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The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries WA (AWCI WA) Apprentice Challenge


Materials and solution ideas for the building industry and architects in WA


Printing Energy by Prof Paul Dastoor

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M / GROUP Eclectic Elegance – Striking Homage to Historic Leederville Landmark

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Stunning Modernisation of East Fremantle Home

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Stepping into Spring with Style

century soft drinks factory in Leederville into a modern mixed-use development of residential apartments and commercial units. M/24 by Match was built by M/Construction (part of M/Group), working with the Match Development Management he adverse weather conditions team and ARM Architects. prevailing during winter invariably Another pacesetting project inaugurated present additional challenges for this past winter was City of Busselton's new project management teams. It is, therefore, civic and administration building. Mayor usually with a pronounced sense of relief that Grant Henley commended BGC the industry welcomes the arrival of spring. Construction and MCG Architects Pty Ltd / Beforehand, however, it is an appropriate JCY Architects and Urban Designers for time to look back at some of the their commitment to creating an outstanding projects that have been “architecturally stunning, highly functional completed in recent months and commend and environmentally friendly” centre. all those involved – from builders, architects Also gaining widespread praise for its and interior designers to a diverse range of outstanding community value was a tradespeople and suppliers – for their firm revitalisation of the Juniper Charles Jenkins commitment to overcoming sometimes building in Bentley, a former care facility seemingly insurmountable challenges. that is now a transition care centre. R E This new quarterly issue of The Builders Asset logistics (REAL), via parent company Choice Magazine is filled with examples of Pyramid Group Australia, assisted in the $5 their professionalism and innovation. Our million building upgrade. cover feature, for example, highlights the Elsewhere this issue, we showcase striking transformation of an early 19th several exceptional apartment complex


projects: the sea-inspired Zinc Apartments in Scarborough, designed by Meyer Shircore & Associates and constructed by 3B Build; the landmark Bottleyard Apartments in Perth, by head contractor EMCO Building; the stylish Glenariff Apartments in Canning Vale, designed by Colliere Architects and constructed by Thomas Building; the eyecatching Aberdeen Apartments in Innaloo, built by Q Group; and the investmentattractive Wright St Apartments in Kewdale, built by Robert Biagioni Constructions Finally, individual home projects featured in this issue include a Swan riverside property that blends seamlessly into its natural setting, built by Mosman Bay Construction and designed by Paterson Group Architects; a house built by Element Builders for the company's own founder, Michael Cicanese, that underlines his business focus on sustainability and energy-efficiency; a luxurious “forever” residence created by Zazen Building & Design in City Beach; and the modernisation of an East Fremantle house by Swell Homes and Ambient Designs. Peter Leonard The Builders Choice Team

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Apprenticeship Challenge The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries WA (AWCI WA) was established in 1974 and is a state affiliate of the National AWCI ANZ. The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI WA) is a trade association providing members with industry information, contact and leadership. The AWCI is the peak industry association representing the


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free standing module to plan and specification, under the set time frame. The project consisted of framing up the walls and ceiling with stud and track, followed by sheeting with 10mm plasterboard. The apprentices then installed flush beads, finish the walls and ceiling up to a Level 4 finish, install paper faced cornices and a small section of shadow line. The judging was over two days, on the Friday 35% of the mark was judged for OH&S, Planning and Organisation and Completed Stage Scores. New judges came in on Monday unaware of who had competed and judged 65% of the mark for the project.

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Printing Energy Imagine a world where every roof of every building in every city had a coating that generated electricity directly from the sun. Researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia have brought this vision closer to reality following their development of printed solar panels.

The material is made by printing an advanced electronic ink onto paper thin, clear laminated sheets using conventional printing presses. Importantly, Professor Dastoor's UON team has pioneered both the electronic ink and printing process. “After more than 20 years of research and development, all of

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and powering temporary emergency bases. The material can be safely airdropped and very easily installed.” “It could be ideal for forward operating bases and special operations as it lightweight - the lightest energy generation technology by kilo that exists, and produces no noise.”

Department of Physics, University of Newcastle the components of these advanced electronic inks are now synthesised at scale within our Centre for Organic Electronics using non-toxic carbon-based materials. These components are then used directly or further processed into water-based inks and paints,” said Professor Dastoor. Professor Dastoor said that unlike traditional PV panels, the technology maintained a more constant power flow in low-light and cloud cover. “Our printed solar solution continues to function consistently in low light and under cloud cover, which means

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that users don't experience dips in productivity.” Professor Dastoor said the light-weight, easy installation qualities of the material, printed at UON's NIER facility, could help cast a new light on age-old energy problems. “The technology is low-cost and very portable making it ideal for applications in Majority World countries where an estimated 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity.” “Because it is light and can be printed quickly it is also ideal for disaster relief and recovery applications supporting displaced people

“The material could also be used as sails for yachts and on ship decks.” Australia's first public display of Professor Dastoor's futuristic energy technology was in May


2017, at the major printing tradeshow, Pacprint, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We installed a custom-built pop-up site which was approximately 100 square metres in size. This was the first ever public display of the technology and people were able to touch the material and walk through and under it,” said Professor Dastoor. The technology has already attracted its first commercial partner, global logistics solutions company CHEP.

CHEP Australia's Senior Manager, Sustainability Asia-Pacific Lachlan Feggans said they were working with UON to rollout a commercial scale pilot installation of organic printed solar on the roof of one of its service centres in late 2017/early 2018. “Through our collaboration with UON, we see the potential to make CHEP's inherently sustainable business model even better. Our aim is to develop better supply chains, but we recognise that this begins with sustainability in our own operations,” said Mr Feggans.

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With_Architecture Studio is the new name for one of Western Australia's best known and most awarded architectural practices – Donaldson and Warn. As well as rebranding to set the scene for future growth, With_Architecture has moved into great new offices in Northbridge and broken new ground for the architecture profession by becoming the first practice in Australia to be certified carbon neutral. The rebranding and relocation of the practice reflects significant changes to the firm's leadership team during the past 18 months. Geoff Warn has been joined by Directors Daniel Aisenson and Jane Wetherall following the departure last year of co-founder Dick Donaldson. Geoff Warn said the new name emerged through discussion about the changing nature of architecture, the need to uphold the value of designled architecture in Perth, and how the practice could better position its approach and philosophy within the industry.

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the credibility to carry the conversation forward,” With_Architecture began to monitor its resource consumption in 2014, tracking improvements and aiming to Daniel Aisenson, Geoff Warn and Jane Wetherall become Carbon Neutral in 2017. The overarching Carbon Neutral Program certifies organisations, products and services as carbon neutral against the National “Our new name will be the methods to achieve the best Carbon Offset Standard. To be cornerstone of a strong brand results for its clients. Current carbon neutral, an organisation that is built on our heritage, clients come from a variety of must measure emissions, reduce but which emphasises a team sectors such as commercial these where possible, offset rather than individuals in the property, tourism, education, remaining emissions and report team. Our new name health and include Christ Church on their carbon neutrality. represents a significant Grammar School, Curtin With_Architecture began the evolution of one of Western University, Murdoch University certification process by measuring Australia's leading architectural and the State Government. its carbon consumption and practices and will ensure that The practice has been putting carbon reduction we continue to leverage more responsible for a wide variety of initiatives in place, including than three decades of well-known iconic building and recycling and printing policies. experience, reputation and diverse commissions that also Phased-out IT equipment was remarkable design to build include the Bali Memorial in donated to a Rotary Club knowledge and growth.” Kings Park, the nearby Kings Park initiative supporting the With more than 30 years of Education Facility and the world- Friendship Hospital in Phnom history in designing and renowned Valley of the Giants Penn, with all other e-waste being developing leading projects Tree Top Walk. recycled with Tech Collect. Energy throughout Western Australia, Geoff said the practice's team is consumption was reduced by 9% With_Architecture continues to particularly proud of being the first from FY15 to FY16 and paper adopt new design and building architects to be certified carbon consumption by 18%. neutral in Australia and views the The practice is continuing to achievement as important to the make improvements and saw a evolution of their design and 19% reduction in electricity development work. consumption during 16/17 “We already had an excellent compared to 14/15 alone. track record in achieving clients' Funds from an offset sustainability goals through our programme support the Yarra work and this certification clearly demonstrates that our team knows exactly what they are talking about when we discuss reducing carbon emissions through innovative and forward-thinking design. When we talk to clients about Greater Curtin Masterplan sustainability issues our team has

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profile THE BUILDERS CHOICE on collaborative partnerships by providing a larger, flexible working area that enable the formation of project teams and strong working relationships with consultants and contractors. Geoff said the warehouse not only provides great flexibility as a working space but gives the ability to interact with the local neighbourhood, which is becoming an increasingly vibrant city precinct. “We are all interested in making a real

connection and contribution to the community and have already hosted public art exhibitions and performances in our studio.” Rebranding as With_Architecture acknowledges that the profession is now a complex, collective and collaborative enterprise requiring a multi-skilled, multi-disciplined team. The new name highlights the firm's preference for working in rewarding creative partnerships with clients and stakeholders, and with consultants and contractors.

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region where over 90% of the woodland has been cleared. The Yarra Yarra reforestation is focused on rejuvenating degraded, semi-arid agricultural land that no longer supports viable farming practices, with the goal of restoring the project landscape to its natural condition of vegetation. With_Architecture is now located in new offices within a converted warehouse in a vibrant part of William Street, Northbridge. The open warehouse space means the practice team can better deliver

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Striking Homage to Historic Leederville Landmark



n the early part of the 20th century the Golden West Aerated Water Company was a centrepiece of Leederville's industrial landscape. Now, more than 100 years later, that same venerable site has been transformed into an impressive contemporary manifestation of 21st century living: a mixed-use development on the doorstep of the Leederville strip. M/24 by Match comprises 39 residential apartments and four commercial units built over five levels. M/Construction and Match are both part of M/Group, an established integrated property company. M/Construction was engaged to undertake the construction of the development, working collaboratively with the

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Match Development Management team and ARM Architects (the architects behind Perth Arena). M/Group provides turnkey solutions and, as the developer and builder, is able to maintain a high standard of construction, project control and service delivery. M/Construction was proactive in offering cost-effective design solutions without affecting the building's design intent and building compliance. The apartments comprise a selection of one and twobedroom layouts, with stylish interiors and quality fixtures and finishes. According to M/Construction director Michael Read, “The distinctive architectural design and unique mix of materials results in a striking design that has taken inspiration from the eclectic nature of the Leederville scene and the site's history as a soft drinks factory.

