlooking Kings Park. The abundant flora and fauna in Kings Park provided inspiration for the designers of the new children’s hospital. Additional green space and natural light will be key elements of the hospital to ensure a healing environment for children, their families and staff. Leading national and international evidence-based design research has been incorporated into the layout of the hospital including clinical adjacencies and integration of research and education. The hospital will also include one of the largest double skin facades in Australia. It will maximise views, increase patient comfort and assist

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The size and scale of the new tertiary hospital is extraordinary as it is the equivalent to four city blocks and provides 150,000sqm of floor space over five main buildings. with sustainable energy usage. The façade, which incorporates a mechanism to filter the sun’s rays, will aid in cooling the building, making it more comfortable for patients and visitors, while also minimising energy costs. Mr Hartfield said capital works cash flow had reached one billion dollars a year and most projects were either under construction or had already commenced construction. As part of the $5 billion funding, The WA Country Health Service is also undertaking one of the largest public country hospital building programs in the world. The $1 billion capital works program will bring world class health care to people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Mr Hartfield said the State Government had utilised Royalties for Regions and other funding processes to redevelop significant health care provisions in country areas. “The new Busselton hospital is in the design stage and should commence construction next year, Port Hedland Hospital has been completed while the expansion of the Broome Hospital has been completed also,” he said. “There has been work done in Kalgoorlie and the State Government has announced a new hospital for Karratha, which is likely to come to market some time this year. The new Albany Hospital is currently under construction and should be completed later this year. “And there’s the announced inner southern health initiative, which is looking at redeveloping a range of mid-tier public hospitals in Narrogin, Merredin, Manjimup and Katanning.” Alongside these developments will be a new mental health unit and stage two cancer centre at Sir Charles Gardiner. Mental health services will also be upgraded throughout the State in Joondalup, Broome, Rockingham, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Midland. According to Mr Hartfield, believed there was an appetite for continued investment in health construction. “As a consequence of demographic changes and growth that has occurred in the population and particularly the aged, we would like to think that the opportunities will continue for some time,” he said. “Yet it remains to be seen if health will continue to dominate against competing spending priorities like education.” He said the government had initiated new procurement processes in the traditional lump sum tender in order to deal with the massive scale of projects and limited construction time frames. Procurement models were becoming significantly more sophisticated and were aimed at reducing risk to government. Mr Hartfield said the company tried to deliver very functionally efficient buildings that promoted staffing efficiency and were conducive to patient requirements like privacy and dignity. “A lot of work was done on evidence-based care to develop care models. The wards at Fiona Stanley Hospital have been designed to minimise travel distances and maximise the privacy and dignity of patients,” he said “There is a view that private rooms seem to improve rapid recovery.”

The effects of light, colours and interior design also affect how patients recuperate. Emergency departments are also changing to meet the rapid increase of work volumes. The new emergency department at Joondalup Hospital targets 90,000 presentations during the year and has become internally specialised. Instead of traditional mass treatment cubicles, the emergency department now has fast track areas to treat people with minor needs without entering the acute section of the facility. Very high acuity cubicles have been designed to treat people with intensive treatment requirement like heart attack victims in a very discreet zone. Lower acuity treatment areas have been designed to provide areas for people to be monitored, while observation wards and short stay assessment wards reduced blockages in the system. The CSF has developed extensive modelling to determine how many beds are required for each hospital under construction. Mr Hartfield said stakeholders like the Australian Medical Association asserted that there weren’t enough beds in hospitals, which directly impacted on the productivity of emergency departments. “You can take a typical hospital project and a bed in secondary hospital on the perimeter of Perth could be a $500,000 investment per bed, whereas a bed in a tertiary hospital could be a minimum of $1 million to $2 million dollars per bed,” Mr Hartfield said. He said the bed component of the site takes on a lower proportion of the build compared with what was built 20 years ago. “20 years ago beds were the determinant of what a hospital was, now the design focuses on the increased use of day surgery and there is much greater investment in theatres and diagnostics,” he said. As the significant proportion of current projects are currently under construction, future health construction projects are expected to be considerably smaller. The projects would be up to $50 million rather than 100s of millions of dollars. Mr Hartfield said it is possible the government would digest the $5 billion commitment and take a break. “As an industry we would like to think that there will be ongoing commitments by government and the private sector,” he said. “Unfortunately the health construction sector will quickly deskill without the same continuous flow of work…you can’t maintain the continuity of staff.” Despite this analysis of the industry, Mr Hartfield said he believed second tier builders would benefit substantially from the current construction projects. He also said health construction had made up a significant portion of capital works for many years and was optimistic about the future. “As a company that has specialised in health care construction design for the past 25 years, we have only had a few minor gaps between projects,” he said. BC Silver Thomas Hanley: (08) 6363 9444,

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Size no hurdle for distribution centre // words rhonda malkin // images john chisholm





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As the biggest industrial facility in Western Australia (WA) during its construction, the Coca-Cola Amatil distribution centre in Hazelmere has filled big shoes to set design and construction benchmarks for others to follow. Everything about this distribution centre is large. The 40,000sqm warehouse alone is twice as big as Patterson Stadium and about 10,000 cubic metres of concrete were used to complete the project. Coca-Cola Amatil distributes 1,200,000 cartons of product a week, which would fill 4.3 Olympic sized swimming pools. Even the challenge of matching the client’s original design brief with the realities of varying building constraints was a mammoth task. The builder of the enormous project, Gavin Construction, has demonstrated its ability to deliver despite facing many challenges. Gavin Construction’s General Manager, Patrick Chaney said the company had been incredibly successful at producing design documents and the completed building to both client and tenant expectations. “We quickly engaged a team of consultants as soon as we received the preliminary documentation for the project from the client.” “In a very short period of time we took it from development approval to a building license and turned initial drawings into a fully engineered and documented project…it was critical to the success of this project.”


Coca-Cola Amatil distributes 1,200,000 cartons of product a week, which would fill 4.3 Olympic sized swimming pools. Even the challenge of matching the client’s original design brief with the realities of varying building constraints was a mammoth task.

By dissecting the design brief and establishing a comprehensive reporting structure from its consulting team to the client, the company quickly outlined the realistic outcomes of the project. Mr Chaney said initial design drawings on any warehouse project are generally not complete and it was the responsibility of Gavin Construction to ensure that those gaps were filled. “It’s a rapid process that requires a team of consultants with a head contractor who can really attack the design brief in the early stages of design development to interpret what needs to be done,” Mr Chaney said. “That is the key to the design and construct process… it’s ensuring that the reality is exactly what the client and tenant are seeking from the original design brief.” And all the hard work has paid off with the creation of a distribution centre that provides a functional space for Coca-Cola Amatil to receive, sort and distribute its products throughout the state. The facility includes offices, meeting rooms and executive offices that support all the company’s administrative requirements. Operating as the heart of the facility, the warehouse section

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is 13.7m high and consists of steel support columns built on a 600sqm grid that supports steel trusses. The entire warehouse is covered by a steel sheet roof. Gavin Construction General Manager, Patrick Chaney said that developing the concrete slab for the warehouse was one of three major considerations during the build. “We used a special fibre concrete mix instead of reinforced steel as it enabled us to pour larger floor areas in a single pour,” Mr Chaney said. “The concrete does shrink so you can’t pour two green slabs next to each other because you end up with large gaps… so we wait for one to shrink and then pour up to it and the gap between the two slabs can be reduced. “By pouring in this sequence, you can achieve larger areas with less shrinkage joints and this is better for areas where forklifts and racking systems are required.” Although the concrete fibre mix enabled Gavin Construction to pour 600sqm at once, it wasn’t enough to finish the floor in time for the tenant. In order to resolve the problem, Gavin Construction developed a ‘checkerboard’ system for the concrete pours. This system vastly increased the amount of concrete that could be poured

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simultaneously and ensured the slab was completed in the fastest possible timeframe. Patrick Chaney said it took 60 days to achieve the 80 separate pours that formed the concrete slab. According to Mr Chaney, a warehouse of this scale requires a considerable amount of fire protection. Gavin Construction pursued a complicated fire engineering process to maximise the 200m x 200m warehouse layout while also ensuring staff could exit the building safely despite the enormous pedestrian travel distances. In a fire scenario, a comprehensive fire control system automatically sets off sprinklers, activates an extensive mechanical smoke exhaust system, opens all low level wall (pneumatic) louvers and roller shutters, and sounds an alarm. “The fire sprinkler and lighting layouts were engineered to allow the tenant complete flexibility in their future racking and block stacking layouts,” Mr Chaney said. The building and racking layouts are designed to ensure ease of access and egress for staff and fire fighters alike. “The desire to maximise the amount of product that can be fitted in the facility is always balanced with fire access and fire fighting requirements.”

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Part of Goodman Group estate, which houses Toll IPEC, MTU Detroit diesel and Linfox, the Coca-Cola Amatil distribution centre includes 15,000sqm of external hardstand, a 3,400sqm car park area and a 15,000sqm expansion area. Gavin Construction overcame a significant challenge for the hardstand area to ensure that all roller door facilities at the site were accessible to B-double trucks. The warehouse was designed to enable dual-lane access in and out of the warehouse and the entire truck space enables B-Doubles to back into the distribution area quickly and easily and then drive out again. Up to 16 trucks can be loaded at any one time including four B-doubles along with a combination of single-axle semi trucks and refrigerated trucks. A truck parking facility provides sub-contracted drivers the ability to leave their trailer in position for loading and park their truck in a shaded area. The shaded area consists of a shade sale design that provides cover for the trucks. Another major consideration for the builder was ensuring appropriate water drainage systems on site. Mr Chaney said high ground water levels on the site and clay bed subsoil, along with a nearby river meant that conventional soak-well methods would not cope with the high quantities of stormwater.


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Gavin Construction has incorporated a siphonic water drainage system that pushes large volumes of water through a reduced number of downpipes. The system allows water to travel at greater speeds and removes any requirement for a fall in stormwater pipes above or below ground. “The force that is created makes the water travel a long distance horizontally so you can move larger volumes of stormwater over greater distances compared to the in-ground stormwater system, he said. “We found a system that would allow the water to be contained to a degree on site and then drained from the site. “You have to get water off the roof and transfer it a distance of 250m to the retention tank system.” An open swale drain assists with the storage of water and acts as a channel that runs to the south and west elevations and holds a significant amount of water. The area is landscaped to make it look like a conventional ditch complete with plants. The drainage system has been developed to ensure that the integrity of the stock would not be jeopardised even during a 100-year flood event. BC Gavin Construction, (08) 9330 8000,

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Bold, contemporary, colourful and engaging // words norman burns // images courtesy meyer shircore





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That’s the dynamic behind the new Subiaco headquarters at 437 Roberts Road of consultants NS Projects, one of Western Australia’s leading companies in project and development management in the property, land and infrastructure industries. NS Projects principal, Neill Stevens said the company was previously housed across several different sites, and wanted to consolidate its business into one combined space. “We were based next door at 435 Roberts Rd, across three separate tenancies in the Tempo Building and also had one small tenancy in Centro Avenue for meetings, Mr Stevens said. “While we still managed to operate efficiently, primarily due to the excellent team spirit of our staff consolidation into one combined space became paramount to support our further growth and development as a company. “Our fit-out was integrated with the base-build and we moved in on August 2011, as soon as we could get access.” Meyer Shircore and Associates senior interior designer DeShanon Naoum and graduate architect Julian Tan faced a number of design challenges. The duo needed to configure a large, open-plan space that would cater not only to the corporate and working needs of NS Projects management and staff but also provide a warm, friendly welcoming reception space for the company’s clientele and visitors. “We were aiming for a clean, open and professional look that would reflect our brand and which our clients and visitors would find welcoming and conducive to positive interaction with us, Mr Stevens said. “We were very keen to promote excellent communication and workflow between our staff members and respective project teams. To achieve this we believed that it would be essential for us to be all located on a single


“We were aiming for a clean, open and professional look that would reflect our brand and which our clients and visitors would find welcoming and conducive to positive interaction with us.”

floor plate with good visual connection across space. “We also wanted a range of meeting spaces, from a small interview room up to a large conference area that could handle 50 people if required.” Miss Naoum’s design incorporates NS Projects’ corporate red with a palette of mixed greys and neutral tones, as evident in the striking, randomly laid carpet tile pattern in the open reception area. This blends seamlessly with charcoal floor tiling extending to the bold reception desk. Red swivel chairs and white round tables, plus two large lounge suites, reinforce the welcoming vibe in the reception area, which is also used to host functions - hence a fully equipped kitchen nearby. In the meeting rooms, Miss Naoum chose a neutral white-coloured textured paintable wallpaper. The boardroom takes on a more subtle, business-like feel with LED down lights, a sophisticated coffered ceiling and a moveable operable wall, which allows the space to be expanded into one if needed. Another nice touch is a frosted glass graphic that extols the company’s main business objectives and philosophies. The corporate red is used again in a solid carpet tile to define a smaller meeting room zone and once more for a suspended bulkhead above a reconstituted stone bench, which serves as a staff break area. “The red was a refinement in our logo following a brand review a few years ago - we were seeking a bold, modern and distinctive look suggestive of the confidence we aim to display in our professional dealings as project leaders,” Mr Stevens said. The finished fit-out has resulted in a seamless transition from reception to work and breakout zones, all within a cohesive corporate aesthetic. “Our goal was to create a meeting venue of choice for our clients and project teams for formal and informal engagement in a variety of spaces from our reception lounge room-type setting through to our two boardrooms that can be combined by folding back an operable wall. “Staff amenity and break out areas were other priorities that have been achieved with the coffee hub, kitchen and dining spaces on

the floor. We are delighted with the result, which has now provided us with all of the key outcomes we have sought,” Mr Stevens said. Miss Naoum said working with existing furniture in such projects could be a challenge but she was pleased with the overall results. “Meyer Shircore have been a pleasure to deal with - combining design flair and practical know-how to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and functional result, Mr Stevens said. “They have listened carefully and been responsive in refining our brief to suit our needs as a client. Importantly, the outcome fits well with our brand, culture and corporate personality and is easily adaptable to our further growth plans. “We now employ over 50 people, all with a focus on project and development management, working across 18 different sectors in the property industry and involved in projects valued collectively at over $5 billion. “Our new premises are a critical part of our future plans to continue our controlled growth in the exciting WA market.” BC Meyer Shircore and Associates: (08) 9381 8511, Devlyn Constructions Pty Ltd: (08) 9456 9404

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Convenience and style with inner city living from old bowling alley // words Rhonda Malkin // images frank spano – aperture 22 photography





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After 40 years of faithful service to the Perth CBD the old Fairlanes bowling alley has given away its prime address to one of the most modern and convenient commercial and residential developments in the area. The iconic location at 181 Adelaide Terrace now boasts a 27 storey tower that combines innovative public spaces with first-class inner city living. The tower offers a combination of 128, two and three bedroom apartments as well as three penthouses and five floors of commercial office space. Abundant boutiques and sporting venues throughout the city are just a stones throw away along with easy access to public transport and road links. Vibrant restaurants, large parks and of course access to cycling and walking paths along the Swan River make the Fairlanes Perth an ideal location. Its convenient location also gives rise to spectacular views of the CBD and the Swan River, which will only get better with the planned construction of the Barrack Street jetty and foreshore. Combine all the amenity of the city with everything on offer at Fairlanes Perth and it is easy to see why the complex is almost sold out. Fairlanes Perth offers a choice of two bedroom, two bathroom apartments that are 93sqm and include 10sqm to 26sqm balconies and three bedroom, two bathroom apartments that are 119sqm and up to 34sqm balconies. The apartments have been designed with a number of floor combinations with entry points either into a kitchen, passageway or living and dining areas. The three penthouses enjoy large living spaces of 148sqm to 184sqm and two combinations incorporate large roof deck areas and two balconies up to 169sqm. Developed by the Finbar Group, which is an established market leader in built form apartment developments in the Perth metropolitan area, the complex is just one of many similar ventures undertaken by the group. Incorporated in 1984, Finbar Group’s core business lies in the development of medium to high density residential apartments and commercial property within Western Australia. Finbar Group Limited is an Australian property development company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.


“...a minimalist asymmetrical patterning was utilized to define and accentuate the façade.”

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Finbar Group’s experience in high density residential apartment development is evident in every square inch of the complex in both luxury and modern functionality. This is evident in the treatments and materials used throughout. The building and the apartments are a superior luxury development embracing a contemporary modern appearance. SS Chang Architects designed the building to reflect its immediate surrounding and to form a sympathetic relationship with its neighbours. Architect Sin Chang said feature design elements were integrated to generate articulation of the form and provide a focus to the street. “The design elements reduced the sense of overall bulk and scale of the building while maintaining a sense of cohesiveness, Mr Chang said. “It was envisaged that the design would address both its own inherent needs as well as that of its surrounds. A mix that is both sympathetic to its context and resolutely individual – the development will undertake to be both a good neighbour and a worthy distinctive inclusion to the community as a whole. “Physically, a minimalist asymmetrical patterning was utilized to define and accentuate the façade.” By incorporating a sequenced change of contrasting glass and concrete elements the design forms a dynamic composition across its broad northern and southern faces. Internally a modern décor (concrete, stone and glass) is contrasted with softer, warmer finishing elements (timber, fabrics, carpets) to achieve a pleasant balance between domestic and commercial uses. Simple and elegant interior fit outs provide a low maintenance, high quality backdrop to the real focus – the view, the city, the amenity and the surrounds.

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Externally the walls are a combination of painted prefabricated and insitu concrete walls. Powder coated aluminium framed windows and doors with thick laminated clear glazing are fitted throughout the complex. The balustrades are powder coated aluminium and framed with clear safety glass. Slip resistant ceramic floor tiles feature on all the balconies, external stairs, landings, decks and courtyards. Stunning granite and marble floor tiles highlight make a grand statement in the entrance lobby along with designer furniture and contemporary art. Leisure facilities include a 25 metre heated lap pool, a heated outdoor spa, sun lounges, casual table and chairs, and a gas barbecue with adjacent stainless steel sink. The pool lounge is furnished with contemporary furniture while a games and bar area includes a pool table. A fully equipped gymnasium and timber lined sauna with change rooms completes the abundant outdoor pursuits. Apartment interiors incorporate party walls that are lightweight, acoustic, fire-rated and lined with flushed plasterboard. Internal walls are a combination of 10mm thick flushed plasterboard over steel stud framed partitions with 50mm thick glass wool insulation batts. The ceilings have a skim coat to a concrete ceiling and flushed plasterboard drop ceilings where required. In general, the ceilings are 2.6mm high except where dropped ceilings and bulkheads are required. Internal doors are flush panel hollow core doors with semi gloss paint. Each bedroom incorporates built in robes that feature sliding doors. All living and bedrooms are carpeted. Translucent roller blinds provide shelter and privacy to living


The building has been designed to ensure complete separation of the commercial and residential components.

areas while block out roller blinds have been fitted for all the bedrooms. The luxurious appointments continue into the kitchen with granite or reconstituted stone bench tops and overhead cupboards over the cook top. A 640mm glass splashback sits above the cook top and modern European stainless steel cookware and range hood feature throughout the kitchen. Each bathroom, ensuite and laundry have semi recessed vitreous china basins, multiform shower baths, aluminium framed clear laminated glass shower screens and pivot doors to shower compartments. Glazed ceramic white wall tiles feature up to one metre and about two metres in the shower areas. Light fittings for the living, dining and bathrooms are recessed and low voltage while televisions points are available for living and master bedrooms. Wall mounted split unit air conditioning provided to living areas and all bedrooms. Security within the complex is assured with keyless entry to the ground floor lobbies and basement lift lobbies. The keyless entry controls lift access to individual floors

and is integrated with the car park gate remote control. An audio intercom controls access to the building while a remote control gives access to driveway gates A security access reader system and security camera surveillance links to television points in all apartments. The building has been designed to ensure complete separation of the commercial and residential components. From separated and secured car parking levels to dual lobbies and lifts, residents and commercial tenants can feel safe in the independence of each other while still being able to mingle at street level - within the forecourt, amphitheatre and alfresco dining spaces. Even the residential amenities level is located on the seventh floor, which ensures there is no privacy, security or overlooking issues from the buildings commercial tenants. It has the added bonus of providing a great view to the Swan River. BC Finbar Group Limited: (08) 6211 3300, Hanssen Constructions: (08) 6218 3800 SS Chang Architects: (08) 9481 8988,

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A home at last for the Ballet

// words keith mexsom





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After more than 30 years of sharing His Majesty’s Theatre, West Australian Ballet (WAB) is now enjoying its new $12 million home at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Whatley Crescent, Maylands, which was officially opened by Hon. Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia on April 12. This move to the heritage building (formerly the Royal WA Institute and Industrial School for the Blind) which has been specifically renovated and re-designed to accommodate West Australian Ballet, is particularly significant in this, its 60th year. West Australian Ballet was established those many years ago, in 1952, by Monte Carlo-born, Kira Bousloff. Of Russian parentage, she had arrived in Australia in 1938 as a member of the Convent Garden Russian Ballet and subsequently settled in Perth after that company’s tour of the eastern States. From an artistic perspective, one can imagine the relatively primitive conditions first experienced by Mme Bousloff on the western frontier. Nevertheless, she went on to found what would become the first of Australia’s ballet companies still performing today. In 1970, West Australian Ballet became the State’s official ballet company and, with the assistance of a bank loan, the company’s desire to have its own home was realised in 1971 when it acquired premises in North Fremantle. This remained its home until the Company moved to the newly renovated His Majesty’s Theatre in 1980. Throughout its 60 years, West Australian Ballet has staged everything from full-length, classical and narrative ballets to shorter works encompassing a variety of choreographic styles. The Company now offers an extensive programme of dance throughout


Throughout its 60 years, West Australian Ballet has staged everything from full-length, classical and narrative ballets to shorter works encompassing a variety of choreographic styles.

