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Checklists

Buyer's Inspection Checklist  Buyer's Inspection Checklist (596 KB)

What to do when purchasing a property.



 

Residential SafetyCHECK  Residential SafetyCHECK (870 KB)

Preventing and minimising accidents to residents and visitors to your property is very important. This diagram shows many of the typical things to look for.



 

Strata SafetyCHECK  Strata SafetyCHECK (654 KB)

Preventing and minimising accidents to residents and visitors to your property is very important. This diagram shows many of the typical things to look for.



 

Strata MaintenanceCHECK  Strata MaintenanceCHECK (626 KB)

Managers and owners have a duty to keep their buildings safe and in a reasonable condition. Timely maintenance can be a fraction of the cost of major repairs or replacement.



 

Strata Timber PestCHECK  Strata Timber PestCHECK (753 KB)

If you have timber in your property, it can easily be damaged by rot and insect pests. That's why we have advised periodic timber pest inspections.



 

Residential MaintenanceCHECK  Residential MaintenanceCHECK (687 KB)

Every year you spend lots of money on servicing your car. House maintenance makes even more sense than car maintenance because it saves you money during ownership and especially if you sell.



 

RoofCHECK  RoofCHECK (766 KB)

Every year it pays to carefully check your roof for problems. This checklist details what you need to look for.



 

Residential Timber PestCHECK  Residential Timber PestCHECK (703 KB)

If you have timber in your house, it can easily be damaged by rot and insect pests. That's why we have advised periodic timber pest inspections.



 

General

Who's Who in the Building Zoo  Who's Who in the Building Zoo (619 KB)

Your guide to understanding the role of building professionals.



 

Pre-Purchase Property Inspections  Pre-Purchase Property Inspections (317 KB)

A useful summary of the considerable information available to lawyers about the advice they should give their clients about Pre-Purchase Inspections.



 

The Buying Process  The Buying Process (427 KB)

Understanding the buying process can be daunting. Here is a diagram that makes it clear and simple to follow.



 

After the floods - Flood Related Repairs  After the floods - Flood Related Repairs (114 KB)

There are enough problems recovering from a flood besides confusing advice. The way forward may be tough, but let’s not make unnecessary mistakes. So trust your family, friends and volunteers but make informed decisions when fixing your home or building.



 

Emergency Management Pack  Emergency Management Pack (574 KB)

Details of the contents of the Emergency Management Pack.



 

ABC of Building  ABC of Building (622 KB)

A step-by-step illustration of the building process, including when consultants are bought into the job and certification is required.



 

Flowcharts

The Building Process  The Building Process (762 KB)

A really useful chart showing the critical stages in the building process.



 

Identifying and Reporting Defects  Identifying and Reporting Defects (297 KB)

A really useful flowchart for identifying and reporting defects in a property.



 

Proof of Condition  Proof of Condition (479 KB)

A really useful flowchart to assist with the important matter of proof of condition of a property.



 

The Maintenance Process  The Maintenance Process (664 KB)

This flowchart illustrates all the key steps in keeping your property professionally maintained.



 

Plans and Approvals Process  Plans and Approvals Process (103 KB)

A clear outline of the Plans & Approvals process from start to finish.



 

Published Articles

Avoid being a drip! (Building Connection Magazine)  Avoid being a drip! (Building Connection Magazine) (142 KB)

Waterproofing failure is one of the most common - and costly - problems in building, yet the incidence of leaks continues to rise, reports Jerry Tyrrell.



 

Termites? Change your mindset (Building Connection Magazine)  Termites? Change your mindset (Building Connection Magazine) (89 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell offers advice on how clever builders keep termites out of their projects and what they tell their customers on handover.



 

Learning from other people's stuff-ups (Building Connection Magazine)  Learning from other people's stuff-ups (Building Connection Magazine) (94 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell reports how clever builders can benefit from the many mistakes made by competitors and suppliers.



 

The right moves - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine)  The right moves - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine) (208 KB)

In this first part of a 2-part series of articles on movement management, Jerry Tyrrell examines how best to avoid unsightly cracks.



 

The right moves - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine)  The right moves - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine) (396 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell concludes his two-part analysis of movement management with some timely advice about fixing cracks.



 

Insurance just doesn't add up (Building Connection Magazine)  Insurance just doesn't add up (Building Connection Magazine) (124 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell argues that competent and caring builders do not need home warranty policies.



 

Crystal Ball (Building Connection Magazine)  Crystal Ball (Building Connection Magazine) (172 KB)

It is the year 2050 and... Jerry Tyrrell predicts the future of the building industry where pre-fab rules and disputes disappear.



 

A marriage made in heaven or...? (Building Connection Magazine)  A marriage made in heaven or...? (Building Connection Magazine) (336 KB)

Selecting a reasonable and compatible client is like selecting a spouse, because in both cases, you've got a lot invested in the deal and you'll be stuck with that partner for a long time. Jerry Tyrrell 'profiles' client types to help you decide whether to tie the knot - or not.



 

Sick of playing the blame game? (Building Connection Magazine)  Sick of playing the blame game? (Building Connection Magazine) (214 KB)

When you put what you know on paper, it makes it easier to communicate with clients and others who may have unrealistic expectations of what you and your trade should deliver, writes Jerry Tyrrell.



