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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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Building Products: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

  Jerry Tyrrell shares a couple of contrasting case studies that highlight the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to building products and customer service in this country. I’m hard (but fair) on manufacturers who give us products that are not fit for purpose or have installation rules that contractors are unaware of. … Continued

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The Secrets of Beautiful Buildings

  Builders have shaped everything beautiful in the civilised world. We need to make sure that our work is treasured and admired by generations to come – not only in terms of construction, but also in the design of a building. I hope you have had a great year to add to the past fabulous … 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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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