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the year with four major seasons in Perth, regional touring throughout Western Australia, choreographic workshops, a diverse education programme and other community outreach activities. WAB has also toured nationally (Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Parramatta and Newcastle) and internationally (Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines). It retains a special partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. WAB’s occupation of its new Maylands home has not eventuated without many trials and tribulations, hard work and generosity – particularly the latter, with a great many individuals and businesses contributing to the fund which sought to raise the $12 million needed to pay for the new Ballet Centre. As reported in the cover story of the September 2011 edition of The Builders Choice Magazine, it has been these donations of money, time and expertise by the State Government, the City of

Bayswater, Lotterywest, commercial enterprises, patrons and the public that have contributed so much to the excellent facilities now to be enjoyed by WAB, its dancers, choreographers and administrators. More than $2 million worth of goods and pro bono services were generously provided to renovate and fit out the Ballet Centre by many WA building industry firms acknowledged in the accompanying, WAB advertisement. “WAB has been very humbled by the amount of support we have received from the community for this project – including from building and construction firms. In my experience, this partnership with the building industry is quite unique, and we hope we can build on this special relationship into the future” says WAB General Manager, Steven Roth. “Our glamorous new facilities include a fully-equipped performance studio and two rehearsal studios. The studios will be available for hire by dance and community groups as well as

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for functions after 6.30 p.m weekdays and at weekends. There will be some restrictions, but pretty well anything will be possible from rehearsals and classes, to studio performances, to fashion shows, corporate functions and gala events. “The obvious use for the studios after hours is for community ballet classes, etc. The studios won’t be available for hard-shoe dance classes such as flamenco or tap,” said Steven. “WAB already runs a ‘young artist program’ and we hope that this can be expanded once the centre is fully operational. “Eventually, we hope to have an elite ballet training school along the lines of The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. This is still some way off in the planning, and will need careful consideration and consultation with the ballet community before plans for this are initiated,” said Steven. Much of the renovation of the Ballet Centre was completed by Probuild, the builders of such high-rise structures as 140 William Street and Raine Square in the Perth CBD. Probuild, originally founded in Victoria in 1987 by Phil Mehrten, became a subsidiary of the South African construction firm, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) Construction in

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the late 1990s and has since become a nationally-diversified company with more than 300 employees. Probuild’s State Manager for WA, Eric Meyerowitz, has been involved in many major construction and infrastructure projects in South Africa and Australia, including power stations, health, pharmaceuticals, offices, retail centres, casinos and hotels. Along with Project Manager, Chris Langley, Eric has been closely associated with the renovation of the WA Ballet Centre since his company’s first involvement with the project. The renovations included the demolition of an old toilet block, the construction of a two-storey atrium housing new amenities, a grand staircase and lift etc, the erection of new office partitions and the installation of new mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and fire services. While the facade required little work, the flooring throughout the building and a large portion of the ceilings required restoration. It is Eric’s hope that the contribution made by Probuild and many other building industry participants will set an example for other companies to become more involved in arts projects, big and small, around Perth.


“We are very proud to be associated with an organisation like West Australian Ballet which is run by seriously good people. “Our work is just a token of the value that Probuild see in being a small part of assisting the community to develop such a meaningful project,” said Eric. West Australian Ballet’s 60th anniversary season opened in February with Ballet at the Quarry and concludes with The Nutcracker at His Majesty’s Theatre in November/December. By then, the lights will have gone down for the building industry at Maylands but, as the curtain rises on a new era for West Australian Ballet, the industry’s contribution is unlikely to be forgotten. BC WA Ballet: (08) 9214 0707 Probuild: (08) 9363 1400

THANK YOU West Australian Ballet applauds the WA building and construction industry, who have so generously assisted in bringing a great dream to life – the new West Australian Ballet Centre. We hope that you support them as they have supported Western Australia’s most talented dancers and young artists.






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Administrative complex powers ahead in Collie

// words rhonda malkin





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With its angular walls, sharp edges and extensive use of steel, a new administrative complex at Muja Power Station in Collie blends masterfully with its industrial surroundings. It has brought a welcome relief for the large staff contingent that operates the Muja Power Station, which is the biggest power station in Western Australia and produces electricity for 300,000 homes. The original layout dated back to1966 when the power station was established and had become a little disjointed over the years in its layout and functionality. The coal fired power station has serviced the bulk of WA’s electricity since its inception and the creation of the new administrative building has promoted a renewed sense of cohesion for all its departments and professional staff. Muja power station acting station manager Ian Norminton said coal fired energy would be a part of the energy landscape both locally and internationally for many years to come. “I don’t think the demand for coal will ever end, and although coal fired energy is not generally seen as a clean fuel source, there are not many other


viable options that provide the volume of electricity required, Mr Norminton said. “When you switch on a light you don’t expect to have to look for a booster to generate the electricity for it. You need to have a base source of electrical generation at all times.” He said the coal mines around Collie have significant reserves and it is relatively easy to mine. “The challenge now is to find cleaner ways of processing coal into electricity so that it remains the viable fuel energy it currently is without putting too much pressure on the environment.” Verve Energy owns and operates four major power stations being Kwinana, Cockburn, Pinjar and Muja - while a fifth, Collie Power Station, is owned by Verve Energy and operated by a private company. Verve Energy is the biggest electricity generator in WA, and Muja Power Station is its biggest coal-fired power station. GHD was appointed by Verve Energy to design and manage construction of the new administration facility. GHD is one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Its client-centred culture and teamwork-based approach known as One GHD is a cornerstone of the company’s philosophy. The administration complex was designed to cater for the needs of the Muja Power Station for at least the next 20 years. A main reception area, general amenities, conference room and kitchen area form the core of the building along with office and common areas. An open plan arrangement was introduced to maximise space efficiency, with privacy and confidentiality also taken into consideration. Departments were placed with higher workstations partitioning, creating a sense of privacy, whilst central breakout areas within the departments encourage staff to collaborate.

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The linear and L-type workstations allow for greater space utilisation and configuration of delineating departments. Each department was allocated a cluster, which included offices for managers and a senior enclosure. In the central core area, the kitchen-breakout allows staff to relax in a more comfortable environment. It was designed with lounge seating, dining, island bench and an outdoor courtyard garden. There are two meeting rooms adjacent to the kitchen with operable walls that open creating a larger kitchen area for functions. On the other side of the core, the conference room has a similar setting, where the exterior courtyard garden is framed by large glazed sliding doors. It allows users to enjoy fresh air by sliding the door open but still remain protected from insects with fly screen closed.

The building was designed to follow passive solar initiatives to minimise heat in summer and capture heat in winter. The length of the administration building is north south facing. The awnings over the windows along the north face protect the internal spaces from the harsh summer sun while allowing the winter sun through. These windows are also fitted with energy efficient glazing. To achieve natural light in the building, two wings were created with a central core and courtyards linking them. The central core area has a raised roof with high level skylights providing natural light and cross ventilation into the circulation areas. The two courtyards were created to provide a high level of natural light whilst providing all departments with an outlook. The building and landscaping also complement the local state forest that surrounds the power station. The copper feature entry



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The buildings sharp edges, angular walls and deconstructed patio to the outdoor dining area reflect the industrial nature of the existing buildings on site whilst adding an element of modern faculty.

mirrors the rich colour of the local gravel and the landscaping consists of large local granite boulders relocated from around the site, water conscious gardens of native plants and old rusted recycled water pipes that double as seating. The rawness and natural composition settles in well with the robust built form of the building. The buildings sharp edges, angular walls and deconstructed patio to the outdoor dining area reflect the industrial nature of the existing buildings on site whilst adding an element of modern faculty. The stone flooring used for main internal circulation is also indicative of the industrial site as it’s hardwearing and durable towards steel cap boots. The Muja Administration Facility is a striking example of the innovative use of steel across all aspects of the building’s design. The cost, durability and aesthetic benefits of steel have been

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Beauty and function meld together // words rhonda malkin // images stephen nicholls photography




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Designing a home for a narrow block can have its difficulties but one Perth builder and designer has delivered a double storey home that has outstanding functionality and makes the most of the land size constraints. It’s easy to forget the home is built on a narrow block considering the sense of openness and space offered by its design. The home, built at 34A Virgil Avenue in Yokine is called The Allure and was designed by Neil Salvia Building Designs designer Neil Salvia. Mr Salvia said he faced many challenges in designing and building the home. “One of the key aspects to this home was ensuring it didn’t feel closed in or claustrophobic, which can happen with narrow block designs, Mr Salvia said. “Narrow blocks create long narrow features like narrow passages so what we have tried to do downstairs in this home is create that sense of openness with curved walls…we opened up living spaces so you lose passageways in the home. “The curved wall in the passage way follows the curve of the stairwell and makes the passageway look wider and gives a greater sense of space.” Demolishing the original passageway walls at the front of the home opened up the front entrance area and created a new front living space, which is now one of the cornerstone design features of the home. Instead of being greeted by a solid brick wall, the design includes decorative


slump glass sections that act as a divider between the front foyer area and the open front living space. A glass double door opens out into a relaxing water feature, which sits in a compact space and flows effortlessly from the front living space. The water feature includes a small pond, timber decking and a stack-stone wall feature and is bounded on one edge by impressive glass panels that extend from the bottom floor to the ceiling. The fountain can be enjoyed from the upper level activity area via the glass sections. There is also access to the two car garage into the front living space. A winding marble staircase also provides a sense of drama and openness to the front living space and is complemented by a wrought iron balustrade with polished metal inserts. The builders of the home, Quattro Homes offer a design and construct service and have successfully delivered a home that offers a range of ideas that could easily be adapted for any prospective buyer. Quattro Homes Sales Executive Natasha Woods said the company built the home to showcase as many design ideas as possible. “We want to be able to walk people through and show them the finishes that you don’t see in every home like polished plaster walls, granite staircases, feature bulkheads and trough lighting, she said “People may want to take two or three ideas and incorporate it in their design, so we use The Allure to showcase the different features and level of finish that can be achieved.” A feature wall of polished plaster and custom made skirting boards with acrylic inserts completes the luxurious feel to the front living space and hallway. Crushed marble was added to an acrylic plaster mix before being expertly applied over white plasterboard to create the polished plaster feature wall. The front living space also links with the downstairs powder room that services a guest bedroom. A large 25sqm




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“We want to be able to walk people through and show them the finishes that you don’t see in every home like polished plaster walls, granite staircases, feature bulkheads and trough lighting.”

theatre room provides a dedicated and secluded area for watching television or listening to the latest music. It can be completely closed off from the rest of the house with solid core sliding doors and has been completed with a blue light trough for mood lighting, cornice detailing, electric curtains and a recessed sound system. The stunning features in the main passageway create a natural flow through to the main living space at the rear of the property that includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. Mr Salvia said the kitchen was a major focal point of the home. “The kitchen allows the owner to work in the kitchen and still be able to see the television, socialise with guests or talk to the children in the living room,” Mr Salvia said. Large preparation areas either side of the sink and hotplates provide ample space for cooking and are complemented by the abundant built-in cabinetry, stainless steel treatments and appliances. Trough lighting also features in the kitchen along with quantum quartz bench tops and up-stand, which is in a contrasting colour. A mini retreat station has been incorporated on the side of the kitchen bench and includes a desk and chair area that provides views to the courtyard and detached alfresco area. The large, open-plan living and dining spaces offer an abundance of entertainment options and also include a modern fireplace that is complemented by a surrounding feature wall of polished plaster. Ms Woods said that Quattro Homes was conscious of incorporating the best sustainability options available and exceeded many industry standards at a time when six star ratings had not been introduced yet. “The Allure is rated at a 6.3 star rating but we are very conscious of achieving high energy ratings, Ms Woods said. “We had double glazing and cavity wall insulation as part of the design two years before the six star rating was introduced, so we had achieved 6.3 stars before it was a council requirement.”

The classic New York-style of the home is obvious as soon as you walk inside. The generous spaces and easy flow of the home both inside and out makes the home applicable for a single couple with no kids or a large family. Recessed ceilings and built in cabinetry either side of the large fire place add to the luxurious feel of the main living space. The cabinetry provides additional storage for dinnerware or DVD’s and is capped off with a quantum quartz top. Entertaining large numbers really comes into its own in this space with the addition of oversized sliding doors that open the main living space out into the courtyard and self contained alfresco room. The outdoor entertaining area is a standout feature of this home with a modern, relaxing courtyard and detached, enclosed alfresco area. The courtyard includes large rendered planter boxes that offer a low maintenance garden and also disguise all the air conditioning motors for the home. A small pond and water feature also adds to the relaxing ambience of the courtyard. The alfresco area is almost a building in its own right with a cedar lined – a frame ceiling, a fully functioning kitchen and barbecue-style hotplate, and a commercial-grade range hood. Finished in a textured render, the alfresco could become a man-cave for the sports-fan or a relaxing retreat from the everyday routine. Four of the five bedrooms in this property are located upstairs. The main bathroom is also located upstairs. The master bedroom is a triumph of comfort, style and elegance. The opulence of the main bedroom suite is evident from the foyer style entrance that includes a built in make up desk and acts as a frame for the ensuite and walk in robe. With his and hers shower recess and vanities, a hob bath, and a feature Pietra stone wall, the ensuite will provide a welcome retreat for any prospective buyer. The entire suite can also be closed off with the double French doors. Along with a 9m-long walk in robe and access to a compact balcony, the main bedroom caps off the multitude of design options that will be an asset to any home. BC Quattro Homes Pty Ltd: (08) 9444 4002,


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Beach lifestyle beckons in Cottesloe // words rhonda malkin





An unassuming 1990s style home in Cottesloe has been transformed into a space that effortlessly combines clean simple lines and styling and also incorporates a luxurious entry statement that reflects the homes ideal beach setting. Originally part of a housing development through a Holmes A Court development company in the early 1990s, 21 Princes Street in Cottesloe has certainly come of age. The development involved subdividing a superblock of about 8,000 to 10,000sqm into fourteen, 400 to 500 sqm blocks. The original home was designed by Cox, Etherington, Coulter and Jones Architects as a contemporary take on the colonial Australian home. More than two decades later, architectural firm Craig Steere Architects took over the overhaul of the original cottage-style, single storey home that is located on 511sqm. Craig Steere Architects transformed what was a simple three bedroom, two bathroom home with a formal living and dining area at the front of the home into a space that takes full dramatic effect of courtyard living.

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“Being so close to the beach and understanding the clients’ love of the ocean and beach life we immediately looked at the local limestone materials.”

By demolishing one of the existing bathrooms and utilising unused space between the rear of the garage and the master bedroom at the back of the house, the architect managed to dramatically increase the amount of area available for the new ensuite. The architect also created a larger laundry, powder room and included a small wine cellar by cutting in to sections of the old formal living and dining area. Central to the design core of the home is a large casual living space, measuring about 5m by 5m. An ample kitchen area feeds off this central space as does the meals area, which was extended by 1.5 m. The L-shaped design ensures a constant visual connection with the lavish courtyard setting. The entire front section of the home has been recreated to take further advantage of the northern light that now filters through large sections of glass. Mr Steere said the land was established with a north/south orientation with only a small section of the home facing in a northerly direction. “We took out all of the small windows at the front of the home and installed huge sections of glass, Mr Steere said. “The new media room and guest bedroom at the front of the home now enjoys consistent northern light during the winter months.” The architect successfully incorporated form and function whilst also taking advantage of the beach location and climate of the area. Craig Steere Architects director, Craig Steere said the addition of a stunning and modern sandstone verandah at the front of the home was a clear reference to the materials and substances that are common along the WA coastline. “Being so close to the beach and understanding the clients’ love of the ocean and beach life we immediately looked at the local

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limestone materials as a particular reference point, Mr Steere said. “Many people living close to the coast can remember being on the beach when it is raining and running for shelter in limestone caves until the storm passed.” He said sourcing sandstone tiles that had been quarried in Spain provided a similar effect to limestone. The obvious reference to the beach was in keeping with the owner of the property - a competitive surfer who spends most of his time at a separate property in Margaret River. The client wanted to convert his Cottesloe home into something that would complement his lifestyle and provide casual, contemporary, beach-style living. Blue Manna Construction were the builders on the project and company director Scott Elliot said the construction of the sandstone-clad verandah required meticulous attention to detail. “About 20 per cent of the entire job was devoted to the sandstone clad front facade, Mr Elliot said. “We began with structural steel beams and added welded steel framework. We then filled the framework with timber framing and attached structural cement sheeting.” With the sandstone tiles weighing 25 kg and measuring 900 by 500 by 20cm each tile had to be carefully screwed onto the cement sheeting. The home was completely stripped, internal walls moved and all the doors were raised by three courses. Mr Elliot said the footprint of the home was increased slightly with the addition of the ensuite, extended dining room and alteration of the garage from two cars to three cars. Construction of the outdoor spa/plunge pool was also undertaken by Blue Manna Construction. All renovations in the home could then be tailored to meet the building constraints of the outdoor pool area. In addition, the flow of the new courtyard style design has been complemented by the matching water levels of the adjoining outdoor spa and indoor onsen and ensuite.


The formal room at the front of the home was transformed into a media room, which includes smart wiring technology. Alongside this brief was a request to hide the metal roof and increase the general size of the front verandah. Mr Steere said the verandahs angled shapes protected the home from constant harsh stormy winds and allowed the northern sun to enter the front of the house. “The client wanted the verandah to provide a strong shelter from the winter storms,” Mr Steere said. Taking 12 months to complete, the renovation included a 3m by 3m spa plunge pool complete with gas heating and jets and is visually linked to a new Japanese themed ensuite via large glass windows. The ensuite is complete with an onsen – a Japanese style indoor spa and his and hers showers. Craig Steere Architects’ promotes its design values in every home it creates and is always conscious of the surrounding social and environmental impact. A number of sustainable practices have been included into the home like the French oak flooring, which was obtained from Europe through sustainable practices. The home was painted with products that contain low volatile organic chemicals, which is safer for the person painting the walls and also for the client living within the home. Low energy LED lighting and fluorescent lighting has been incorporated internally. Natural oil finishes was applied to the oak flooring and increased ventilation and northern light has also reduced the need for artificial temperature controls. Mr Steere said the home could have easily been demolished but new sustainability options provided other opportunities. “There would have been a lot of wastage and that linked with sustainability was a prime influence on the way we went about designing the home,” he said. Mr Steere said recycling the major structural elements of the existing residence also reduced construction costs. “It was a good exercise in achieving what you would normally get in a new house through a renovation without the cost of a new build,” Mr Steere said. BC Craig Steere Architects: (08) 93804662,

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Situated in Western Australia’s tranquil and serene south-west, is a split level residence that subtly imposes a strong, assertive design as it looks out over an inlet. The home is comprised of five levels, being a sunken sitting area, a raised dining area, main floor level, first floor level and garage, and cellar located at the lowest levels. The build covers about 275sqm on the ground floor, 75sqm on the first floor, and an expansive 65sqm terrace and garage. Interestingly, the garage level was cut into the site and lies about 1.8m below natural ground levels. Designed by Dane Richardson, founder and owner of Dane Design Australia and built by Alex Campbell, owner of Tallwood Constructions, the residence acts as a home and gallery for an art-collecting client. The external living spaces and geothermal, solar-heated pool arranged on the south-side of the home allows the owners to laze on a deck and look out over the slow moving waters of an inlet. Echoed in its low profile and position on the block, Dane Richardson said the house was designed to be sympathetic to the surrounding area. “This positioning is deliberate being partly driven by development conditions along this strip and by the owner’s desire to be sure that their new home wasn’t over-scale or dominating the street,” Mr Richardson said. The owners have displayed their extensive and eclectic art collection and the works are perfectly positioned throughout the home. The home acts as a gallery and coupled with the raw concrete features, emits an artist’s hideaway vibe. The consistent dark grey, cut-stone flooring in the living areas of the home is a perfect introduction into the chosen colour palette for the rest of the house. “The floors throughout are tiled all in natural stone, which combined with the teak ceilings, really compliment the finish of the formed concrete walls,” Mr Campbell said.