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“The apartments comprise a selection of one and two-bedroom layouts, with stylish interiors and quality fixtures and finishes” “Internally the spacious apartments feature a palette of contemporary finishes with gloss cupboards, and a feature vinylwrapped storage in the open-plan kitchen together with stunning composite-stone benchtops, mirrored splashbacks and Bosch appliances.” One of the main requirements was to pay homage to the site's past as a soda factory and, to fulfil that brief, construction was highlighted by a combination of feature precast panels and an innovative cladding system to the façade and rear. “The building's screened façade was generated by 3D digital modelling the patterns formed when bubbles intersect,” says Michel Read. “The beautiful dynamic patterns – known as Voronoi tessellations – give the impression of a form bubbling out of the site.

“The Voronoi tessellation feature, which also lights up at night, is a unique and striking work of art that makes a bold statement, enhancing the building's street presence.” Main Challenges… and Key Materials As for the main project challenges, the Voronoi façade structure was custom designed, and this meant the builders had to consider the spigot connection points back to the structural building line and the connection points between the individual cells of the Voronoi structure. Due to the design detail, this process took several attempts and revisions as conflicts arose with each prototype. In the end, these conflicts were resolved through 3D survey modelling of all connection points and shop drawing detailing to the building façade. Waterproofing, Protective and Commercial Coatings Spray applied, seamless, and monolithic, our superior membranes and coatings bond to virtually any surface transcending multiple substrates. With elongation properties up to 600% we reliably cover all joints and structural movements and deliver sustained waterproofing and protection. We partner with the best in the industry. Our clients choose us because we deliver on what we promise, stand by our long term warranties, offer innovative and most competitive solutions, and because we respect their investment.

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“The Voronoi tessellation feature is a unique and striking work of art that makes a bold statement, enhancing the building's street presence” The existing footings and roof eaves of the neighbouring properties were also discovered to encroach upon the M/24 building site. “Through underpinning grout injection and modifications to the external precast panel walls, M/Construction was able to continue with construction, which also allowed the neighbouring businesses to continue trading throughout the process.”

Additional difficulties were caused by the fact that Carr Place in Leederville is a cul-de-sac and as such, traffic restrictions made access, cranage and loading of the site extremely difficult. This was further complicated by three of the four boundaries being inaccessible, a situation overcome by “rigorous scheduling of deliveries and programming of works.”


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“Bearing in mind the location of M/24 by Match in the inner city suburb of Leederville, the design is akin to a cosmopolitan Melbourne inner city development” Among the main project materials, Equitone, a durable prefinished colour fibre cement material, was utilised for the external cladding to the north and south elevations of the project – “the first time it was used on a large-scale apartment development in Western Australia”. AFS Logicwall, a permanent formwork system filled with concrete, was used for internal party walls, and helped to increase

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The feature cell structure was manufactured to comprise highgrade powder-coated finished aluminium box sections with welded joints, and LED strip lighting incorporated into the design. Apart from the aforementioned Voronoi tesselations, other notable features include an apartment design that facilitates independent living for wheelchair accessibility, including automatic entrance door opening, bathroom and kitchen bench height adjustments, increased door widths, interface electronic system for lighting, roller blinds, and audio visual accessible from a mobile or tablet device. There is a feature light well at both ends of the apartment corridors to allow natural light to feed into the common area, as well as to enhance the aesthetics of the space; while the common

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building's water tightness. This was necessary because of the use of a new walling system that has to be aerated, as well as the number of penetrations required to hold up the feature façade cell structure. “The outcome is that we sustained a completely leakproof building through the entire and very wet Perth winter.” M/Construction used a combination of jet fans and ducted exhaust system to maximise airflow to both levels of the enclosed car park, and incorporated chimney stacks in the communal garden as fresh air intakes into the car park. In addition, regular time-lapse video was undertaken to assist with client construction updates and to progressively see first-hand how the building was being constructed. (The completed timelapse video can be viewed at: P 08 9402 1967



Progressive Building Philosophy As director of M/Construction, Michael Read is responsible for the operations of the business. He has over 20 years experience in the construction industry and is supported by a team of highly experienced project managers, site managers and operational staff. “M/Construction is a progressive and technology-equipped construction and facilities maintenance company that approaches every project with the same innovation and attention to detail as its reputed parent company, M/Group,” he says. The company has delivered several residential and commercial developments and bespoke homes, and is increasingly assigned to Match apartment development projects. “It has built its credentials on delivering construction solutions that draw on the latest technology and techniques to achieve the most efficient and cost effective outcomes for its clients. “M/Construction delivers sophisticated craftsmanship and a corporate accountable mindset to ensure peace of mind and accountability through every stage of the contractual period and beyond.” Following the completion of M/24 by Match, M/Construction is currently building Form by Match, a 50-apartment development in Port Coogee. It will also soon commence construction on two mixed-use residential apartment developments located in South Fremantle and Mount Lawley, respectively.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Busselton Civic Centre

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State-of-the-art Civic and Administration Centre in Busselton



usselton councillors and staff were in the midst of preparations for the official inauguration of a cutting-edge project set to transform the city's community assets. In three days time, an open day would be held for the public to view Busselton's new civic and administration building. First, however, there was another important item on the agenda. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in town on an official visit to meet community and emergency services volunteers, and announce federal funding for the city's foreshore project. He was, noted the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail, only the third prime minister to visit Busselton, following Ben Chifley (1946) and Stanley Bruce (1927). So

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clearly an appropriately grand venue needed to be chosen to mark this significant occasion and host an afternoon tea reception. It was not a difficult decision. Turnbull was invited to become the first dignitary welcomed to the civic centre, where he enjoyed an exclusive preview of its exceptional design and construction. Days later, after the centre was formally unveiled, City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley highlighted its importance to the city. “BGC Construction and MCG Architects Pty Ltd / JCY Architects and Urban Designers should be commended for their commitment to consistently deliver an exceptional level of customer service throughout the project, providing a building that is architecturally stunning, highly functional and environmentally friendly, and will sustain the needs of the city long into the future.”

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“The building design comprises innovation, timeless vision and an opportunity for a new identity for the City of Busselton”

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“They provided a building that is architecturally stunning, highly functional and environmentally friendly, and will sustain the needs of the city long into the future” Significant Programme Reduction MCG Architects were the lead architects in a joint venture with JCY Architects. MCG produced documentation together with JCY – who were responsible for the building design – and then continued to administer the building contract during its 18month construction period, maintaining constant liaison with the City of Busselton. According to MCG Architects' practice manager and senior architect Lloyd Pringle, in the selected tender process BGC Construction offered the lowest conforming tender as well as the lowest non-conforming tender. “The non-conforming tender was

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of interest to the client, as it involved a single construction stage rather than two stages, thus reducing cost and programme length from 104 weeks to 56 weeks.” The non-conforming tender was accepted by City of Busselton, and subsequently involved several key aspects:  Moving the client off site and into transportable accommodation for the full construction duration.  Changing the in-situ cast concrete beam and floor slab construction to a BGC precast system, which permitted increased construction speed and enabled the reduction of internal columns in general office areas by spanning side to side.

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“It will be easily identifiable by all and become a place that the community will be proud of” After relocating the City of Busselton to a transportable complex elsewhere in Busselton, the builder commenced construction works in mid December 2015 and completed the project in late May 2017. “Construction progressed consistently in spite of the 2016 winter being one of the longest and wettest for years,” says Lloyd. “The City of Busselton opted to design and construct all their own external paved and landscaped areas. These works overlapped and extended beyond the construction programme.”

Iconic Boost to Busselton's Growth The council had announced its decision in 2015 to progress with the development of a new centre at the existing site on Southern Drive, Busselton to replace the “collection of variously aged buildings and dongas (with) a state-of-the-art construction designed to meet the administrative needs of our fast-growing municipality”. As JCY Architects noted in an interim report after taking on the design project, “The City of Busselton has for some years had a

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strategic objective to review its civic and administration centre on the grounds that the current accommodation has outgrown its present and future requirements. The existing civic and administration facilities have been renovated and extended over many years in an effort to cope with the growth in the council's operations and associated staff growth. “The City of Busselton sought a design to incorporate refurbishment in part and new extensions to the city's civic and

administration centre, allowing for further growth and improved facilities and amenities. The new facilities are positioned on the existing council site, a prominent location on the Vasse River at the entry to Busselton's city centre, providing the opportunity to create an iconic landmark building, to represent a new phase in the future growth of Busselton.� Today, the newly completed centre comprises modern upgraded administration amenities, the CEO's office, the council

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chambers, areas for elected members, and public reception and function room facilities. According to JCY, “The surrounding landscape and river aspect provide an external focus in the design, incorporating external terraces for staff and public functions. “The building design comprises innovation, timeless vision and an opportunity for a new identity for the City of Busselton, integrating within its existing surroundings and reflective of the identity of the

coastal environment of the Geographe region. It will be easily identifiable by all and become a place that the community will be proud of as it matures.” The construction cost of the new facility is approximately $19.3 million (excluding GST). The enclosed floor area is 6,078 square metres, distributed over two and three-storey buildings (no subterranean levels), located on a 9,200 square metre lot.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Training & Development


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he 44th WorldSkills Competition will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 14-19 October 2017. Over 1,300 young people representing 59 member countries will converge on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) to compete in 51 trades and skills. The scale of the competition will be extensive, covering approximately 100,000sqm – roughly the area of 104 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and using millions of dollars’ worth of materials

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and equipment. 2017 marks the first time in history that the International Championship has been hosted in the Middle East. WorldSkills Australia is part of the international WorldSkills movement. Every two years they send a highly trained team, the Skillaroos, to compete against 77 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country at an International Competition. At WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, Australia was ranked 12th in the world. The 18 young men and women from across Australia who will compete against the best apprentices and trainees from the WorldSkills member countries are all dreaming of becoming the World Champion in their chosen trade or skill area. The Skillaroos are all aged 19 to 22, and represent a wide range of trades and skills, with the majority aligning with the National Skills Needs list. These include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and airconditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

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Brayden Gauci, 19, who was a student at TAFE NSW Macquarie Fields and is employed by Sammut Tiling Innovations in Glenwood, will compete in Wall & Floor Tiling.

