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Walking the Walk – Access RULES: Part 1

The RULES project that Connection Magazines and I are preparing is intended in part as a valid alternative to the sometimes confusing and expensive Australian Standards. I’m confident it’s only a matter time now before this clear and concise option will be the default way everyone will access building knowledge in Australia… You all know … Continued

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A Translation of the NCC

In mid-September Jerry presented a paper at the ABCB’s Building Australia’s Future Conference. The following is an extraction that highlights some of the most important points of discussion. It was good to talk to industry leaders at the recent Building Australia’s Future Conference and I thank the ABCB for the opportunity to air my views. … Continued

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The Rules of Waterproofing: part 2

WATERPROOFING RULES: PART 1 looked at the main principles of waterproofing we all should know or be able to find quickly. This second part by Jerry Tyrrell delves further into the detail… My 40th article in the past 10 years will be short. My key point is: read Part 1 again – and don’t be … Continued

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Let’s Emancipate Building Knowledge by Making Standards FREE

The Australian Building Codes Board has made the NCC available for free online, so what about standards? Jerry Tyrell believes it could be a winning formula. The Australian Building Codes Board provided the NCC (the BCA) for free earlier this year (Yay! Yippee! Woohoo!) and after speaking at September’s Building Australia’s Future Conference the last question from … Continued

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The Basic RULES of Waterproofing : Part 1

Waterproofing mistakes are arguably the most costly to everyone. Jerry Tyrrell provides the third in a series of articles that translate the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) into builder speak. Back in 2005, one of the first articles I wrote for this column was on waterproofing – see ‘Avoid being a drip!’ This … Continued

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Window & Door Rules for Builders

Jerry Tyrell continues his RULES project by focussing on windows and doors. Windows and doors The National Construction Code (NCC) tells us we must construct a building ‘to provide resistance to moisture from the outside that could cause unhealthy or dangerous conditions, loss of amenity for occupants or undue dampness or deterioration of building elements.’ … Continued

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Building Properly is Simpler Than We Thought

I realised this year that everything we need to know to build properly is even simpler than what I’ve been saying. All the Australian Building Codes Board, who administers the NCC, needs to do is deliver easy to find code compliance and promote industry best practice. They will do this when they: 1. Publish one … Continued

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Builders – ‘Terrorised’by Excess Information

The man on a mission, Jerry Tyrrell, emphasis the fact that builders need easily accessible and understandable regulatory information, and they need it now. Builders are ‘terrorised’ daily by excess information. They are too busy, confused or intimidated to fight back against the incessant ‘barrel bombs’ of unnecessary words from government, association and industry bureaucrats. … Continued

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Why Tyrrells

Reasons for using NSW’s only ISO accredited Building Consultancy Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections tyrrells.com Others Full crawl of roof interior and subfloor* Yes Sometimes Expert, trained building consultants (not part-time builders) Yes Sometimes Professional Indemnity Insurance Yes Sometimes Full inspection of safely accessible roof exterior* … Continued

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How to Deal with Termites – Step by Step

When you live in Australia, termites are a fact of life. However, there are only three species which do real damage to timbers in your home and in all cases, the damage will only occur if you neglect basic maintenance or do not carry out regular timber pest inspections. Undetected termite activity is scary and … Continued

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The Typical Auction

Buying at Auction If you are planning to buy at auction thorough preparation for each purchase is essential. If you plan to bid you must do all the research before the auction day. Even when you know the vendor may choose to withdraw the property prior to the auction, you must still carry out all … Continued

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Off the Plan Purchase

Buying Off the Plan A popular way to buy a new unit, townhouse or strata commercial property is to purchase it before building work is even started. This is called buying ”off the plan” and means you have to: make a judgement on the location of the unit and it’s parking within the complex read … Continued

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The anatomy of building

Builders are working hard to build well but there are so many groups gouging and obstructing what they do. The main problems are confusing and inaccessible rules and standards; conflict based processes to solve disputes; and fragmented associations who look after their own interests. In this article published in Building Connection Magazine, Jerry Tyrrell proposes a … Continued

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Wet Area Floor Wastes and Falls in Floor Tiles

Complaints about the above items come up regularly and many cases have been tested at NCAT, with the outcomes ranging from no defect, to the builder being ordered to remove and relay waterproofing and tiles. As a result of yet another ‘falls in floor tiles’ exercise, for an expert report, relevant Codes and Standards were … Continued

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Building design: Box gutters – friend or foe?

Are you considering building your new dream home? If so, I’m sure you have done the rounds looking at display homes, checking out magazine and internet articles, talking to friends and neighbours and have found ‘the look’ you want your house to have. A lot of current home designs tend to incorporate a decorative parapet … Continued

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DIY inspections – A good idea or not?

DYI Inspections It’s tempting to think that with some sort of checklist you can do a pre-purchase inspection on a property yourself. STOP and reconsider!  Yes, in the short-term you might save a few dollars but it is likely that you will miss some issues that in the long-term could be costly to fix. Any … Continued

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Asbestos compliance: WHS Regulations 2011

Asbestos Compliance Owners Corporations face on the spot fines of up to $33,000 per breach in relation to asbestos in buildings constructed prior to 1 January 2004.* The Work Health Safety legislation says the person responsible is the owner who must select a competent inspector to identify risk, eg asbestos. For Strata Schemes to comply the … Continued

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Keeping Fire Stairs Safe

Fire isolated stairs are constructed mainly for use in emergencies. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) Performance Requirement DP2 requires all stairways be constructed to provide safe passage in relation to the nature, volume and frequency of likely usage. BCA DP2 also requires suitable balustrades but allows concessions where use is for emergency purposes or … Continued

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Hot property: Building in bushfire areas

Building in Bushfire Areas Are you considering developing your land or buying a property close to bushland, open fields or even wet lands? If so, do you know what level of bushfire protection your development will need so it will comply with Council and Rural Fire Service (RFS) requirements? Councils and the Rural Fire Service … Continued

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instances of a dilapidation report

Firstly,  the Building Consultants assess and report on the condition of buildings and quality of building work. In practice, this requires objectivity, extensive knowledge of common faults and the ability to identify unexpected or likely failures in many different types of buildings. To prepare authoritative advice, Consultants consider their client’s instructions and the perspectives of … Continued

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The Truth About Termites

Termites are a concern in the Australian building industry, but separating popular beliefs from hard facts can sometimes be diffi cult. Jerry Tyrrell offers his thoughts on the best ways to reduce risk. Some fears help us avoid injury or death. For instance, we know to take cover in lightning storms. We shouldn’t touch spiders … Continued