The crisp white walls in the open-plan living area contrast against the often brightly coloured eye-catching artwork. Amidst all the strong, geometric lines that dominate the interior of the house is an alien-like fluid fire place that descends from the ceiling. It dissects the dining and living areas. The high ceilings are rimmed with glass that floods the room with light during the day and acts as windows to the stars at night. The windows are glazed with low energy emission glass. This grey tinted glazing is quite a feature and exaggerates the floating effect of the timber ceiling that sits atop it. Throughout the rest of the home, a variety of windows have been used including, double-hung, casement, fixed, sliding and awnings in various configurations to deliver optimal views, ventilation and light. The overall construction has a very natural and raw aesthetic. Where appropriate, many materials were left natural. The concrete is unsealed where practical and only penetrating matt sealer was used as required. The stone floors that act as the foundation palette of the home have also only be treated with matt penetrating oils to keep the look as natural as possible. The textural qualities and natural depth of the materials are mainly left exposed, which is where the quality lies. There are very few high gloss finishes around the home,

Instead the house lends itself to a more subtle, organic design, which allows the features to dominate and emit a natural warmth. A notable aspect of the house is the extensive insulation. It is hardly surprising that the home was awarded the Western Australian State Housing Industry Association Innovation in Housing Project of the Year in 2011. Not only was Roxul Energy Saver insulation placed into cavity walls but air-cell Retroshield insulation was also added to all Gyprock-lined internal walls. The ceilings consist of R3.5 polyester batts and the roof boasts 75mm Anticon insulation. In addition, the wine cellar has 75mm foam insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling. Internal lighting placement was decided with art in mind. These feature lights were then overlaid with mood lighting from either fixtures or lamps. For external lighting, Mr Richardson said the overhanging roof was lit up and doubled as an internal lighting option. The house is equipped with a Clipsal C-Bus Home Automation lighting control system to create ambience and a variety of moods. Mr Richardson said house design always had to be a balance of functionality and form. “One item or aspect can’t completely override or be more

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important than another. The quality, level of detail, standard of construction, and material and fixture selections hold equal importance across the whole build, ” he said. The build exhibits an even use of detailing and consistent features to deliver the breathtaking results. “All one-off buildings have important, bespoke elements that need to be explored via alternative ways to detail. This home did have a number of specific details and services that were quite modern,” Mr Richardson explained. The domestic hot water and heating for the hydronic floor system is heated by a geothermal heat exchange system, the first installed in the south-west. The floor heating system draws latent heat from below-ground to pre-heat the home’s water supply. Mr Campbell said the geothermal system was a very new concept in WA but had been used in Europe for decades.

“The system required separate specialist contractors for the installation of the geothermal rods that run deep into the ground, as well as for the installation of the in-slab piping for floor heating,” Mr Campbell said. According to Mr Richardson, the design was also subjected to scrutiny through prototyping. “There were a number of construction details, such as the very fine edge profile to the upper level roof that was a classic case of prototyping before construction,” Mr Richardson explained. This kind of process allows the design to exhibit fine and perfected details. Mr Richardson is also heavily involved in the landscaping of every build he works in. “I generally set out and design any hardscape elements and then rely on landscape consultants to work through planting selections, he said. “For this project, we used a predominantly native, low-water selection of vegetation as well as a few scattered architectural feature plants to highlight certain areas.” The owner of Tallwood Constructions, Alex Campbell is extremely proud of the home. “I have worked with Dane Richardson for the past 13 years on this and many other stunning homes in the south-west, Mr Campbell said. “When I first met with the client to discuss building his new home, he remarked how amazed he was that Dane ‘got’ the


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brief immediately. As anyone who has had a custom-built home designed would appreciate, this almost never happens.” At a dinner party hosted by the client on completion of the home, he complimented the team at Dane Design Australia and Tallwood Constructions for the seamless and painless experience. “ To me, the main feature of the home is the inverted teak lined ceilings. In most homes, the pitched roof points to the heavens. In this home, the ceiling comes down to meet you making the large living areas more intimate. “I would like to thank my office staff and the site supervisor, Rohan Borig and his team of trusted master tradesmen. “This is the bench mark for all of the homes we build.” The home was awarded six Western Australian Housing Awards in 2011, including the Country Home of the Year. BC Dane Design Australia: (08) 9755 3861, Tallwood Construction: (08) 9791 7776/0427 568 214,

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Stunning modern design, quality workmanship and luxurious finishes have effortlessly aligned in a two-storey home in Floreat to create an environment that ensures the best of both worlds. The five bedroom, three bathroom home at 36 Newry Street in Floreat takes advantage of stellar city views by capitalising on the generous 819sqm block of land positioned on a sloping hill. Psaros Builders worked extensively with the clients and designer, Anthony Raso to develop a home that caters for every need. Psaros Builders Chief Executive Officer, Danny Psaros said the clients were keen to create a home that would enable them to cater for their expanding family and also provide ample entertainment spaces. “The house has two quite large entertaining areas,” Mr Psaros said. “The downstairs rear of the home has a kitchen, living area and dining, which is all quite large and is linked to glass sliding doors that flow through at the same level to the alfresco, which boasts a barbecue, pizza oven and separate bar area, which serves the alfresco area through retractable bi-fold doors. “Upstairs, to make the most of the views they designed a large balcony with a second barbecue area and media room, which also

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While the client was seeking a home with a sense of intrigue, modern design and low maintenance, they also requested that it did not become sterile or clinical and maintained a ‘homely’ feel. takes advantage of the magnificent views.” As excavation took place on a sloping hill, the builder took several months to complete the earthworks required to settle the home on a sturdy foundation. Numerous bored piles and retaining walls were established to enable the builder to build the house on the sloping property. The home has 730sqm of living space, including alfresco, balcony, a basement wine cellar, two powder rooms, theatre, study, dining, activity rooms, kitchen and living areas and a walk in cool room. Underfloor heating, rainwater tanks and a 28 panel solar system all assist with reducing the environmental impact of the home. The house was built using traditional double brick and tile design with acrylic render applied to the exterior walls. This has been complemented with extensive use of locally sourced Toodyay stone and timber products that have also been utilised inside the home. The Toodyay stone cladding was an important factor in achieving the modern contemporary design with some more homely touches. Mr Psaros said that while the client was seeking a home with a sense of intrigue, modern design and low maintenance, they also requested that it did not become sterile or clinical and maintained a ‘homely’ feel. “Adding the Toodyay stone provided a natural look. The

subtle combination of brown and red hues in the stone created a warm and inviting environment for the home owner and their visitors from the front entrance of the home,” Mr Psaros said. The stone was applied internally and externally to maintain a flow throughout the home. Stonemasons hand worked the stone on site to create a realistic, natural looking cladding. The kitchen area includes a raked kitchen bulkhead with three operable skylights that allow both light and air-flow to the kitchen and living areas. A large walk in pantry, cool room, separate fridges and double oven all adds to the serviceability of the eating areas. A lift has also been incorporated into the home, which according to Danny Psaros has become quite common in luxury homes of this style and magnitude. The main bedroom upstairs shares views to the city and incorporates a large walk in robe and walk-around ensuite that include a double shower with reconstituted stone floors. The bedroom can be separated with large double doors that lead into a large foyer area that enables the owners to shut off the main bedroom. The upstairs area also includes two additional bedrooms that all have walk in wardrobes, an activity room, a theatre room, a powder room and a second bathroom. Spotted gum has been used as the primary upstairs floor



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A not so noticeable feature of the home is the large basement wine cellar neatly tucked away under the home.

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covering while alpaca wool carpet was installed in all bedrooms. Cedar cladding encloses the upstairs barbecue area and has also been used for the garage door. A comprehensive entertainment music system has been installed throughout the home, including the upstairs media room, which comprises a large projector screen and surround sound system. An entry gatehouse greets visitors to the property and incorporates the feature Toodyay stone. A flat concrete roof supported by steel columns completes the design of the front gatehouse. Substantial northern light filters into the living areas through large glass sliding doors, while a large gas fireplace provides a dramatic central point in the lower floor living areas. A textured feature paint has been applied around the fireplace creating a warm point of interest. A downstairs activity room also connects to a toy room, which can be closed to entertain children while also providing ample space for other guests. Another feature of the home is its large dining area that flows effortlessly into the living spaces on the lower floor. A large cedar pivot door at the front of the home creates the perfect connection to the travertine tiles that flow from the front porch to the rear alfresco. A not so noticeable feature of the home is the large basement wine cellar neatly tucked away under the home. The owners requested a rustic, heritage style wine cellar that creates a feel of Greek heritage. The builder fulfilled this request by constructing an arched face brick cellar with a honed concrete floor. Recycled red face bricks were used for the wall and ceiling in conjunction with old jarrah railway sleepers, an iron oxide painted feature wall and dimmable coach lights to create the desired ambience and basement cellar feel. Steel wine racks and redundant timber wine barrels have been used as practical furniture items.

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Low maintenance gardens surrounding the house have been created by using numerous raised planter beds. The rear pool area is linked to the alfresco by composite timber decking: a relatively new product to the market that is produced from 70 per cent recycled materials reducing the amount of ongoing maintenance, such as oiling that is required with conventional timber decking systems. Flat bar fence panels enclose the front of the property, which features numerous rendered planter boxes and washed aggregate pathways in keeping with the low maintenance requests of the owners. A large dragon tree also features as a grand entry statement at the front of the property. BC Psaros Builders: (08) 6380 3030, Anthony Raso Design: (08) 9201 0006

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Location and convenience abound in East Perth // words rhonda malkin // images courtesy of proud property group

“There are few locations in Perth where you can be walking distance to East Perth and Burswood, look over the river and be surrounded by landscaped gardens.





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There is a saying in real estate that location is everything and six luxury townhouses that have been developed in the centre of the East Perth power station precinct have certainly filled the criteria. The modern group of townhouses is situated on a sloping site at 58 Joel Terrace next to Banks Reserve on the Swan River foreshore and provide direct access to the Swan River and a dual-use cycling and walking track. It is just metres from Mercy Hospital and there is easy access to the freeway and the city by car, bus or train. All the homes have picturesque views with a north facing aspect over the park, which is also a dog park. Proud Property Group built, developed and designed the prestigious and innovative homes and company owner and architect Ken McFarlane said the homes provided a unique lifestyle. “You can let your dog out via an access gate from your courtyard and throw the ball from your alfresco area, Mr McFarlane said. “There are few locations in Perth where you can be walking distance to East Perth and Burswood, look over the river and be surrounded by landscaped gardens. “You can sit on the terrace sipping a margarita and watch your dog run around the reserve and swim on the beach of the river.” With decades of experience completing grouped housing, multiple dwellings and commercial projects, Proud Property Group is well placed to take on a project of this scale. Their experience ranges from small additions through to all types of residential, industrial and commercial projects and even extends


“The brief was to create six luxury solar townhouses, taking full advantage of the location and the Swan River.”

to the creation of Abbey Beach Resort in Busselton. Mr Mc Farlane said he had a clear design concept mapped out for the project despite the relative complex nature of the site. “The brief was to create six luxury solar townhouses, taking full advantage of the location and the Swan River…but we faced many challenges, he said. “The property tapers from 23m at the front to 15m and slopes down to the river from 17m to 2m. “The limitations on Swan River setback, the water table being at five metres and the sewer main cutting through the property meant we had to develop some outstanding initiatives to complete the project.” Each of the townhouses created by the building company is very spacious and has three levels except for one, which has two levels due to council restrictions. With a minimum of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the homes have been designed with a distinctive character. Prospective buyers can choose from an array of varying floor plans, colour schemes and finishes, including differing floor treatment options like tiled floors, timber floors or marble floors. Each home has very high ceilings and zoned air conditioning and security is tight with the inclusion of an audio-visual intercom. The kitchens have been individually architect designed to provide functional, safe and spacious areas with well appointed cabinets. The cupboards are lined and fitted with soft-close glides, pot drawers, bin cupboards and a pantry. Vinyl wrapped and melamine doors with solid granite bench tops complete the modern look. An appliance cupboard incorporates frosted glass doors, wine racks, book shelves and other features. A myriad of stainless steel appliances add a touch of luxury to the kitchen space. The Bosch appliances include a 900mm under-bench multifunctional electric oven, a steam oven, a matching microwave and semi integrated dishwasher which adds to the clean streamlined feel of the kitchen areas.

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The bathrooms also have full height tiling and most of the internal doors are full height to the ceiling. Linear feature-tile panels and décor tiles are included to compliment with the individual bathroom designs. Individually designed vanity cabinets have been fitted with contemporary vitreous china and crystal vessel basins and mixer taps. The large showers are equipped with ceiling rain hand held showers, stainless steel soap dishes and shelves and surrounded with clear glazed pivot doors with frameless and semi frameless chrome frames. The walk-in robes, linen and broom cupboards have been finished with extensive shelving and drawer units. Although the four middle units are relatively similar, the floor plans have been designed with imagination and a steady eye on functionality and practicality. Each of the units incorporates a double garage with a cellar/workshop, laundry and bedroom opening to a courtyard on the basement. The laundries are equipped with abundant cabinetry that has post formed tops and vinyl wrapped doors and stainless steel inset troughs. A wine store is also a feature of unit three while a separate study has been included into units four and five. The ground floor entry opens to spacious kitchen and living space which opens to a north facing terrace which contains an operatable roof. The bedroom on this level, like all the bedrooms overlooks the reserve and the river. The street-front unit includes a variety of split levels and a living area that opens onto a courtyard on the basement level. A main bedroom and living area feeds off a third loft level for the front five units. The main ensuites are finished with marble

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Prospective buyers can choose from an array of varying floor plans, colour schemes and finishes, including differing floor treatment options like tiled floors, timber floors or marble floors.

crystal vessel basins, spa and shell baths. Many have views over the park to the hills. As unit six was designed differently to allow for council restrictions, the ground floor includes two bedrooms and a living area that opens out to a well appointed terrace. Other design features in unit six include a main suite, dual access powder room, separate study and an open plan kitchen-living area has access to a balcony area. A double garage and storeroom provides ample storage and security for vehicles and are located on the south side of the complex With environmentally sustainable design and construction practices integrated into each home, the builder has included many solar principles to create six and seven-star energy ratings. Natural cross flow of air is designed into every room and window location. An active air movement system is also evident with the use of air conditioning ductwork and dampers. This means that the air conditioner can be directed to draw 100 per cent fresh air from the exterior of the property. Absorption and release of energy from the building is improved with the use of brick and concrete materials, which also helps to stabilize internal temperatures. Externally, the townhouses have been finished with an acrylic texture coat, with some feature walls clad with selected stone facings. The terrace balconies are finished with porcelain tiles, plannar glass and stainless steel handrails. The homes are constructed with reinforced concrete and double clay bricks while the roofs are composed of structural timber and clad with corrugated Colourbond roof sheeting. BC Proud Property Group: (08) 9226 3376,

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Holiday home provides simple holiday lifestyle // words rhonda malkin // images mark cooper

Dark paint work on specialised cladding, combined with Corten panels, ensure the front facade of home nestles into the rural setting, harmonising with surrounding bush.





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A beautiful holiday home has emerged in Yallingup that takes its cues from the natural wooded surrounds and ocean lifestyle that is synonymous with life in the South West of WA. Dark paint work on specialised cladding, combined with Corten panels, ensure the front facade of home nestles into the rural setting, harmonising with surrounding bush. This is contrasted with the use of glass finished dado walls and timber screens to the outdoor entertaining area at the rear of the home. The marriage of these elements, together with extensive use of timber inside the home has created a four bedroom home on Marron Rise in Yallingup which has a statement designer edge and yet is a warm, practical family home. The home, which took 11 months to complete, was built by building company, Studium. Company owner Todd Huxley said the home was built for a couple with a young family who wanted to realise their dream of developing their patch of paradise into a holiday residence. “It’s about two to three kilometres from Indijup Beach but still located in a very quiet rural setting… it has a proximity to beautiful Yallingup beaches and the bush at the same time,” Mr Huxley said. The house is positioned on the block with the long axis running east west. Glazing to the north provides light, solar gain and views to the kitchen, dining and living areas via a series of sliding glass doors with electronically operated highlight windows above. A long passage feeds off the main living areas and provides access to the four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Design features, such as recessed nooks, window seats and purpose built shelving throughout the home create points of visual interest in each space. The passageway includes two such nooks with specialised lighting to display some of the owner’s favourite art works. Timbers used inside the home simultaneously create a warm and consistent neutral palate, which emphasises the design of the home. On the floor engineered Smoked Oak has been combined with polished concrete for a low maintenance easy care finish.


Cabinetwork throughout was completed in American Oak. In addition to utilising passive solar design guidelines the clients were keen to embrace additional sustainable features including a full solar array on the roof, installation of ceiling fans, positioning of openings for cross flow ventilation, and a quantum heat pump. Ecolour, no VOC water based paint was used throughout the internal spaces As the home is built in a high fire zone Mr Huxley guided the clients in their selection of appropriate site management and material selections for external finishes. A standard 40 metre flame reduction zone was established around the home and Spotted Gum used for the decking. “It’s not native to Western Australia but it is one of the only timbers that is allowed outside in the fire zone”.


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More design delights can be found at the rear of the property with a screen wall that provides privacy for a courtyard and pond.

Mr Huxley considers himself very lucky to operate in the South West. “We get a lot of variety, bush blocks to work with, ocean blocks, town blocks…we can really utilise different shapes, heights, materials, all sorts of different features to create something really different”. Mr Huxley believes sustainability will drive the next building boom as many prospective home owners were becoming more interested in saving money during construction and for the life of the home. “Customers are very interested in sustainability - from the materials, recycling and wastage right through to what sorts of machines are on site and whether they are damaging the land.” There is a big push for environmental technology in homes with solar arrays, systems that recycle water, rainwater tanks on

residential homes with mains water attached as well, different ways of heating and cooling the house, including hydronic heating. Operating from offices in Dunsborough, Mr Huxley started his own building company, Todd Huxley Homes, with his wife Danya in 2004. He specialises in custom built, architecturally designed homes and tailors to specific client requirements. The company continued its success wit the launch of Studium by Todd Huxley in 2011 and services the local district as well as outlying areas like Ferguson Valley, Blackwood Valley and the City of Bunbury. BC Studium: (08) 9759 1088, Paradigm Architects: (08) 9388 1644,


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A new development in Perth’s CBD is providing a little coffee oasis for busy city workers and is also expected to become a haven for sophisticated casual dining in the months to come. Nestled within the Central Park Gardens on St Georges Terrace is a beautifully appointed venue is like no other café in Perth’s city centre. Elevated on a purpose built deck with vistas over and amongst the trees of Central Park Gardens, The Deck Café has an ambience and atmosphere to escape the daily stress of working life. The unique venue is separated by a four metre laneway and entry to the Commonwealth Bank building. A 25m high glass canopy envelopes the café hub and provides views into adjacent buildings. A bar and restaurant area will also be opening next door in early September offering either quick lunch options during the week or a complete formal dinner menu. This site at 150B St Georges Terrace was selected by venue owner, The Gastevski Group for its location at the epicentre of commercial activity on the Terrace. In fact the group searched for several years to secure an inner-city location that offered this level of prominence and thoroughfare through central park. The opening date for the GRAND Bar and Restaurant was also deliberately staggered to allow the cafe to get established as a quality coffee offering in Perth competitive CBD. The Gastevski Group owner Adrian Gastevski believed it would be easier for the general public to accept a great coffee destination could also served liquor after hours as opposed to a bar that transformed into a great coffee shop.

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Finding a space that was visually interesting was of prime importance to operators of the venue, The Gastevski Group, which is a specialist in the planning, design and construction of food and beverage facilities in Australia. The company is committed to engaging key systems that will assist in developing and sustaining a positive workplace culture that strives for the highest levels of service standards. The Gastevski Group director, Adrian Gastevski was pleased with the overall finish of the projects initial stage and commented on how the building design reflected its surroundings. “The building itself is a striking design from Buchan Group and finishes like the aluminium laser cut cladding, the timber freeform wall treatments and the internally illuminated overhead canopy work to tie in the park location through abstract design, Mr Gastevski said.

“The cuts made geometric shapes to give the impression of leaves falling, just like they do in Central Park.” These two new venues bring the groups portfolio to nine with the Whale and Ale, Cornerstone, Sovereign Arms, the Craftsmen and four Thirsty Camel bottle shops. A range of natural materials were selected for the café and emphasised design quality and durability. These materials included extensive use of timber, stained in a combination of colour palates including mahogany and jarrah. As the exterior is generally constructed, most of the fit out works were internal. Floor finishes include polished concrete natural timber, carpet and ceramic tiles. Feature materials include backlit marble bars with timber feature wall and ceiling treatments. There is a total of 200sqm of internal and external areas available for patrons to use. The Buchan Group were the architects for this build and

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“The building itself is a striking design from Buchan Group and finishes like the aluminium laser cut cladding...”

specialise in designing retail, hospitality and mixed use projects particularly in urban settings. According to architect Lou Cotter, the café, bar and restaurant were designed to add interest and drama to the space. “This is a spatially complex arrangement with three levels, two external decks and a secluded balcony overlooking St. Georges Terrace, separate spaces but intricately connected,” Mr Cotter said. There are two bars, one upper, one lower, and a sunken lounge area, two exterior areas available during the day, which is extended to include the deck outdoor terrace in the evening. A variety of floor treatments were used including timber, carpet, and stone and polished concrete. This 250sqm facility caters to urbane city dwellers seeking a dynamic, interesting, lively, glamorous bar and dining venue. In particular, the three level jigsaw floor designs are expected to attract a lot of interest. A relaxed dining section is proposed for the upper level once the bar and restaurant areas have been completed. The Deck and GRAND recently received liquor licences and in a first for Perth, the neighbouring venues operate under the same licence. As a result, customers will be able to walk between the two venues after 5pm without having to finish their drinks first. The Deck will complement the formal restaurant and larger bar area in GRAND by staying open as a bar serving tapas from 4pm. BC Gastevski Group: (08) 9408 5444, The Buchan Group: (08) 9211 9898, Utopia Industries Pty Ltd: (08) 9309 5166,


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Business ethos still drives newly named Scho (Scho is pronounced ‘Show’ Homes) Previously known as SCH Homes, the medium sized building company has changed its trading name to Scho. Scho managing director, Shane Hannah said apart from the new name, the company’s philosophy of providing its clients with the best service to help them achieve their dream home remained the same. “With a focus on demolish and build, the potential for future development and new homes in the older suburbs is very exciting. We look forward to being part of the continuing transition to newer homes in these areas in the years ahead,” he said.