Brett Mcpaul, 20, who was a student at TAFE NSW Wollongong and is employed by Buckleys Plant Maintenance in Unanderra, will compete in Construction Metalwork.

Dougal King, 21, who was a student at Canberra Institute of Technology and is employed by Back to Front Landscapes in Evatt, will compete in Landscape Construction.

Alex Halls, 22, who was a student at Canberra Institute of Technology and is employed by Surroundscapes in Canberra, will compete in Landscape Construction.

Joshua Morrissey, 22, who was a student at TAFE NSW Lidcombe and is employed by Classic Woodwork in Picton, will compete in Joinery.

Nathan McHugh, 21, who was a student at TAFE QLD SkillsTech and is employed by DTM Air Services in Jimboomba, will compete in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.

Nick Johnston, 20, who is a student at South Regional TAFE, WA and is employed by Studio Milton in Dardanup, will compete in Cabinetmaking.

Ryan Grieger, 22, who was a student at TAFE SA and is employed by BJ & VL Duldig in Mount Pleasant, will compete in Carpentry.

Trystan Sammut, 20, who was a student at Federation University, Victoria and is employed by Lawler Bricklaying in Ballarat, will compete in Bricklaying.

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“This design has enabled views that were prohibited before, engages the family with the environment, and adds a lot to the value of the property”



Stunning Modernisation of East Fremantle Home



t was a daunting challenge. The house in East Fremantle had been built like a labyrinth and was starved of natural light, but the experienced specialist teams from Ambient Designs and Swell Homes were ideally prepared for the complicated task at hand. A full transformation was undertaken in every room, resulting in greater natural light, crossflow ventilation and solar access. Eaves were incorporated to assist in shading the walls and windows in high summer, and automated blinded Velux skylights were installed to the rear of the open plan living area to ensure natural light penetration, and allow solar warming in winter. A suspended concrete slab over the driveway was

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removed from the original building, allowing access to the rear and modernising the home's overall presentation. Even though the works were substantial, the team were committed to minimising the impact on neighbours, and to that end applied strict site management techniques during the construction. The overall environmental sustainability performance was outstanding. According to the builders, “The thermal comfort, water efficiency, energy efficiency, resource efficiency and practicality of design were all taken into account, and resulted in a smooth operation of the home. This is a place where a family can grow, host, and be comfortable.” When it came to energy efficiency, an extremely tight and dark design dominated the home prior to renovation. “Natural light was very low, and no solar passive or crossflow elements were apparent in what was essentially a rabbit warren. There were numerous kitchens and entries, and a separated apartment-type configuration confused the entire house.” The features they incorporated included: LED lighting throughout; 5kw photovoltaic; R5.5 insulation to new roof; and two

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Velux skylights to maximise penetration of natural light, enhance crossflow ventilation, and provide solar gain in winter. Rinnai's Infinity Smartstart ring main was also used throughout the house to save large amounts of water, with all WERS-rated fixtures. As for resource efficiency, “This whole house could have easily been a bowl over. As it was, it did not capture the views that the property was valued upon. The CO2 gain from removal of this brick and concrete building would have been substantial. Roof trusses were used to make the minimum use of timber, and a façade around the roof structure provided an ability to hide roof-mounted accessories. We gave away a substantial amount of the roof tiles rather than waste them.” Innovative Construction Techniques To protect indoor air quality, a plan of natural ventilation was the overlying principle applied. “The mechanised Velux rooflights provide a great central point for intake and expulsion of crossflow air from all areas, and provide the ability to purge heat. Tiling throughout the home provides the most maintainable floor finish,

allowing the cleaning of all dust and associated biological hazards that may build up, and possibly affect health.” While no recycled materials were selected for this project, the bulk of the works were designed to utilise locally produced/Australian products. “The design has a timeless appeal, and precludes the need for anything other than maintenance for the life of the building.” The use of the façade permitted the building team to add style to the home, yet also conform to the City of East Fremantle's stringent “View Zone”. It enabled them to keep all the watershed from the building to one side, while presenting a regular detail and hiding the gutter feature that is common on most homes. Technologies through design and construction innovation were used to monitor resource use and environmental performance. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We


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find that all of our clients are happy with the result of living in the homes that we design, and the resulting savings in their bills from pre-construction/design. “For a $2,000 outlay over the cost of a normal gas hot water unit, an owner can save an amazing amount of water per annum. The ring main system (Rinnai Smartstart) should be mandatory in all building works, given that we burn fossil fuel to obtain 45 per cent of our potable water now. And finally… cost effectiveness. “At $750,000 for 10 square metres of extension, that would top the scales. At $750,000 for the full renovation, it is well under overcapitalisation for the address. This design has enabled views that were prohibited before, engages the family with the environment, provides neighbourhood surveillance and adds a lot to the value of the property. We are very happy with this transformation, for both utility and visual appeal.” And most importantly… “The owners are very, very happy.”

Award-Winning Builder Anthony Pillinger is a trained quantity surveyor/project manager and registered builder with over 30 years of experience in renovations and extensions. He established Swell Homes in 2008 “to focus on creating energy-efficient homes that suit the lifestyle of Fremantle and Perth”. A practising Greensmart Professional since 2006, he has embraced the emerging technologies that have become available in recent years, while overseeing a team of trusted supervisors and professional tradespeople who share Swell Homes' philosophies and standards. Produced and overseen by Rachel Pillinger, every Ambient home design considers crossflow ventilation, provision of natural light, solar passive maximisation, water saving potential and power saving features.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Kewdale Apartments


Kewdale apartment complex completed ahead of time and under budget



ontemporary and imposing, the façade of the recently completed block of apartments at 181 Wright Street Kewdale is distinguished by a series of unique anodised aluminium plates themed with golden leaves. The location has many attractions for prospective buyers being within easy reach of the Crown Entertainment Complex, the new Perth stadium, the Swan River, Belmont Race Course and the East Victoria Park café strip. The Perth CBD, Curtin University, Central TAFE and the Northbridge nightlife district are all located within 10km. Public transport is literally on the doorstep of the apartment block and Belmont Forum shopping centre, Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre and the Reading Cinema complex are just nearby.

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Ideal for first-home buyers, people looking to downsize, or as an investment, Wright St Apartments provide an opportunity for a satisfying lifestyle at an affordable price. Third successful build with same developer Built by Robert Biagioni Constructions (RBC), Wright St Apartments consists of 29 residential apartments and one commercial tenancy with two podium gardens on the fourth floor. The project is the third successful build that Robert Biagioni Constructions has completed with the same developer. Construction materials were traditional brick and concrete but an innovative approach was employed with the use of vinyl planks in living areas to provide a robust and aesthetically pleasing finish. The use of this material meant that only one

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‘‘Ideal for first-home buyers, people looking to downsize, or as an investment, Wright Street Apartments provide an opportunity for a superior lifestyle at an affordable price’’ product was needed in order to achieve the nominated acoustic requirements, rather than having to use separate acoustic membranes. The complex offers a selection of floor plans. All apartments have balconies and further outdoor entertaining is available to all residents in the podium gardens on the top floor. Quality carpet features in the bedrooms with vinyl to hallways, entries

and kitchen/living areas. Ceramic tiles have been installed in bathrooms and laundries. Designed for environmental sustainability The complex has been designed with a view to environmental sustainability with solar power in all its public areas and LED lighting where possible. Each apartment has been designed to make the

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‘‘At the completion of the project not only was the final cost under budget but it was also completed in record time’’ most of available light and many of the back-facing apartments enjoy city views. All apartments feature secure parking and voice intercom with remote entry door release. The project was initially over budget however RBC worked with the developer and designer to redesign the structure in order to achieve budget prior to works commencing. This was achieved mainly through going back to the traditional build of double brick and concrete. At the completion of the project not only was the final cost under budget but it was also very timely - 13 months which is impressive for the construction of a four-level building. Challenges overcome As with every building project there are always challenges to be overcome. Access and servicing of the site were something of a problem and this was exacerbated by the high volume of traffic in Wright Street Kewdale. However following negotiations with the owner of the property next door to the site, RBC were able to gain access via a vacant block. This also allowed the utilisation of mobile cranage instead of fixed cranage. Robert Biagioni Constructions have been operating for some 12 years and have a substantial portfolio of completed projects ranging from single residential dwellings, luxury homes and renovations to larger multi-storey unit developments and small commercial developments. Much of their business has come from the recommendation of satisfied clients and consultants. Recent successfully completed projects include 'The Lane', a 54-unit development for Fini Developments and CNES Properties.


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Key personnel Managing Director Robert Biagioni founded Robert Biagioni Constructions in 2005. Mr Biagioni is a bricklayer by trade who progressed from managing a brickies team to site supervision working with Mirvac-Fini, APG Homes and Ross Griffin Homes. He gained his builder's registration in 2005. Key executives include Contract Manager Dean Howlett, a Bachelor of Building/Construction Management who has over 20 years experience in all aspects of project and contracts administration, Project Administrator Marcus Lambe, a Bachelor of Construction Management Economics, and Site Manager Americo Gentile, who has had 45 years in the building industry with 20 of those years as a Site Supervisor/Manager.

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Apartments all sold before construction commences



he popularity of the Doubleview/Innaloo area as a venue for the construction of apartment complexes – ranging from modest to luxurious – continues to increase. This is due in no small part to its location: handy to the beach and not far from the city. Innaloo and Karrinyup shopping centres are within close proximity and there are employment opportunities in the nearby Osborne Park industrial area. The attractiveness of the location to unit buyers was recently amply demonstrated when all six units in an apartment complex were sold off the plan before construction had even started.

