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Posted Jul 18, 2019 Next Steps in Building Regulation Reforms – “Building Stronger Foundations”
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On 26 June 2019, the NSW Government released a discussion paper entitled “Building Stronger Foundations” (BSF Report).1 This paper sets out the next steps in legislation reform needed in order to implement the Shergold Weir Builders Confidence Report 2 which was released on 9 February 2018 (Shergold Weir Report). In February 2019 the NSW Government…

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Posted Jul 11, 2019 NSW Proposed Reforms to the Building Industry
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In February 2019 the NSW Government released its response to the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report (“NSW Response”).1 In February 2018 Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir released their report entitled “Building Confidence: Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building industry across Australia” (“Building Confidence Report”).2 This Building Confidence report was commissioned…

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Posted Jul 02, 2019 Mascot Towers and Opal Tower: Changes Imminent for the Construction Industry to Restore Consumer Confidence
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MASCOT TOWERS – EVACUATION On 14 June 2019, residents were evacuated from another building in Sydney, known as Mascot Towers due to structural defects. On that day a letter was issued by the Building Manager stating that (t)he Buildings engineer has carried out a site inspection this afternoon regarding cracking in the transfer slab beams…

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Posted Jun 11, 2019 Residential Property Developers and Purchasers Affected by Cladding Legislation Changes
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Summary of the New Laws Almost two years have passed since the Grenfell Fire in June 2017 and five years since the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne 2014. To address public fire safety concerns following these two incidents, new laws have passed for buildings that are affected by external combustible cladding material. In summary, the owners…

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Posted Aug 29, 2018 Aluminium Composite Panel Ban commenced 15 August 2018
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On 15 August 2018 the Commissioner for Fair Trading banned the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) containing more than 30% polyethylene in any external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in residential buildings over two storeys and commercial buildings which are higher than three storeys. This is the first building product…

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