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April 7, 2023
Owners and managers of buildings often face...
April 7, 2023
This publication is an essential reference tool for...
April 7, 2023
If buying a home is one of the most important financial and emotional decisions we make, it is also the classic case of caveat emptor – let...
April 7, 2023
Since the ’50s we’ve been brainwashed about termites and other serious pests of timber in our buildings. If we find termites, we assume the...
March 16, 2020
A recent survey indicates that 1 in 3 houses in Australia are dealing with subterranean termite
January 9, 2020
Most lending authorities and wise consumers require a
December 16, 2019
This is the 2nd Article about Access into our buildings. We now look at what we can do to make it easier for every person to use
December 16, 2019
Lighting is an important part of the homeand serves both an aesthetic and practical purpose. While lighting design is usually the
December 15, 2019
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.
December 15, 2019
Publisher Jeff Patchell recently caught up with columnist Jerry Tyrrell to discuss how his acceptable Construction practice
December 14, 2019
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.
December 13, 2019
In mid-September Jerry presented a paper at the ABCB’s Building Australia’s Future Conference.
December 13, 2019
We need a simple and agreed way of self-assessing and quality assuring building work against the regulations. Jerry Tyrrell pleads for clarity.
December 13, 2019
It’s up to designers, builders and contractors to blend the basics of stair construction with
December 12, 2019
Builders have shaped everything beautiful in the civilised world. We need to make sure that our work is treasured and
December 11, 2019
Are insurers fair-weather friends? Jerry Tyrrell sets out the issues and puts forward solutions.
December 10, 2019
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.
December 9, 2019
The Australian Building Codes Board has made the NCC available for free online, so what about standards?
December 9, 2019
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
December 8, 2019
Waterproofing mistakes are arguably the most costly to everyone. Jerry Tyrrell provides the third in a series of articles that translate the National
December 7, 2019
Jerry Tyrrell explains how the fundamentals of science can be applied to the building industry when it comes to conflict prevention and solution.
December 6, 2019
Jerry Tyrell continues his RULES project by focussing on windows and doors.
December 5, 2019
I realised this year that everything we need to know to build properly is even simpler than what I’ve been saying.
December 4, 2019
The man on a mission, Jerry Tyrrell, emphasis the fact that builders need easily accessible and understandable regulatory information, and they need it now.
November 1, 2019
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.
October 22, 2019
Reasons for using NSW’s only ISO accredited Building Consultancy
October 22, 2019
Even with the best of intentions, things can go wrong when you start out building or renovating, and you end up in a dispute with your builder
October 21, 2019
Here is all you need to know to perform a reasonably detailed inspection of your property.
October 20, 2019
Building disputes don’t need to occur if you get the right tactical advice.
October 18, 2019
Tens of thousands of building projects go wrong every year. Most of the trouble starts from a combination of errors and omissions in the plans,
October 13, 2019
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,
October 4, 2019
A popular way to buy a new unit, townhouse or strata commercial property is to purchase it before building work is even started.
September 28, 2018
Builders are working hard to build well but there are so many groups gouging and obstructing what they do.
December 1, 2017
Complaints about the above items come up regularly and many cases have been tested at NCAT, with the outcomes ranging from no defect,
July 11, 2016
After quite a lot of searching you and your partner have found a house to buy. It looks pretty sound and is around the right price.
June 27, 2016
Both parties usually start off trusting each other and want the project to proceed to completion with a minimum of stress.
June 23, 2016
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,
June 2, 2016
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
May 30, 2016
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.
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
May 2, 2016
Fire isolated stairs are constructed mainly for use in emergencies. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) Performance Requirement DP2 requires all
April 5, 2016
Termites (or white ants) usually operate as a colony. Termites live in nests made by worker termites who seek food away from the nest and destroy
April 5, 2016
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
April 4, 2016
Consultants assess and report on the condition of buildings and quality of building work. In practice, this requires objectivity,
March 21, 2016
Termites are a concern in the Australian building industry, but separating popular beliefs from hard facts can sometimes be diffi cult.
August 13, 2015
In my three articles on the Building Code of Australia (winter, spring, and summer 2006) I mentioned how it handles fire safety.
July 17, 2013
can provide you with quality design advice, and prepare all your documentation for approval and construction.
July 16, 2013
Some building work is more complex than others, and the more complex it is the more costly the mistakes. Building below ground level throws up more technical problems than you may think.
May 1, 2013
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.
April 23, 2013
Building contractors have a very special place in most clients’ hearts. Builders can be the ‘keepers’ of so many good things. If you do the right thing by your clients,
April 23, 2013
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.
October 8, 2012
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.
September 7, 2012
We’ve come a long way since Tyrrells co-founder Peter Ellis carried out Australia’s first ever pre-purchase inspection in 1976
August 9, 2012
Australian Standard AS 3745 – 2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ requires building owners to have procedures in place for the controlled evacuation of buildings,
July 9, 2012
In an article ‘Time is on their side’, published in the Domain section of Sydney Morning Herald (30 June 2012),
March 26, 2012
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.
November 16, 2011
Recent amendments to the Home Building Act 1989 have implications for home owners, builders, developers and owners corporations.
December 24, 2010
General Manager of Tyrrells Property Inspections, Stephen Ransley, was recently interviewed by
June 30, 2010
This was on the ABC a bit over a year ago and was flagged by senior consultant
June 16, 2010
A Tyrrells promotional video from the early ’90s.
June 6, 2006
During a Pre-Purchase Inspection it is not practical to test how well a chimney “draws” the smoke from the fireplace but some rules of thumb include
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