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Design concepts appealing to buyers The brief for the project required two interior design concepts to attract buyers of all ages for pre-sale off the plan. Clearly the design concepts were appealing to unit buyers as five young first home buyers and one overseas buyer who regularly visits Perth quickly snapped up the apartments. The apartments, situated in Lilacdale Road, were constructed by Century Park Construction for Dynasty Holdings Pty Ltd, repeat clients for Century Park with a number of previous successful developments completed since 2010. The two-storey complex consists of six units with three units on the ground floor and three on the first floor. All have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living area, meals area and European laundry. The first floor units feature a generous sized


balcony, all with coffered high ceilings, while those on the ground floor have an alfresco courtyard. All units are provided with a storeroom and an undercover car bay. Each apartment is equipped with alarms and two split-system air conditioners and all are NBN fibre ready. Standard materials used in construction Materials used were typical for this type of construction, being double brick with a painted, rendered finish, and a metal Colorbond roof. Pavers were used for the driveways, pathways and alfresco

courtyards. Provision for fire services and acoustic ratings were matters of significance in relation to the requirements for the type of building classification. The apartments are very appealing due to the size of all rooms, the high ceilings and the oversized balconies, with the market attraction being clearly demonstrated by the fast sales uptake. Century Park Construction was responsible for all aspects of the project from start to finish, including the supervision and coordination of the demolition of the existing residence on the block to make way for the new development.

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‘‘The brief for the project required two interior design concepts to attract buyers of all ages for pre-sale off the plan’’ Sales success brings challenges While it is highly desirable for a developer to sell all units in a project off the plan before construction, sales success such as this does present certain complications for the builder. This was particularly so in the case of Lilacdale Road in that Century Park Construction was required to liaise with six separate clients, all with separate minor requirements and requests for their own unit. Needless to say, this necessitated a certain amount of patience during the required constant communications with all six clients and the developer throughout the entire building process. Century Park Construction is an award-winning boutique familyowned business that specialises in residential and commercial developments. It was founded in 2007 by managing director and registered supervisor Mark Lomma, who takes a hands-on approach in his dealings with all clients and tradespeople involved in the company's projects.

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Quality buildings with finishes to impress The company's philosophy is based on a commitment of designing and constructing quality buildings with finishes to impress. This is achieved by limiting the company's building program and specialising in individual designs suited to clients' lifestyle, needs, wants and budget. Century Park also employs strategies to guarantee excellence every time by using materials of integrity and employing qualified, trusted professionals. Mr Lomma saw the Lilacdale Road project as an opportunity to again demonstrate to the developer his company's competence and capability by completing a development of this calibre within a suitable time frame and in compliance with the fixed contract price. The company is currently working on three two-storey townhouses in Rockingham for another repeat developer client. The complex is located close to the beach and all feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a double garage.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Aberdeen Apartments


Close collaboration with architect and client key to successful build



recently completed apartment complex built by Q Group in Halley Street, Innaloo, exemplified that company's approach to its undertakings. The Aberdeen Apartments project required close collaboration between several stakeholders including designer Daniel Cassettai, a host of specialist subcontractors and, most importantly, the client. As the building contractor, Q Group (trading as Q Developments and Construction) undertook to ensure that all aspects of the project were executed to the satisfaction of both the designer and the client. Located just off Karrinyup Road, Aberdeen Apartments are conveniently located near Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Lake Gwelup Reserve, local bus routes and, of course, popular local beaches.

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Contemporary architectural design Aberdeen Apartments is a contemporary architectural design and mix of materials, with an emphasis on acoustic performance, privacy and security. The project has both a striking design externally and functional modern internals that fully maximise the spaces. There is a choice of two bedroom and one bathroom or two bedroom and two bathroom apartments, with the option of ground floor or first floor. The apartments feature an open plan living area and bedrooms are double size with built-in robes. The kitchens have ample storage space, quality stainless steel appliances, stone tops, glass splashbacks and dishwashers. Other attractions include high ceilings and skirting boards throughout, quality floor coverings, split-system reverse cycle airconditioning and an undercover car bay.

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‘‘Aberdeen Apartments is a contemporary architectural design and mix of materials, with an emphasis on acoustic performance, privacy and security’’ Traditional construction materials Constructed with double brick – rendered and face brick – with Colorbond roofing, the exterior design emphasises symmetry and vertical banding. Warmth is created through the use of face brick in both the interior and exterior. The use of timber flooring and warm tones to the tiles and carpets create a homely feel to the apartments. Apartments are provided with private external courtyards or

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balconies, separate storage areas for each unit and bicycle racks to encourage an inner city lifestyle. The main requirements of the brief for the project centred around the astute use of light, spacious living areas, maximum storage, acoustic separation and a large private outdoor space for each unit. Privacy and security, secure covered parking, quality fixtures and fittings and air conditioning were also paramount.

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Challenges: acoustics, privacy and security Acoustics, privacy and security were the main challenges in bringing the design to fruition. Acoustic – and insulation – parameters were dealt with by the use of insulation and acoustic matting under hard flooring on the upper levels, together with judicious use of acoustic bricks and tiles. Privacy screens were employed on balconies and security screens were fitted to entry doors with security alarms also installed on windows. The integrated intercom system was also linked back to the security gates. Security was further enhanced through occupant-controlled vehicle gates and intercom system, thus ensuring secure parking. With the better part of 25 years experience in the building industry in Perth, Builder/Director Glenn Smith's has been involved in Q Group WA since its inception.

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Many industry changes in past 25 years Mr Smith has seen some amazing changes in the building industry during the past 25 years but he has guided Q Group in the direction of being able to clearly define its offering to the Perth market. Services dedicated to new homes, renovations, developments and building maintenance are all separate divisions of Q Group. The team behind the name has been together for more than 10 years and the flexibility and professional approach to all facets of the services offered by Q Group WA has been well recognised. Q Group is currently working with clients on another exciting and bespoke design in Coolbinia in which they have been involved from the first issue of design concepts. Q Group's initial role to review for budgeting and construction detailing has allowed the clients to maintain control of their project, thereby avoiding unnecessary surprises.

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Prestigious Residential Project in Mosman Park


ith its alluring outlook over an intimate part of the Swan River, the site of this stunning home provided the ideal canvas for a simple yet elegant design that blends seamlessly into the natural setting. The house was built by Mosman Bay Construction and designed by Paterson Group Architects (PGA) on a plot located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Both the property and the cul-de-sac are nestled immediately adjacent to the river and natural bushland. According to architect Greg Paterson, the house was designed to engage with the bush and river surroundings. “From within the

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residence you are immersed in the natural setting and oblivious to the adjacent/adjoining residences. It gives the feeling of being in a bush block far away from others. The house engages both the street and the river's edge, with garages concealed from view.” The aim, he says, was to create “an effortless flow from one space to another, with a material palate of natural stone, timber and glass, and a soft colour palate to reinforce the natural bushland setting”. Built over two levels, the house was planned to allow views from all living areas. Elevated above the street, and sitting on fortified stone clad walls that enclose the ground floor, the first floor offers the owners privacy from the street while providing uninterrupted views. The first floor was designed on an “ageing-in-place principle”, with all facilities allowing the residents to live on the upper floor. A lift connecting the lower ground and garage with the first floor was incorporated to support this principle. Access to the lower ground floor is via a simple elegant staircase with the mid level of


“The landscaping is consistent with the simple elegance of the home's overall design” the stairs creating the formal entry. “This arrangement responded to the natural falls of the site,” says Greg, “further enhancing its integration with the natural environment.” The first floor accommodation includes living/dining area, kitchen, study, guest room, laundry/drying court, bathroom, powder room, master bedroom and en-suite/dressing room, as well as al fresco dining.

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The arrival experience for guests involves a formal entry that guides them to the first floor via the staircase, which provides immediate visual engagement as they walk into the house. Access to the lower ground floor is via intentionally less prominent stairways that lead directly to a generous gallery space and then effortlessly on to the TV room/gym, bedrooms and garage. The solid base contrasts with the glazed first floor, while the roof sits lightly

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over the glazed floor, sweeping upwards and outwards and engaging with and capturing the views from within. The soffit lining is a composite timber panelling that terminates at the eaves with Alucobond panelling, thus providing a crisp line. Towards the street frontage, support for the roof is by four main timber clad columns that “create the effect of the roof floating above the transparency of the first floor”. The central columns contain and provide bookends to the formal entry, uniting this area with the upper floor and reinforcing the direct path of travel to the main living area. The timber-clad columns reinforce the natural material palate, and visually integrate with the natural bush setting. The landscaping is consistent with the simple elegance of the home's overall design, reflecting this central philosophy with an understated plant selection that also connects effortlessly with the bushland setting.

A simple rectilinear pool and raised timber decking adjoin the bushland area, providing panoramic views to the river while maintaining rigorous privacy. Hugely Rewarding Team Work One of the main project challenges was the requirement for major earthmoving, with considerable earthworks involved. Piling proved to be especially challenging, according to Mosman Bay Construction, and cladding also represented a significant test due to the scale of work. The ceilings were another demanding challenge as all were computer cut/set out. Pelmets are usually made from timber but the ones for this project were metal and therefore proved difficult to stabilise. In the end, however, Mosman Bay Construction were able to report that most trades worked impeccably well together and the result was hugely rewarding once completed.

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‘‘From within the residence you are immersed in the natural setting and oblivious to the adjacent/adjoining residences” A key milestone for the builders was the roof completion and lock up stage, while another successful operation was incorporating all the structural steelwork, due to the amount involved. In fact, the large amount of steelwork set the project apart from other residential projects. “The architects and client were easy to work with, and made the project a pleasure,” said the builders, “and we handed it over two months early.” As for the materials selected, aluminium cladding was a large part of the job, and plastic composite sheet (more durable than timber sheet) with a wood grain effect was used for the eaves. The home is further highlighted by plenty of glass to enable the owners to fully appreciate the river and bushland views, and it incorporates

expansive stone features on the floors and in the bathrooms. Timber teak was used outside and inside. Other features include standard insulation in cavity brickwork, double-glazed windows, and reverse-cycle air conditioning. For the property's energy rating, the client took advantage of the design to install 60 square metres of panels on the flat roof.

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“The architects and client were easy to work with, and made the project a pleasure” Cutting-Edge Automation ElectronicA undertook the home automation work. All electronics in the Mosman Park property can be controlled from an iPad or iPhone, both inside and outside the home – and even when the owners are away overseas. These include the lights, doors, blinds, multi-room audio, TVs, security and surveillance systems, all able to be turned on or off with absolute convenience. This automation network is integrated with a C-bus lighting system and Somfy blinds within the home. Different custom-made scenes provide a range of options for various times of the day and evening, including… Good morning scene: opens some blinds and can turn on a favourite radio station or TV show.