 

The BCA made simple - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine)  The BCA made simple - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine) (102 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell provides a gateway for you to enter this vital book.



 

The BCA made simple - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine)  The BCA made simple - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine) (180 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell widens the gateway to the BCA with a look at the principles of Volume 1 in relation to Class 2 buildings - units, villas and townhouses.



 

The BCA made simple - Part 3 (Building Connection Magazine)  The BCA made simple - Part 3 (Building Connection Magazine) (441 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell concludes his three-part overview of the Building Code of Australia (Volumes 1 and 2), and invites all readers to familiarise themselves with this vital reference work.



 

Who rules the rulers? (Building Connection Magazine)  Who rules the rulers? (Building Connection Magazine) (346 KB)

Have our associations and regulators had a good year? In his 2007 report Jerry Tyrrell reviews the scene in plain language.



 

Let's start a PV revolution (Building Connection Magazine)  Let's start a PV revolution (Building Connection Magazine) (333 KB)

Australia is probably the world's biggest solar collector, and it's time everyone shared in this renewable energy bonanza. Jerry Tyrrell reports.



 

LED-ing the way to energy efficiency (Building Connection Magazine)  LED-ing the way to energy efficiency (Building Connection Magazine) (518 KB)

In the second part of his report on green energy, Jerry Tyrrell turns his attention to photovoltaic installations, energy savings from LED lighting and other methods for reducing energy use.



 

Keeping an eye on it (Building Connection Magazine)  Keeping an eye on it (Building Connection Magazine) (164 KB)

Surveillance equipment around buildings has become more accessible with technological advancements. Jerry Tyrrell explains the benefits.



 

Mapping out mistakes in tiling (Building Connection Magazine)  Mapping out mistakes in tiling (Building Connection Magazine) (134 KB)

Tiling is a multi-facetted task that requires cooperation and an understanding of all parts of the job. Jerry Tyrrell maps out the process required and the need to avoid 'shortcuts'.



 

Bushfire safety principles (Building Connection Magazine)  Bushfire safety principles (Building Connection Magazine) (561 KB)

Building in bushfire areas doesn't need to be complex, says Jerry Tyrrell. Clear strategies based on logic will provide a durable home that is easy to maintain, comfortable to live in and safe.



 

Make it evergreen (Building Connection Magazine)  Make it evergreen (Building Connection Magazine) (137 KB)

With climate change high on agendas everywhere, Jerry Tyrrell looks at commonsense things builders can do to improve the environment - and their bottom lines.



 

How experts solve problems (Building Connection Magazine)  How experts solve problems (Building Connection Magazine) (172 KB)

People in the building industry should strive to be always learning and improving their skills. As Jerry Tyrrell explains, it makes fi nancial and operational sense - with personal pride as the big bonus.



 

Inspector general (Building Connection Magazine)  Inspector general (Building Connection Magazine) (352 KB)

If building work is not audited properly things will go wrong. In the first of two articles Jerry Tyrrell explains his system of planning, methodology and clear thinking to help approach a building inspection.



 

The art of inspectionology (Building Connection Magazine)  The art of inspectionology (Building Connection Magazine) (192 KB)

In the last issue, Jerry Tyrrell explained how inspecting your work helps achieve the quality you and your client want. In the second part of his 'inspection overview', he covers specialist skills, complex issues and getting essential information from others.



 

Reviewing the principles – festively (Building Connection Magazine)  Reviewing the principles – festively (Building Connection Magazine) (190 KB)

Christmas is a perfect time for reviewing your work. Jerry Tyrrell looks at current practice compared to best practice to help start the new year on the right foot.



 

Maintenance - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine)  Maintenance - Part 1 (Building Connection Magazine) (599 KB)

In this first part of a two part article, Jerry Tyrrell discusses the basics of building maintenance, including the terminology and where maintenance starts.



 

Maintenance - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine)  Maintenance - Part 2 (Building Connection Magazine) (2112 KB)

In Part 2 of this article on maintenance, Jerry Tyrrell discusses how best to balance durability, updating of appearance, functional upgrades and the reduction of risk.



 

Time to press the reset button? (Building Connection Magazine)  Time to press the reset button? (Building Connection Magazine) (138 KB)

The multiple rules and regulations governing building and construction in Australia can be as dense as an ancient religious text. Jerry Tyrrell discusses combining the BCA and Australian Standards.



 

The Anatomy of Building (Building Connection Magazine)  The Anatomy of Building (Building Connection Magazine) (285 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell discusses the fundamentals of the Australian building industry.



 

The Truth about Termites (Building Connection Magazine)  The Truth about Termites (Building Connection Magazine) (748 KB)

In this article, Jerry Tyrrell offers his thoughts on the best ways to reduce risk of termites in buildings.



 

Keepers of the 'building' light  Keepers of the 'building' light (204 KB)

How building contractors can value-add and build a special relationship with their clients. Builders can be the keepers of some many good things.



 

The burning issue (Building Connection Magazine)  The burning issue (Building Connection Magazine) (2455 KB)

Incorporating fire safety measures into a renovation or new build is essential in order to safeguard against the potential threat of a house fire or bushfire.



 

Building dry basements (Building Connection Magazine)  Building dry basements (Building Connection Magazine) (629 KB)

Jerry Tyrrell discusses the complexities of building below ground level.



 

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