“Our steadfast aim is to offer a building service beyond all others… we are passionate about making sure the home building experience surpasses your expectations. “We are running our welcome events night every Tuesday evening from 6pm, inviting potential clients to walk through our building process and provide a forum where they can learn more about what we offer in terms of developing their ideal home.” Scho has been responsible for eye-catching projects in Sorrento, Floreat, Karrinyup, South Coogee, North Beach and Ocean Reef to name a few.

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Future proofing for another generation // words rhonda malkin

Making plans to ensure the golden retirement years are hassle free has taken on new meaning with two Perth homes making their mark on old ground in the leafy suburbs of Mt Claremont and Doubleview. The homes, built by Zazen Building & Design, showcases the best of modern, low maintenance living integrated with sustainable living specifically for semi- retired and retired people. Dipping their toe into the challenging prospect of house and land development for the first time, the owners have achieved an outstanding three bedroom, two bathroom home in Mt Claremont. Subdividing their large block of land into two smaller parcels of 413sqm and demolishing a modest 1950s style bungalow, the owners dabbled in building their dream home while also being able to sell the remaining piece of land. Zazen Building & Design managing director Dino Colica said the owners of the Mt Claremont home wanted to achieve a modern, contemporary style that provided ample space for indoor and outdoor entertaining.





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With about 299sqm of living space including an alfresco, porch and balcony, the double storey brick and Colourbond home incorporates raking ceilings to the living dining and kitchen areas. The feature ceilings provide a sense of height and also contribute to energy efficiency throughout the lower floor living spaces. Mr Colica said the home was highly functional due to its streamlined design. “There is a very smooth transition between the living, dining and alfresco areas due to two large bi-fold doors that lead out to the outdoor entertaining areas, Mr Colica said. “When you close them off it forms two segregated areas in the home and when you open them up you have freeform living outside and inside.” Externally, the builder has applied an acrylic texture finish. The finish differs to standard methods of rendering as the Dulux product is trowelled on instead of painted onto the external surfaces. A feature pivot entry door greets those entering the home followed by a small foyer area. Rectified porcelain tiles create a linear, modern look to the long hall way that feeds from the front door to the rear dining and living areas. The long gallery entry passage also features recessed ceilings and bulkheads and acts as a frame that supports access to the downstairs main bedroom, a store room, laundry and staircase that leads to the upstairs bedrooms and family room. Additional features like a marine-grade, high polished stainless steel balustrade for the balcony and stairwell adds to the overall modern look of the home. In addition, 40mm Ceasarstone has been used for the large bench space in the kitchen while full-height tiling has been incorporated in the ensuite and upstairs bathroom. Mr Colica


said the front and rear elevation has been positioned to take advantage of a north south orientation. “The energy efficiency of the high ceiling in the kitchen and living areas and good orientation has reduced the amount of mechanical heating and cooling required in the home, which was a significant consideration of the owners,” Mr Colica said. The Doubleview home is also a testament to sustainability and a determination to achieve a home that does not back away from its capacity to deliver convenience, style and luxury. Zazen Building & Design worked extensively with the owners for approximately eight months to achieve the desired design outcome of the home. Capitalising on ocean views was a challenge that the builder met head on. According to Mr Colica, the builder sought support from all neighbouring properties to ensure that setback and overlooking issues were resolved. “There is a 1600mm drop from the front of the house to the back so we had to ensure that the home did not encroach on the privacy of surrounding neighbours,” Mr Colica said. The site works were achieved in two stages, finishing in construction of large brick build-ups to retain the home on three sides. The design of the home included a separate panel of limestone render on the front right hand side to instil extra character on the facade. Double-hung sash windows on the front elevation ensure adequate ventilation to the second bedroom at the front of the home, while highlight windows were installed for the guest bedroom. Energy efficient glass on the east & west sides provided a solution to the unusual east-west orientation of the home. Other concessions included installing air-cell cavity insulation to the eastern and western elevations, which was applied within the cavity brickwork to significantly reduce heat transfer through the home. The master bedroom, located to the rear of the home is close to the large 40m family area, alfresco and kitchen. Other features include a highly polished feature timber sill on the right hand side of the entry foyer recessed wall. Glazed feature doors lead out to the kitchen, dining and family rooms where recessed ceilings also dominate. Mr Colica said the double-step coffered ceiling extends up to 34 courses in the large family area and contributes to the substantial energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives created for the owners. Other initiatives include low voltage down lights, ceiling fans, energy efficient glazing and a Bosh eco-plus hot water system. The 6.9 star efficiency system, with condensing technology, has

been incorporated into a copper ring main inside the ceiling that is attached to a low energy six-volt pump. This allows for greater water efficiency. Hot water pumps through the ring main at all times and can be obtained within a much quicker time anywhere in the home than standard systems. A perimeter drop bulkhead wraps around the kitchen creating more depth to the space. In addition, 30mm quantum quartz stone was used for the kitchen bench tops while glass splash backs and integrated appliances also feature in the eating areas. A scullery flows through to a laundry behind the kitchen. Access from the family room through to the alfresco is via large sliding glazed doors. Rustic style Caversham bricks were used for the sides and rear of the home, along with a cedar-lined alfresco roof, while a washed exposed aggregate concrete floor completes the homely outdoor areas in style. Access from the family room through to the alfresco is via large sliding glazed doors. Rustic style Caversham bricks were used for the sides and rear of the home, along with a cedar-lined alfresco roof, while a washed exposed aggregate concrete floor completes the homely outdoor areas in style. A 250mm framed pelmet hides the mechanisms of future window treatments along the family and dining room walls and captures south-west light. A three-car garage at the front of the home is framed by two recessed limestone inserts that further complement the feature limestone angled wall. Feature cedar turret roofing at the entrance of the porch adds additional highlights to the façade of the home. BC Zazen Building & Design: 0411 166 192,

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Good things come in small packages // words rhionagh rowley

The design was inspired by the works of visionary Japanese designers who try to create vertically interactive spaces on small lots.





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The days where tried and tested, heavy, sturdy masonry was the way forward in the construction industry are gone. Robert Forgione, Managing Director of Concept Building Design, is a designer that is embracing the future and new game-changing methods of construction. His newest build in Middleton Beach is a large tri-level home on a tiny block, bursting with four generous bedrooms and 3 fully equipped bathrooms situated right next to the ocean. “Being the sole director of Concept, I’m very fortunate to have a great team of designers and designers, all with different experiences - collectively we’ve got 50 years of experience under one roof,” Rob said. Rob and his company love working with alternate methods of construction, as we can see with this build. “Most of my designs are done so with a view to reduce the carbon footprint, doing things like using recyclable materials and reusing offcuts from materials in other parts of the construction dramatically help with the total waste reduction of the build,” he said. The design was inspired by the works of visionary Japanese designers who try to create vertically interactive spaces on small lots. As the house is sprawled over three levels, the design evolved to enable voids and connections to each of the floors to make them more interactive to one another. Unlike most modern designs, this house has an inherent warmth as well as a sense of the contemporary. The use of modern materials combined with natural materials creates a modern yet inviting ambience. In addition, the positioning of architectural features contribute to draw people into the house and to provide multiple impact zones. The design is smart as there is no wasted space within the home, an incredibly compact home. “My office worked on the design very closely with myself and the client


to produce this design, it was a real team effort,” Rob said of developing the design. Construction-wise the home is built out of a mixture of light-weight materials and masonry, these materials were chosen chiefly to keep the house eco-friendly while still achieving the style of house that the client desired. All these materials were chosen with the severe coastal conditions in mind. It comprises of an array of claddings, ranging from natural stone, to tile and then to a rendered look. The plasterboard ceilings were deliberately detailed with a negative edge to give the rooms a crisper, more framed feel. This small feature also allows for a more spacious feel, and has the ability to finish surface colours sharply, without the need to paint out large cornices. The double-glazed commercial windows were used to assist in the solar passive qualities of the house, they also aid in the reduction of external noise. The placement of lighting was deliberate to enhance the feeling of openness of the rooms. The light fittings were a collaboration with the client to ensure the home had their own special touch on the finishes. “It’s important that the client feels comfortable and at ease when they walk into their house, they know that they were an important part of completing it,” Rob explained. The internal flooring is a complementary collection of carpets and tiles that melds perfectly with the colour scheme of the rest of the house. The colour palette chosen is a strong reminder of the personality of the owner of the house Rob explains. “He’s chosen different colour schemes in different rooms. It

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was very interesting at the beginning to see all these colours, it was very nerve wracking for me and my team but the owner was so confident. And now looking at the finished product, with all the furniture and little finishes, it’s really come together and looks fantastic,” he said. Throughout the alfresco areas, natural cedar lining has been used to create a warm and homely feel, something that is often needed in modern developments to juxtapose the harsh minimalistic stylings. Tiles have also been used in the area, combined with a structural glass balustrade to assist in maintaining the sleek, sharp lines of the house as well as maximising the views. The washed cement flooring of the aggregate driveways, paths, as well as the

alfresco area has been incorporated for longevity and to give the building a strong visual element to anchor it to the ground. The most prominent feature of the house is the expansive structural glass balustrade of the internal staircase and the feature pond with custom-made droppers were an unusual part of the build Rob said. “We hadn’t designed anything like this before. They provide a high-impact architectural statement that is functional and interactive with all zones of the residence,” he said. The water feature fits snugly underneath the stairs, the surface of the water echoing the giant panels of glass that line the staircase. BC Concept Building Design: (08) 9443 2037,


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up close + personal with

robert forgione DIRECTOR, CONCEPT BUILDING DESIGN // interviewed by rhionagh rowley

How did you get started in the industry? I started in design at a young age because my family was involved in developing residential and commercial buildings. As much as I liked the practical side of development, I really enjoyed the drawing side of it. I started drawing my first housing design at around seven or eight, and then through school I enjoyed the art and craft side of it. During the school holidays, all my jobs involved working on building sites, whether it was working for a plasterer or a carpenter. At the age of fifteen I actually drew my first design for a friend of my dad who was having a house built which was really great because even though I didn’t have a proper qualification, I had enough knowledge and guidance for him to have confidence in me. After school I studied building design at the Leederville campus of Tafe. After I was qualified I went to work for an architect for about six years and then I came to Albany to start work at a building design firm and then started my own business after that. I’ve completed several other courses since my time since Tafe, more industry-orientated courses such as Project Management and Interior Design. I started the company fifteen years ago in Albany, but I really wanted to broaden my knowledge so I went to work up north in the late nineties, places like Broome and Port Headland. Working in this different part of Western Australia made me realise that I needed to open an office in Perth to deal with any clients based in these areas. As the climates in the north of WA and the south are so different, the two offices enables me to cater for different types of design and constructions methods. Concept Building Design is a multidisciplinary design firm that caters for all size projects, no matter how big or small. We have such a vast array of designers, that are specialised in their own ways, that separately we come up with great designs, but collaboratively we create fantastic designs. Currently I have no plans to expand, office wise, but I would like to see the company keep growing at a natural steady pace.

I really want to start exploring the concept of smart design.

What is your preferred type of design; redevelopment of urban areas or brand new development? I really like to work within existing areas. I’m quite a fan of those old houses that Shires issue out with higher density codes. Houses that still have the original facade and are just being remodelled to incorporate a higher density or modern features, are more interesting to me then brand new sprawling developments. I find inner city residences to be really challenging. In the CBD in Albany, for example, there are hills and dips - the terrain is really interesting, so designing houses for it is also interesting. Equally as interesting is Fremantle which has such a rich heritage, it’s a challenge to design a home that is as modern as it is keeping with the history and feel of the area. Areas just north of the CBD in Perth, like Mt Hawthorn and Mt Lawley are my favourite areas it design in. What direction do you want to see your company heading in the near future? I really want to start exploring the concept of smart design. Things like exploring solar passive principles and sustainability ideas. That area is something I would like to see coming to the forefront of CBD’s designs. I believe Perth still has a sold masonry construction mentality, something that I would like to see challenged. I don’t have a problem with that type of construction, but when you look at achieving a cost effective design for the client, not to mention an eco-friendly one, there are so many more lightweight construction alternatives out there that can achieve the same, if not better result. It can also achieve a much more superior look than masonry construction. That’s the advantage of working up north and down south, we can bring these alternate ideas into the Perth market. Given this, I still don’t think the Perth market is grasping these concepts as quick as they should, or as quick as I’d like them to be. Do you implement sustainable living practices personally? I practice what I preach, so I have a little hobby farm where I grow my own vegetables, produce my own eggs and even my own meat. Being Italian, we love food, so we make a lot of it ourselves. For example we make our own sausages and bread, and we enjoy it more because it comes straight from my own farm. It’s a very important part of my life, knowing that we are consuming, but sustainably. BC

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Weatherboard wonder

// words rhionagh rowley // images mark cooper

The design and build processes highlighted the majestic and understated elegance of the native peppermint trees that inhabit the original block.





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With its peppermint trees and limestone features, Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd’ newest custom build in Thomson Way Dunsborough evokes a sense of drama and majestic elegance. The house is nestled in a quiet, picturesque, cul-de-sac in the new Cape Rise sub-division of Dunsborough. Drew Quartermaine, builder and owner of Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd, explained that the design and build processes highlighted the majestic and understated elegance of the native peppermint trees that inhabit the original block. “There were some traditional West Australian peppermint trees that the client wanted to retain so the design was worked around conserving and highlighting them, Mr Quartermaine said. “This has worked extremely well in giving the gardens an established down-south feel.” Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd founder, Drew Quartermaine, has more than 22 years experience in the building industry and still remains enthusiastic and energised by the challenges of individual design. “I left school in 1983 to start a carpentry apprenticeship and have been in the industry ever since,” he said. He prides himself on attention to detail and uses only the best tradesmen and suppliers. Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd offer a refreshing and successful difference to construction, which is evident in their numerous awards and accolades. These include, winning the Best Contract Home from $500,001 to $750,000, winning Best New Builder in the South West Master Builder’s Association Awards 2012, as well as being a finalist for Renovations/ Additions Project for a build $650,000 and over in the South West Master Builder’s Association 2011 Awards. Mr Quartermaine has had extensive experience in the building industry. When he was 26 he travelled to America before settling down to work in Canada. His time in Canada was spent snowboarding during the day and washing dishes at night. “During the summer I had a job as a carpenter to save money. Working as a carpenter over there was a great experience and I learnt a lot, he said.


“The climate doesn’t come much more extreme than in Canada, from 38 degrees in summer to minus 38 degrees in winter meant that all the buildings were timber framed.” When Drew returned back from travelling the world he wanted to start his own building company and was lucky enough to have his father in the industry. “The timing was right, at the time my Dad was doing his own development and was keen to start a new partnership with me and to take the business in a new and exciting direction,” he said. Sitting on a 0.0768 hectare corner block, this single-storey 382sqm weatherboard house melds seamlessly with the relaxed Dunsborough area. It brings together a vast array of aesthetically pleasing materials from natural products like timber and limestone to more conventional and practical materials like concrete. “I’m a big believer in building with a mix of timber frame and masonry, building with this method is very time and cost effective,” he said. The front facade has a mid-century, geometric feel to it showcased by the duality of the roof pitches and low-set rectangular windows. Bright white natural stone adds to the seaside feel of the house, whilst the all-important peppermint trees dot the front garden and highlight the stepping-stone inspired pathway to the timber framed front door. Once inside, the senses are provoked with a fresh, light interior complete with natural limestone flooring throughout the living and wet areas. The stark white walls are softened with vivid, nautical artwork. The airy foyer opens out into an open-plan living space complete with breakfast bar and dining area. The kitchen is any modern-chef’s dream with clean white ceramic bench-tops that contrast perfectly with the pale wooden finish of the cabinets and drawers. The strong lines and geometric shapes in the kitchen echo

the masculine, retro feel of the front of the house. The generous breakfast bar allows the chef to indulge in conversations whilst preparing culinary delights for the rest of the family. Once out on the back verandah, the smell and sight of the Peppermint Trees promotes a tranquil and serene scene. Completed by the client, the landscaping suits the house superbly by utilising the natural sheet cut limestone to differentiate the grasses, seating and garden bed areas. The result is stunning. Mr Quartermaine said he would like to undertake a lot more design and construction work. “So the plan for the future will be to keep building on our reputation for being a one-stop building company that can work with the client from the very beginning to the very end,” he said. BC Quaine Constructions Pty Ltd: (08) 9756 7913,


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Seniors live it up with ease in easy care retirement village // words rhonda malkin

The units have been designed to promote a sense of community with metal-slatted fences that don’t completely isolate residents from neighbouring properties.





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Offering a state-of-the-art security system, a unique home-to-home service and modern design, Alexandra Village in 15 George St, Kensington is set to deliver a housing lifestyle option for Western Australian seniors that is second to none. Construction on the retirement village is scheduled to finish in August this year and will offer 35 living units to house a total of 60 residents. Builder of the facility, Gallacher Pty Ltd has developed a range of construction projects over many years including new-build, multi-story, commercial and office projects, high density residential projects, hospitals and aged care facilities, civil projects, infrastructure and luxury homes. No stranger to retirement village construction, the company has already been recognised for its expertise in retirement villages by Master Builders Australia with an award in 2007 for its retirement village project in Port Kennedy. More recently the company was acknowledged by the Urban Development Institute of Australia for another seniors living project. As part of building the final stages, Gallacher created an additional 12 independent living units and eight apartments. The independent living units, designed by Tony Casella of Casella and Associates Architects, are well appointed with large, open-planned living and dining areas, a compact pergola at the rear and a small courtyard to the front of the properties or a terraced balcony for the apartments. The units have been designed to promote a sense of community with metal-slatted fences that don’t completely isolate residents from neighbouring properties. As the majority of in-ground and civil works had already been completed as part of stage one construction, the builder set to work on what was quite a sloping parcel of land with a series of retaining walls. The retaining walls were established on the elevated site to provide a significant proportion of unit owners with scenic views. It also allowed for a much more efficient use of the available land. According to Gallacher’s project manager, Jake Sanders the builder was required to use an alternative access road during construction. “We could not use the main entrance into the village to gain access to the stage two development because the client was very aware of the possible disturbance to the existing residents,” he said.


“We had to create another access road off Baron Hay Court, to do this it meant delaying the start of two of the units until very late in the piece. “This kept trucks and trade vehicles off the stage one roads, but added considerable time to the programme.” He said the layout of the site utilised every square inch of land. “It was a very tight build, it wasn’t a great big parcel of land to start with and the architect has done very well to get twenty new units on here while still maintaining a feeling of openness with lots of room,” he said. “The use of different levels compliments the natural lay of the land and helps to give each unit its own unique space. “This isn’t your average village, it’s more like a series of modern town houses. “However when building in such confined spaces you always hit a few snags along the way, and there have certainly been some on-the-fly design changes to make everything work and the architect has been great in this regard.” The units are brick rendered with Colourbond roofs, offering double and single-garage combinations, easy access and individual landscaping. All the units, including the apartment-style are available with two bedrooms or two bedrooms with a study. The builder has achieved a modern, streamlined look to all the units with the use of neutral colour schemes, stainless steel appliances,

wide benches in the kitchen and porcelain-rectified tiles throughout. The bedrooms also include built in wardrobes with semi-ensuite bathroom and many have two toilets with a powder room. Best-practice sound attenuation principles have been applied in the apartment complex to ensure sound transfer has been dramatically reduced. Insulated dropped ceilings in the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen areas limit sound transfer between the upstairs and downstairs apartments. Mr Sanders said the carpeted areas were not as much of a concern as the tiled areas. “The client was concerned about noise transfer from the tiled areas to the apartments directly below so the dropped ceiling, insulation and acoustic under floor matting provided a good solution to that,” he said “We also used acoustic bricks to all ducts and double-lagged the pipe work. “ The exterior of each unit is complemented with limestone piers that have been completed with black steel metal infill panels to create an open tubular metal fence. About 50 per cent of the final 20 units, which range in size from 91sqm to 110sqm, have already been sold off the plan and Seniors Own Real Estate managing director, Mike Graebner said the remaining units were expected to sell quickly.