Going out scene: opens the roller door, turns off all the electronics, TVs and audio in the home, and arms the alarm system. Goodnight scene: turns off most of the lights in and outside the home, sets a dimmed-light ambience for the bedroom, switches on the en-suite, and arms the alarm for stay mode. The automation design comprises an Elan G system to control the lighting, blinds, air conditioning, alarms, CCTV, audio and visual, multiroom audio, access control, Dahua intercoms and Unifi Wi-Fi network. The designer products are Sony LED TV's, Unifi Wi-Fi network, Clipsal Rack server system, HEOS audio system, Macintosh AV processor, Sanus Faber speakers, Jamo flush ceiling speakers and Apple TV.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Bottleyard Apartments

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Transformation of the famous landmark in Perth’s CBD



former industrial site, just 2km from the heart of Perth's CBD, has been transformed into the landmark Bottleyard Apartments. Testament to the high standards and attention to detail of head contractor EMCO Building, the Bottleyard development features 125 apartments along with outstanding communal areas and facilities. Completed in June 2017, the complex includes one, two and three-bedroom apartments spread across six buildings which range from two to five storeys in height. Most of the apartments were pre-sold prior to the completion of construction. EMCO Building credits the collaborative approach which involved the developer Handle Property Group, architects MJA Studio and

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EMCO working together as a team from day one as a major contributor to the overall success of the project: delivered on program, on budget and that met the high-quality standards set out by the client. The Bottleyard Apartments project involved the design and construction (D&C) of the apartments, with the six buildings built on a single podium slab which sits above basement parking for 155 cars. The design incorporates communal space between the buildings, including BBQ facilities, meeting rooms and large landscaped planters which feature herb and vegetable gardens. A rooftop terrace provides residents with a private area to relax and take in the panoramic views of the Perth CBD. The construction methods used in this project were fairly traditional being insitu concrete slabs, concrete lift shafts, concrete stairs and core filled blockwork to all external walls. The core filled blockwork was finished with heritage brick veneers and acrylic texture plastering

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throughout. There was also extensive use of vertical fins and louvres along with more than 1,000 linear metres of glass balustrade. However, the project did throw up some challenges for EMCO Building. Due to the high water table, the lower areas of the building required dewatering to allow excavation, compaction and waterproofing to take place. However, as a result of a combination of factors, groundwater could not be discharged into the sewer, so EMCO had to build a series of dams on site to hold the water, with daily monitoring of the water quality. The design – incorporating interconnecting buildings of differing heights – also presented a number of challenges from a construction point of view. With no internal passageways as are typically found in an apartment building, there was a large volume of external façade, common area balustrade, tiling and scaffold. Sequencing of pours and temporary edge protection was an ongoing challenge, with

twice the open edges of a comparable project. The site management team had to pay additional attention to the multitude of workface that changed on a daily basis, while the differing building heights and common areas at the podium level also required careful planning. The project was negotiated with the client to provide a Gross Maximum Price Project (GMP), with an overall construction cost of $37.6 million. EMCO developed value for money alternatives that met the intent of the development whilst achieving budget and, in many cases, 'up-spec'ing' the apartments.

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As a result, the finished apartments include a number of features such as Bosch appliances, dishwashers, stone bench tops, bamboo floors, skirting boards that would typically be regarded as extra cost items. One of the stand-out features of the Bottleyard project is virtually hidden from ground level. A 260kW solar photovoltaic array has been installed, with the roofs of all the buildings within the development covered in solar panels. The system gives each apartment their own 2kW PV system, and a 10kW system for powering communal areas. This installation is one of the largest multi-residential PV arrays in the southern hemisphere. Continuing the energy-efficiency theme, every apartment has been designed to achieve maximum light penetration and warmth in winter along with cross-flow ventilation in summer. This has not

only provided an energy-efficient design but delivers homes that are comfortable to live in regardless of the season. The Bottleyard site has a rich history. Initially a market garden, in the early 1900s it became Perth's busiest bottleyard, used by several different companies over the next 70 years including the Perth and Fremantle Bottle Exchange Company. The development has been named "The Bottleyard" as a tribute to its former life. When the site was excavated, a large quantity of old bottles and glass was found. The glass has been used as an eye-catching feature at the entrance, providing a subtle reminder of the history of the site – and a talking point for residents and visitors alike. The Bottleyard is immediately adjacent to the magnificent Robertson Park and tennis centre, and many of the apartments


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have views over the parklands. However, this added another challenge, as it meant the builders only had access from Palmerston St for every element of the build, including crainage. The clever design, incorporating the various building heights, has greatly reduced the development's impact on the street, and passers-by may be surprised to know there are 125 apartments within. The separate buildings also create an interesting and unique streetscape. The combination of open space and the light airy environment achieved by the outstanding design add up to an extremely attractive development. The Bottleyard is one of a number of apartment and multiresidential projects completed by EMCO Building.

Since 1986, EMCO has built a reputation as a major contractor in the WA commercial construction sector. EMCO has completed major projects for clients within the retail, sport, education, health and aged care sectors, and has also developed an award-winning reputation for heritage projects. EMCO offers a full range of services from refurbishment through to large-scale new builds and associated infrastructure packages. Irrespective of the project type and size, EMCO remains focused on its core objective which is to provide a high quality building service at all times.

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Embracing a Diverse Coastal Lifestyle in Brighton



he architects did not have to look too far when seeking inspiration for the Zinc Apartments project in Scarborough. The plot is just metres from the picturesque splendour of Brighton beach, with its undulating dunes and Indian Ocean palette of sun-blessed days and evening sunsets. The concept of the design was therefore understandably, and appropriately, inspired by elements of the sea: “an ark-like building adorned with a bubble façade feature, louvers and glazing”. Purpose-built to embrace this exceptional coastal lifestyle, the 20 one and two-bedroom apartments were designed by Meyer Shircore & Associates and constructed by 3B Build.

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According to the architects, “This contemporary residential development focuses on providing high-quality apartment living for a mixture of small families, empty nesters and single/couple occupants. It also contributes to a denser and more liveable coastal neighbourhood, which enriches the existing developments. “Emphasis was placed on creating a building that identifies itself within its environs, complies with the local scheme, design guidelines and policies, and provides living diversity to Scarborough town.” The façade materials and their specifications, as well as the solar shading, were selected and designed to suit the locality and the prevailing climatic conditions. The construction primarily comprises precast concrete walls supported by load-bearing brickwork and concrete columns, beams and permanent formwork slabs.


“This contemporary residential development focuses on providing high-quality apartment living which enriches the existing developments” A restricted palette of materials was utilised to create a restrained and high-quality finish. The materials, and the selection of textures, break up the building bulk while enhancing interest in the streetscape. At the street elevation, glazing and transparency represent the predominant character, and also assist with indirect street surveillance. Aluminium, powder-coated louvered screens on the balconies serve as shades and privacy screens for the residents; and the bubbled and painted precast concrete panels have been incorporated as a feature wall. The building was planned to reflect an environmentally conscious design, taking advantage of natural day light where possible, and utilising shading and screening devices to reduce direct heat and glare without compromising the views. The materials were specifically selected with the key criteria of providing thermal comfort within the building, complemented by deep overhangs on balconies to prevent summer sun penetration. The colourback glazing, for example, is Low-E and high-performance glass.

The company offers a wide range of building and construction services, including commercial development, refurbishments and renovation, multi-level and grouped apartment developments, and design and construct capability for all levels of building construction. In addition to standard construction and building capabilities, 3B Build is a client-focused company able to assist at all levels of a potential development: from initial feasibilities to the manipulation

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“Emphasis was placed on creating a building that identifies itself within its environs – The building was planned to reflect an environmentally conscious design” of building efficiencies and cost components, “to ensure a project can achieve a mutually acceptable outcome for both client and builder and, in turn, ensure the overall viability of the project”. The 3B Build team's operating criteria are highlighted by “an acute awareness of the importance of a high-end product, quality workmanship, maintaining sight of the original predetermined time and cost undertakings, and a safe workplace for all”. Multi-Skilled Designers Meyer Shircore & Associates have been a leading Perth-based design group for over 50 years, offering an outstanding range of skills and services in the design, construction and refurbishment of over 7,000 projects. Fully aware that their clients expect flexible and innovative design and planning options, their overall philosophy is to “develop progressive, cost-effective design solutions, document to an impeccably high standard, always be on time and on budget, and be truly accountable. This is achieved by establishing long-term relations with clients through teamwork and by maintaining leadership in the application of technology to our business.” That philosophy has resulted in the firm being honoured with multiple design and industry awards.

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Elegant Family Home in City Beach



he family who commissioned this home in one of Perth's most coveted beachside residential areas had a clear longterm vision of how they wanted their new residence to be created and developed. It was important for it to be a “forever” home – both functional and luxurious in every sense. To realise their dream they turned to Zazen Building & Design, and the result is a stunning property that exudes class and elegance. On entering the custom cedar pivot entry door, past a timber staircase and continuing into a well-appointed kitchen, living and dining area, it is immediately evident that meticulous care has been taken with the home's design and construction to produce a timeless classic.

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Mataka stone cladding has been tastefully utilised externally and internally, together with custom splayed gutters, composite turret cladding, Italian porcelain tiles in the wet areas and engineered stone. The property originally contained a 1960s style bungalow dwelling that included a sunken basketball court in the front yard. After demolition, the court was filled to increase the respective site levels up to street level. According to Zazen, “The natural undulated contour of the site provided an opportunity to enhance the visual appeal of the design, with the inclusion of steps leading out to the side and rear of the home. Additionally, the property was awaiting deep sewerage to be commissioned, so provisions had to be made to install a leach drain system to service the property in the interim.”


“The natural undulated contour of the site provided an opportunity to enhance the visual appeal of the design” The owners were keen to take advantage of the 1,200 square metre plot size by maintaining a deep frontage and creating a picturesque entry to the home that provided a sense of grandeur, with a combination of brick screen wall, automatic gates, exposed aggregate concrete and soft, delicate landscaping. The home comprises five bedrooms, extensive WIR, two en suites, a bathroom, two powder rooms, a theatre, an activity area, a double garage with workshop, an al fresco pool and a balcony. Extending over a total area 484 square metres, the home caters ideally for the owners' growing family. Two key elements of their initial demands when commissioning the project were a commitment to quality and an efficient construction process – and Zazen not only delivered in this respect but exceeded expectations.

