4 01, 2021
  • Town Planning

Town Planning for Tomorrow: The Trends to Watch in Urban Development

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Our towns and cities are crucial to our health, safety, economy, and culture. This is why we need to pay close attention to urban development, town planning, building permits and approvals, and many other elements so we can understand what the urban centres of tomorrow will look like. Take a look at some of the

30 11, 2020
  • Building certification software

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Together Building Certification Software and Local Government

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There are many links in the business regulation chain – perhaps a few too many. As any business owner knows, when processes get too complicated, problems can begin to arise – problems such as inefficiencies, bottle necks, and potential stumbling blocks. Let's consider building regulations on a macro level. These regulations are designed to protect

2 11, 2020
  • combustible cladding

Combustible Cladding Issues in Australia: The Latest Regulations in QLD, NSW and VIC

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In the wake of the Lacrosse Tower incident in Melbourne and London's fatal Grenfell Tower fire, there is now considerable anxiety around the use of combustible cladding. Australia's authorities quickly drafted a range of new legislation designed to offer an effective response to the dangers posed by this cladding. So, what does this mean for building

21 09, 2020
  • PI insurance exemption period

QLD Government extends PI Insurance exemption period for Private Building Certifiers

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The ‘exemption period’ that allows building certifiers to hold professional indemnity insurance with an exclusion relating to external cladding has been extended from 30 June 2021 to 30 June 2022.  This extension to the ‘exemption period’ allows private building certifiers to hold an exclusion on their professional indemnity insurance policies for a further 12-months. To read the full

20 07, 2020
  • Focus on building surveyors

The Building Confidence Report – Focus on Building Surveyors

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The 2014 Lacrosse apartment fire, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and the more recent Neo200 fire all serve to highlight numerous safety risks brought on by non-compliance in the building and construction industry. All three fire incidents revealed building structural problems and the non-compliant use of building products, particularly the use of combustible cladding material. These

8 06, 2020
  • post covid

Returning to the office post-Covid 19

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Entering the post-COVID world may seem as daunting as lockdown itself. And, as an office manager, you will have many questions about the health and safety of your workforce as you prepare to welcome them back. Let’s take a look at what you can do to minimise COVID-19 infection in the workplace, and help you

11 05, 2020
  • Encryption Ransomware

Taking Caution Against Encryption Ransomware

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According to recent statistics and observations, ransomware attacks are on a sharp rise, and the associated costs of successful attacks are skyrocketing. Ransomware attacks remain the most prevalent and damaging forms of cyber-attacks. In most attacks, the hacker encrypts the victim’s data and demands a payout (ransom) to withdraw the siege. This type of attack

30 03, 2020
  • cybersecurity

Cyber Security – How to protect yourself

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How to Maintain Cybersecurity While Working From Home As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 – a still unfamiliar global health threat – companies and organisations have been tasked to develop strategies to protect their employees while continuing to operate, even with a scaled-down or skeletal workforce. Businesses have had to adopt a 'work