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“They represent very good value for the location with a price range from $410,000 to $565,000,” Mr Graebner said. He said no stone has been left unturned in ensuring some of the best security technology in the village. Owners can expect heavy duty Amplimesh Clearview aluminium security screen doors on all front doors, monitored intruder alarms to each villa and security gates to control access to the village at night time. Residents can also control visitor access after hours through their phone line. The village has an integrated emergency system monitored by INS LifeGuard, which provides a response in the event of a medical emergency or warning of intruders or a fire. INS Lifeguard operators responding to calls are medically trained and are in a good position to make the best assessment of the medical emergency. Along with its emergency measures, the INS LifeGuard system includes a chat line for those who are lonely or feel socially isolated as well as a health information line that residents and their families can call for support. All homes are now legally required to fit smoke detectors and Alexandra Village goes one step further with its 24 hour smoke alarm monitoring system. The village is in the heart of Kensington – a short distance from the city and close to Como, South Perth and Victoria Park. Residents have access to a clubhouse that offers a range of facilities including a lounge, a café, a bar, a library, computer stations, a widescreen television, a sound system, a pool table and an alfresco terrace. The clubhouse provides a pivotal point of interest that enables residents to enjoy their homes while also accessing a range of activities in a safe, modern environment. BC Gallacher Pty Ltd: (08) 9443 3566,

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Creating a homely environment in the harsh outback // words rhonda malkin // images margaret bertling





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An unassuming builder set in the back blocks of Belmont is helping to redefine life in the Pilbara with a nine storey apartment and commercial complex set in the red dirt of Karratha. In a bold move that dwarfs all other buildings in the town and the region, Pelago Apartments Karratha is offering an accommodation option that has never been attempted before. Together with developer Finbar Group, Hanssen Pty Ltd has built a complex that attempts to solve some of the crippling accommodation problems that beset the Pilbara region. The duo is more than half way through helping to carve a new future for the mining town that will eventually see Karratha transform into a super city not unlike Dubai. And according to Hanssen general manager Clive Bradshaw, this type of development is the only way of getting accommodation right in the area. “Accommodation issues will continue to be a problem within the Pilbara unless this sort of project is built… if they want to do it right,” Mr Bradshaw said. “There are a lot of government workers and support workers in the Pilbara and (they) can’t get housing accommodation and this is an opportunity for those people to get into something a bit cheaper. “The maximum height in the area was two storeys and this is nine storeys so there is nothing even close.” The short term and long term effects on workers and their families through fly in fly out lifestyles is a problem that is emerging and is now being tackled head-on. So creating a homely environment in the harsh outback of the Pilbara is an option that has to be considered. Pelago Apartments is leading the charge for a new lock-up-and-leave


The short term and long term effects on workers and their families through fly in fly out lifestyles is a problem that is emerging and is now being tackled head-on.

accommodation lifestyle in Karratha that is expected to supersede the traditional four bedroom, two bathroom home development on a quarter acre. Mr Bradshaw said many people would see the benefits of a simple accommodation option eventually outweighing traditional house developments. “Why not live in a self contained facility that has all the infrastructure there…a gym, a pool, totally secured from cyclones and lock up and go away…why would you do anything else,” he said. Eventually housing 300 families, the complex is about three minutes walking distance to centre of town and about one kilometre from Nickol Bay where a planned new $1.7 billion super city will be located. Now in its second stage of development, the $225 million Pelago Apartments on the corner of Sharpe Avenue and Warambie Road, will offer 292 residential apartments and 22 commercial lots. The second stage will include two towers

on 7,587sqm that will be linked by a large terraced area and children’s playground. The interior layout of the second stage apartment, commercial units and penthouses will be identical to the first stage development, Pelago West. This initial development, which The Builders Choice Magazine featured in the December 2011 issue, has already been completed. The second stage development, Pelago East will be a larger complex of 185 apartments and 14 commercial units as it is on a larger footprint. The commercial units will range in size from 80sqm to 240sqm while the apartments will be from 52sqm to 106sqm. In order to eliminate dust and reduce condensation, the complex is air-conditioned at low levels 24-hours-a-day. Hanssen also took on the mammoth task of making doors and windows that can open and operate in one of the highest wind-load rated areas in the world. Mr Bradshaw said no one in the world had manufactured

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Pelago Apartments Karratha is offering an accommodation option that has never been attempted before.

windows and doors that could be used for a residential complex that could also withstand the high wind load ratings of Karratha. With this in mind, the company decided to manufacture their own custom made range of windows and doors with the assistance of Capral Aluminium. But this was not an easy process as the products had to be tested in Melbourne before being used on site. “We could not find anywhere in the world with a similar sort of loading on open-able windows…the windows in the high towers of the middle east are sealed shut, none of them open so its when you want to offer windows that open up that the engineering has to change,” Mr Bradshaw said. “They are a home unit (so) you have to have opening windows and sliding doors to the balconies. We had to go through the whole design. We made all our own windows for the job and we knew that from the beginning. “The glazing was interesting as Karratha’s loading conditions are some of the worst in the world for cyclones so the entire window design had to be fully tested in Melbourne. The glass is doubled glazed with a 1.52mm laminate between two four millimetre sheets of glass.” And the windows and doors weren’t the only items manufactured in-house by Hanssen. All the bubble deck floor slabs and concrete walls were pre cast at Hanssen’s production plant in Belmont and trucked up to Karratha. The company also has access to every type of tradesperson whenever they are needed due to its policy of employing

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everyone in house. Mr Bradshaw said Hanssen would complete Pelago East in 18 months all due to this policy of doing very little sub contract work. “We can build quicker and cheaper than any other builder in Western Australia purely because we employ everyone we need in house and we manufacture all the precast supplies ourselves in Perth…you have to get the logistics right,” he said. And Hanssen is also pushing for a café style strip that will cut through Pelago East and West on Sharpe Avenue and could also possibly create a new entertainment hub for the town. Mr Bradshaw said there was currently nowhere for families in Karratha to go out to at night. “There will be a good selection of restaurants, cafes and alfresco areas for people to enjoy in the Pelago Apartments but there is a big opportunity for a coffee hub or mall development along Sharpe Avenue,” Mr Bradshaw said. “At the moment if you want a coffee you have to go into the shopping mall and if you want to go out then you have to go to one of the pubs, which are not exactly family oriented.” The completion of the Pelago Apartments in Karratha will signal the beginning of a new lifestyle and accommodation option that is expected to appeal to fly in fly out workers who are looking for opportunities to relocate their families. BC Finbar: (08) 6211 3300, Hanssen Pty Ltd: (08) 6218 3800


Not just an ordinary house // words rhionagh rowley




Born and bred in Western Australia, David Brewer had always dreamt of becoming a successful carpenter. Today he is managing director of Edward Brewer Homes, which is based in Waikiki, Rockingham. After starting as a pre-apprentice carpenter and joiner in 1986 he has always pushed himself to be better than anyone else in his chosen field. “By the end of my carpentry career, I was second-to-none for speed of service and workmanship at an affordable price,” Mr Brewer said. “My most challenging project to date has been building this company from the ground up and the vision I now have for my life as a builder… to share with everyone around me my passion for life and business.” He is a self-confessed advocate of development. “As a builder, my favourite project is building every one of my client’s dreams into reality,” he said. “My goal is to bring my hands-on-skills and knowledge of building Perth’s homes over the last three decades to other builders. “Combined with my endless drive for excellence, service and workmanship at a competitive price to the big builders of Perth.”


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David explained four interlocking cornerstones of development were required to create the perfect build, being purchase, planning, design and construction. “It gives me a buzz to see clients make the effort in all categories to build their biggest and best investment,” he said. “Not much can go wrong if all four disciplines are considered by our clients before building. If we have the opportunity to meet our clients before they purchase land, we can often prevent them from purchasing the wrong block to begin with, which helps the next three disciplines to happen for the best possible result.” David takes intense interest in all his client’s ideas and assists in the design of all his homes to produce practical, liveable home’s. “I personally view every home I build on a regular basis to ensure all aspects of our clients homes are as per my expectations and meet the Building Codes of Australia rules,” he explained. The custom built 400sqm home at Appaloosa Drive in Baldivis has been acknowledged with a Silver Trowel Award. The award recognises the high quality of workmanship

carried out by the best bricklayer in the Perth metropolitan area. In addition, the home was also a finalist for the 2012 Bankwest Master Builder Housing Excellence Awards. This home is all about spaces, eating spaces, cooking spaces, dining spaces, living spaces, entertaining spaces and relaxing spaces. The one-storey build is constructed out of Brikmakers limestone brickwork and was insulated by Thermosealed batts. The front of the house is dissected by the elongated porch that is enveloped by the garage on it’s left and two front bedrooms on the right. These front two bedrooms are illuminated through four long, generous sized windows. The alfresco area at the back of the house mimics the front symmetrically, with the double sliding doors in the middle allowing movement from the open-plan living area to the back yard. An informal outdoor eating area to the left of these doors allows barbecued summer meals to be eaten in the balmy air. To the right is an area perfect for lounging the warm summer days away and for relaxing after a meal. The alfresco area is paved with architectural concrete while the walls are


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left the same natural brick colour as the rest of the exterior of the house. Ceiling fans allow a breeze to pass through the area when the temperatures start to climb, whilst recessed lighting illuminate pivotal areas when the sun goes down. The open-plan kitchen boasts a generous breakfast bar that can seat four people, perfect for breakfast on the go or easy conversation with the chef in the kitchen. The connected living and dining areas allow for free flow of air through the room and gives a sense of security and togetherness. The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms each carpeted in a corn husk Redbook carpet, style habitat colour husk. Each room is fitted with ducted air conditioning. The build is also constructed with many carbon neutral products designed to reduce the homes carbon footprint. David said working with eco-friendly products was very important to him and his company. “I love working with these energy efficient and carbon neutral products, however it does take a bold client to want to put money into their own home in fear of not getting a reasonable resale on investment,” he said. “Our clients who take this risk in designing something different I have never seen go wrong and have done very well with their homes.” BC Edward Brewer Homes: (08) 6364 0248,

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Country comfort

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A beautiful big family home in Bridgetown is the latest eye catching project from multiple award-winning building company Karamfiles Builders. Manjimup-based Karamfiles Builders, a third-generation family owned company, has been building high quality dwellings in the South West since 1948 when it was formed as Karamfiles Brothers. Today it’s led by registered builder Sam Karamfiles and his co-director, wife Franzine, and employs 12 staff. For this home the clients wanted an open plan living design and for the 433sqm timber-framed two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with wrap-around verandahs to blend in with its surroundings. Situated on a 4452sqm block in the Bridgetown Gardens private estate the home enjoys magnificent 360 degree views of the Bridgetown hills. “The home was built for a mature couple with very specific design requirements,” Ms Karamfiles said. “They came to Karamfiles Builders with ideas, pictures and specifications of their needs and wants. The design of the home was developed in conjunction between the clients and Sam Karamfiles then we used a subcontract drafting service (Wayne Densley of Three Sixty Degrees) to compile working drawings. “The clients chose all of their fixtures and fittings personally and worked with Sam to incorporate these items into their ideal home. “They invested in top quality plumbing fixtures and stayed true to a lovely neutral colour scheme throughout the home with accents on their tiling, soft furnishings, floor and window treatments.



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“The exterior of the home is also very tasteful with the Hardies Scyon Linear cladding painted a soft grey with white trims, windows and doors. “The overall effect is very pleasing and suits the country environment in which the house sits.” She said Karamfiles Builders had to ensure the home, which took less than 12 months to complete, met the required energy rating and insulation standards for a zone six rated area. “By utilising clever design and good quality products we achieve the energy efficiency requirement in all of the houses we build, in particular we use R4.0 Batts in the ceiling with Anticon roof lining and R2.0 Batts to the external wall cavities. The clients also chose to install a solar hot water system,” she said. The home was a top-three finalist in the Master Builders Association of WA 2012 South West Housing Excellent Awards. “The home was in the very competitive Contract Homes $450,001 - $500,000 category…the Master Builders awards recognise outstanding quality of workmanship in the building industry, so we are proud to achieve such a good result,” Ms Karamfiles said. “We were also awarded the Employer-Trainer of the Year 2012 and Best Customer Service Award. The Customer Service Award is one that we are most proud of because the judges canvas our clients and compare the responses to those received on behalf of the other builders in the South West region.” For Karamfiles Builders, the scores of the awards they have received over the past decade are testament not only to the high quality of their workmanship but also its commitment to delivering the highest standard of service to their rural clientele. And their business has been recognised at the national level, with Franzine taking out the prestigious HIA Australian Business Partner of the Year award, presented in Cairns last month. As with any business though, Ms Karamfiles said it was the feedback from the customer, which was often the most satisfying. “The clients are extremely pleased with the finished result and sent a lovely thank you card at the completion of the project. We promote open communications with our clients and encourage them to contact us directly with their queries or comments,” Ms Karamfiles said. “I believe this assists with building positive relationships with our clients and helps to promote satisfaction and an open sense of communication throughout the build time of the project. As a consequence, we often remain in contact with our clients after the completion of their projects and in many occasions they return for future work.” BC Karamfiles Builders: (08) 9777 1900

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Cnr Hunter & Farrell ST PO Box 546 BROOME WA 6725 Phone: 08 9192 1467 Fax: 08 9193 5197 ABN: 13 097 008 243

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Prominent builder Parnall has cemented a lasting role in the North West’s sporting DNA with the completion of a spectacular new pavilion at Broome’s Recreation and Aquatic Centre (BRAC). The steel-framed building, which not only gives the area’s sports clubs a superb, multi-function facility, also marks the first time Colorbond Coolmax roofing has been used in Western Australia, according to Parnall managing director Iain Edmondson. Coolmax is a product of BlueScope Steel and, according to the manufacturer, delivers a greatly enhanced thermal performance. “Specifying Colorbond Coolmax steel over lower solar reflectance roofing materials may help mitigate the impact of Urban Heat Islands(UHI). Elevated temperatures from UHI, particularly during summer, can affect a community’s environment and quality of life,” said a BlueScope spokesperson. Funded by Broome Shire, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Country Local Government Fund Royalties for Regions program, the $2 million facility was designed by Site Architecture and christened the Glenn and Pat Medlend Pavilion after a prominent local couple. The building features four change rooms (which can be opened up into two larger change rooms), a canteen, a store room, a meeting room and a covered outdoor area. It is also adjacent to two full-size football fields, one of which is floodlit to television broadcast standard. “The community thinks the building is great, (it) was overdue for a facility like this,” said Mr Edmondson. The pavilion is already used by many local clubs and from July 16 to 20 will be the base for the AFL Masters Broome Carnival, an Australian Rules Football tournament for players 35 and over, which is expected to draw teams from all over WA. Parnall, which has an office in Broome, isn’t resting on its laurels though and has more work lined up in the town. “We’ve just signed $2.5million contracts with Yawuru people (Pat Dodson) to build their new office on Reid Road in Broome… we recently had a smoking ceremony where the site was cleansed by the elders. “We’ll also soon start on the extension and refurbishment of the Westpac Bank in Broome,” says Mr Edmondson. BC Parnall: (08) 9192 3811,

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up close + personal with


// interviewed by norman burns

How did you get into the building industry and can you give readers a brief rundown of where you’ve worked? I started in the industry in the mid 1980s as a builder’s labourer. I also worked as a plasterer and in a precast concrete yard and loved it. I continued to work part time in the industry while I completed a degree in civil engineering as a mature age student. I graduated in 1991. Since then I have managed Metaltech, which is a structural steel fabrication business, I have worked on the west coast of Tasmania managing a branch of Matthews Constructions focusing on servicing the needs of the local mining industry, above and below ground. In addition I have worked as project manager for Contract Control Construction, then as an estimator for Parnall. I bought Parnall in 2003 together with my identical twin brother James. James is an electrical engineer who prior to buying Parnall with me, spent 15 years in the electrical contracting game. He worked for some big names such as Nilsen, Colby and others and did troubleshooting for projects in Thailand, China, America and New Zealand. Parnall has been involved in the building trade over east for many years. What made the company expand into Western Australia, in particular to set up a Broome base? James and I visited Broome in March 2008 and loved the place, after that things just started to fall into place. Our estimator in the Gippsland office indicated that he wanted a new challenge so he moved to Broome in January 2009 and has been kicking goals ever since. The tropical environment is obviously very different to that of Victoria. How challenging is the environment to work in compared to a cooler climate? It is very challenging for the guys on site. The heat and humidity can be oppressive. The heat makes people go mad, this is the biggest challenge. Although working with mad people can be a bit of fun. The Global Financial Crisis had an enormous impact on building. How did Parnall navigate through the crisis and what strengths does the company have if a similar meltdown occurs? The GFC is still having an enormous impact on the building industry. The initial stimulus packages were very timely…we were lucky to pick up bit of work in the Catholic school sector, which

assisted us greatly. Parnall is lucky to be small enough to adapt to change quickly but big enough to have the resources to diversify when needed.

What has been the most challenging project you or Parnall has been involved with and why? We are currently involved in supplying waste treatment plant buildings to Davis and Casey Stations in Antarctica. This has been a challenging contract because we have had to get our head around the very specific requirements of building in sub-zero temperatures, non-conventional erection and building techniques on a different continent with a delivery timetable that is immovable. If we miss (the supply ship) Aurora Australis later in the year the construction program gets delayed by a year. My previous big challenges of building underground now look easy. Is Parnall looking at/or working with anyone involved in cutting-edge materials for the building industry? We recently completed a project in Broome for the local council, called the Broome Recreation and Amenities Pavilion, where we used a new product to Western Australia called Coolmax. It was the first time this product was used in WA. Coolmax is a new high-tech roofing material designed to reduce a building’s cooling needs. (For details, see What do you see as the most important challenge facing the industry in the next decade? Sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental issues are without doubt the most important challenges facing the industry. How important is it for an interstate company to build local relationships, i.e. within the Broome area? It’s important for any company to build relationships with their suppliers, subcontractors and clients. Starting in a new area requires extra effort and a genuine commitment to get involved. I think most people have been very accepting once they realise that regardless of what happens you are committed to providing a quality product and treating people along the way with respect and fairness. What three words would you use to describe yourself? Optimistic, hardworking, professional.

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Specialising in Timber Framed houses, Roger Martin and his team are helping fire victims claim back their homes. Starting from humble beginnings in the building industry in 1988, Roger is now the Managing Director of Parklyn Constructions that has been in operation for over 17 years. Roger began his career as a draughtsman before moving on to site supervision. He explained that he founded Parklyn Constructions through a desire to design and build individual and unique homes. “We started off building brick and tile homes and now we specialise in building framed houses in the Hills,” Roger said. “We have constructed homes ranging from a couple of metres off the ground, to about 10 metres high.” Roger describes the biggest challenge in recent times has been the new Energy Efficient rules, something he is looking forward to incorporate more into his designs. He is excited to work with the new products that are coming onto the market that help meet and improve these Energy Standards. Roger always loves to be challenged with his client’s home designs. “The most challenging project we ever did was a build in Opal Way in Mt Nasura, the floor was 8.5 metres off the ground and the block was very rocky and steep with very limited access,” Roger said. There have been many changes in Perth’s construction industry that have affected building companies, Roger explains that the move towards eco-friendly and sustainable building is in Perth’s future. “Energy Efficiency changes as well as new rules for building in bush fire prone areas have been the most influential on our business. They have forced us to seek out new materials and methods of construction that meet these standards, while still offering cost efficiency for our clients,” Roger said. Parklyn’s most recent completed project is a south-facing 302sqm house situated on a monstrous 5769sqm block. Being located on a rocky incline, the block had to be cut to different levels for construction to be carried out, as well as to provide driveway access around the house.