The entrance area showcases an expansive foyer with custom chandelier and feature highlight window, and a continuation of timber flooring leading up the staircase, dressed with a frameless glass balustrade. Some of the striking features of the front elevation include: Mataka stone cladding (Tundra/Aspen mix), custom cedar entry pivot door, custom splayed profile zincalume gutters, Ultimate series aluminium composite garage door, Rightwood Selekta composite cladding, shingle profile roof tiles and custom profile concrete mouldings. Materials such as composite claddings, zincalume and Dulux Acratex were carefully specified due to the proximity to the coast and to reduce the requirement for maintenance in the future. Additional areas around the external structure of the home where

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“The result is a stunning property that exudes class and elegance” attention to detail is also clearly apparent include soffit linings with contrast expressed joints, cedar lining to external ceilings, and travertine pavers to the al fresco area. Inside the home, stone cladding wads were installed around the living area Escea DL1100 fireplace which, combined with the wide plank timber flooring, create a sense of warmth and character. Highlighted by Q Stone Calacatta Nuvo Supernatural stone bench tops and Polytec Thermolaminated Ultra White gloss cabinetry, the kitchen displays clean, crisp lines to showcase its role as a focal area of the home, while Miele appliances complete the fit-out. Other special features of the home include: custom trough lighting to the theatre recessed ceiling; smart wiring throughout; and solar panels and energy-efficient window glazing. With expansive glass present throughout the home, energy efficiency was a key element to achieve an adequate energy rating, while maintaining a cost-effective and partially self-sufficient lifestyle. ABN: 68 766 004 090

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Premier Custom-Home Builders Dino Colica and John Simunovich – business partners of Zazen Building & Design, one of Perth's leading boutique home builders – have a simple motto: “If we can't personally build it, we won't take on the project.” Together, they have over 38 years of combined construction industry experience and during this time they have established a reputation for quality, personalised service and attention to detail, “without the delays that are usually associated with achieving these attributes”. They are committed to forging excellent long-standing relationships with clients, designers, architects and associated professionals, together focusing on the common goal: “a satisfied client whose desires become a reality”. Dino and John are also backed by a team of leading industry artisans. “Our sub-contractors are treated more like family and it's because of this respect and relationship that they spend a little more time on their work to produce that ZBD touch.



“The home caters ideally for the owners' growing family” “If our service and attention to clients' needs defines our boutique style, then it's obsessive commitment to craftsmanship that is the enduring hallmark of our homes. The thinking behind this is quite simple: we build every home as if it were our own. No shortcuts, no excuses, no compromises. It's the difference between a company that's driven to be the biggest, and one that's driven to build a legacy that lasts as long as the home it crafts.” Dino and John say they apply the Zazen principle of “Balance, Lifestyle and Building” into every home they build, and “truly love building people's dreams”. In 2016, Zazen Building & Design were named “best new builder” at the Housing Excellence Awards; and they also won a prize at the

Master Builders Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards for “best contract home” in the $280,000 to $350,000 price category. Dino attributes Zazen's success to the fact that he and John deal exclusively with clients from the start of a project to its conclusion – and even beyond. “If I was in the market to build a home, this would be a very important factor for me, personally. Our design and construction service is complete, flexible and thorough. When engaging our services, a client will have peace of mind knowing that we'll handle every aspect pertinent to the building process. “A large percentage of our clients are professionals, have children and are time poor. Our building process provides our clients with a tailored service to meet their lifestyles.”

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Resoundingly Successful Renewal of Charles Jenkins Building in Bentley



onstruction deadlines are always of paramount importance but one recently completed project in Bentley had a special sense of urgency. The work involved a complete $5 million revitalisation of the Juniper Charles Jenkins building, a former care facility on the grounds of Juniper Rowethorpe in Bentley. Now known as the Juniper Charles Jenkins Transition Care, the medical centre provides short-term care and accommodation for older people who are recovering from an acute illness and are planning on returning to their own home or waiting to move into an aged care residence. According to chief executive Vaughan Harding, the facility “will deliver a first class service helping older Western Australians

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through a vital phase in their recovery from illness. This highly significant service will help relieve pressure on the public hospital system and most importantly will support older people with the best possible nursing and allied healthcare.” R E Asset logistics (REAL), via parent company Pyramid Group Australia, were asked by Juniper to assist in the upgrading of the building into a transitional care facility. Pyramid have enjoyed a long association with Juniper, having previously constructed several new buildings at Rowethorpe and Elimatta villages. The construction time of 10 weeks, dictated by the agreement between Juniper and the West Australian health department, was particularly short and required an immediate start with site establishments and the early engagement of subcontractors and suppliers. The schedule was, in fact, so short that right from the outset many people thought the task to complete on time was impossible.


“The facility will deliver a first class service helping older Western Australians through a vital phase in their recovery from illness” They should never have had any doubts. SPH Architecture + Interiors were appointed as the project architects and they worked closely with REAL and Juniper throughout the construction process to ensure its completion on schedule. Excellent Team Work The scope of the work grew as the building (dating to 1967) “revealed its secrets” and as the client fine-tuned their requirements. This

necessitated design changes by SPH Architecture + Interiors and prompt implementation by the project team. Trade selection was based on experience and manpower resourcing, as on a typical day 70 to 90 people were on site. This teamwork and cooperation between the client, SPH Architecture + Interiors, building services consultants, the builder and subcontractors was ultimately the key to the resounding success of the project. As REAL noted on its

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“Communication and adaptability were two qualities highlighted by the team to enable the delivery of a functional, high quality outcome for the client” completion, “Meeting the Juniper handover targets was a credit to the endeavours of all the personnel involved.” Due to the compressed programme, the SPH Interiors team had a particularly hands-on relationship with both client and builder. “Lead times were critical and product selection was of the upmost importance to ensure an urgent delivery was obtained. Communication and adaptability were two qualities highlighted by the team to enable the delivery of a functional, high quality outcome for the client.” One serious issue of concern faced by the architects and builders was the discovery of asbestos in the existing building. Elements within the building were tested, and the results indicated that asbestos was present in the vinyl floor, eave linings and within the roof. “Upon consultation with the client, it was determined that asbestos removal was a priority. Professionals were engaged to remove the material and an asbestos register was formed to manage this process, ensuring the health of those working on the construction site was kept at a premium.” Essential Care for the Aged The new Juniper Charles Jenkins Transition Care centre was officially opened in August by deputy premier and minister for health Roger Cook and Juniper board chair Fred Boshart. The 64-bed, three-storey facility now offers an uplifting, lightenriched environment, featuring a modern design that is focused on encouraging rehabilitation and enabling people who have had an acute Mb: 0451

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health care episode to transition to residential care or return to their home in the community. Testament to how important the centre is as part of the state government's health care arrangements for the aged in Western Australia is the fact that, just two weeks after completion of the upgrade work, the facility was 95 per cent occupied. As chief executive Vaughan Harding noted, “We will help people to return to health and an independent life wherever possible, and otherwise help them transition into the most appropriate form of care and support for their individual needs, be that in their own home or in residential care.” In addition to providing short-term residential care accommodation, residents will be fully supported by trained nursing and care staff and have access to a suite of allied healthcare services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social and pastoral care workers. Residents and families will also benefit from the range of services and amenities available within the wider campus including cafés, a medical practice, a pharmacy and a community centre. “With this project Juniper is partnering with the state government to make more effective use of acute care beds,” said Harding, “but we are also responding to the growing need for more permanent residential aged care services.” Juniper Charles Jenkins Transition Care is part of Juniper's strategic plan to double its capacity in response to community needs, and deliver - among other amenities - an additional 450 aged care beds across Perth and regional Western Australia.


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It is therefore not surprising that when principal Michael Cicanese recently built a residence for himself and family, those corporate philosophies were very much in evidence in the completed build. Own home provides unique opportunity In building his own home, Mr Cicanese saw a unique opportunity to demonstrate how a smart design, combined with the use of sustainable and energy efficient products, can be utilised to build a comfortable family home. This was achieved through working with architect Sid Thoo. The brief required the building to have a contemporary modular design and to be contained within 200sqm. Provisions were to be

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made for future second storey extensions and all rooms were to have views to the entertaining area, with easy access. The design also utilised the full potential of the block and solar orientation was maximised. Collaboration between builder and architect Situated in the City of Swan Woodbridge heritage precinct, the project illustrates how a close collaboration between builder and architect can result in improved eco-effective cost and design outcomes. The residence is built on a battle-axe lot and the design demonstrates how a contemporary aesthetic can still he complimentary to and sensitive to the historical character and context of the neighbourhood such as the Woodbridge heritage precinct. The design is based around a series of timber-framed living, sleeping and wet area modules that can be flexibly deployed to suit different lot sizes, constraints and orientations. The construction also allows for a future upper storey extensions to be added though the inclusion of additional structural members in the roof and walls.

Eco-effective design considerations The project focuses on simple sustainability and eco-effective design considerations:  7.0 star NatHERS rating highly insulated building fabric;  waste management practices to minimise building and construction;  main living areas oriented towards north;  reclaimed fill use as part of the site and earthworks;  light coloured roof to reduce solar absorption;  grouped wet areas to minimise plumbing runs for hot water;  airtight construction to minimise infiltration gains and losses;  high performance windows and glazing throughout;  maximising recycling and re-use of materials;  north facing windows and wall shaded by concrete portals that exclude harsh summer sun;  extensive use of recycled and salvaged timber for external cladding and internal ceiling linings; and,  exposed thermal mass in main living areas to help regulate internal temperatures throughout the year.

