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Checking the National Construction Code Is Essential

We need a simple and agreed way of self-assessing and quality assuring building work against the regulations. Jerry Tyrrell pleads for clarity. Journalists are taught to write  a ‘hook’ at the beginning of an article to grab the reader’s attention. Gun violence in the United States kills or injures more than 100,000 people a year … Continued

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The Best Way to Build is to Build Properly

Jerry Tyrrell explains what ‘we’ need to do… because no else will.     I’ve been watching our industry for nearly 50 years. Mistakes cost us a fortune every year. I reckon we waste over $5b on rectification or maintenance work we don’t like doing. This money could be spent on schools and hospitals. Most … 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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Top 10 Tips When Buying Pre-purchase Reports

Thursday, May 26, 2016 This is the transcript of a recent interview between Stephen Ransley, General Manager of Tyrrells Property Inspections, and Lisa Tremolada from Maddisons Real Estate. For more details about our Pre-purchase services please click here. Lisa: Today our industry expert is Stephen Ransley, and Stephen is the general manager of Tyrrells Property Inspections. … Continued

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Looking for an architect?

Did you know that Tyrrells has an architectural division? Tyrrells Architects, Plans & Approvals can provide you with quality design advice, and prepare all your documentation for approval and construction. Terrigal townhouses Let us take you through the maze of red tape to get all the approvals you need for your next renovation or new building project. Call us on … Continued

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As easy as ABC?

Every year thousands of home owners take on the task of renovating their homes. Sometimes they do it as owner-builders/home renovators and sometimes they engage a licensed builder. If you decide to go the home renovator route, before you start you need to have a firm grip on the basics of building. You also need … Continued

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Tyrrells Plans & Approvals wins Two Building Design Awards

Tyrrells Plans & Approvals On 31 August 2012 at the BDA (Building Designers Association) Design Awards 2012, Tyrrells Plans & Approvals received commendations in the categories of ‘Commercial Alterations & Additions’ and ‘Non-residential Interiors’ for their work on The Salvation Army project in Auburn. You can read about the 2012 awards in Winning Design 2012, … Continued

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Tyrrells turns 80,000

Building Consultancy for All Your Property Needs We’ve come a long way since Tyrrells co-founder Peter Ellis carried out Australia’s first ever pre-purchase inspection in 1976 (in Caulfield, Victoria) and Jerry Tyrrell did the first property and timber-pest inspection in Redfern in 1984. Then (1991): Back row (far left) Peter Ellis, Tim Tyrrell; (far right) Jerry Tyrrell, … Continued

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Tyrrells has solved the Emergency Management riddle

Did you know that Tyrrells can advise you on Emergency Management? Australian Standard AS 3745 – 2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ requires building owners to have procedures in place for the controlled evacuation of buildings, structures and workplaces in the event of an emergency. A Building Consultant from Tyrrells, who is trained in emergency … Continued

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Top 10 mistakes when renovating or building

Mistakes to avoid when building/renovating Australians are trading their homes less often. Times are tough and the market will not pay for any mistakes you make with renovations or additions. Or worse, buyers will reject your property completely. If you have just moved in, or when you do buy your next home, try to make … Continued

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Time period for home warranty claims reduced

Recent amendments to the Home Building Act 1989 have implications for home owners, builders, developers and owners corporations. Home Owner Warranty Reports The reforms apply to all residential building work covered by home warranty insurance (but not to claims or legal proceedings that are already in the pipeline or finalised). The amendments reduce the period … Continued