Once inside, the house is very spacious and airy. The expanse of polished Tasmanian Oak timber floor that covers the majority of living areas echos the timber framed walls, some of which directly bear on the concrete slab and others that come off the timber suspended floor. The residence blends very well into it’s surroundings, helped by the use of natural materials used in features such as the raked ceiling, constructed with Pine match lining in the main living area. On the top floor, the open-plan living and dining areas are dominated by a floor to ceiling stone look fireplace, lit up at nights by feature lighting. The kitchen seamlessly blends country kitchen, with it’s wooden, beveled doors, and sleek modernity. The granite work-surfaces are peppered with functional stainless steel appliances. Standing at the sink, one can look out the multitudes of windows at lush tree-tops in the distance. The wooden framed balcony and decking are mirrored by the dressed cedar cladding that surrounds the south-side of the house. Featured lighting beats down throughout the balcony area, making it the perfect area for night-time entertaining or to simply enjoy the homely character of the house. The extensive electrical plan was designed by the owner to ensure that correct spot and feature lighting was installed. The house is very well insulated, using insulation in the ceiling, in all internal and external walls and under the floor of the living areas. The plumbing is connected to a septic system with leach drains. Roger and his company are currently working on a second project in Anderson Place, Kelmscott that comes with a very interesting story. Their client is a lady named June Lewis. June and her partner, Harry Fraser, lost their home of a decade and a half to the Kelmscott-Roleystone fires last year. Having no where to go, Ms Lewis and Mr Fraser have spent the time since their home burnt down living in her daughter’s sitting room. Her second

daughter is now generously helping the couple with the rebuild, after not receiving as much as they thought they would from the insurance company. “We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for them because we have done a lot of work in that immediate area and understand how hard it can be,” Roger said. The rebuild has only just begun on this 2023sqm block. “The building is still in it’s infant days, the construction was held up due to redesign of plans but the posts are up and we will be starting on the house soon,” Roger said. The proposed house will be a south-west facing, 400sqm construction, orientated as such to work with the contours of the block and to maximise the surrounding views. The block underwent extensive cut and fill with stone pitch retaining walls installed to allow construction. “Due to the existing fire damage to the block, there were asbestos issues with the previous house. The remaining damaged asbestos was taken away by the Shire of Armadale as part of the services they offered the fire victims,” explains Roger. The foundations of the build are concrete footings which house steel poles, some as high as 6.5metres. The flooring will be a suspended timber floor, made of structural chipboard. The walls will be timber framed, with Hardies Primeline cladding externally and gyprock internally. The main living area will consist of raised ceilings that will be installed in the main living areas of the house. Roger and his team are very proud and excited to have been chosen to rebuild Ms Lewis’s home. “The house that we have designed in conjunction with June and Harry, coupled with the site and incorporating the views, will make this one of the most exciting and rewarding homes we have built,” he concluded. BC Parklyn: (08) 9354 1045,

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Hard economic times lead many to home theatre systems // words rhonda malkin

With the effects of the global economic crisis looming many people are looking at new ways to keep money in their pocket while also being able to make the most of all the entertainment options they enjoy. Those with small to medium sized families are beginning to look seriously at the benefits of a home theatre system especially with a visit to a sporting event or movie becoming increasingly expensive. Indeed the cost of tickets and snacks for a family of four can cost $100 or more each time. So many people are considering installing the home theatre system as a way of ensuring a weeks worth of entertainment while also adding value to the home. An initial investment of $2,000 will buy all the essentials or a simple upgrade to expand existing home entertainment options can prove very cost effective. A range of inexpensive and mid-range options can provide good value and performance, and can involve just a television with a modest sound system. Other options include a sophisticated custom-built system with a video projector, in-wall speakers and home theatre seating. There are a few basic things to consider for those who are new to home entertainment systems. The first thing to consider is the size of the viewing image and the amount of time that will be devoted to watching television or movies, listening to music or playing video games. The second thing to consider is whether the internet will be incorporated into the home theatre system. A home theatre-in-a-box or sound bar system can be a good option for those who are working in a small room or don’t have time to set up an elaborate system. Home theatre-in-a-box systems can be very affordable and contain most of the components needed for immediate set up like speakers, a surround receiver and a DVD or Blue-ray disc player. A sound bar creates a wider surround-like field from a single speaker cabinet, which can be placed above or below a

television and often includes internal amplifiers and a CD/DVD or Blu-ray disc player. Sound bars also save a lot of space and for a modest home theatre system also eliminates the need for additional surround speakers. The additional cost of accessories also needs to be considered in the overall figures. Items like cables, wires, a universal remote control and surge protectors also need to be fitted. Consider also the long range costs of using a home theatre system like the price of buying discs, cable and satellite fees, pay-per-view costs and video project lamp replacement. Utilising what is already available in the home and taking into consideration the type of home theatre system that will eventually take shape is also important. This can include considering the type of display device, the sources of entertainment, equipment racks or cabinetry and seating. Although most people covet the idea of having the biggest television in the neighbourhood, a good 37inch to 42 inch flat panel television will provide a high level viewing experience for most average-sized living rooms. An upscaling dvd player takes advantage of existing HDTV capabilities and the discs are often a lot less expensive than Blu-ray discs, which are usually $5 to $10 more per movie. Good speakers are also a must-have item in any good home theatre system but if money is tight then a conventional stereo-only system can fill the gap. While it will not provide the ultimate home theatre experience it will generate a higher quality audio option than just listening to the limited capabilities of built-in speakers on a television. When funds do become available for loudspeakers it is important to listen to the product before purchasing. Each component can be fitted into a home theatre system as time and money permit. This means assembling an inexpensive home theatre system that provides hours of economical entertainment will remain a viable option for many people. BC

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LandCorp has experienced strong sales since the launch of its Waranyjarri Estate Display Village at Broome North at the end of April. For the first time, Kimberley home buyers have easy access to the latest in housing designs and products, with the eight new display homes specially designed for the Broome climate and lifestyle. LandCorp’s Kimberley regional manager Paul Ferrante said there had been a significant spike in sales following the display village launch. “The event provided the opportunity for the eight local and metropolitan builders to demonstrate value for money homes designed specifically for the Broome climate, drawing in new purchasers,” Mr Ferrante said. “Purchasers now have the opportunity to visit the display homes and see first-hand some innovative solutions to climate responsiveness and energy efficiency.” Launched at a free family street festival on 28 April 2012, the eight display homes were built by Brolga Developments, Colin Wilkinson Developments, North West Property (formally Australian Eco Construction), William Homes, H&M Tracey, Niche Q, Maxima Homes (formally BGC Modular) and Summit North West. About 3,000 locals headed out to the estate on the opening day to enjoy the sunshine and the afternoon’s free festivities, food and entertainment. Families pushing prams and mums and dads with arms full of babies and brochures greeted friends and compared notes on the different homes. Lines quickly formed outside the eight homes, with visitors keen to see what was on offer and talk to the builders and consultants. Summit North West General Manager Brett Garrett said the community day was an overwhelming success, with many people coming back to visit the home the next day. “The street event was beyond what we all expected - a great launch,” he said. “The following day we held the display home open for an extra three hours as groups kept pulling up for a look.” At the community event Parliamentary Secretary to Brendon Grylls, Wendy Duncan MLC, said Waranyjarri was a great collaboration between LandCorp, the Shire of Broome and traditional owners. “I’m very proud to be part of the launch of Waranyjarri, which is a fantastic entry statement to Broome North,” she said. “Today we are not only launching Waranyjarri, we are celebrating the

THE BUILDERS CHOICE residential – waranyjarri estate new future of Broome, where we have land available and the opportunity to purchase house and land at affordable prices.” Shire of Broome President Graeme Campbell said the display village was a wonderful thing for Broome. “It’s fantastic to be able to see the homes and inspect them,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Broome, and a big part of our future. “It’s obvious from the crowds that there has been a real desire to have something like this, to be able to see what builders can offer.”

Waranyjarri Estate Named from the traditional Yawuru language meaning ‘the first’, Waranyjarri Estate is the first stage of Broome North. Plans for Waranyjarri Estate include a primary school, local commercial centre, network of walking and cycle paths and linked public open spaces . Waranyjarri Estate has placed a significant amount of land on the market which will encourage competition and help normalise the real estate market and alleviate pressure on rentals by providing more land for a wide variety of housing types. To support the launch of the village, 28 single residential lots from Stage 5 have been released. The lots range in size from 578sqm to 913sqm and start from $185,000. With house and land packages starting at about $460,000, the village is aimed at promoting quality affordable housing. To date, single residential, house and land, duplex and grouped housing lots have been released in Stages 1 to 4 and limited lots remain. In Stages 6 and 7, 39 single residential lots have also been released. These home sites are conveniently located near the

future local centre, primary school, public open space and native botanical park. Construction of Stage 8 of the estate has recently commenced, with land planned to be released to market later this year.

Broome North Designed to cater for future demand for land in the popular North West town, LandCorp’s Broome North will double the size of Broome and will be home to around 13,000 people when fully developed. Covering 700 hectares, the development will provide the majority of land needed for residential, light industrial, tourism and commercial opportunities for the medium to long term. LandCorp’s Kimberley regional manager Paul Ferrante said LandCorp had worked closely with the Broome Shire and local indigenous people to ensure the estate was developed sustainably and in sympathy with the environment. “We sat down with local traditional owners and asked them to tell us about their country,” Mr Ferrante said. “They taught us things we have directly incorporated into the estate like putting the plants back that were here before, retaining the significant trees, and designing drainage systems that didn’t leave a scar on the land or dump sediment into Roebuck Bay.” Planned recreational amenities include a botanical garden with native species, a youth park near the local centre and a series of walking and cycling tracks linking the various smaller local parks. It is anticipated the Broome North development will yield between 3,000 to 5,000 homes over the next ten years. For more information on Broome North visit www.landcorp. BC Landcorp: (08) 9482 7499,

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Prince Regent // words australian eco constructions // images brad durack

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Australian Eco Constructions is a multi award winning industry leader in building quality, sustainable living systems and work places suited to the unique climate of WA’s North West. We can help with a range of residential and commercial building projects including new home designs, house and land packages and commercial building projects including tourism developments in Broome and throughout north-west Australia. Since 1985, Eco Constructions have been combining our own team’s expertise with the experience of local trade partners who best understand the region’s challenging operating environment. This focused approach has earned Australian Eco Constructions a credible and unrivalled reputation for creating innovative, cost-efficient, quality turn-key construction solutions for both small and large scale, residential, commercial and tourism projects. At Broome’s Waranyjarri Display Village, our Prince Regent Display home is the chic home design of the future - a smart, sustainable approach to living. You can build the ‘Prince’ to start with (1 bedroom/1 bathroom) and as your finances and family grow, you can add on the ‘Regent’ (2 bedroom/1 bathroom). It’s the ultimate in flexibility. And it achieves all this without compromising on comfort, space and the seamless integration of the indoor and outdoor worlds that is so desirable in the tropics.

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The pavilion-style architecture allows for privacy and completely separate dwellings if required. Rent out one pavilion to reduce your mortgage, and then make it the kids’ quarters later down the track. Or maybe it makes the ideal guest house. The ‘Regent’ can even be configured as a 3 bedroom pavilion without sacrificing the family space. Whatever your lifestyle, the Prince Regent, with its 154.2sqm of clever floor space, is so adaptable. The extensive covered outdoor entertainment area (48.8sqm), which separates the pavilions, also enables easy flow between both abodes. A second outdoor space off the main living area offers further privacy to retreat and relax.

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Spacious, open-plan living, large bedrooms and a fluid indoor/outdoor connection make the Prince Regent the perfect solution to growing your ‘pad’ slowly and sustainably. Eco Constructions offer a range of designs encompassing first home buyer, investor and executive standard homes. We have 3 bed / 2 bath homes with double carports starting at just $269,995! Visit our website to view the full range. BC Australian Eco Constructions: (08) 9193 8088, www.

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The Breezeway // words brolga developments & construction // images brad durack

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Brolga Developments & Construction (Brolga) is a Broome based builder. Director, Dene Purdon, established the business in 2001 and since then, has been involved in over two hundred building projects in Broome and the Kimberley region in almost all genres of building from ablution blocks in conservation parks, to hospital facilities, to luxury homes and most things in between. Brolga is a custom home builder boasting an in-house Design and Drafting team, which put simply means they can design and build basically any home for you. All of Brolga’s buildings are designed specifically for the Kimberley’s warmer climate, and include many unique features ideal for Broome’s easy style of living. Their award winning plans incorporate spacious rooms with open plan living emphasising entertaining areas. This is no better demonstrated than in their recently completed display home situated in Broome North’s Waranyjarri Estate Display Village. Located at 13 Magabala Rd, Broome North, this home has been designed by award winning architect Craig Steere from Craig Steere Architects, in collaboration with Brolga Developments & Construction to develop great Architecture in a cost effective way to develop housing solution for the Kimberley. These designs are highly functional, cost-effective and builder-friendly, incorporating methods of construction that take advantage of local trades, skills and materials. Designs are based on maximizing the flexibility and speed of construction of lightweight building methods and utilize steel-framed walls and timber truss roofs clad in corrugated iron. A strong focus was kept on the traditional concepts of shelter and shade, while the use of louvers’ and breezeways to allow cross-ventilation and airflow was of particular importance. Decking reinforces the strong

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connection between indoor and outdoor living, while vegetation and landscaping maximizes the cooling effect of green spaces. Although a custom home builder, Brolga realises that some people need a place to start so they have put together a range of pre-designed homes which can be built as is or can be varied a little or a lot to suit your requirements. Choose from their ‘Brolga Range’ which can be viewed at http://www.brolgadevelopments. or from their architectural range which can be view at http://www.brolgadevelopments. BC Brolga Developments & Construction: (08) 9381 4600, Craig Steere Architects: (08) 9380 4662,

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The Dampier


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H&M Tracey Constructions Pty Ltd Kimberley’s Best Builder is a Kimberley builder based in Broome Western Australia. Specialising in New Home Construction, Commercial, Tourism developments and House renovations in the greater Broome and Derby regions. Broome and Derby are experiencing major growth in the North West Kimberley region and H&M Tracey Construction is perfectly positioned to help with any construction needs. Kimberley’s Best Builder has been supporting the Broome and Derby communities for many decades and is the ‘sought after’ Construction Company in the North West for our innovative and sustainable Housing designs. H&M Tracey Constructions will deliver the most intricate Commercial development or a Dream Home on time and on Budget each and every time. Affordable Housing is a reality with H&M Tracey Constructions and we have a specific Affordable New Home range ideal for First Home builders or the astute investor looking to build in the North West Kimberley region including


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Broome and Derby towns. To complement our fantastic range of Affordable Housing packages we also have a beautiful and extensive range of quality New Home designs for you to create the idyllic family Home. Master Builder and HIA (Housing Industry Association) has recognised H&M Tracey Constructions as a leader in Construction, New Home, Tourism and Commercial developments with many, many outstanding and high achieving awards. H&M Tracey Constructions commitment to excellence and the community is evident by our pledge to the employment of local contractors and

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The Kadjina

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The ‘Kadjina’ by Colin Wilkinson Developments (CWD) in Magabala Road, Broome North, is another addition to a range of range of pavilion homes that the company has been building for a number of years in Broome. The company has been based in Broome since its inception in the early nineties, and with staff members and directors who have been building in Broome for more than 30 years, CWD has a special understanding of how people live and relax in this special part of the world. These pavilion designs recognise that outdoor living plays a huge part in the Broome lifestyle. One of the key factors is the use of natural ventilation, by designing each house to capture prevailing breezes. Another factor in designing these types of homes is Broome’s obvious attraction as a holiday destination. Locals often have friends and relatives come to stay - increasingly homes are being built featuring rooms to fit this need. It is with these factors in mind that CWD developed the Kadjina. The design is reflective of “Old Broome” architecture,

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featuring the use of lattice panels and fold down shutters, reminiscent of the Pearling Masters homes of the early 1900s, but incorporating the modern features required in Broome’s discerning housing market. The design features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, laid out through three pavilions, which are linked by covered timber decked verandahs and breezeways. The guest bedroom at the front of the house has an ensuite and WIR, can either be used by parents or by visitors, and features its own private deck. The spacious kitchen/dining/living pavilion is the middle wing of the home and looks out over the central courtyard, and serves directly on to the outdoor entertaining area, which includes an outdoor kitchen. The third pavilion of the home houses the

The design is reflective of Old Broome architecture, featuring the use of lattice panels and fold down shutters, reminiscent of the Pearling Masters homes of the early 1900s.

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remaining three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a computer nook. The resort type layout of the home is complemented by the quality of the finishes and fixtures used, from the mix of external cladding materials and the provision of privacy gates and screens at the front and rear of the home, to the internal features of high grade tapware, kitchen appliances, and cupboard finishes. As a local builder of high quality yet affordable homes, CWD are proud of this new addition to Broome’s architectural vernacular. BC CWD: (08) 9193 7444,

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Williams Homes are a Broome based builder operated by Paul and Graeme Williams who both have over 20 years experience living and building in the Kimberley. During this time they have developed a vast array of plans designed to suit the Broome climate and lifestyle using the knowledge gained from being involved in the construction of over 1000 homes throughout the Northwest. Using this experience, Williams Homes developed a new four bedroom, two bathroom home to use as their display showpiece for the new Waranyjarri Estate in Broome North. Named after the iconic Broome landmark, ‘The Gantheaume’ is an open plan home designed to meet the needs of a growing family whilst taking advantage of the benefits of living in Broome’s climate. Working with the estate’s design guidelines the house was developed to suit smaller lots whilst still accessing the prevailing cooling breezes and accommodating Broome’s renowned indoor / outdoor lifestyle. With this in mind the outstanding feature of the home is a large living area

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incorporating the kitchen as the central hub that opens out to a timber decked alfresco area through two large aluminium bifold doors separated by a feature stone clad column. The stone cladding is also a distinctive feature of the front entry as visitors approach the house along with an impressive tiled porch and timber decked front verandah before entering through the wide pivot style entry door. Once inside, the entry foyer features recessed cedar lined ceiling panels as you walk through to the central living area and look out to the rear yard and alfresco area. Other features include a resort style ensuite and robe to the main bedroom that regularly draws gasps of admiration from

visitors walking through the home and a well designed Kitchen with premium RockSolid Granit benchtops that is central to the family living space. The minor bedrooms are generously sized with built-in robes which is a feature common with houses built by Williams Homes. When decorating the home use was made of photos from local Yane Sotiroski and a unique painting of a Boab tree by artist Bronwyn Houston combining the uniqueness of both the Broome landscape and the design of The Gantheaume. BC Williams Homes: (08) 9193 5393

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The Progressive // words nicheQ // images brad durack

The product is a modern day development of the SIPS method of construction initiated in the USA in 1928 and extensively used around the world. Using new materials and advanced technology helped to create an energy efficient home (no less than 7.5 star energy rated) with exceptional thermal and sound attenuation characteristics. Our system is neither modular nor transportable in its final form. Each and every house is designed by Fred Zuideveld, one of Perth’s leading architects, with full flexibility to create a comfortable living space without being restricted by the rigidity and constraints of modules; and taking into consideration the house’s position on each lot and its orientation. NicheQ believes in creating sustainable communities in mining

and regional areas. We believe, based on market research that more families will move to these areas to live permanently in the future. All our houses are finished to the highest possible level, designed by leading interior designers, including designer kitchens, well finished bathrooms equipped with high standards of fixtures, fittings and tiling. NicheQ’s system is fast to install, five weeks to lock up for single storey houses and seven to eight weeks for the two storey ones. All types of finishes and colours are available to suit individual requirements. The system is designed to withstand cyclonic conditions to Region D. BC NicheQ: (08) 9483 0000,

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CMAWA – solely representing the cabinet making industry // words cabinet makers association of wa




Established in 1979 the Cabinet Makers Association of WA (CMA) is a not for profit, voluntary association established to represent the interests of cabinet makers and their customers, as well as businesses that supply the cabinet making industry. The CMA is the only West Australian industry association solely representing the cabinet making industry. Its operations are overseen by a management committee, who all have a direct connection with the industry. Currently the CMA has a membership of more than 200 cabinet making businesses together with an associate membership of more than 50 industry suppliers. CMA members cover the complete range of work undertaken in WA from bespoke furniture manufacture through to large scale commercial projects. Most of the CMA members operate primarily in the kitchen and bathroom manufacturing sector with the majority of these members operating at the retail level. Many of these businesses will work for builders and undertake small to medium size developments. The association also has a number of members, which operate solely in large commercial developments and office fit-out projects.




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Many of the problems besetting the industry are due to the fact that WA cabinet making is an unregulated trade.

Other areas covered by CMA members include working for project builders, contract shop fitting, office fit-outs and furniture manufacture. All CMA members undertake to comply with the association’s code of ethics and comply with all the standards applicable to the industry. Builders and architects are very familiar with the work that shop fitters and cabinet makers carry out and many use or have used the services of these trades on their projects. In WA alone there are in excess of 1,500 cabinet makers, carrying out a breadth of work from large scale commercial projects through to kitchen and bathroom renovations.

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Many of these businesses are good, reputable operators, but there are a significant number that produce work of questionable quality and don’t comply with the statutory requirements for the industry.

Australian Standards Another area affecting the cabinet making industry is that of Australian Standards. The CMA is attempting to address some of the workmanship issues bedevilling the industry along with a number of other parties with an interest in the area. This work is expected to update the Australian Standards applicable to the kitchen and bathroom industry. The current standards are more than 15 years old and have limited relevance to contemporary cabinet construction. For example, the use of 16mm backs for cabinets are now seen as the industry standard but a small number of businesses still use Masonite or MDF backs. Unfortunately, the Australian Standard don’t specify what sort of material should be used for carcass backs simply stating that ‘(B)acking material should be strong enough to ensure the carcass remains square’(AS/NZS 4386.1:1996, p.15). As most people would have an expectation that their cabinets would have solid backs and very few would ever seek such detailed information prior to signing a contract, the lack of clarity in the standards on this and other issues can result in unnecessary disputes. By getting together with other industry parties in WA and throughout Australia, the CMA believes that the Australian Standards can be brought up to date, providing benefit for manufacturers and consumers alike. Imported Products The trend towards offshore manufacture has been growing rapidly and the cabinet making industry in Australia has, like many other manufacturing sectors, been affected by this. Some developers and builders are taking advantage of what they perceive to be an opportunity to improve their bottom line, by purchasing or manufacturing offshore. While this may present advantages there are some pitfalls in overseas manufacture. The most notable of these is the question of whether the materials used comply with the Australian Standards. If they don’t developers could be faced with removal, replacement with compliant material and re-installation. In a development this would be a huge cost and it could be difficult to determine if your supplier or manufacturer resupply at their cost or if they would cover the cost of removal and re-installation. Another potential problem with offshore manufacturing is when the materials don’t fit, are damaged, or aren’t of the correct

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specifications. The time it takes to have the defective materials replaced could have a significant impact on the project’s viability. With local production, quality assurance checks can take place at every stage, usually ensuring that the installation occurs smoothly and within the allotted time frame.