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One of many notable features in the house is the use of recycled jarrah cladding which has been treated by the Japanese method of 'shousugiban', that is, the charring of timber. In situ concrete walls and projections also add to and enhance the residence's unique appearance. The maxim of recycling continues throughout the house with the kitchen and other cabinet works being made from Paperock, a recycled paper product. Much of the material used in the project was recycled from the front house renovation. The old roof frame was machined into external cladding and salvaged timber beams were recycled into bench tops. Recycled blackbutt and marri sourced from demolition sites were machined into ceiling lining boards and decking. Industry accolades While there can be no doubt that the recycling and environmental objectives of the project have been met, if not exceeded, there Swan Valley Air Pty Ltd T/As

have also been industry accolades: the home took out the 2017 MBA WA Housing Excellence award for Best Contract Home ($500k - $600k) and has been nominated for the MBA national awards ($500k - $1m) to be held in November. Having been involved in the building industry for more than 30 years, Michael Cicanese is a carpenter by trade, but has also worked as a building project manager/supervisor for some 10 years. He founded Element Builders Pty Ltd in 2005. Element Builders provide a number of services for owners of both residential and commercial properties including design and construction of timber frame residential homes; project management, coordination and installation of commercial fitouts; renovations, extensions and upgrades; bringing back the beauty and functionality of old, historical architectural pieces; and, maintenance of both residential and commercial properties.

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he building of a 44 residential apartment complex is a substantial project by any measure and, as was the case with Glenariff Apartments in Ranford Road, Canning Vale, more of a challenge due to a tight budget, tight time frames and the fact that the complex featured a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments. However the project was completed on time and on budget and within an impressive building time of 16 months. Designed by Colliere Architects, the Glenariff Apartments project was won via a tender process and was constructed by Thomas Building.

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Ideal Canning Vale location Located on the corner of Glenariff Boulevard and Ranford Road, the complex is a short drive by bus or car to Murdoch University, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch Railway Station and Curtin University. Four bus routes serve the apartments and Perth CBD is only 25 minutes away by train or freeway. Shopping is well catered for with Livingston Marketplace Shopping centre together with one of Perth's oldest farmers' markets located nearby. Cafes and restaurants abound in the local area and there are big sporting reserves and parks, with an attractive golf course just around the corner. The architect-designed apartment complex presents a striking street frontage with patterned and attractive brickwork complemented by punched aluminium balustrading – which was successfully manufactured and installed to the architect's specifications – to provide a unique pattern that replicates brickwork.

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The apartments feature the latest in stylish design with timber floors to kitchens and living rooms, stone bench tops in kitchens and bathrooms, integrated dishwashers and a built-in Bluetooth speaker system. There is a high level of security with secure parking and security gates with voice intercom system. Project managed by only two The build is a traditional one with brick walls, in situ concrete slab and Colorbond roof. The project was quite unique in that it was managed by a team of only two people: site manager Steve Fletcher and contracts administrator Nathan Carrall, a rare occurrence in construction today for a project of this size. Prices for apartments range from $320,000 to $385,000, with the complex being promoted as a unique option for those who want to live in Canning Vale but are on a tight budget.

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Thomas Building faced and overcame a number of challenges during the project, such as making stormwater installations onsite compatible with the council disposal point, which was made problematic by the levels with which they had to deal. Incorporating the structural steelwork design also presented challenges as did the fireproofing of nominated windows. Complications also arose in making roofs water tight due to the complex roof design. Discreet design changes to the architects' design were made – with the architects' approval – to enable certification of fire ratings and a reduction in long-term maintenance costs without changing the final appearance of the project. Builders find cost-saving alternatives Thomas Building were also able to offer cost-saving alternatives for the timber floors and tile selections. The savings were substantial but did not change the aesthetics of the final product. Thomas Building was founded by Alan Thomas. Mr Thomas has building and construction experience spanning over 30 years across Perth and in regional Australia. He prides himself on his hands-on


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approach as a director for the company. Previously a major shareholder and managing director for Rapley Wilkinson, he has spent many years working on-site and has advanced his career through the ranks, from site manager to construction manager and general manager. The company's other director, Greg Cran, also has extensive experience in building and developing strategies for managing large and small-scale housing, town houses, apartments and hotel developments in Perth and across the State. Thomas Building operates in both city and regional areas, with offices in Osborne Park, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie and Karratha. The company has a policy of using sub-contractors and work labour that are locally based, strongly believing that this strategy ensures productivity and quality of workmanship. The policy also extends to senior site management living locally in the markets in which the company operates.

Regional projects The company has undertaken mass housing projects in regional Western Australia for BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Woodside, Minderoo, Burrup Fertilisers and Yara Pilbara. Mr Thomas' portfolio also includes numerous housing projects for the State government and with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and IBN Corporation. The company is currently working on a number of projects including the Port Hedland Respite Centre and the Butler Medical Centre. Projects due for commencement include mixed use and apartments in Walcott Street, apartments in Melville Parade, South Perth, a medical centre in Antony Street, Palmyra, Goodstart Childcare and Baldivis Childcare.

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Excellence Award for Baldivis affordable apartment development



collaboration between Western Australia's leading provider of community housing, Access Housing, and prominent building industry entity BGC Development, has resulted in a unique and very substantial housing project in Baldivis. Specialising in tenancy and property management and property development for low to moderate income earners, Access Housing is a not-for-profit charity. A development agreement was forged between Access Housing and BGC Development where Access Housing provided the land, administrative and development management and BGC Development managed design, sales and marketing. The outcome of this collaboration is the award winning Jervis Rise, a three-storey development of 51 affordable one and two bedroom residential dwellings.

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UDIA Award for Excellence Jervis Rise has been awarded the UDIA Award for Excellence in the Affordable Development category, being recognised as the best development in WA for both initial affordability as well as the incorporation of 'whole of life' sustainable elements that provide for affordability in ongoing running costs. The judges were impressed with many aspects including location, design, attention to detail, materials used and specifications, and appeal to a wide range of people from first homebuyers through to retirees. The judges also lauded the fact that this project showed that a high quality and well-designed building can still be affordable. Jervis Rise was also a finalist in the Medium Density category which further highlights the industry recognised high standard of this complex.

Access Housing THE BUILDERS CHOICE Located at the junction of Sherry Street and Nairne Drive approximately 300m from the Baldivis Town Centre and its associated amenities, the complex provides a diverse range of accommodation types for a wide range of people. Lifestyle and comforts have been factored into the design and surrounding natural landscape, with almost all apartments having uninterrupted direct views to the adjacent Tamworth Wetlands. Ideal location With access to the freeway just minutes away and a 300-metre walk to the Stockland Baldivis Shopping Centre and retail precinct, the location of the complex is ideally suited to functional apartment living. Each dwelling comes with a 4m2 storage room located directly outside their property, providing convenience and handy storage options to cater towards hobbyist lifestyles, home businesses or self-storage. Two lifts provide direct access to the top floors of the threestorey complex providing both added accessibility and function. Gated entry courts have been designed to allow space for laundry, storage and security, with screens also covering the entry courts to ensure resident privacy, while also ensuring views from the back of the development are not unsightly. The complex contains a secure gated car park, which provides residents with remote access via a protected intercom service, as well as security within the development grounds. All ground floor dwellings fronting onto Nairn drive and Sherry Street are provided with direct access to the public streets. The front courtyards to the dwellings have low masonry walls with a slatted screen above to facilitate visual connection to the street from the ground floor dwellings. The front setback incorporates soft landscaping to the front courtyards. The arrangement of the development has been based on the principles of a 'walking community' with all dwellings being accessed off the communal walkways via the semi-private internal courtyards.

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Warm and rich textural facades Construction is of a traditional system with concrete slabs spanning between double cavity masonry walls (a mix of rendered and face brickwork), and metal framed roofing for the main buildings. Other construction materials such as concrete, lightweight stud frame with weatherboard cladding, metal cladding, glazed windows, composite timber screens and custom patterned perforated metal screens have been selected to make up the remaining materials and finishes palette, creating warm and rich textural facades to the building. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom configurations are ideally suited to share house buyers, with ample space for two unrelated occupants to live in comfort. Each dwelling comes with an open plan style design, spacious balconies, ample storage and spacious surrounds that provide flexibility to match a variety of furniture layouts. All dwellings are open plan, which allows for a range of furniture layouts and provides greater flexibility for residents over the lifespan of the dwelling. Aluframe, provides a high-quality, professional service that incorporates design, production and installation of aluminium doors and windows suitable for both residential and commercial buildings. We offer combined 20 years of trade experience in the aluminium fabrication industry and have a reputation to uphold. 5b/10 Strang St Beaconsfield WA

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The key principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) have been employed in the design of the development to reduce the opportunity for crime and to improve the perception of safety in the development and adjacent public realm. Sustainable living solutions have also been implemented, including passive solar heating, cooling, cross-ventilation and daylighting strategies, with all dwellings also enjoying high quality cross-ventilation and dual aspect design. Landscaping inspired by surrounding wetlands With 66% of the development being classed as open space, careful consideration has been given to the soft landscaping throughout the development, with inspiration being taken from the surrounding Tamworth Wetlands. Complying with the local three-storey height limitation, the complex has two street frontages and has been divided into two specific blocks via dividing open spaces, providing residents with direct access and integration with the surrounding wetlands.

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‘‘Lifestyle and comforts have been factored into the design and surrounding natural landscape, with almost all apartments having uninterrupted direct views to the adjacent Tamworth Wetlands’’ A unique feature of the development is the semi-private internal courtyards provided at each dwelling. These have been designed to give access from the communal walkways, while overlooking the car park, providing communal ambience and security for residents. Selections for landscaping have been taken from the feel of the surrounding Tamworth Wetlands, focusing on creating plant type and species to complement the natural surroundings. A selection of low water, low maintenance, native trees, shrubs and grasses have been chosen within the complex, providing a visual aesthetic to residents and portraying a feeling of being connected to nature. A great deal of importance has been placed on minimising the environmental impact of the complex, with careful consideration of materials to ensure low emissions and efficient building energy usage, resulting in the apartments achieving an average 6-Star energy rating. Low ongoing running costs In line with affordability, the units have been designed to provide low ongoing running costs through strategies such as cross ventilations with ceiling fans and deep balconies enhancing the passive design principles, generous living areas with higher ceiling

and an entrance courtyard separating the private zone from the public realm yet still providing a sense of openness. The question of affordability for the development is based on several things, the first being the initial purchase price of the home which is well placed with prices ranging between $265,000 and $379,000, representing real 'value for money' and affordable construction. The second factor of affordability is based on the energy cost for running these units. Other than the passive design principles such as generous balconies, usage of ceiling fans, other energy efficient LED lights have been used throughout the project. Over 90% of the apartments also have their own drying areas reducing the need for dryer use and thereby reducing energy usage. The open corridors also provide natural ventilation and daylight, reducing the need for any major mechanical equipment and energy consumption during the day. The close proximity to the local centre and high frequency public transport access are likely to induce people to restrict the use of their private vehicle on a regular basis. The development, therefore, provides dwellings that are affordable in terms of initial construction costs, on going maintenance costs and the living costs of future residents.