Why you should use a CMA member Businesses which apply for CMA membership are carefully vetted in relation to their work practices and business history. In addition they are required to comply with all legislation and regulations applicable to the industry as well as the association’s code of ethics. Many of the problems besetting the industry are due to the fact that WA cabinet making is an unregulated trade, unlike plumbing, painting and electrical work. This means that an individual does not have to have a trade qualification in order to work in the industry, or to establish their own business. As such it has been and continues to be an industry sector where unskilled or semi-skilled practitioners are commonplace. This is an issue that continues to cause problems in WA and the CMA is frequently approached to provide assistance to builders and other consumers who have encountered difficulties with incompetent or fly-by-night operators. Trying to determine which business will suit your requirements can be a difficult one and making the wrong decision could cost a lot of time and money. Using a CMA member will maximise the chances of getting the job done right, at a competitive price. Importantly, in the unlikely event that something should go wrong either party is welcome to approach the CMA for advice and if necessary an inspection of the work and use of the arbitration service to try to resolve the issue. This service is free for CMA members and their customers. It includes preparation of a comprehensive report and provision of expert witnesses if the matter should require legal adjudication. Should a written report be required the inspection will be carried out by a qualified, experienced cabinet maker and the report will address the issue/s in dispute. If problems are identified the report will suggest the most appropriate ways in which they can be rectified. The CMA’s experience in most cases is that disputes arise as a result of poor communication and are usually sorted out by an arbitrated meeting between the parties. Only in a small number of disputes (less than 10 per cent) require the preparation of a written report and of these very few end up at the Building Commission or other legal avenues. The CMA also provides a dispute resolution service for work carried out by businesses that aren’t members but charges a fee for this service. The cost varies depending on the nature and complexity of the dispute. For more information on the dispute resolution service contact the CMA on the number below. The CMA has members, which have expertise in whatever field your business lies. Contacting the CMA or visiting its website at will assist in finding exactly the right business for any project. BC


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New steel forum open for sharing building smarts // words australian steel institute

Dr Peter Key – ASI national technical development manager

The forum brings real value at a time the industry needs direction and focus.

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The nation’s peak industry body, the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) launched its new online Steel Community Forum in May especially for trades people and professionals to compare notes, identify new industry opportunities and find answers to technical questions. The first of its type facility for the Australian industry was inspired by the successful online forum operated by the Canadian steel industry and has already attracted support from bodies such as Construct NZ and Engineers Australia. According to the Australian forum’s creator, ASI national technical development manager Peter Key, the new facility allows anyone in industry at large to place queries on the forum for experts visiting to respond. “The e-Forum provides an avenue for industry to find answers to specific ad hoc enquiries, especially SME contractors who may not have the resources to hire a team of technical advisers,” Dr Key said. Built on an enterprise level commercial platform, the new forum allows both private messaging directly between specific users and the ability to post events to a community calendar. “The main idea behind the forum is to facilitate a more cohesive industry community on all levels associated with Australian steel,” he said. “The design of the facility allows for numerous ways to interface meaningfully with this online community, whether by seeking technical advice, posting items for sale, event notifications or commenting on pertinent issues and industry developments. “The forum brings real value at a time the industry needs direction and focus. Even the simple ability to reach out to peers for wanted equipment can help enormously. “The networking tool has been for years highly popular with hobbyists and like mind enthusiasts, but its potential for enlivening the exchange of ideas in business is only now becoming widely adopted.” The technical area of the Forum includes sections on general design issues, steel BIM, sustainable steel, building structures, road/rail infrastructure, composite structures, connections, fire protection, steel production and supply, fabrication, erection and detailing. There is also an employment section for industry to post vacancies and job hunters to augment their search efforts. Dedicated comment sections under key issues covers local content, ensuring compliance, multilevel buildings, sustainability, fabricator competitiveness, health and safety, building information flow, workers compensation, standards and licensing. Of particular interest to smaller players in the building and construction industry would be the project collaboration area under the national section of the Forum to help provide early alerts on upcoming opportunities through online interaction. Dr Key said a key focus for the Forum initiative was to reflect the content and organisation of the ASI’s corporate website to allow more intuitive transition between platforms. “Apart from providing a convenient way for anyone in engineering, building and construction to exchange ideas, the Forum adds value to our existing website by providing a direct and easy way to comment on the wealth of technical information and industry news to be found on the website,” he said. “In these ‘user-pays’ times, the institute is pleased to launch this free initiative for anyone to access to further contribute toward project excellence in Australia, whether through better market intelligence or technical exchange.” Membership of the ASI is not required to access the forum as visitors need only register when initially accessing the facility. Visitors have available to them all forum functionalities apart from the ability to create subject threads. To access the Steel Community Forum, visit: For further details, contact ASI marketing communications manager, Alan Marshall on 02 9931 6606 or email BC

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Timber prefabrication: faster, smarter, lighter...better! // words mitek

It’s hard to ignore the substantial advantages of prefabricated timber construction.

We’ve heard them all before; the excuses: ‘you can’t teach and old dog new tricks’ – ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it;’...and a favourite: ‘that’s the way I’ve always built houses, why change?’ If builders had stuck to those three dictums 3,000 years ago, we’d all still be living in clay huts with thatched roofs...or communal caves! But they didn’t, they adopted change...even welcomed change – not for change’s sake, but because it offered something better, something smarter. Double brick homes with concrete slab floors have been around for centuries. They are solid, stable and substantial. And if you’ve got a bottomless pit of money, time on your hands and don’t mind the mess and stress during construction – they’re the obvious choice for today’s new home. However, if you want a perfectly engineered, whole-house solution, it’s hard to ignore the substantial advantages of prefabricated timber construction, especially if you’re dealing with a licensed MiTek fabricator. MiTek invented timber prefabrication over 60 years ago with the introduction of the Gang-Nail multi-toothed connector plate...and the world hasn’t looked back since. MiTek is the world leader in timber prefabrication - and timber prefabrication is the building method of choice throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa. Australia has also been quick to embrace this tried and tested system with nearly 200 licensed MiTek fabricators nationally, responsible for the bulk of new home construction throughout the country. Some might suggest timber prefabrication can’t deliver the aesthetic beauty or structural benefits of ‘the old way’ – but that simply isn’t true. Many of the grandest, award-winning homes displayed in those prestigious architectural publications you see on coffee tables are borne from timber prefabrication. So, let’s put to rest some of the fallacies. With timber prefabrication you can still have the brickwork – but only need half of there’s time and money saved there. You can still have a rigid base (and second or more floors) – without the need to build formwork and pour on-site...that’s got to be a whole lot easier and faster. And, you can still have a tiled, slate, tin or ‘other’ roof – without the need to manoeuvre and manipulate heavy, cumbersome hardwood at heights. And because the engineering associated with timber prefabrication is certified to the highest standards for

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local conditions, you know you’ll end up with a structure which won’t succumb to a little shake, rattle or roll. The engineering is tested to accommodate earth-tremor stresses. So how can you end up with virtually the same house as one built the old way...but with all the advantages of modern construction methods? Simple: with timber prefabrication you’re: ‘building smart.’ Building smart means using the best methods, the best materials...and the best engineering solutions to ensure you end up with a home you’ll be proud to have built...and / or own. How can timber prefabrication deliver all these advantages?

Let’s start from the ground up. MiTek PosiStruts are a truly customised, totally engineered flooring system which combines the versatility of timber with the strength of steel. PosiStruts have top and bottom, parallel running timber chords, joined by steel ‘V’ webs and (in some cases trim able) timber ends. Forget grinding away at solid concrete to create a channel or cutting through solid timber joists and reducing their strength. PosiStruts’ unique ‘open web’ design provides excellent access for services like: plumbing, electrical, heating & air conditioning/ ducting without the need to modify the truss. Plus, they’re

Smartwall panels – a new approach to building Quickloc Building Systems (QBS) has combined modern technology with resilient lightweight readily available materials to develop an incomparable building system called Smartwall panels, which maintains quality, cost effectiveness and simplicity. Johns Building Supplies is the only authorised supplier of the QBS Smartwall Pty panels. The panelling system has been in use in Australia for about 30 years, long before sustainability or green star ratings were ever a consideration in the construction industry. Quickloc Building Systems has modern, dust free and clean manufacturing premises to assure all products are constructed under controlled and continuously monitored conditions from material supply to product dispatch. Quickloc Building Systems offers the discerning buyer an aesthetically appealing modular building that is constructed quickly, employing minimal tradesmen and semi-skilled manpower for easy erection and assembly. Together with the James Hardie fibre cement panels the system has high insulation values and is one of the only panelling systems to comply with Building Codes Australia. Used by leading Perth builders for single and double storey projects the panelling system comprises a 90mm high density fire proof insulating core. Structural high tensile aluminium extruded sections are bonded to the panel to enhance its structural strength.

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QBS Smartwall Pty panels feature an interlocking building system that not only allows easy site construction but includes its own thermal break. The QBS system enables quick assembly with the panels simply standing up and then clipped together, also eliminating joint cracking. This also means that walls can usually be erected in as little as two days and are suitable for category - d cyclonic rated houses. Many homes in Port Hedland, Broome and Newman have already been constructed with QBS Smartwall panels. The home-buying public also seems to be ready for the QBS Smartwall Pty panels with almost 50 homes already built for the State Government housing department in Girrawheen and Bertram. The WA designed and manufactured system is expected to become a mainstream product for the building industry. Johns Building Supplies is very excited by the product as it ticks all the boxes for building construction into the future. The simple system provides a building structure that secures a lightweight wall and roof structure through to the foundation. The product is nationally and internally recognised and has Government approvals in the ACT, WA, NSW, SA and Qld. (Please refer to full page advert on page 13)

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Some might suggest timber prefabrication can’t deliver the aesthetic beauty or structural benefits of ‘the old way’ – but that simply isn’t true.

considerably lighter than concrete or solid timber joists, so handling on-site is a breeze. PosiStruts can be manufactured in lengths up to 12 metres, with a clear span to 7.9 metres. This means large, open areas can be easily accommodated. PosiStuts have also been used extensively as a ‘flat-roof’, they can even be curved! There are so many ways MiTek PosiStruts can impact upon the design and construction of a house. One creative Australian Architect has even used them as a ‘wall’ solution. What about the walls? They can be prefabricated too. Making wall frames off-site makes a lot of sense as they can be erected as soon as they are unloaded from the truck...and you don’t need a crew of body-builders to have them in-situ there and then. The old way might see double brick internal walls in place. Yes, you’d need double brick for those heavy, second storey concrete slabs... the ones you are going to wait for a week or two to dry. But if you’ve already decided to use prefabricated wall frames and MiTek PosiStruts, you’ve probably cut another fortnight off the construction time. Then there are the services! After the brick walls have gone up in comes another (unnecessary) tradesperson. They have to gouge away at the

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brickwork to create recesses for wiring and / or plumbing...or you settle for boxed-out sections in what should otherwise be: flush walls. Prefabricated walls have natural cavities to allow wiring and piping to be piped virtually at will. Imagine finishing a ‘bricked’ wall with all the services in place only to realise ‘another power point’ might be required ...’over there.’ Problem is: ‘over there’ involves tunnelling through bricks, mortar and probably, concrete! The roof! The crowning moment for timber prefabrication. Roofs have never really been a feature for the average home. Yes, Francois Mansart introduced a revolutionary roof design in the 16th century (Mansard Roof )...which took 200 years to catch on; but since then, most roof designs have been fairly unspectacular. Start at the corners – meet in the middle...not too high at the apex. Timber prefabricated roofs have changed all that; in a most dynamic way. Timber prefabricated roofs can be anything you want them to be because timber engineering has advanced so much since the introduction of the Gang-Nail (MiTek) multi-toothed connector plate. Prefabricated roofs can deliver a multitude of different solutions to the same challenge. Gone are the days when one solution was the only solution – roof

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truss timber prefabrication – especially engineered with MiTek’s extremely powerful software, delivers results never thought possible in the past. Timber roof trusses are lighter, quicker and easier to install than a traditional ‘stick’ or hardwood roof. The average timber truss roof can be erected in a day or two – stick roofs can take a week or two; at best! Plus, the skill and experience of the builder are on test to ensure the safety and engineering competency of the construction. Timber (prefabricated) trussed roofs, engineered with MiTek software give the builder and home owner peace-of-mind; knowing they have the best possible roofing solution. The Engineered Building Products MiTek makes also ensure the proper fixing and fitting of building components. To ensure builders have all the right information at hand for correct installation on-site MiTek have produced the comprehensive

MiTek GUIDE. It has fast become the builder’s bible for those keen to guarantee all construction meets or exceeds most recent loading code series of AS/NZS 1170, referred to in the BCA since 2009. In fact with a prefabricated trussed roof you can be certain that your roof complies with the latest versions of all the Australian standards relevant to housing construction. When you add up all the advantages associated with timber prefabrication and a company like MiTek, it’s hard to argue: the old way is the only way! If you want to speed up construction, improve building efficiencies and reduce on-site stress, give timber prefabrication a closer look. And - if you think ‘it can’t be done,’ think again – think timber prefabrication – think licensed MiTek fabricator. BC Mitek: (08) 6218 5945,

Pod system set to fast track two storey building construction Building homes that are eco friendly and sustainable is leading innovation in the Western Australian construction industry as many builders seek the latest energy efficient technology. One WA builder, Residential 101 have taken this philosophy to a new level by turning two story home building practices upside down and creating the states first pod system. The system allows the company to build the second floor component of a two storey home at the same time as the ground floor is being built. As soon as the second storey walls and roof is completed at WA Spantruss in Rockingham, it is then loaded onto trucks and taken to site, and craned into position. This means that the house can be built in record time, providing a huge saving in time and money for the home owner not to mention the benefits of living in a Masterwall home. One of the main components of this type of building is the Masterwall Cladding system, which is supplied and installed by Iron Design Cladding, the sole distributors in WA. Iron Design Cladding is the leader in light-weight eco construction in WA and builds homes from Esperance to Karratha. Iron Design Cladding also provides a unique lock-up service to builders and the general public. The Company has recently introduced its K Series to the WA market. This innovative product is powered by Kooltherm, which is made by Kingspan.

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Kingspan is one of Europe’s dominant forces in the insulation business with more than 20 years of history behind it. Iron Design Cladding is able to draw from its experience in bringing the product to WA. This product is fire rated with a BAL 40 rating making it an ideal wall cladding system for commercial multi-story developments and residential dwellings situated in fire prone areas. Both the Masterwall and K Series provide high thermal efficiencies that go a long way in achieving six star energy ratings and above. Iron Design Cladding has come a long way in its short history from their initial introduction to the market of second story inserts for builders such as Summit Home Improvements to cladding entire houses. Cachet Homes, with the Association of Masterwall, won The Master Builders Timber Frame Home of the Year 2011 and took on the first polystyrene-cladding development in WA for the Frazers Landing residential subdivision. Iron Design Cladding looks set to become the benchmark for the lightweight construction industry in WA with its first multi-storey commercial development using the K Series. (Please refer to full page advert on page 3)




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New protocol for structural software // words nash

Background Software is widely used in the building industry in estimating, planning, architectural design, structural design, detailing, manufacturing control and administration. In building structures, sophisticated software is increasingly relied on to analyse and design both steel and timber framed structures under the direction of trained operators who are usually not structural engineers. The Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB’s) new Protocol For Structural Software (PFSS) defines the minimum requirements for structural software used without engineering supervision to meet the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the National Construction Code (NCC). The PFSS is referenced in volumes one and two of the NCC from May 1, 2012. For certifiers, output from PFSS-compliant software can be considered as evidence of suitability under NCC Volume One – Building Code of Australia A2.2(b) and Volume Two – Housing Provisions 1.2.2(b). NASH and its members are well aware of the importance of software. The design, detailing and manufacture of steel framing components and assemblies are typically computer-controlled operations. Design software, in particular is a fundamental tool of every steel frame supplier as it is in timber and other industries. It enables rapid generation and production of structurally adequate designs together with all associated layouts, shop drawings, component schedules, installation instructions and in some cases, structural certification of the frame and truss system.

NASH supports nationally consistent requirements for all materials and aspects of building construction and was actively involved in the development of an early version of the protocol. With increasing use of software outside the direct control of the structural engineer, the protocol will help to ensure that structural software applications are reliable and the rules and procedures for their use are consistent in all parts of Australia.

Software scope and functionality To fall within the scope of the PFSS, structural software must use criteria derived from NCC Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions and reference documents, eg for steel framing, NASH Standard Part 1 or AS/NZS 4600. It must relate to the structural framing of a building or structure, such as roof trusses and be used within specific geometric limits. It must also be capable of carrying out an appropriate design to all relevant standards. Inputs to the software must be identifiable in job documentation and be self-checking to warn of inappropriate input values. Engineering criteria cannot be overridden by non-engineer users and engineer-supplied data must be clearly identified in the output. Outputs must include the name and version number of the software and state the name and edition of NCC and relevant reference documents used for design. It must state key input parameters and any installation or transport procedures that are critical to design. Output must also identify the software user including their training or approval status and be suppressed if inputs exceed software limitations. Suppliers and independent assessors To comply with the PFSS, software suppliers must have an independently verified quality assurance program validating the software’s functionality. They must prepare and maintain a Compliance Document to evidence the suitability of the software for demonstrating compliance with the NCC Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions. Software authors must be competent in the practice

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of structural engineering and training programs must be available for software users who can then be appropriately identified. An independent assessor must appraise the compliance document to ensure that the design process and software management comply with the PFSS. They must certify that the Compliance Document has been prepared in accordance with the PFSS and provide a summary of the compliance document with the appraisal report and certification.

What this means for the building industry Regardless of the materials used, builders should be able to rely on soundly engineered, well manufactured structural components in projects they build. Not all components and assemblies are produced under the direct design and supervision of a professional engineer. Systems and protocols that are transparent to the builder give confidence as to the structural performance of the products they create. The ABCB PFSS formally documents sound practice in software design, documentation and management for critical structural applications. Whilst many software packages currently in use would be able to meet the PFSS requirements with little difficulty, this needs to be verified by formal appraisal. Individual engineering certification of each job will still be required if the software falls outside the scope of the PFSS or has not been appraised in accordance with the PFSS. The ABCB PFSS may be downloaded free-of-charge from the ABCB website at . BC

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Building waterwise this winter // words government of western australia – department of water

Winter is a great time for us to be thinking about our water use in the home garden. The annual winter sprinkler ban puts the brakes on garden sprinkler systems in Perth, Mandurah and the South West but doesn’t mean we should stop working on our home gardens and upgrading our irrigation systems. Thanks to the majority of people complying, it is estimated that turning off the sprinklers last year saved an estimated 3.7 billion litres of scheme water, equivalent to 88,000 backyard swimming pools. Meanwhile, a combination of water efficiency measures, including the winter sprinkler ban, are estimated to have slashed garden bore use by around 25 per cent in the areas subject to the ban. The winter sprinkler ban applies to users of garden bores and scheme water across Perth, Mandurah and the South West, including Albany. Furthermore, certain licensed public open space bore operators have accepted similar conditions on their use in relation to, for example, schools, parks, local governments and golf courses. Currently, the ban does not affect water users outside these regions, however, watering rosters and the daytime sprinkler ban still apply to other areas of Western Australia. Generally there has been an understanding of how the winter sprinkler ban works, however, the Department of Water is aware of some confusion in regard to exemptions for installing irrigation equipment and establishing lawns. For those working in the turf, garden and landscaping industries, the ban will still allow for the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of irrigation systems. These workers are allowed to water with scheme or bore water for “the minimum extent necessary”, (recommended as up to two minutes per station), just as they would at any other time of the year for maintenance purposes. They are also allowed to water lawns, gardens or grass covered sporting grounds immediately after verti-mowing (the removal of excess thatch that collects near a lawn’s surface) or applying fertiliser or wetting agents.

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Winter is an ideal time to have your irrigation system installed or serviced by a Waterwise specialist so that it is in peak condition ready for spring. “New plants and gardens often need additional watering while being established,” Department of Water Recycling and Efficiency Manager Adrian Parker said. Groundwater licensees affected by the winter sprinkler ban are allowed to irrigate as per the conditions of their licence and may irrigate newly planted lawns and gardens for up to 28 days, in order to establish them. They do not need to apply for an exemption during the winter season. However, scheme and domestic bore users establishing new lawns and gardens must obtain approval. To register a new lawn or garden for approval, scheme water users should contact their water service provider (Water Corporation, Aqwest or Busselton Water) while domestic bore water users should contact the Department of Water for advice. People without approval who are caught flouting their watering conditions face a penalty of $100, rising to $500 if the matter goes to court. Mr Parker warns that an exemption for the winter sprinkler ban is not a licence to water as you please. “It is important not to over-water a new lawn or garden. Over-watering not only wastes valuable water but can also lead to expensive water bills, penalties for mis-use and will cause stress to your plants when the sprinkler roster starts.” Mr Parker encourages people to plant lawns and gardens in autumn or spring, so that plants have time to establish themselves before the summer heat kicks in. The winter sprinkler ban has achieved significant water savings and also contributed to changing public perceptions about water consumption. For builders and developers, it creates a further incentive to explore water sensitive design and continues to put water efficiency at the forefront of leading edge urban and residential development. “The winter sprinkler ban has come about because of a combination of high water demand and low rainfall in some parts of the state,” Mr Parker said. “If building developments incorporate water efficiency into their design, for example through waterwise landscaping or the installation of water reuse systems, that can make a major contribution to reducing water consumption. “There’s been outstanding community support for the bans. “People recognise that our water resources are precious and are doing what they can to restrict unnecessary use in their gardens over winter.” For more details about the winter sprinkler ban and exemptions, go to BC

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The sustainable prefab how green is green? // words neil prentice and ray wills, sea

When we talk about pre-fab housing, the typical transportable building comes to mind. However, the industry is changing with more permanent modular homes with a base slab being offered in the market. Prefabricated construction is now being seen in a new light, with many claims about its green credentials as a sustainable and a lower cost option for all types of housing. But the question must be asked - how sustainable is the prefab house? Considering that new housing must now comply with a six star rating in most cases, we can consider them at least more sustainable and efficient than older designs, but is this all? In addition to improvements in design that provide efficiency gains in the use of the building, they can be produced and erected more efficiently, consume less energy and generate less waste than the construction of conventional homes. Typically construction times

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The use of thermal imaging can pinpoint problem areas. A. Missing insulation B.

are much shorter for prefab homes and so have the potential of savings in materials, energy and water consumption during the build phase reducing the cost to the builder in labour and time, savings that can enhance the cost competitiveness over traditional construction. However, perhaps the biggest improvement in the prefabricated housing market has come from improvements in materials of construction and the building technology required for assembling the house. With materials technology constantly evolving, we expect that the green credentials of these buildings will continuously improve over time.

The Six Star question - design vs. performance The Green Star ratings system for buildings is all about design and thermal performance of materials and it is argued by some that it does not predict actual energy performance. The single largest issue for pre-fab buildings is that of the creation of ‘thermal bridges’ or junctions where insulation is not continuous and allows heat transfer into and out of the building. For example, where the housing frame, often made of steel, is used as an architectural feature in the home, it can provide a convenient thermal bridge for heat transfer between the interior and exterior environments. Due to the nature of pre-fab buildings this is one of the potential risks for this technology. However, good design of the pre-fab section joins, good building practice and an appropriate fit-out can minimise the chance of a thermal bridge occurring. One of the methods for determining whether bridges do occur is the use of FLIR thermal imaging cameras and a number of companies are available to provide these services. We spoke with one such company – Scantherma. Amir Farhand of Scantherma pointed out that, while FLIR technology is not suitable for providing a Green Star rating, it can be used to identify the issues with thermal bridging in pre-fab housing

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B. There is inconsistent air flow from the air conditioning vent

and a number of dwellings have benefited from the use of this technology in identifying potential thermal bridging problems. Amir also noted that they have generally detected generally fewer problems with pre-fab housing due to its generally smaller size, which allows potential defects to be more easily detected at the building acceptance stage and rectified early on.

Thermal mass issues The issue of adequate thermal mass to ensure that the environmental control of the interior of a prefab house is adequate for the geographical and climate zones is one which is still seen as an issue for many designers and architects in the sustainable housing space. Incorrect design of the home and the use of materials with inadequate thermal mass can significantly increase the heating and cooling energy required by the building reducing the overall efficiency of the home when behaviour and response to the climate is taken into account. Again, fit-for climate design becomes a critical part of the offering in the market of pre-fab housing, particularly in places where there is a high diurnal temperature difference. Not all designs are suitable for all locations and location specific designs are a critical part of minimising the energy costs of environmental management. The lifecycle question While little independent study has been done in this area to date, compared to conventional housing, indications are that prefab housing has significant advantages in having a lower overall embodied energy within the building. In addition to improving its sustainability credentials, a lower embodied energy means that the impact of a price on carbon is likely to have a less impact on future cost increases for this type of construction.

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The biggest improvement in the prefabricated housing market has come from improvements in materials of construction and the building technology required for assembling the house.

Conclusions Like any area of the building industry, the prefab housing market is making improvements in many areas yet there are traps for buyers who are concerned about energy consumption and building costs who may still make inappropriate choices in building selection. The prefab building market has come a long way from the Quonset hut and the ubiquitous mining donga and while the market is growing rapidly across the globe, the key issues of climate based design, materials of construction and the construction method itself will make a significant impact on the sustainable credentials of these buildings. SEA would like to thank Amir Farhand of Scantherma, Justin Miller of Sustainable House and Griff Morris of Solar Dwellings for their help and advice on the energy and sustainability issues. Neil Prentice is Advisory Services Manager with the Sustainable Energy Association and is a key analyst examining relevant State and Federal Government policy and providing advice on the strategic and economic implications for SEA members. Professor Ray Wills is CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association, Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program and providing advice to UWA on sustainability, and runs his own consultancy, Future Smart Strategies, providing strategic advice on ecology and sustainability. Ray was recognised by ABC Carbon as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011. BC

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Welcome to six-star // words sid thoo raia – architecture.collective // images summit homes

On May 1, 2012, six star will become the minimum energy efficiency rating for all new residential buildings in Western Australia and throughout most of Australia. Sid Thoo looks at some of the challenges and opportunities these new energy efficiency standards will present to the industry. A topic that has been hotly discussed within the building and construction industry is the introduction of new residential energy efficiency requirements in Western Australia. Administered by the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE), the Nationwide Home Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) will require all new residential buildings to achieve a minimum six

star energy efficiency rating from May 1, 2012. There have been a number of criticisms of the new energy efficiency requirements and the repercussions they will have throughout the industry. One common complaint is that the new requirements will have an adverse impact on housing affordability for new homebuyers. Summit Homes Group general manager, David Hunt disagrees. “We became the first builder in WA to embrace the six star ratings more than 12 months before they became a mandatory requirement and fully support the initiative as it brings many positive outcomes for WA homebuyers,” Mr Hunt said.

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“We also made the commercial decision not to pass on the costs to our clients.” Volume builders are not alone in embracing the new energy efficiency regulations. Even smaller, bespoke developments are getting in on the act. One such example is The Green Swing, currently under construction in the inner-city Perth suburb of Lathlain. Designed by Solar Dwellings and being constructed by Right Homes, a boutique builder specialising in sustainable homes, all four units have a minimum eight star rating, with one double storey townhouse even achieving 10 stars. One of the investors behind The Green Swing , Eugenie Stockmann said they wanted to create a property that set the highest standards for sustainability. “We also wanted to demonstrate that it could be done without having a huge cost impact on the budget, even for a custom-designed project like ours,” Ms Eugenie said. “Where there has been a cost increase, we are confident that this will result in a payback with reduced heating and cooling costs once we move in.” There has also been alleged controversy about the accuracy of the star ratings generated by the three software packages currently used for rating homes. The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors acting chief executive, Rodger Hills questions the validity of these claims. “All three current software tools use a common engine developed by the CSIRO that has been extensively tested to achieve an energy rating on a house,” Mr Hills said.

Volume builders are not alone in embracing the new energy efficiency regulations. Even smaller, bespoke developments are getting in on the act.

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Energy efficiency options get a boost with WA run electrical business Switched On Solar and Electrical are a Western Australian owned family business supplying and installing solar powered, grid connected systems and remote area power supply systems throughout WA. The company also conducts annual service runs to the north and south of the state for a range of industries including government and council organisations, domestic and commercial applications, and remote communities. Switched On Solar and Electrical also carry out general electrical installation work, including irrigation pumping control systems. The company has established a solid reputation for supplying, designing and installing a vast range of small, medium and large scale solar remote area power supplies and electrical irrigation systems. ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

“Any variations are minor and due to differences in the way that data is captured off plans and assumptions by the assessor about how some elements of the home should be modelled.” In a recent segment on ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing, journalist Di Martin took a walk-through a completed building with scientist Jenny Edwards and claimed that there was a big discrepancy between the energy rating given to the house and the actual usage once occupied. While this seems to suggest that energy ratings do not provide an accurate representation of actual energy consumption, Mr Hills cautions there could be other factors that are the cause for this variation. “Discrepancies like this are usually the result of builder or client product substitution,” advises Mr Hills. “Because no jurisdiction in Australia mandates compliance testing of homes for energy rating, consumers will continue to suffer from high energy costs by having to live in homes that are not built to original rating specifications. “Instead of criticising the energy rating software and assessors who use it, people should demand proof from their builder that they have not deviated from the building specification that was approved with a specific energy rating.” Under current energy efficiency regulations, the majority of residential buildings are assessed using the Deemed To Satisfy (DTS) methodology, essentially a checklist and spreadsheet calculator that can be used to specify minimum insulation levels, air movement, glazing and other aspects that affect a dwelling’s thermal performance. And while DTS will still remain an option for ensuring energy efficiency compliance, the requirements have been made significantly more stringent.

6 Star Ratings BCA Compliance – Residential and Commercial Green Star & NABERS Assessments CADDS CADDS Energy Energy sustainable sustainable vision vision isis to to provide provide leadership leadership in in best best practice practice planning, planning, design design and and construction construction in in new new && existing existing buildings buildings to to make make them them socially, socially, environmentally environmentally and and economically economically sustainable. sustainable.

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Renewable Energy at an Affordable Price 9 Planets Energy is a result oriented company that provides end-to-end solutions for the supply and installation of renewable energy resources specialising in off grid and on grid PV solar panels right through till the creation and assignment of RECS (Renewable Energy Certificates). Why choose us over our competitors? 9 Planets Energy offers you technical advice complemented with packaged deals and products that will directly impact your bottom line. We customise and provide you with options that are best suited to your household needs and budget. We believe in passing on the savings to the customers, and this is achieved with our low overhead costs.

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Revolutionary glass insulation Rayban Window Tinting has been a tinting specialist in Perth since 1975 offering expert advice and high level service for all residential and commercial window tinting. The company utilises revolutionary glass insulation technology called Enerlogic® Window Film, which helps save energy, reduce costs and increase comfort. Enerlogic® Window Film is a Low-E coating that has no peers in the window film industry and outperforms both standard and some performance glass. Today, energy efficiency is not a part-time proposition but must be managed for every season. Energy usage affects facility management, budget planning and capital improvements in profitability. Enerlogic® Window Film allows all the efficiencies of a glazing upgrade to either a single glazed Low-E unit or a clear double glazed unit without the expense and inconvenience of window replacement. Rayban Window Tinting consults with engineers, architects and interior designers to provide cost-effective solutions for new and existing applications as well as office fit-outs. Performing up to five times better than any other low-e film in the market, Enerlogic® Window Film reduces ultra violet light by 99 per cent. Enerlogic® Window Film is a low cost, high return technology that can outperform most of the alternatives in performance and economy.

Eddie Roe, a NatHERS assessor for over ten years and recipient of John George Award from the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors WA Chapter in 2010, has used both DTS and NATHERS software to certify dwellings. “Design, orientation and materials play a vital role in the thermal performance of a home and while the DTS provisions help to achieve a minimum standard, the NatHERS rating has the option for a higher performance,” Mr Roe said. “While alterations and additions will only require a five star rating until May 2013 due to the complexities of upgrading existing structures, the DTS provisions are perhaps a better pathway for these types of projects, but this does not necessarily rule out the option of conducting a NatHERS assessment.” But will the new energy efficiency requirements be a good thing overall? The alternative technology association (ATA), a national non-profit organization that advocates a range of energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, certainly thinks so. “The move to six-star homes means people will save money on their energy bills for years to come, ATA energy projects and policy manager,” Damien Moyse said. “It has been proven that increasing the star rating and thermal performance of a home, and re-investing those energy bill savings back into home loan repayments can reduce the average household mortgage by up to seven years.” Six star also paves the way for other pending sustainability legislation such as the mandatory disclosure of residential buildings. Currently out for public comment and slated for introduction in the next few years, mandatory disclosure

We aim to help you meet the energy efficiency requirements in Western Australia, when submitting new home plans for a building licence.

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Intelligent & simple solutions for six star homes A six star energy efficient home is designed to deliver maximum comfort to occupants by making the most of free natural heating, cooling and lighting and utilising efficient design principles and building materials to reduce the need for heating and cooling appliances. Six star principles include wall and ceiling insulation and gaining maximum advantage from solar panels and solar hot water systems. AGI Insulation and MySolar are experts in the field of energy efficiency and can guide you through and simplify the maze of technical data, products & prices to help you select the best possible energy efficiency solutions for your job.

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Home insulation a breeze with Foilboard® Foilboard® Insulation Panel relies on cutting-edge rigid panel insulation design in combination with reflective air spaces to increase a building’s energy efficiency. With Foilboard® a builder or home owner has the capacity to create a home or commercial building which goes above and beyond the energy efficiency requirements recommended by the Building Code of Australia. The unique insulation properties of the reflective foil insulation panels create an incredibly effective thermal barrier to keep home owners cool in summer, and warm in winter. ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

Leading the way in waterproofing and masonry cleaning Enviropacific is leading the way in the competitive world of construction, waterproofing and cleaning masonry with a powerful range of environmentally safe, waterproofing systems formulated from advanced Polyester Polymer solutions. All Enviropacific products are made to a revolutionary earth-friendly formula and manufactured in Western Australia. With customers throughout Australia and overseas Enviropacific outperforms many of its competitors. Enviropacific has the right product for all construction waterproofing as well as efflorescence and bore stain removers, concrete cleaners and our anti-bacterial Eco-Kleen general purpose everyday cleaning formula. Enviropacific Pty Ltd. 2/207 Bank St. East Victoria Park WA 6101 Tel: 08 93618015 Web: Email: ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT


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Six star also paves the way for other pending sustainability legislation such as the mandatory disclosure of residential buildings.

will require the energy, greenhouse and water consumption of a property to be made available to a prospective purchaser or lessee. As the cost of utilities continues to rise Australia-wide and with the introduction of the carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) mid-year, it is very likely that the cost of operating a home will become an influential factor in the decisions made by homebuyers and tenants in years to come. While some within the building and construction industry have campaigned long and hard against the introduction of increased energy efficiency requirements for residential buildings, six star is clearly here to stay. In a recent example, Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu suggested his government would scrap the increased mandatory ratings in an effort to cut red tape but then performed a spectacular about-face and reassured the public that six star would remain in place.

Inevitably there will be challenges for home builders to overcome in relation to the new energy efficiency requirements. However it also represents an opportunity for builders to distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive market. According to Mr Hunt, it was not a time to be scared or apprehensive. “It is a good chance for homebuyers to put WA homebuilders to the test and challenge them to provide solutions that meet the stringent criteria, Mr Hunt said. “Our advice to WA homebuyers is to use the mandatory requirements to their advantage. If you can’t find a builder that can satisfy the six star requirements at a price point that is acceptable to you, then look elsewhere.” BC Architecture Collective: (08) 6364 3775,

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Rockwool cavity wall insulation is currently the only supplied and installed system for double-brick construction in WA. It is dry-blown and the product is water repellent so moisture will not be drawn across the cavity. The product and installation come with a 20-year installation warranty. Our system allows bricklayers to focus on laying bricks, improves site productivity by allowing more houses to be completed per team during the year and reduces installation risk. With equipment and training from the UK and installation experience since 1988, we know what we are doing. We do our job so supervisors and bricklayers can do theirs. Call Stuart on 9417 9494 to discuss. ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

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JDS is committed to introducing only the finest in quality products to our customers, backed by second-to-none service with the best lead times in the industry. JDS has added 5 new products that are now available to the market. The new metal fascia we have designed has been in use in the South West for some time and has been met with rave reviews. Available in Zincalume and all Colorbond colours, JDS has made significant improvements including a special clip that results in no fascia clip marks on the fascia itself.


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The most efficient panoramic fire Our Landscape fireplaces feature a range of stylish finishes and a full width glass viewing area to maximize the brilliant flame pattern’s impact. Not just a stunning centerpiece for your room, the Landscape also creates a cozy environment. It not only looks great, the Landscape also impresses with its high-energy efficient star rating. Plus, with a full remote as standard, you have complete control over the room’s temperature.

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Instant toilets & showers – your business is our business The portable sanitation specialists in Australia are clearly Instant Toilets & Showers. With an unparalleled range of products to suit any situation, the team at Instant Toilets & Showers knows what they are talking about. From a single chemical toilet for a building site, through to a self-contained toilet or ablution block for remote locations, Instant Toilets & Showers have the right products in stock in Western Australia. Instant Toilets & Showers design, manufacture and hire or sell all of our products. Because they know the intricacies of portable ablutions, the company can supply exactly what you need and advise if you are unsure of your requirements. Ensuring their products are well maintained, clean and hygienic has been a number one priority for the company since its inception. By undertaking continual research and development, Instant Toilets & Showers ensure that they have the most modern and hygienic toilets and showers available anywhere in Australia. As the WA distributors for the Polyjohn range, Instant Toilets & Showers can sell or hire you any type of toilet, shower, transportable toilet or ablution facility you might need. And for builders who wish to own their toilets during the course of their projects, the team at Instant Toilets & Showers can provide special, hassle-free packages at the best price. A discounted rate for regular cleaning and servicing is available to all purchasers of a new toilet from Instant Toilets & Showers. Indeed, from initial purchase through to delivery, collection, regular cleaning and servicing and the storage of the units between projects, dealing with Instant Toilets & Showers is very much a worry-free and cost-effective experience. Instant Toilets & Showers operates its own fleet of service trucks to ensure that a high standard of cleanliness and prompt, regular servicing is maintained for its customers. Contact the friendly team at Instant Toilets & Showers at (08) 9406 6600 any time, or visit the company’s website at for more information about its products and services. ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

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No mess with Smart Mesh AWA Smart Gutter Mesh is a proudly Western Australian owned and operated company that has manufactured a new and improved Smart Mesh gutter guard system. The system is designed to direct a greater volume of rainwater into a home’s gutters. Smart Mesh gutter guard system ensures leaves and debris slide off the roof leaving debris free gutters and a new angled design also directs the flow of rainwater into the gutters. The product has been manufactured with HDPE Plastic (high density polyethylene) with the highest UV stabilizer that meets Australian standards and has been Australian Water Quality tested and approved.

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Express Powder Coaters is a privately owned, West Australian steel distribution, fabrication and powder coating company established in 1999. We have a dedicated and reliable team of 30 who strive to provide excellent SERVICE and EXPRESS lead times. We provide only quality Australianmade products that meet Australian Standards, guaranteeing the customer receives the best every time. Specialists in the competitive supply of quality Australian RHS/Patio Tube. Powder Coating • Largest oven in Western Australia, spanning 12 x 3 metres. • Additional oven for smaller jobs. • Jointly with Dulux and Interpon, Express Powder Coaters provide the best quality powder in a vast range of colours.

Manufacturer of welded trusses Our experienced staff can complete any customised designs. Delivery By means of our 5 Hiab trucks, we endeavour to deliver finished products packed securely and on time, direct to site. We have become well known over the years for going that extra mile to achieve the required finish. Standard colours, surreal effects, colour bond and translucent colours are just a part of our range. If you are looking for steel that’s a little different, contact Express Powder Coaters today.

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Now you don’t have to give gutters a second thought... thanks to the revolutionary Leaf Free Gutter GuardTM. We’ve thought long & hard about the best gutter guard system - in fact, we’ve had our mind in gutters for over 20 years! All our research & product development ultimately provides you with optimum results for the least amount of effort. • Fine woven marine quality stainless steel mesh. • Colorbond colors. • Up to 20 years warranty. • Maximum flammability index rated. • Easy installation - no screws or brackets. Save time and money and get the best self-cleaning, long-life gutter guard on the market!

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Showcasing the largest range of window, door and glass options in WA. This fantastic resource for builders, designers and home owners offers the perfect place to select windows and doors that provide exceptional security, comfort from the elements and an alfresco lifestyle.

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COLORBOND DOORS Choose from a wide range of Colorbond colours, or we can powdercoat or paint to suit any home TIMBERLOOK DOORS Add value and character with Designer Garage Doors’ timberlook range and effects treatment

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The Mighty Bin skip bag comes flat packed so it’s easy to carry. The 1m³, 2m³ and 3m³ Mighty Bins can hold the same sort of waste that traditional skip bins can hold including general waste, green waste and clean/hard fill (sand, soil, bricks, concrete etc). Mighty Bin is safety rated to 1.5 tonnes. The beauty of the Mighty Bin is that it can be easily carried and stored for instant use, whenever you need it. Unlike oldfashioned steel skip bins, there are no hire fees, no waiting for the skip bin to arrive and you can take as long as you like to fill it. Simply unpack your Mighty Bin where you want it picked up, fill it, then arrange for your pickup. Easy. Pickup is guaranteed within 5 working days. For your nearest stockist please visit or phone 1300 087 895

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