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SMART CITIES by Prof Ray Wills

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he smart city concept is no longer theory as a growing number of global business capitals and trade hubs like Singapore, New York, Barcelona, Oslo, London, and San Francisco roll out interconnected smart technologies. The definition of what constitutes a smart city is still being argued, but my view is nothing new tech is excluded. While some focus on things like the deployment of technology-sensing infrastructure to, and others on tech to improve economic efficiency, the reality is all these things apply, and more. Smart cities should simply enhanve both liveability and sustainability – overcome mobility challenges, ensure public safety, optimize traffic flow, create better tourism experiences, and to monetise data opportunities through both broadband and wireless. Enhanced connectivity in smart cities enabled through the Internet of Things (IoT) also allows new solutions, like autonomous vehicles, which rely on multiple data streams to operate safely and effectively. Perth is having multiple prods at smart cities too, but to date everything is at a pilot scale. White Gum Valley is perhaps the best example: branded WGV, the plan is to demonstrate the very best in

sustainable design and create a liveable and affordable community so people can live in a way that makes smart use of the Earth's resources. With the involvement of LandCorp, Water Corp and City of Fremantle, WGV will be the focus of a four year 'living laboratory' research program with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and Curtin University to monitor the performance of the estate's homes, particularly the Gen Y demonstration housing project, and to share its findings with the wider community and industry. And not just cities large megacity-sized corporations like Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft are acting to build sustainable campus globally, and to become 100% renewable

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energy-powered. Again, these investments will increasingly not only be driven by corporate social responsibility or perceived reputational reasons, it will be cheaper, provide grid-independent energy resilience, and ensured operational continuity. This highlights that action on climate remains a priority for the vast majority – not just governments, but businesses and communities too, as public sentiment (read voters and customers) has re-strengthened in support of action on global warming following the Paris Agreement. Smart, Green Buildings Smart cities follow on the back of green building standards that are bringing greater energy efficiency in both the construction and ownership of buildings. Green construction is becoming increasingly profitable for developers and demanded by customers. Green buildings are less costly to heat or cool, consume 25% less energy and 11% less water, and bring other benefits including high indoor air quality. According t o a Dodge Data & AnalyticsWorld Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, the global green building sector continues to double every three years, with survey respondents from 70 countries reporting 60% of their projects will be green by 2018. What makes Green building cost-effective? In the US LEED-certified properties are seeing an average expected increase in value of 4%, Upfront investment in green building makes properties more valuable. Lowered maintenance and energy costs mean the return on investment from green building is rapid: green retrofit projects are generally expected to pay for itself in less than seven years. Green buildings reduce day-to-day costs year-over-year. LEED buildings report almost 20% lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofit projects typically decrease operation costs by almost 10% in just one year. Further, many large enterprises are now demanding green commercial buildings because there is clear evidence that employees in green buildings feel better, and this leads to enhanced productivity, particularly because of fewer sick days, but also employers are discovering better staff retention when their business demonstrates credible environmental commitment.

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This commitment not only includes energy and water efficiency, but also indoor environment quality (especially air quality) and resource conservation – approaches that are equally relevant in commercial offices, retail centres, factories, hospitals, schools and universities, as well as homes and multi-unit residential facilities. The benefits of green building continue to grow the market and break records. The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth globally and will continue to rise. LEED is the international standard of excellence in green building, with more than 90,000 LEED projects in 165 countries and territories. LEED buildings perform better – and from a designer/builder point of view, cutting edge buildings are often internationally acclaimed, building brand awareness and reputation. In Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia certifies the environmental, social and governance performance of properties through its Green Star program, and also the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) used by property portfolio owners to optimize the risk/return profile of their investments. Lighting is the largest end use of electricity in commercial buildings, and many buildings target lighting for energy savings through energyefficient light sources and advanced lighting technologies. Nearly all

The Smart City Concept THE BUILDERS CHOICE with the production of any commodity, the more you make, the cheaper they get. Once the technology begins to be taken up in volume, further price falls should be expected, as seen with the company's sales and pricing of EVs. If we assume that the solar roof tiles will experience the same successes as Tesla's previous endeavours, this will mean a huge transition in the traditional market towards solar roof tiling. If the cost is lower, and continues to decline over time, and the product more durable than traditional roof tiles, with the bonus of providing power to your home, why would anyone choose a conventional roof?

commercial buildings have some type of lighting. As factories move to robotic manufacturing the need for lighting is greatly reduced or eliminated – robots equipped with an array of sensors don't need light to see. Some warehouses with robotic inventory only turn lighting on when a human is on the floor. Solar roof tiles Prof Ray Wills and Ian Raymond Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity late in 2016 and the subsequent announcement in May 2017 that orders are now open for solar roof tiles will have many in the renewable energy sector feeling optimistic. Representing a great leap from traditional fossil fuels powering everyday homes to a 100% renewable residential integrated system. But what does this really mean for architects, builders, home building, renovation and the consumer market; what makes Tesla's launch more exciting than previously failed technologies; and will it be successful? First of all, solar roof tiling is not new to the market, with the most notable past example being the Powerhouse Solar System by Dow Chemical Company, which sold its last Powerhouse 2.0 system in July last year, wrapping up the technology only 5 years after its launch. At the time a major obstacle for Dow was the combination of traditional solar modules being much more efficient and at the same time more cost effective than solar roof tiles; leading consumers to opt for the former. One of the most contentious points of Musk's recent announcement from Tesla is this question of cost. Ambiguous comparisons have been made between the cost of adding solar roof tiles to your home against the cost of a traditional roof, but what exactly does a 'traditional roof' consist of? A clay roof, an asphalt roof, or a slate roof can cost approximately $16,000, $20,000 and $45,000 respectively (in USD as of Dec 2016, California). This cost is going to be offset by future savings in electricity, and some re-selling to the grid. With the release of indicative pricing, it is now clear that the solar tile system is much cheaper than the critics expected but we will need a few more months for take-up to indicate how much interest consumers and builders show. The first styles have been announced, with black glass smooth and textured styles available now, and with Tuscan and French Slate following in "about six months." However Musk insists that a clean-up of the roofing supply chain, in which large transport inefficiencies exist, will realise even greater cost savings in the solar tiles even before electricity savings and government subsidies are taken into account. There is no doub that, as has worked for Tesla in the past, the early market will be higher-income, green driven customers. And as

Battery storage for homes and buildings Storage is understandably seen as the keystone to reliability of supply of renewable energy. But while large-scale energy storage would on first pass seem to be the logical best solution for the electricity market to service renewables, there are questions as to whether this will really be the main game. Storage has already been critical in the arrival of portable devices, and driven by demands of laptop computing and mobile smartphones. While stationary storage is certainly considered important, the electric vehicle market has probably already been responsible for the arrival of more than 20 GW of storage over the past ten years, half in the last two. Meanwhile, markets in Germany, New Zealand and now Australia are considering distributed domestic storage as likely drivers of the demand for energy storage for the next few years, and thus, the ability to balance the grid. This removes the need to “gold plate the network” for unexpected excursions so therefore the generating assets can be downscaled accordingly. The incumbent generators and grid operators have started to speak about enabling precinct level smart grids. As we seek to be self-generators of electricity with solar panels and even extending to home storage using batteries, efficiency at home becomes more and more important.


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Building Certifiers • Fire Safety Engineers Building Surveyors Phone: 9271 1338


Construction and Commercial Cleaning Golemo's Cleaning delivers high quality results. All of our cleaners are fully trained and safety inducted with white cards, in order to meet our clients specific project needs.

T+61 0420 202 303



Mobile: 0410 484 347

Maintenance • Testing & Tag • RCDs • LED Lighting • Switchboard Upgrades • Installation of Air Conditioning • Smoke Alarms • Motor Control • TV and Sound Installation


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Domestic/Commercial Lighting Systems Phone/Data Lines TV Antennas Repairs/Maintenance


0408 823 867 Email: FIRE SERVICES

Carl Sanders Business Development Manager

9202 3315

0439 947 942

Perth Office Cannington Retravision Superstore Shop 25/1490 Albany Highway, Cannington WA 6107 South West Office Bunbury Retravision Superstore, Bunbury HOTEL – FUNCTIONS

Phone: 9361 1038 Passive fire protection • Fire door audits Smoke door audits • Path of egress inspections Penetration seal surveys • Door installations Compartmentation surveys

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Functions At The Broken Hill Hotel We are situated in Vic Park, Perth and have a dedicated and professional team who will personally manage your event from the first inquiry to the last drink, thus ensuring your every desire is met!



Phone: 9361 1038 ROOFING

Specialising in Metal Deck Roofing ING • ESTAB LI


Built on service and quality

`The Builders Choice´ in Colorbond roofing







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276 Bagot Road, Subiaco WA 6008 Mobile: 0419 941 423 • Office: 9361 6530 Fax: 9361 6537 • Email: ME




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HIRE & SALES 106 The Builders Choice Magazine – September 2017

Experts in Steel Fixing, Formwork Concreting and Bubble Deck Mobile: 0411 734 200 Email:

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BUILDERS DISCOUNTS APPLY – Infresco offers fully installed outdoor kitchens completed with gourmet barbecues, your choice of fridges, exhaust hoods, wok burners, bench top surfaces, under bench ovens... the options are incredible and the variety of appliances to complete your new infresco outdoor kitchen is outstanding. Email a design or idea and we will send you a 3d design & Quote. Visit our website for more information or just browse our gallery to see the wide styles and designs we have completed. NORTH Unit 7, 15 PRINDIVILLE DRIVE WANGARA 6065 SOUTH 32 HOWSON WAY BIBRA LAKE 6163

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Builders choice magazine september 2017  

Builders choice magazine september 2017